Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the mastermind behind Denmark's Mikkeller beer, has been called a gypsy brewer for his proclivity for frequent movement.
Consequently, Mikkeller has itself been nicknamed the phantom brewery for its traveling base of operations, which follows Bjergsø as he guests at other breweries and facilities around the world. (Mikkeler does not maintain a brewery, but instead considers its Copenhagen-based Mikkeler Bar a home base of sorts). Last year alone, the enigmatic and prolific brewer launched 76 beers.
The sage of suds will be making three appearances in Houston as part of Houston Beer Week 2011 (which runs Saturday through Nov. 18), so take advantage of the rare chance to drink with the hard-to-find Dane.
Bjergsø will first be signing bottles Sunday at the Night After Monsters rare beer-tasting event at the Montrose Whole Foods, teaching an informal daytime brewing class Tuesday at Petrol Station and — perhaps the most hot-ticket item — co-hosting a beer dinner at Haven Monday along with Jeff Stuffings of Austin's Jester King.
The two brewers will join Chris Shepherd and Haven's Randy Evans, along with Hay Merchant's Kevin Floyd, to treat an intimate crowd of 50.
Visit the Houston Beer Week website for more info and to secure tickets to Bjergsø appearances and other HBW events.