Beer in Copenhagen: Ørsted Ølbar & Cafe
The one place I regret not being able to devote more time to in Copenhagen is Ørsted Ølbar. It’s a really nice basement bar (for some reason almost all the bars seem to be lower than street level) opposite a park and a short walk from Nørreport Station.
We visited it mid-afternoon at the end of a long walk, when it was quiet and the light shining on the distressed wood of the tables inside was beautiful. The barman was happy to have a chat about the extensive range of keg beers on offer and offered to let me try a couple before buying.
I had thought that Ørsted Ølbar had some cask beer, but what appeared to be traditional handpumps were in fact keg fonts. There’s a bit of an “English” pub feel to the bar, although this isn’t overdone.
The bar has a number of “Ørsted” beers, although they’re all brewed by different Danish microbreweries. Ørsted Bitter Bitch was a pleasant, sharply bitter IPA brewed (according to Ratebeer) by Det Lille Bryggeri. To Øl Sleep Over Coffee IIPA was very bitter with an upfront coffee taste: two forms of bitterness, really.
Finally the barman recommended a bottle of Mikkeller 10 from the cellar. This was a superb IPA in a beautiful bottle made with 10 hop varieties: Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Tomahawk and East Kent Goldings. The fresh tropical aroma had a bit of lime to it, and the rainbow of hops in the taste somehow achieved a great balance to a properly bitter beer.
If I go back to Copenhagen, which I really hope to, I’ll make a point to leave time to visit Ørsted Ølbar. If you’re going, I recommend you do the same.