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At ÅBEN we strive to make exceptional products. Our focus is on modern, hoppy styles but it is in our genes to experiment, evolve, and always excel. We believe in choosing the right path – even when it is not the easiest.

 
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History of ÅBEN

The brewery ÅBEN - founded in 2017 by Philip Hulgaard and Johannes Karstoft - resides in a small barn in the outskirts of Kolding, Denmark. Philip and Johannes have been friends for many years. And at one point they realized, working in front of a computer day and night isn’t fun – so instead they opened the brewery. First as a hobby, since as a passion, and now as a quest to open the door to new and flavorful beers to beer lovers.

Doors opened on 9 June 2017 in what can only be described as a torrential rain storm. This, however, was not a sign of the future of the brewery.

ÅBEN was voted the 5th best brewery by the Danish Beer Enthusiasts in 2018.

PRESS
JyskeVestkysten wrote about our brewery, 2019. Read the article here (Danish)
JyskeVestkysten wrote about our brewery, 2018. Read the article here (Danish)
JyskeVestkysten wrote about our brewery, 2018. Read the article here (Danish)
JyskeVestkysten wrote about our brewery, 2017. Read the article here (Danish)
JyskeVestkysten wrote about our brewery, 2017. Read the article here (Danish)

 
 
 
 
 
 

From Earth to Table

At ÅBEN it is one of our core principles to always use the best ingredients available, and in a country where the barley is among the best in the world, why not produce your own barley (and hence malt). Thus, a large portion of all the malt we use are sprouted less than a 100 meters from the brewery, and once used, it is recycled into the earth as nutrients for next year’s harvest. 

CAPACITY
Brewhouse: 7 hl
Fermenters: 4 x 26, 5 x 10 hl and our baby, 1 x 4 hl

2018 production: 35,000 liters

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You use four elements: water, yeast, hops and malt. It’s as simple as that, and that’s how it’s been done for thousands of years. Yet, we continue to define new beer styles and ways of incorporating new and old ingredients. There are so many ways to experiment. Beer is never just beer.”

— Philip Hulgaard, founder of ÅBEN

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Brewing started as an interest and became an obsession.”

— Philip Hulgaard, founder of ÅBEN