Finally it is 14th of May! Indeed, after having ordered the tickets for more than 6 months ago, it was time to attend CBC 2016. The first time for myself and my husband to go to the most crazy and amazing beer festival in Denmark.
And crazy it was! We were definitely not alone, as there was already a queue when we showed up at 15.30h, half an hour before the festival would start for us. As you can guess, this session was completely sold-out.
The event was in Øksnehallen in Vesterbro, a super nice place to host the CBC 2016.
When we came in, it was full on when it came to find the beers we wanted to try. We had made a list of all beers we for sure should try. But with more than 80 breweries represented at the festival, you can imagine we were a bit stressed to have tasted all the ones we definitely wanted to try out that day. To give you an impression how it looked, this was the set-up of the day:
It was a super cool set-up with most of the top 10 Ratebeer breweries present. For me, this was almost too much, to be able to taste so many beers from the best breweries of the world. It seemed that sour ales and farmhouse ales are THE beers that are trending right now. These together with the Berliner Weisse style were very much present. And we tasted some really good ones like Ophelia fom Alefarm, Farmer John from Amager Bryghus, Saison Lambic from Bokkereyder, 18/02 Farmhouse from Brew By Numbers, Brutus Blend from Fonta Flora and The very best of Kinn Vol.1 from Kinn (probably my favorite).
As my husband likes the more strong beers (alcohol wise), we also tasted quite some Belgian ales, strong ales, Barley wines and Stouts. Some of the very tasty ones were:
Lil’Devil from AleSmith, Hustle from All In, Batch 2000 from Bell’s, Kiss the goat! and Ume Umai from Gigantic, B.O.R.I.S the Crusher from Hoppin’Frog (our favorite), Agamemnon from Omnipollo, Old Guardian Barley Wine and Stochasticity project Quadrotriticale from Stone (Love the names!), and Endless Bummer (our 2nd favorite) from Warpigs.
It was very nice to finally experience the CBC as it really gives you an idea what is currently trending at the best breweries according to Ratebeer. Spontaneous fermentation with some Brettanomyces, as well as every sour beer style and the hard-core Stout and Barley Wine style are definitely something you should try at the moment.
A hands-up to Mikkeller who organized the whole CBC 2016, as well as the whole week with beer events taking place in almost every corner of Copenhagen.