April 09, 2014
Double gold in San Francisco World Spirits Competition
We took our favorite imperial stout, distilled it to beer brandy, barrel aged it in small barrels and ended up with a very distinct liquor that not only links directly to the beer, but also serve an overwhelming smooth finish. We've been sitting on this for a while now, knowing we were on to something good, but having the judges of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarding our Black Rum Cask not just gold, but double gold, is something that makes us very proud. They also decided our Botanical (and hoppy) Gin was worth a silver medal, which just adds to the excitement - especially considering the fact that these were the only two Mikkeller Spirits in our current roster (that at this point holds 8 different varieties) that we sent over. Sorta for the hell of it.
We are new in the spirits industry and our concept is the same as for our brewing ideology; We gypsy distil. These spirits are done in cooperation with Braunstein http://www.braunstein.dk/. We work out the recipes and provide the necessary ingredients. The first batch of Black was distilled from beer poured by our very own Thomas straight outta key kegs and right into the distilling tank. Apart from the Rum version, we also have an Oloroso, a Bourbon and a Gift Box containing a barrel aged (on Pappy Van Winkle Barrels) version.
Around the same time we entered the competition in SF, we also sent a couple of bottles of Gin down to Berlin, where we, lo and behold, took home Bronze at the Berlin International Spirits Competition - http://berlininternationalspiritscompetition.com/winners/2012-winners/
These days we are working hard on getting the spirits out into the big world, and we are very pleased to announce that we finally got approved for the US. Our friends at Shelton Brothers (http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/) already placed the first order, so keep an eye out at liquor stores across the states.
Happy days, friends.