On 18-20 May 2017 the former railway workshop Lokomotivværkstedet in Copenhagen once again hosted the biggest Danish beer festival. The three-day long event was a chance to sample one of 1000+ beers served at more than 80 stands. On 19 May Ambassador Henryka Mościcka-Dendys visited the festival to meet Hans Peter Jepsen from Ølfestival’s board of directors, as well as the participating Polish brewers and other representatives of the beer sector. She expressed joy and satisfaction seeing the Polish-Danish brewer cooperation growing.
The majority of participants came from Denmark, but this year the Polish craft beer scene established an exceptionally strong presence. On the stand of Ninkasira, a Danish beer shop and importer supplied by the Polish wholesaler Chmiel Świat Piwa from Szczecin, one could find beers from Pinta, Pracownia Piwa, Birbant, Rockmill and Trzech Kumpli. Furthermore, the Danish Munkebo brewery hosted ReCraft, the Polish craft brewery on their stand.
Polish brewers and brewery representatives served a wide array of their offer, from session IPAs to full-bodied, rich imperial porters. The highlight of the stand seems to be Kwas Jota from Pinta, blackcurrant wild sour, and Juicy Melody, Double IPA from Rockmill, very refreshing despite its potency and full of fruity flavors. Tango z Mango (Tango with Mango) from Pracownia Piwa, made with high quality mango pulp, attracted a lot of attention thanks to its unusual color and smooth texture.
Polish craft beers are becoming more and more available in Denmark, both in beer shops and on tap in multitap bars. In the last years Polish and Danish craft brewers have collaborated several times on joint brews.