In 2005 Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther were sitting at their old college talking to their teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Mikkeller) about it being a shame, that most Danish breweries was scrambling to describe how their beers had been brewed for over 100 years, rather than focusing on the actual taste and content of the beer (as if a stale lager ever has become less nauseous by the fact that it has been brewed for over 100 years!?) The three of them agreed that the only way to ensure the quality was to brew the beers themselves. So they did. Soon they were allowed to borrow the schools’ kitchen during the schools’ closing hours and they began to brew. This meant however that most of the brews were made between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am on weekdays, which resulted in some hard school days for both the two pupils and their teacher, but the hunt for quality and potent beers had begun and a concept of never making compromises with the quality was founded.
Later Mikkel started the brewery Mikkeller, which has garnered wide international recognition, while Tobias and Tore continued to craft brew until they in 2010 found that their brewery To Øl (Danish for Two Beers) was now ripe to make its first commercial brew. The word spread fast and as Mikkel heard his old students plans, he insisted on making a collaborative brew between Mikkeller and To Øl, which became the first beer to release from To Øl – Overall IIPA. Ever since then To Øl has continued to brew beers that pushes the boundaries of beers. The approach is to always use the best raw materials, never make compromises with the taste, don’t follow fashion or certain styles and always have an open mind.
Despite the short lifetime of To Øl, the brewery has already gained a huge amount of positive attention in craft beer societies around the world for their non-compromises made with the quality brewing style, and they are now exporting to over 20 different countries including Chile, Mexico, USA, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, France, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Australia. In January 2013 To Øl was named in the top 50 of best breweries in the world by the beer rating site – www.ratebeer.com
Let’s get this straight – We are what’s called a gypsy brewery (or Pyrate/Nomad/Contract/Gold Digger Brewery). This means that we don’t own our own brewing equipment, but brew at others instead. We do this because we think it is the absolute best way to ensure the highest quality, the widest variety and continually being able to reinvent ourself and the beers we brew. At the same time it is a way to make brewing social. Instead of turning grey by the fermenters, we want meet and talk to people all around the world. We are gypsies and we are proud of it.
So in short: If you want to visit our brewery, then it is not because we are unpolite snobs that we say no.
To Øl wishes to make potent beers, packed with flavour and character. Beer, which you do not forget easily (unless you just had too many). We make beers with an edge and with a drive and prefers quality way before quantity. We love session beers, we love complex beasty beers.
In short, we want to make the best beers in the world. Period.
When we started the brewery, we took some time to emphasize the main visions for our brewery. We simplified the brewery this way – we want to:
Give beer some youth – We don’t want to hear about hundred years old breweries. Age only withers; it does not improve the recipe. We are not attempting to copy old beer from old breweries, instead we do contemporary beer and we believe that you are never better than your last brew. We would instantly trash a beer if it turned obsolete or blunt. Meanwhile the general beverage for young people is syrup-sweet fruit alcohol beverages and apparently they add the ingredient “ice cold” to the beer. No! – We believe that young people want a good potent beer (At least we do…)
Stay away from supermarkets – If being in a supermarket means, that we have to make compromises with the quality of the ingredients that we use, then we rather stop brewing beers.
Have a drive and edge – Our goal is to provoke and push the boundaries for the very perception of beer. Meanwhile we just want to have fun doing it. We should never forget that we are making beer and not politics!
Let the beer carry the message – Agreed, we think it’s fun to provoke, inspire and communicate through different kinds of media. But in the end, the quality of the beer should be the best story, nothing else.