Dispatches From A Danish Farmhouse Brewery

So, if you’re reading this you’re almost certainly one of my friends.  Unless you don’t use Facebook (which, if so, good for you!) or we haven’t spoken in 6+ months, you must know that I moved to Denmark on September 5th 2015.

My reasons are varied. There’s the obvious: Steve Wynn’s Temple Of Greed Casino (that’s the actual name, I assure you)  being built in Everett, MA on the site of the building that currently houses Enlightenment Ales & Idle Hands Craft Ales. Then there’s the more practical: I’ve wanted for a long time to learn more about European brewing practices and techniques. I figure that by living here and working in Europe I’ll have the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, to travel to other countries and other breweries, and, more importantly, to ask a LOT of questions. As fate would have it I’ve been hired as the head brewer (in Danish, “Brewer Chef”) of a small farmhouse brewery in rural Denmark and asked to focus on funky farmhouse ales and hoppy American beers. Excellent! Lastly, brewery aside, I want to feel and experience what it’s like to live as a foreigner in a foreign land. I want the opportunity to view a different culture from the inside, to feel what it’s like to be an alien, and to hopeful grow my awareness and perspective at the same time.

Anyways, so that’s the reason I moved to Denmark. In the meantime, however, I was thinking it might be kinda cool to collect some of the more interesting stories, experiences, adventures etc. I’ve had over here in Europe in one place and post ’em if anyone is interested.

So, without further adieu, I present to you “Dispatches From A Danish Farmhouse Brewery.”

Hopefully I’ll have something interesting to post soon. In the meantime, here’s this:

The view from the top of the hill near the brewery.

The view from the top of the hill near the brewery.

A view from my train leaving Copenhagen.

A view from my train leaving Copenhagen.

Saying goodbye to my best friend Vahdat at the airport.

Saying goodbye to my best friend Vahdat at the airport.

A rainbow over Copenhagen just as I arrive in Denmark.

A rainbow over Copenhagen just as I arrive in Denmark.

The kitchen table in my "hobbit house."

The kitchen table in my “hobbit house.”

My hobbit house.

My hobbit house.

Sunset at the brewery.

Sunset at the brewery.

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