Much like their Viking ancestors, bearded Danish duo Mikkel Borg-Bjergsø and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø have been taking the world by storm, but rather more happily through the medium of craft beer, with nomadic trend ‘gypsy brewing’.
Collaborating with breweries in Australia, Spain and Norway to name but a few, these twin brothers have pioneered the idea of making one-off special edition craft beers with an emphasis on unusual herbs, spices and fruit.
But rather uncharacteristically and luckily for New York, Jeppe has finally decided to take roots in Brooklyn with Tørst (Danish for thirst) his first bar-cum-restaurant serving 21 draughts and over 200 bottles.
Your average pub this certainly is not, with polished walls of Deco-style chevron panelling, 60s-era Danish furniture and an expansive marble splashback of chrome and wooden pumps, this space feels more like a temple to the Norse god of libation.
Along with beers from Jeppe’s itinerant Evil Twin label, on rotation are hard-to-find brews like Harviestoun Ola Dubh 1991 Vintage (a mighty 10.5% abv!) and his brother’s rhubarb variant of Mikkeller’s It’s Alive.
While recently opened Luksus, headed by chef Daniel Burns (Noma, Momofuku) now adjoins the bar through a secret backdoor, the focus remains brew-centric with Scandi plates of raw razor clams and bone marrow in a radish-cucumber vinaigrette, and rhubarb-beetroot pudding sprinkled with woodruff meringue and hyssop-infused pea sorbet. Draughts and dishes to die for!