Wednesday, May 25, 2005

 

Copenhagen Beer Cafés: Brewpub København

Brewpub København is a new brewpub centrally located in one of the streets running parallell to the main shopping streets, Strøget, not far from the city's main square, Rådhuspladsen. It has got its own restaurant featuring beer cuisine and a pleasant beer garden in the courtyard.

Brewing has just started and at the time of my visit they only offered one beer from the brewery: Vester Weisse, named after the street where it is located (Vestergade no. 29). The beer is more like a mix of a Belgian wit (spiced with coriander, I believe) and a Bavarian weisse, featuring the characteristic banana flavour associated with the weisse yeast. Food is served both in the expensive-looking restaurant and in the pub. I opted to have my Beef Pot braised in Young's Double Chocolate Stout served in the latter. I felt the chocolate stout was a bit too heavy for the beef and was happy to still have a glass of refreshing Vester Weisse nearby.

You can read more about the brewpub on www.brewpub.dk (they also have information in English). The restaurant is open from noon to 10 pm Monday to Saturday, whereas the pub is open 4 pm to midnight on Mondays, noon to midnight on Tuesdays and Wednesday and noon to 2 am on Thursdays to Saturdays.

In short, this place looks promising, and the location is right in the city centre (so why are they closed on Sundays?). A good choice of imported beer is available either on tap or in bottle (including some surprisingly good Norwegian beers from the microbrewery Den Nøgne Ø - the name is taken from an Ibsen poem and means The Naked Island). I would be happy to see even more Danish craft brews available, and the place needs a bit of warming up to reach the cosiness of Plan B.

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