Beer in Copenhagen: Jacobsen Saaz Blonde in The Laundromat Cafe, Nørrebro
I mentioned in my last post that Copenhagen occasionally comes across as a utopia for Guardian-readers, but I think one of the best examples of the achingly hip chic is a cafe bar we went to by accident: The Laundromat Cafe in Nørrebro.
After Nørrebro Bryghus, we intended to go to Ølbaren on Elmegade. However it was a busy Friday night and we didn’t feel like standing, so we went for a nightcap to a cool-looking cafe we’d seen across the road.
The Laundromat Cafe is also actually a laundromat, although the four or so washing machines in the back were dormant at 10.30pm. However there were still a few people sitting around eating some appetising-looking burgers and so on.
Apart from the concept, the decor makes the cafe a wet dream for readers of the glossy supplements. One detail in particular stood out: bookshelves with paperbacks arranged by colour.
It’s not exactly a beer destination, but I recall that the menu had around 10-12 different bottled beers. Kate had a reliable Brooklyn East India Pale Ale whilst I had a Jacobsen Saaz Blonde. As I will hopefully get round to explaining in more detail in a future post, Jacobsen is basically Carlsberg’s version of the recently-popular macro-owned-craft/speciality beer brewery operating from the old brewery site in Copenhagen, whilst most production has been moved elsewhere.
Saaz Blonde is a 7.1% top-fermented blonde ale made with pilsner malts and Czech Saaz hops. I found it a pleasant Belgianish blonde with an unexpected amount of yeast flavour (I had expected a strong pilsner) up front followed by a moderate grassy/floral bitterness. I had hoped for a cleaner, punchier hit of Saaz, but it was a pleasant beer to enjoy at the end of the night nonetheless.