* For this address, also see Mikkeller & Friends HERE.
the full pour
To all of those lambic enthusiasts out there, this one's for you. There is a bar in Copenhagen, with specific focus on the wild ones. Koelschip is under the Mikkeller umbrella, and pays homage to wild ales in extremely fine fashion. It's all here, cozy Danish ambience and many possibilities to demand your consideration. If your timing is fortuitous, the tap options can be outrageously excellent. The bottle list can also be equally impressive, with Belgian offerings from Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen and Gueuzerie Tilquin to name a few. If there are individuals in your group that are not into lambics (weirdos), there is a wormhole connecting this bar to Mikkeller & Friends next door. So, you can all make your selections from either place and still sit together. Brilliant!
Why is this on THL?
In the brewing process, a Koelschip is an open-air basin utilized in the fermentation of lambic beer. It functions as a conduit for gathering wild yeast from the air, allowing it to commingle effectively with the wort. For anyone that has seen the Koelschip utilized by Cantillon, these basins can be quite wide for cooling purposes. Perhaps that is a proper metaphor for this beer cafe. Mikkeller claims this to be the largest collection of bottled lambics outside of Belgium. After spending some time here (multiple visits), it's easy to see that it is not an exaggeration. Their bottle options also span a WIDE global footprint, including offerings from other regions of the world as well (with focus on notable US entities). Assuming you are not on Belgian holiday, and visiting somewhere to the tune of In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst, one could travel all over Europe and not find this extensive of a list. So if your personal preference is of the spontaneously-fermented sort, this place will need to be at the top of your target list.