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We're going to take a trip outside of our general format this time... But when the Danish Warpigs brewery comes over to Belgium to present us some of their beers, we did not hesitate! Our place of choice was Gollem Burgers & Beers in Antwerp. A fine venue with good food, rare and outstanding beers and - for the occasion - heavy music!
But this is still a website dedicated to metal music. So why were we so interested in a Warpigs tasting, you wonder? Take Mikkeller, one of Denmark's finest and most innovative brewers in the world. They also created the beer Mother Puncher, a funky farmhouse IPA with grapefruits in collaboration with Mastodon. Add 3 Floyds, the #8 brewery in the world in 2016 according to Ratebeer, and perhaps the brewery with the most metal attitude out there. They collaborated and brewed beer with Amon Amarth, High On Fire, Pelican, Cannibal Corpse and many, many more. Annually, on Dark Lord Day, the release day of their hard sought after Russian imperial stout, they even throw a music festival with some of these metal bands. We make it our goal to feature their beers here on our column one day, we promise! So, when these two breweries join forces to open a brewpub/restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen, that sure gets us interested. Warpigs is the name and, yes, that should make you think of the Black Sabbath classic. Just as their American big brother, Warpigs too does not shun collaborations with metal bands. Mastodon dropped by here as well to brew War Canoe. Entombed A.D. actually even made a whole music video on their visit to brew the Freeman. Unfortunately, no metal beers made it to the line-up of the tasting. We were, however, presented with seven beers from the tap and one from the bottle. During the tasting we got interesting introductions from one of Warpigs brewers herself, Lan-Xin Foo.
I'm sure the wake-up call allowed many attendants to linger behind and crack open another beer of Gollem's impressive catalogue. Too bad for me I had to catch the train back home!