Even if you are too young to have experienced Rick Astley’s hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, the chances you haven’t heard the song are slim. The 1987 single rocketed him to fame, topping the charts in 25 countries. The internet brought the the song back into popularity again in 2008, thanks to the now infamous “rickrolling” prank. Google that.
His next hit? Beer.
Danish brewer Mikkeller has reportedly partnered with Rick Astley, on a new lager. The beer has yet to be named.
No word on if the U.S. will see Rick Astley’s beer, however it is important to note that Mikkeller started brewing stateside in 2016 at their new San Diego facility.
Prediction. Rickrolling will soon evolve to be chugging this beer. Think Smirnoff Ice and “icing” someone. Singing will have to be involved.
Mikkeller Big Blend is hitting shelves stateside now, and it might be a true beer geek dream.
Mikkeller’s “Breakfast Series” started with Beer Geek Breakfast, an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. Then came Beer Geek Brunch, which upgraded to coffee aspect to the world’s most expensive – Kopi Luwak. Since then, there have been various barrel-aged editions floating around.
Now, Mikkeller Big Blend. Featuring six different barrel aged editions of Beer Geek Breakfast and Brunch, blended together in what has to be the ultimate way to start the day.
Available in 11.2 ounce bottles, through Shelton Brothers.
Mikkeller Crooked Moon Tattoo
Mikkeller Metal Henry
Initial details indicate the Alesmith and Mikkeller will be forming a new partnership, creating a brewery (not yet named). The new brewhouse will be located in a building that Alesmith currently owns.
This isn’t the first time Mikkeller used this approach. Bjergsø also owns Warpigs, a Copenhagen brewery with Indiana based Three Floyds. Additionally, Bjergsø/Mikkeller owns Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, California.
The new brewery could be operational as of Summer, 2015. Mikkeller currently produces various offerings for the United States at craft breweries across the country. No word if that will continue after the new brewery is online.
You almost saw this coming, as Alesmith & Mikkeller recently released a collaboration, Beer Geek Speedway.
Beer Street Journal has reached out to Alesmith and Mikkeller for more information.
You’ll notice this is a fusion of each of the brewery’s popular offerings – Speedway Stout, and Beer Geek Brunch. Beer Geek Speedway also uses the most expensive coffee in the world – the Kopi Luwak (aka weasel poop coffee.) Alemith and Mikkeller both use Kopi Luwak in some of their offerings.
It’s a collaborative project that will take shape as an Imperial Oatmeal Stout directly influenced by our legendary Speedway Stout and Mikkeller’s infamous Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.
There is no release date yet for Alesmith Mikkeller Beer Geek Speedway.
Shelton Brothers has been unable to distribute in Missouri for the past three years. The lack of distribution meant Mikkeller’s offerings were unavailable to the Show-Me state.
Now that Shelton Brothers is back, the distributor teamed up with Mikkel of Mikkeller for a special sour ale. Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee is a blend of a quadrupel (Monk’s Brew) and the lambic base for their “Spontan Series.“
Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee is available in the state of Missouri in 750ml bottles.
Style: Wild Ale
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Missouri only.