The second annual celebration of the Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival will take place in Boston September 22nd and 23rd. The two day event, featuring (some) stageless performances and hard-to-find craft beer is the American counter part of the former Copenhagen Beer Celebration (now Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen), brewed up by Mikkeller Brewing co-founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Boston Calling Events (formerly Crash Line Productions).
Last year, the festival drew thousands of beer lovers from the East Coast to Boston’s City Hall Plaza to sample beers from all over the world. This year will feature even bigger names and bigger beers. Plus, it will include unlimited sampling!
Let’s make this clear, this isn’t your typical beer festival. This party combines music, food, and beers from some of the most sought-after breweries in the United States and Europe.
“When we started Copenhagen Beer Celebration five years ago we wanted to make a big party for everybody, for the brewers and for the customers,” Bjergsø told me last year as we walked the grounds and shared some beers. “I want to showcase a bunch of beers that have never been seen before and aren’t easy to find.”
At this festival, you get actual people from each brewery, many times the brewers themselves, serving you. This creates an opportunity to speak with them about their work while you wait for your pour. It’s a great way to meet the men and women crafting some of the world’s favorite beers.
You can check out the entire lineup, plus what beers will be poured, but some names that definitely stand out include Trillium, Veil, Tired Hands, 3 Floyds, Bottle Logic, Jester King, Omnipollo, Other Half and Samuel Adams.
I know what you might be thinking, “Sam Adams at an international craft beer festival?!” Well, they won’t be serving up any Boston Lager or OctoberFest. The grandfather of craft is bringing rarities including Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, a 6.5% ABV sour, and Flipah, a 6.6% ABV IPA.
Just like last year, there are beers for every palate, from juicy NEIPAs, imperial stouts, sours, mead and everything in between. And just like last year Copenhagen will transform a Boston venue into a music loving beer nerd’s paradise.
Tickets are still available and plenty of the offerings won’t ever be found outside the festival grounds.