With Denmark considered a world leader in the art of beer making and sporting the world’s 4th largest brewery, North Jutland is home to some of the country’s best microbreweries including Nibe Bryghus in the picturesque market town Nibe, Thisted Bryghus conveniently situated near Denmark’s first and stunning national park in Thy and Restaurant Bryggen with superb views over the Limfjorden.
Already a culinary hub for the North, Aalborg has now launched a fantastic new intensive tour for beer connoisseurs and those who just enjoy ‘a beer in the evening’ to introduce them to the region’s many and varied brews - the Aalborg Beerwalk. Showcasing six of the city’s best pubs, including the famous Søgaards Bryghus, which was set up by a local butcher who loved beer so much that he started his own brewery and restaurant, the self guided walk can be taken at any time and comes with a detailed guide on each establishment, downloadable GPS map, the necessary Aalborg Beerwalk tasting glass – a great souvenir to take home – and 6 vouchers for sampling.
For something a little stronger, try Denmark’s famous ‘drink with a kick’ – Aalborg Aquavit. With guided tours of the local distillery, visitors can develop a real taste for this delicious ‘schnapps’, in its various flavours, which has been made in Aalborg for nearly 170 years.
Complementing its drinking establishments, Aalborg draws on North Jutland’s fertile countryside to offer some of the best dining experiences in Denmark. Whet the appetite at the award winning Morten’s Kro where celebrity chef Morten Nielsen excites with his exquisite Danish fusion menu in stylish surrounds; savour some of Europe’s tastiest ‘slow food’ Italian at SanGiovanni; or dine like royalty on the Prinses Juliana, a Dutch training ship permanently moored on the Limfjord, with delicious Danish cuisine in romantically ship-shape surrounds.
Venturing further afield along the Limfjorden strait, enjoy the local catch at one of many coastal village restaurants or inns (‘kro’). Tucking into freshly caught fish, the world famous Limfjord oysters and large succulent lobsters. Alternatively join in one of the many festivals or events, such as the annual Løgstør’s Mussel Festival in July; the coastal harbour of Skagen’s ‘July’s Great Fish Buffet’ where you can partake in the local fish auction and eat as much fish as you like; or further out to sea on the island of Læsø, which is well known for its heather fed lamb, heather honey, organic pork and famous Læsø salt. The annual Læsø Langoustine Festival taking place 2 August attracts over 3,000 feasting spectators as they indulge in this much sort after crustacean.
With the North Jutland countryside dotted with small-holdings and numerous organic farm shops that are open to the public, a huge variety of produce is readily available to try. This includes local specialities such as freshly picked cowberries, wild woodland mushrooms, Vildmose potatoes sprinkled with locally produced ‘Stensalt’, wild boar air cured ham, traditional beech wood smoked venison, Nibe’s famous Lindegaard dairy’s goat cheese and RYAA ICE from Denmark’s oldest dairy Aabybro Mejeri. Wine tasting can also be had at North Jutland’s first commercial wine house Glenholm Vineyard in Naesby where you can sip a Bueto (dry red) or Limosa (sweet dessert wine) amongst the vines.
Whether wanting a flying culinary visit or a more extensive gourmet stay, Aalborg and North Jutland serves up the right ingredients to suit all tastes and budgets within less than two hours flying time from the UK and with a chilled pint of locally brewed Danish hospitality literally ‘on tap’.