Brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller shares 7 cult beers that he loves.

By Megan Krigbaum
August 15, 2014

Brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller shares 7 cult beers that he loves.

Alchemist Heady Topper 
“I love beer in cans, and this one from Vermont is the best example. I also like when you get chunks of lovely sediment coming out of the 
can at the end of the pour. It’s so wrong—
and so right.” 

De Dolle Arabier
“De Dolle, in Belgium, is all about the yeast, which I think is what makes their beers so unique. Arabier is their lower-alcohol beer, and when it’s fresh, it’s so drinkable.” 

Girardan Black Label Gueuze
“This is a true lambic [spontaneously fermented beer made only in the Pajottenland region of Belgium]. It’s soft, gentle, easy to drink, and still so complex. It’s unlike anything else in the beer world.”

Green Flash 
West Coast IPA
“I do love IPAs, especially clean, crisp, hop-forward ones. 
I wish I could drink this San Diego IPA fresh, every day, 
in Copenhagen. Or maybe not—then 
I wouldn’t get to 
drink much else.”

Hill Farmstead Saisons
“Brewer Shaun Hill is 
a good friend who used to live and brew in Denmark. Now 
he’s in Vermont. He really understands the saison style 
of spontaneously fermented beers in a way that not many American brewers do.” 

“If I could have only one beer, it would be this Trappist beer from Belgium. It has everything: bitterness, funkiness, hops. It’s fresh and crisp, and 
it still has so much flavor. Plenty of other brewers have tried 
to follow this style, but Orval defined it.” 

Three Floyds Zombie Dust
“If you can get your hands on these 
beers, try them; there aren’t many brewers 
who come close 
to Three Floyds in Indiana, as far as showcasing hops. 
I’ve collaborated 
with them, and I think they’re magicians. Zombie Dust is the greatest pale ale: so juicy, and with the cleanest hop profile.”

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