By Thomas Pankratz
When 3 Floyds Brewing Co. joined forces with Danish gypsy brewer Mikkeller to open WarPigs Brewpub in Copenhagen in 2015, it became one of the first American craft breweries to establish a beachhead in Continental Europe. In Copenhagen’s former Meatpacking District, you’ll come across a place that will appeal to anyone who likes their IPAs ultra hoppy and fresh from the tank – that place is Warpigs Brewpub.
Located in a former slaughterhouse, this white-tiled slice of beer and barbecue heaven opened as a 50/50 partnership with Three Floyds, based out of Munster, Indiana. The ambition was to serve beers brewed on-site alongside traditional Texas-style smokehouse barbecue. Warpigs has become renowned for their hoppy offerings.
Warpigs brought its signature beers to the U.S., launching in Chicago in 2017. 2021 marked the dawn of a new era for WarPigs USA. They are no longer a collaboration project but are now on their own mission. They became independent and with the addition of Todd Haug, formerly head brew master at Surly Brewing Co of Minneapolis, the sky is the limit. Now, WarPigs’ beer brands are being distributed across the Midwest in Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and now North Dakota!
Foggy Geezer Hazy IPA
Citrus and tropical hop varieties are gathered en masse to create this delicious WarPigs IPA. Tropical and citrus notes on the nose. Good hop bitterness with a creamy body and crisp finish. ABV 6.8%, IBU 70
Four Phantoms Ethereal Pale Ale
Ethereal American Blonde Ale rising triumphant from the daily trials of monotony. Golden pour leads to a sweet, malty body with hints of orange peel. Solid hoppy finish for a Blonde Ale. ABV 6.5%, IBU 65
Reflection of Lives Past, seeker of the truth. The rock gives firm purchase for the journey ahead. Stay the course. Bright Citrusy and full-bodied with just enough malt to balance the profound bitterness. ABV 7.5%, IBU 70.
Salmon Pants Lager
A full flavored and hoppy premium WarPigs lager with a light body and dry finish. ABV 5.3%, IBU 60.