08/02/20192 min of reading

Evil Twin vs. Mikkeller: Why sibling rivalry isn't always a bad thing

Mikkeller and Evil Twin are two exceptional breweries run by two twin brothers and fuelled by a certain antipathy. In fact, their relationship is so rocky that when Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso set up his own brewery he decided to cross the Atlantic just to put few more miles between them.

There’s aways going to be friction between siblings, but sadly some families just don’t get on and the two brothers, and Craft Beer legends, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso and Mikkel Borg Bjergso have been less than best buddies for years. Nevertheless, while speculation continues about whether this feud is the result of some truly genius marketing or that there really is genuine bad-blood between the two, they are no longer on speaking terms. 


It finally became clear that the rarefied world of Copenhagen’s Craft Beer scene was a little too cramped and, while Mikkel remained in Denmark as Mikkeller, Jeppe decided to seek his fortune in the United States, setting up his own business under the rather pointed name of Evil Twin!

A Danish to go, please!

A major player in American craft beer, Evil Twin is a true Craft Beer avatar for Jeppe, brewing ownly beers that meet his exacting standards (and occasionally outlandish tastes). That’s why you’ll never find a Hefe Weizen in his range as he simply doesn’t like the style. In contrast, he’s a diehard Imperial Stout fan, as well as a sucker for a Sour and a devotee of IPAs – all styles that he has mastered.

Evil Twin: brewing with friends

He’s also no stranger to collaborative brewing – though not with his brother recently – and examples of his work can be found in the form of Bible Belt, created in partnership with Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales, the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Break with Westbrook, or even Old Fashioned Lemonade IPA with fellow Scandinavians Omnipollo.

But whether its collaborative brewing or single-handed Evil Twin continues to delight fans of brewery and one thing is for sure: if you want to discover sensational, original and exquisitely crafted American artisanal ales, there are a lot worse places to start.

The Queens NYC brewery - a brand new chapter...

Long known as an itinerant brewer, Jeppe finally embarked on a new adventure in early 2019 by opening its own brewery in the New York borough of Queens. So, Evil Twin’s story is living proof although sibling rivalry ain’t always pretty, it certainly produces some interesting results!  


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