Drink This Now: BC Dream, by Mikkeller
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is one of the world’s most intriguing brewers, creating primarily one-off, experimental beers under his Mikkeller beer label. He also releases dozens of collaborations with breweries around the world, like Vermont’s incomparable Hill Farmstead, every year. Though he’s based in Copenhagen, Bjergsø doesn’t stick around home to produce his range of offerings. Most are brewed at de Proef Brouwerij in Belgium, and in 2015, Mikkeller took over the AleSmith Brewery in San Diego and based his U.S. operations there.
But he’s always been fond of Boston and its beer scene, so when he met Brian Appel and Mike Snow of Crash Line Productions in 2015, they talked about ways to bring more Mikkeller beer and Bjergsø’s industry friends to the Hub.
The result is the unprecedented Copenhagen Beer and Music Celebration, taking over City Hall Plaza for a weekend in September with more than 50 different breweries from Denmark, Belgium, the United States, and beyond, plus big-name musical acts like Yo La Tengo. This year marked the fifth edition of the original Copenhagen Beer Celebration, but its stateside expansion is the first to feature three days of music, Bjergsø says.
“Due to the big success of CBC we’ve been wanting to do it in other places as well. We got a great opportunity working with our friends at Crash Line, and when they presented the idea of CBC in downtown Boston, it was a no brainer for us,” he says. “We love the U.S. craft beer market, and think Boston has a lot of great local brewers.”
Mikkeller’s Cophenhagen home is the flagship Mikkeller Bar, and Bjergsø has expanded his taproom brand into San Francisco, San Diego, Bangkok, Barcelona, and beyond, too.
“We have no specific plans of bars [in the Boston area] for the time being, but you never know,” Bjergsø says.
Before the festival, Bjergsø is introducing himself to Boston music fans this weekend, at Crash Line’s Boston Calling. Amid the sea of Sam Adams beers typically available at the biannual festival will be the hazy, heady BC Dream, brewed at Mikkeller SD specially for this weekend’s events.
BC Dream is a tribute to great beer and music, Bjergsø says. It’s a spin-off of a series of beers that started with American Dream, a lager loaded with American hops.
“American Dream was my tribute to American craft beer. We renamed it Danish Dream when exporting it to the U.S., to show its origin, and when we did a similar beer at our newly opened brewery in San Diego, we called it California Dream.”
BC Dream is a hoppy pilsner, and on trend with the wave of fruited beers crushing the summertime market, Bjergsø added California blood oranges. The beer is fresh and mellow, with low bitterness. Primarily Galaxy, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops give it subtle floral aromas. It’s a relatively sessionable 4.6 percent ABV, which is good news for music fans spending the weekend at Boston Calling.
BC Dream is part of an entirely upgraded food and drink program at this installment of Boston Calling, complete with a spread of Firefly’s Barbecue, lobster rolls from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, sips curated by Wine Riot, and more. Available on draft at the beer garden, plastic pints of BC Dream are $9.