I got lucky.
One of my homestay network friends worked with a brewery in the US that partnered with a Danish Brewery. He got offered to tour the brewery and I got to go along with. Last Wednesday, we went up, taking an hour bus ride north to Gørløse to Dry & Bitter Brewing Company.
Once there we met with one of only eight employees who graciously toured us around the facility. One of the interesting things was learning that they go around the world to find their hops and one of the varieties comes from the Yakima Valley, about 3 hours from my home in Washington. Talk about small world!
It was great to learn about the process of brewery their beers from malt to finish label. Each of their beers come with a unique label generated in house. Some of the labels are shown below.
Dry & Bitter has only been around for five years, but in that time has creating a product in which over half is exported to other EU countries as well as East Asia. With their five year anniversary, they released a couple of beers the next day. One Hej 5 (pronounce hi 5) is a quintuple hopped, triple IPA with a citrus backing. It was delicious.
From trying it, I took time to go to one of the places they distribute in København, Fermentoren Beer Bar, to attend their release. Located in the Meat Packing District, Fermentoren was a great find. I ended up being the first person to buy the Hej 5.
Overall a great experience with a local Danish company. There is an organic brewery near to Roskilde that I am looking forward to touring soon!