Hugh Eckermann: Lager Lager, a unique combination growler station, bottle shop and tasting room in Berlin-Neukölln is frequently hosting amazing tap takeovers.
Hana Eckermann: This time, there are five beers from the iconic Copenhagen brewery Warpigs on the tap. Lager Lager also secured a few bottles of the Warpigs limited edition of Cumulus Humulus, the New England style beer.
Hugh: And I am speaking with Marke [Saaremets]. What has been your favorite beer so far?
Marke Saaremets: I think it's the session IPA, one of the best session IPAs I've ever tried - it's so rich in flavor and it's just super well-balanced, very fruity, very nice.
Octavian Pantazi: Hi, I am Octavian. I had the Lazurite IPA and it was full of hops. It was fresh and very, very powerful.
Hana: We will check with Andre [Gifkins], a co-founder of Lager Lager, what is his choice of the evening.
Andre Gifkins: The session IPA, the Power Move, is my favorite. I think it's the most balanced and drinkable, and I always look for drink-ability. We just opened a bottle of this New England style IPA and it's one of the juiciest things I have ever seen in my life. It´s crazy.
Hugh: Absolutely, the Cumulus Humulus is so hoppy it feels like you are actually chewing on hops.
Hana: I really enjoyed the Saison named Vitus the Great brewed with green tea, created in collaboration with the Chinese breweries the Boxing Cat and the Great Leap.
Andre: None of the beers that we have I could fault in any way, and that's why we pay a little bit more money for these kind of things to bring them in, because they are flawless beers.
Hugh: And what is the secret behind perfectly brewed beers? We took a little sneak peak behind the scenes in Warpigs and talked with Jacob Alsing, the Operations manager.
Jacob Alsing: We wanted it to be like in the old days, so it's basically a very old fashion type brewery: No computers, no nothing.Then, the only thing we have that is high tech here is a water treatment system so we reproduce water of lake Michigan because it gives a special flavor. We have two very skilled brewers, we have the yeast because of the yeast factory with White Labs, the good hops, because we have the sources through 3 Floyds.
Hugh: So how did 3 Floyds get involved in Warpigs?
Jacob: Mikkel and Nick and Chris from 3 Floyds - they've been really good friends for a long, long time and the whole collaboration on this has just been inspirational. Out of all the projects we've done, this is by far have been the one where I feel that we pushed the borders the most, and I am extremely proud of what we have done. Also because it´s about having fun with what you do.
Hana: ..and that´s the most important thing. We certainly had a lot of fun at Lager Lager in Neukölln tasting all the beers from Copenhagen Brewpub Warpigs.