Skål! 2012 was record year for beer

January 7th, 2013

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756 new brews hit the domestic market last year, adding to the nation’s growing drinking options

For Denmark's beer fans, 2012 was a banner year. 


Beer drinkers were treated to 756 new beers on the Danish market during the course of the last year according to numbers from Beerticker/Beerticker PRO, which has kept tabs on the domestic beer market since 2007. The new brews set a record, besting the 647 new beers that were introduced in 2008. 


While powerhouse Carlsberg may market itself as 'probably the best beer in the world', it is now far from the only beer available in Denmark. In the past decade alone, 4,645 new beers have been introduced to the market. 


In 2012's record-setting year, 11 new breweries popped up nationwide, bringing the total to 132, including five on the Faroe Islands and Greenland. 


Leading the way in 2012 was the Vesterbro-based Mikkeller, which released 91 new beers – 87 of which made their way to the Danish market. Not far behind was Evil Twin Brewing, which put out 75 new brews.


The past several years have seen an explosion of new beers in Denmark. While only 19 new brews hit the market in 1999, that number increased to 234 by 2005. In the years since, there have consistently been at least 500 new options added each year for the nation's beer drinkers.  


You can see the list of new beers added in 2012 here


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