Drinking in Copenhagen: Koelship

By empties
August 28, 2019
A dedicated lambic bar in Copenhagen, situated next door to the Mikkeller and Friends bar, you could almost walk past the place and miss it. Dedicated to Belgian styles, the highlight of this place really is its selection of lambics. It’s an intimate little place, a small bar with a very limited capacity — it’s very reminiscent of some of the older beer bars I’ve been to in Brussels, full of wooden furnishings, hanging lights, candles and vintage metal signs.

The idea is niche and the bar knows it. That’s not to say it feels elitist or unwelcoming; one of the lads who ran the bar (a genuine Belgian) chatted away with us for the night and shared his serious knowledge of lambics and beer in general. It’s a unique experience, and even if you’re not a seasoned sour drinker it would be worth sticking the neck in and seeing what’s on the taps. The fact that it’s next door to Mikkeller and Friends means you’ve no excuse.

There’s a large bottle selection with Cantillon, Brouwerij Boon, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, Mikkellers Spontan range as well as non-lambic Belgians like Orval and Westvleteren. I can list them off like it’s no big deal, but Jesus there are some serious beers in here and It’s difficult to come across half of them. The four taps on had some particularly good beers pouring the night I visited: a 2013 Cantillon, Mikkeller/Boon 2008 calva lambic (it was the second last keg in the world apparently), Spontancassis and Spontantriplecassis.

For the most obsessed lambic fans the bar also boasts a cellar of vintages. Lambics from decades ago. According to a bottle we saw they go back to at least 1959. This is one of a kind territory but heartbreakingly out of my (and most people’s) price range.

This place comes across as a bit of a passion project for Mikkeller, which is great. I can’t imagine anyone else attempting something like this, so it’s proper whopper that someone’s willing to take a bit of a risk on it. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip