Mikkeller, one of the most prestigious craft beers in the world, opens in BCN
Thomas Rohde has not exactly look of a big beer drinker. Although the gasket 40, her belly is a plain. Front profile, sitting. Nothing, not an abdominal fold. Then he explains that makes triathlons, who has run several Iron Man, and of course that’s impossible that fits any residue that emparente with Homer Simpson. But the cloth known as a sage. “In fact, beer is a good recovery. It has protein, minerals … And was invented to kill bacteria from dirty water. ”
Rohde was born in Denmark and has spent 15 years in Barcelona. He works as a business consultant and has now been put into a business after tomorrow opens its doors in the city (Calle Valencia, 202). Expanding of handcrafted beers, Mikkeller lands, one of the most valued brands in the world, which produces Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. It has recruited as partners in this Viking voyage to own Thomas Rohde and Jacob Alsing, aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Alan Simonsen, Michael Laudrup and chain stores gossip various Tiger, perhaps along with shortbread and chair Jacobsen The roof of knowledge of contemporary world for the average Danish Catalan.
The three -Mikkel, Thomas and Jacob have been friends since childhood but have followed very different paths. Alsing, for example, was an army officer in Afghanistan and even served for a few months. The beer has gathered, is a sacred liquid in Denmark, a country where Carlsberg, a brewer, is the fourth most powerful company, it rubs shoulders with the banks (and certainly is much nicer). “Share, family, help, that’s all very Danish”, says Rohde.
Hundreds of varieties
Mikkel is a “master” of hops, barley, aromas and imaginative preparations. It has developed hundreds of varieties and some exceptional creations can cost one hundred euros. For some potions distributes select the two best restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca and Noma, whose menus for specialty beers has conceived. But, says Rohde, ‘do not panic’ in the local Eixample prices will be “fit for every budget.”
Mathematician and physicist by training, Mikkel has a personal history with their point of bitterness. Evil Twin, besides being a Korean horror film, a song by Arctic Monkeys and other Eminem, is the brewer Jeppe Jarnit Bjergsø: evil twin. Jeppe and Mikkel brothers are identical twins and, to put it mildly and not digress, long a beer together, a “cainismo “the Danish press has stretched often does not take. Jeppe, as his clone, is obsessed with this drink, but everyone is on his own. Mikkel lives in Copenhagen, Jeppe in Brooklyn.
In a report published in The New York Times on these two ill-assorted geniuses, Jeppe recounted a revealing anecdote: “We were born two minutes apart. I was supposed to check out, but it was misplaced and had to perform a caesarean, so he ran out first. I like to say that my brother gave me problems even before birth. ” Its high sense of competitiveness was kindled during his childhood years when they went to athletes and fought races as if they were living. And adults, Mikkel opened its first brewery in the basement of Copenhagen. Some time later, Jeppe was established with an identical business next door.
Mikkel will spend these days in Barcelona, assisting in the birth of her new baby (already seven other bars all over the world). For the opening on Friday, his friend Thomas throws a hook or Abdul Jabbar: “There will be 500 free beers!”.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona