Mikkeller’s Book of Beer

Shelf Talker by | Jun 2015 | Issue #101

Mikkeller’s Book of Beer
by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Pernille Pang
April 2015, Jacqui Small LLP, $29.99

Save your noun modifiers for another book. In this part-biography, part-homebrewing guide, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and his wife and co-author, Pernille Pang, give readers memorable details, without the frills. Like how Mikkel once came home to his homebrewed Lambic leaking through its Cantillon cask, so he tried plugging the leak with strawberry chewing gum (spoiler: It didn’t work). It’s hard to imagine Mikkel as anything but one of the most iconic—and enigmatic—figures in the industry, so reading his reflections on his stunted running career, the competitive relationship with his twin brother, and his days as a teacher, feels almost voyeuristic. Mikkel also executes the history of beer (with a Danish angle) in just a few pages, offers unfettered tasting notes (Weissbier: “a rather boring style”), and shares all-grain Mikkeller recipes, part of his signature “democratic” approach to brewing. And of course, the label art … oh, the sweet, sweet label art.