The Bryggeriet Djælebryg logo
|Rune Lindgreen, Stinus Lindgreen, Per Olaf Huusfeldt|
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg (Danish for The Devil's Brew Brewery) is a Danish microbrewery established in June 2006. The brewery is a so-called phantom brewery and currently brews its beers at Herslev Bryghus near Roskilde. From 2006–2009 the beers were brewed at Brøckhouse in Hillerød.
The brewery started as just a hobby for the brothers Rune and Stinus Lindgreen who began to make their own beer in their mother's kitchen back in 2003. After a few years of experimenting, a friend of theirs, Per Olaf Huusfeldt, suggested that they should consider establishing a microbrewery in order to get the beers out to a broader audience.
In June 2006 – on the date 06.06.06 – the brewery was formally established under the name "Bryggeriet Djævlebryg Aps". This of course attracted the local media in Kongens Lyngby where the brewery originates. Initially, actual brewing was carried out at the Danish microbrewery Brøckhouse, and later at the Herslev brewery. The slogan "Satans gode øl" – roughly meaning "Devilishly good beers" – can be found on all bottles.
The founders of the brewery all have backgrounds in the natural sciences, and they approach the brewing process with a combination of respect for the good taste and an academic knowledge about what is going on in process. The name of the brewery plays on two things: First of all, the devil in Western mythology represents the passionate (or sinful) things in life including alcoholic beverages, and secondly, there are so many monasteries brewing beers that they need some opposition. Both the name of the brewery and the names they use for the individual beers are tongue-in-cheek.
- At the Copenhagen Beerfestival 2007, the brewery was awarded the prize for "Best Exhibitor" by the guests.
- The stout "Nekron" was voted to be the 3rd best beer out of more than 550 released in Denmark in 2007.
- In 2008, "Nekron" was awarded a gold medal on the internet portal RateBeer
- Rune Lindgreen and Per Olaf Huusfeldt from Djævlebryg received the 2. prize and honorary mention for their exam project when graduating as diploma brewers.
- "Old Mephisto" (barleywine-style ale) won a gold medal at "Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival", 2010
- "Gudeløs" (imperial stout) won a silver medal at "Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival", 2011
Types of beers
As of November 2010, the brewery has the following beers on the market:
- Eklipse: A pale ale. 4.5% abv.
- Mareridt (Nightmare): A smoked beer brewed with Brettanomyces-yeast. 6% abv.
- Hjul & Stejle (Breaking Wheel): A rye beer brewed with Brettanomyces-yeast. 5% abv.
- OriginAle: A double IPA brewed entirely with English hops. 8.5% abv.
- Mystikale: An ale brewed with different herbs and spices. 6.5% abv.
- Schopenhauers Vilje (Schopenhauer's Will): A hoppy, bitter ale named after the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. 6.5% abv.
- Old Mephisto: A barleywine. 10.5% abv.
- Son of Nekron: A porter brewed with peat smoked malt. 6.5% abv.
- Nekron: A stout. 8.5% abv.
- Pride of Nekron: An imperial stout. 10.5% abv.
- Gudeløs (Godless): An imperial stout. 8.9% abv.
The brewery released the imperial stout Gudeløs (meaning "Godless") at the European Beer Festival 2008. The beer is made in collaboration with the Danish Atheist Society, and the brewery donates 1 Danish krone to the society for each beer sold. This "atheism beer" created some discussion on the internet, even before the release, where it attracted the attention of atheists from all over the world. Most notably, P.Z. Myers mentioned it on his blog Pharyngula, and a thread was started on the Richard Dawkins message board discussing the beer.
The release of the Godless beer was mentioned by the Danish Beer Academy, and gave rise to a number of articles in Danish newspapers as well as a clip in the news on national Danish television. Even in Norway and as far away as USA, this beer made the news.
Before Godless was released, Djævlebryg still made the news on a regular basis.
- Articles in local Danish newspaper "Det Grønne Område"
- RateBeer page on Bryggeriet Djævlebryg
- Discussion about Djævlebryg on RateBeer
- Page from "Danish Beer Enthusiasts" on the beerfestival 2007 showing a picture of beer developer Rune Lindgreen and describing the award
- Page from "Danish Beer Enthusiasts" on the vote showing complete list and the final top 10
- Digital gold medal "diploma" from RateBeer
- News article from the Danish Beer Academy Archived May 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Brewery description of the beer Gudeløs
- "Denmark is now on my list of emigration destinations" Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "A New Danish Atheist Beer"[permanent dead link]
- "Ugudelig øl-alliance" Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (trans. "Ungodly beer alliance")
- Jyske Vestkysten Archived September 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Kristeligt Dagblad 2, Kristeligt Dagblad 2, TV2 Lorry[dead link], Viborg Folkeblad
- Choose "21:00" and the date "Tirsdag 23. sep. 2008"
- Norwegian newspaper and American TV clip
- Local newspaper "Det Grønne Område", weekly newspaper "Søndagsavisen", clip from local TV news, and test in Danish newspaper "Berlingske Tidende"