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Twenty types of beer on tap at the new Mikkeller & Friends bar in Reykjavík

By Jón Kaldal

  • Beer nerds Ólafur Ágústsson (left) and Haukur Heiðar Leifsson will guide guests through the impressive beer menu at Mikkeller & Friends. Photo/Jerel Lai

The beer selection at the brand new Mikkeller & Friends bar at Hverfisgata street, downtown Reykjavík, will make you dizzy before you have a single sip.

They have twenty types on tap among those are rarities like the legendary Westvleteren, considered by some to be the best beer in the world, vintage BelleVues from 1999 and 1989 and Gueuze, all three are Belgian icons.

According to bar manager Ólafur Ágústsson the stars of the show are, however, beers from the fantastic Danish micro brewery Mikkeller and their friends To Øl, both so-called gipsy or nomad breweries meaning they don’t own their own brewing quipment, but brew their ambitious recipes at other breweries instead. ”We will get all the lates types from them as soon as they enter the market,” Ólafur explains.

While the focus is on the drinks at Mikkeller & Friends the bar also offers a quality snack menu from the excellent pizzeria located one floor down.

Read more: The annual Icelandic Beer Day

The Mikkeller & Friends bar is a collaboration between the Danish brewers and Icelandic restaurateurs who own the great Kex Hostel & Bar, a stalwart on Reykjavík’s downtown bar scene.

Good to know
“One beer please” is in Icelandic: “Einn bjór, takk.”
And “cheers” is “Skál!”

Mikkeller & Friends, Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík. Opens February 27th.

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