Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller creates extreme beers at dozens of top breweries from Copenhagen to Indiana. Here, he talks about the latest brewing trends and his preference for drinking beer from a wineglass or straight from the bottle.
Q. So what is it you do exactly? Are you a brewer?
A. If people ask me if I’m a brewer, I guess I’m not. I just design beers and create ideas and collaborate with brewers. I think brewing’s boring. For me, it’s like working in a factory.
Q. It seems like brewers have been stuck on India pale ales [a super-hoppy style] for the past 10 years. What’s next?
A. I make 20 different single-hop IPAs every year; I’m a big IPA lover. But there are new trends. One is funky farmhouse-style beers—spontaneous fermentations done with wild yeasts and aged in barrels. The other trend is beers called session IPAs. They are very hoppy, but they only have maybe 4 percent alcohol, which is much less than the usual IPA. We’ve not made a session IPA yet, but we will.