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IN PICS: Celebrating Copenhagen beer… in Boston

A Danish beer party in Beantown? Yep, and The Local had a photographer there to document the happenings.

IN PICS: Celebrating Copenhagen beer... in Boston
Danish beer culture took over Boston's City Hall Plaza for the weekend. Photo: Samer Khudairi
After five successful years in the Danish capital, the Copenhagen Beer Celebration found a new locale for its party: Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Organized by Danish beer darlings Mikkeller, which has now firmly established itself on the US West Coast and elsewhere, the weekend party in Boston marked the first time that the Copenhagen Beer Celebration was held outside of Denmark.
 
 
Mikkeller and Boston beer giant Samuel Adams got the party started early with the release of a much anticipated collaboration project the night before the festival. The result of the co-created concoction was an American Wild Ale by the name of ‘Bugs and Berries’, using cherries from Denmark and strawberries from New England. An exclusive tasting was held at the Samuel Adams Headquarters, as a tease for the days to come.
 
Mikkeller's Mikkel Bog Bjergsø and some new friends. Photo: Samer Khudairi
Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and some new friends. Photo: Samer Khudairi
 
The outdoor festival allowed beer lovers to revel in the beautiful autumn weather over three drinking sessions spanning Friday and Saturday. 
 
Rain showers late on Friday night did nothing to dampen spirits.  This new site not only allowed the chance to experience over 100 rare and beloved craft beers from over 50 breweries from around the globe, but incorporated excellent live music from both national and local acts including Mariachi El Bronx, Yo La Tengo, and Denmark’s own The Tremolo Beer Gut, who convinced the planners to play a more intimate set amongst the crowd rather than on the main stage. 
 

Photo: Samer Khudairi
 
To bring more hygge to America, Mikkeller’s own tent served beers poured by SAS flight attendants, causing a significant line to the already favoured host. Other notable lines were formed for Wicked Weed, 3Floyds, Bokkereyder, and Swedish brewery Omnipollo, which offered a frozen foam to top off their tincture.
 
 
A whole other article could be written on the beers themselves but that might have to wait for next year, or for CBC in Copenhagen 2017, with ticket sales beginning October. Until then, skål.
 
Click through on the photo below for a full gallery of images from the event. 


Photo: Samer Khudairi

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Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck

Divers excavating the wreck of a medieval warship off the coast of Sweden have found barrels they believe may hold traces of 500-year-old Danish beer.

Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck
The beer barrels had been branded with the letter 'A'. Photo: Brett Seymour
The Gribshunden, or Griffen, the flagship of King John of Denmark, sank in 1495 off the coast of Ronneby, southeastern Sweden, while on the way for talks with Swedish separatist forces int he city of Kalmar. 
 
“It's what we would expect but I still think it's quite fun because it gives us an insight to the life on board,” Johan Rönnby, an archeologist from Södertörn University outside Stockholm, told The Local. 
 
“We haven't taken any samples, so we can't 100 percent say that it is beer, but it is most likely that it would be beer on a ship, as water was not that healthy to drink.” 
 
The suspected beer barrels are marked with the letter 'A' and fitted with two stoppers on the lid, which would have enabled easy pouring. 
 
Rönnby's colleague Brendan Foley, a researcher from Lund University, said that the team were currently taking samples from the barrels to determine their contents. 
 
“We're taking sediment samples now and hoping we're going to find DNA evidence of hops,” he said. 
 
“What we're doing is getting a look at not just what the men on the ship were drinking but what King John was taking to Kalmar to impress Sten Sture the Elder.” 
 
Sten Sture the Elder had led Swedish separatist forces to victory against royal unionist forces at the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471, after which he had become effective ruler of Sweden. 
 
The excavation of the Gribshunden, which is being part-funded by the Lund-based Crafoord Foundation, involves 40 researchers from 10 countries. 
 
The researchers announced the discovery with a press release on Friday. 
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