Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen

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    Carlsberg Elephants

    by TNPETER3 Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    Although the brewery was closed for a public holiday (that I didn't know about) on the day that I visited, the Carlsberg Elephants were there and still working hard! Very cool and almost worth the walk from my hotel to the brewery!
    The brewery itself is massive and pretty impressive looking so I would recommend checking it out. Just make sure it's open when you go so that you can go to the visitor's centre, take a tour and sample some of Denmark's golden nectar at the source!

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    free beer.

    by cachaseiro Written Jul 29, 2004

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    backpackers at the carlsberg bar.

    carlsberg has a visitor center where you can do a self guided tour for free.
    at the end of the tour there is a big bar where you can have 2 beers for free.
    the tour is quite interesting and there is nothing a couple of free beers.

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    The national drink

    by TheView Updated Feb 15, 2008

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    One of if not the best known Danish companies around the world is Carlsberg. Founded in 1847 by Brewer J.C.Jacobsen growing from the city of Copenhagen and moving to the outskirts of town to Valby hill. You can now visit the old factory that has been turned into a visitors centre. The production of there main brands has been moved out of town but a house label ”Jacobsen” is still being manufactured in the original buildings.

    Charitable to sciences culture and arts

    Of what I like to name a healthy disagreement between the founder J.C.Jacobsen and his only son C.Jacobsen. The healthiness of the disagreement was that it was the basis for the creation The Carlsberg Foundation By J.C.Jacobsen whom at anytime should have not less then 51% of the share capital. The foundation is managed by a board of directors consisting of 5 members elected by the royal Danish academy of sciences and letters. Among the academy’s members.
    One of the objects for the board is that ”Carlsberg” should be know as brew of beer at ”a high and honourable level” and ”a well respected name”. From the income there is donated a good deal of money to sciences, culture and arts beside the normal tax.

    After the tour that will cost you 50 DDK or 35 DDK if your are be on 65 years. You will have the pleasure as a part of the entry ticket to sample two glasses of beer one normal and one of the very good Jacobsen beers.

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    Carlsberg Brewery

    by mindcrime Written Mar 13, 2012

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    All the guides have Carlsberg Brewery as a must see so we gave it a try. Carlsberg was founded in 1847 by Jacob Christian that had chosen Valby Hill because of the quality of the water nearby. What I didn’t know was that the site is no longer produces lager but it house an interesting Information Centre about beer and its production.

    The entrance fee is expensive (65DKK) and what you get is a visit to the stables (pic 2) where there are some beautiful horses (you visit them for free) and then stroll through the sculpture garden (pic 3) where also you can walk for free! You can also check the store where they sell many beers of course but also souvenirs related to Carlsberg etc

    Next to the store is Bar Jacobsen, a modern place (nothing special but nice) where you can eat something and drink beer (of course).

    Ok but why did we have to pay the entrance fee?! The ticket gives you for access to the exhibition but also 2 glasses of beer at Bar Jacobsen.

    The exhibition will give you a lot of information about the beer production through the years. There are some interesting timetables through out the rooms and all the signs are very informative, there is also a large room housing thousands of beers actually this collection of unopened beer bottles is the largest of its kind. It was founded by Mr. Leif Sonne who transferred it to Carlsberg in 1993. The collection has only large scale or batch produced beers bottles with a degree of standardization. It was counted in 2006 and reached 16.384 (and won a Guinness World record certificate). As you can see in the picture (pic 4) the bottles are full of dust, it must be hard to clean all these bottles :)

    Carlsberg’s new research centre (a few meters away from the main entrance) was inaugurated on 27/9/1976. The centre was created in a new 9000m2 building linked to the existing laboratory building(2,600m2) dating from 1897. 60 laboratories capable of accommodating 100 employees were established. As the Carlsberg Research Center was intended to perfom both applied and basic research within a new research concept the resources were targeted at the development of new methods and projects relating to brewery processes, new products and raw materials.

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    Don't forget this one (geddit ?)

    by sourbugger Written Dec 18, 2007

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    Elephant gate, Carlsberg brewery

    If you are looking national symbols of Denmark, then the Carlsberg elephants must be in the running. These four magnificent carvings form the gate that leads to the main entrance to the Carlsberg brewery. They were completed in 1901 and if you look carefully include the initials of the four surviving sons of the founder Jacobson. They also use the Swastika symbol. The symbol itself is, of course, a very ancient Indian symbol standing for health and prosperity. Its confusion with the ‘crooked cross’ of Nazi Germany led to the company dropping the logo in the 1930’s. It still however seems odd to come across it in the modern day.

    It’s easy to miss this gate, as the bus route to the visitors centre and the more direct route from the railway station don’t go past the gate. Make sure you divert !

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    Carlsberg Brewery

    by sorenf Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    NOTE: Under remodellling until June 1st 2005. My tip obviously was written prior to the remodelling. I will leave this here until I have a chance to take the new tour.

    The world famous brewery located in central Copenhagen is a hit with anybody visiting Copenhagen. Ok maybe not central Copenhagen but it’s only 15 min. by public bus.

    The tour itself is quite short and self guided. It’s interesting, but not hugely exciting. You get a good view of how beer was brewed back in the days, you are taken through Carlsberg’s history and you can see Carlsberg bottles with the old logo, the Swastika, which perhaps not so surprisingly was abandoned after Hitler picked it up.

    The main attraction is at the end of the tour when you are led into a bar and are offered free samples of Carlsberg’s products. Two beers are included in the tour, but if you want more I guess you could just do the tour again.

    Price of the tour: Free
    Opening hours: 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed
    Closed for Danish holidays and between Christmas and New Years

    An interesting fact about Carlsberg is that it is majority owned by the Carlsberg Foundation and the management of that foundation was given to the Royal Academy of Science by the founder of Carlsberg. This makes it impossible to take over, but also means the management is 60+ year old scientists.

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    Carlsberg Brewery

    by ValbyDK Updated May 18, 2013

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    If you have some interest in beer culture or beer brewing, a visit to the Carlsberg Visitors Centre is absolute recommendable. The Visitors Centre is newly renovated and there are exhibitions about the brewing of beers and the history of the Carlsberg and Tuborg Brewery.

    It’s not a guided tour, you just follow the signs and they will lead you through the exhibitions halls, the horse stables, the garages with old beer wagons, and more… The tour takes around 1 hour and ends in a small gift shop with all sorts of different Carlsberg merchandise. From the shop you enter a really nice modern bar where you can taste the products from Carlsberg and Tuborg. Two tickets for beer tasting are included in the entrance fee (70 DKK for adults in 2013), and some of the beers can only be tasted here.

    After a visit to the Carlsberg Visitors Centre you could also visit the Carlsberg Museum. It is free and only 5 minutes walk from the Visitors Centre – but please notice that the museum is closed during the weekend and on holidays. The museum was established in 1882 and originally housed the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (read my other tip) before it was moved to Dantes Plads in the centre of Copenhagen. Today the museum consists of two sections: One section about the brewery with many pictures and a large model of the brewery - and one section about the founder of Carlsberg, Carl Jacobsen, and his family. The Carlsberg Museum is a little outdated, but there is free admission so why not spend 15 minutes inside if you are in the area.

    If you still want to see more of the Carlsberg Brewery you should take the 5 minutes walk to Ny Carlsberg Vej and have a look at some of the old brewery buildings. Arriving from the Valby side you will first see the Elephant Tower (from 1901) which is the most famous building on the Carlsberg Brewery site. The Tower has four life size elephants as a symbol of loyalty and strength, and the elephants' blankets bear New Carlsberg's swastika trademark. The next gate is the Dipylon Gate (from 1892) which used to house two malting floors and malt was loaded in and out of carriages through tubes in the gate ceiling. On the top there is a bell tower featuring Stephen Sinding’s artwork “The Bell Strikers”.

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  • Carlsberg brewery/visitors centre

    by Annebl Written Nov 29, 2003

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    Even the horses have beer bellies

    Carlsberg is now the world's sixth largest brewery, and has certainly gone through some very large changes since it was first started up by I.C Jacobsen in the mid 1800s.(the name comes from the fact that his son, who later took over, was called Carl and he lived on a hill=bjerg). The visitor's centre will show you a bit of the history of the brewery, as well the methods that are used to brew beer nowadays. And as a bonus, you get a little taste at the end of your tour.

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    Fairly interesting, great drinks.

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 8, 2008

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    The Carlsburg brewery is situated a couple of S-Bahn stops out of town in the suburbs. The self-guided tour at 40krs (about 6 euro / dollars) is fair enough for a saunter around a few of the standard displays about brewing you get in any brewery tour. This section is not on a par with, for example, the similar tour at the Guinness brewery in Dublin.

    Having said that there are a few highlights : the biggest collection of bottled beers in the world. Now, I have an issue with that as the Bateman's brewery in Lincolnshire claim exactly the same thing. I suspect that Carlsberg actualy has the higher number of bottle, but Batemans has a larger range of different brands. Calsberg must have several hundred bottles that only differ in minor ways by way of the labels stuck on them.

    The courtyard area has some impressive sculptures, including a replica of the Little mermaid.

    The real stars of the show must however be the heavy the horses. They don't use them for scheduled deliveries anymore, but they still have a full life visiting fairs and events. We unfortunately couldn't 'get up close' as the group had been struck down with a virus at the time, but normally you can.

    From talking to a handler, I learnt that they still deliver the occasional crate or two to local bars, and always make a rather romantic journey ever year into the centre of Copenhagen to deliver the first batch of the 'Christmas beer'.

    Cheers. skol. Down the Hatch. Bottoms up.

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    CARLSBERG :)

    by ginte Updated May 23, 2005

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    I am sure, that almost everyone knows this name of a beer :) If you visit Carlsberg Visitors Centre, you'll see Carlsberg's first brewery from 1847 including the stables, also lots of exhibitions illustrating the history of the breweries as well as past and present production of beer.
    After the visit there will be an opportunity to taste a Carlsberg product :) (for free)

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    CARLSBERG ELEPHANTS

    by balhannah Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    Carlsberg Elephant is a Carlsberg classic Beer which was launched in 1959.

    ELEPHANT BEER IS DESCRIBED AS....."Strong like an elephant in both flavour and alcohol content, light golden amber with a high hop content. Elephant gives a masculine bitter bite to the beer."
    Elephant Beer was inspired by the two pairs of life-size granite elephant statues which form part of the main entrance to Carlsberg’s brewery.

    The statues were inspired by Bernini’s obelisk-carrying elephant in the Minerva Square in Rome and by the organ facade in Our Saviour's Church.
    The Elephant Gate, built in 1901, has become a famous Danish landmark and was a real surprise when I first saw it. I didn't expect to see Elephant statues at a Brewery! The Elephants, a symbol of loyalty and strength, are standing back to back, carrying a small tower on their backs. The elephants' blankets bear New Carlsberg's swastika trademark and the initials of Carl Jacobsen's four surviving children – Theodora, Vagn, Helge and Paula. The craftsmen and architect are commemorated on the inside of the gate. The space above the gate originally served as a water tower and herb silo. What a beautiful sight to see!

    For a number of years Carlsberg sponsored the elephants of the Copenhagen Zoo, and was also housing elephants in its stables when they were in transit from abroad to the Zoo!

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    Carlsberg Brewery Tour

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 16, 2007

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    Free beer at Carlsberg Brewery!
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    The Carlsberg Brewery Tour was the highlight of my trip to Copenhagen in August 2007.

    For an entrance fee of just 40Kr (approx. 4GBP) you can take the self-guided tour of the brewery and, best of all, enjoy two free beers in the Jacobsen bar at the end of the tour.

    A map of the brewery is provided in reception upon purchasing your ticket. Simply follow the arrows around the various exhibitions. Some of the highlights include:

    - an area dedicated to Carlsberg's sponsorship of football events. Match highlights play on TV screens and there are framed football shirts bearing the Carlsberg logo (FC Copenhagen, OB Odense and Liverpool);

    - a bottle collection featuring thousands of bottles from around the world. These include Carlsberg and Tuborg bottles from countries as diverse as Cyprus, Russia and Laos, as well as novelty bottles (eg Christmas beers) and other worldwide brands brewed by Carlsberg-Tuborg;

    - a timeline exhibition detailing the history of the brewery and the company. This includes hundreds of photographs and facts such as the number of bottles sold worldwide each year;

    - exhibitions showing the malting, fermentation and bottling processes. These include video clips and lifelike models;

    - numerous Carlsberg and Tuborg decorated wooden delivery carts, and stables which house dozens of horses owned by the brewery;

    - an outdoor sculpture garden, including an even smaller replica of the Little Mermaid;

    - Jacobsen bar: at the end of the tour, choose from a variety of complimentary beers. You can choose one from category A (I opted for the dark, malty Carl’s Ale) and one from category B (I chose the light coloured Jacobsen Saaz Blonde).

    There is a souvenir shop where you can buy glasses, t-shirts, beer towels and all manner of other items featuring the Carlsberg logo.

    Carlsberg: Probably the Best Brewery Tour in the World!

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    Carlsberg. A spin on beer

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Jun 22, 2006

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    Carlsberg reall does deliver.

    Carlsberg Brewery was a mandatory stop in Copenhagen. Now I'm no beer expert but I know when you visit a city you visit it's brewery. How else would you know what to drink in the city you visit?

    Now the Brewery Tour is a fair walk around. Past the wall of beer bottles. Past the how they make the beer, and the through the history of Carlsberg.

    It never ceases to amaze me how 2 areas of history are always well documented and preserved. Churches and Breweries. Think about it. True isn't it.

    Anyway Carlsberg manages to paint the brewery's founder as a legend. Stalwart of the community. Upstanding citizen... and the back patting just goes on and on.

    And then you find the beer at the end. A happy ending. 2 beers. I highly recommend trying one of the premium label beers named after its founder. The wheat beer was superb.

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    CARLSBERG - CARL JACOBSEN'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Aug 17, 2012

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    Entrance and Carl Jacobsen's Villa

    Carl's Villa is the former private residence of Carl Jacobsen and his family. The original main building was deemed to be unhealthy when the couple lost four children to childhood diseases between 1887 and 1890, and was demolished. A villa was erected in its place.
    The building has extensive ornamentation including the swastika, which was registered as the trademark of New Carlsberg in 1881. Carl Jacobsen chose the historic symbol as a result of his interest in Ancient Rome and Greece.
    Following Carl Jacobsen’s death in 1914, his descendants lived in the villa up to 1998. The house was since been renovated, and the walls and ceilings have been restored to their original appearance.

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    Thousands of beers!!!

    by pginer Written Dec 18, 2007

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    All history about Calsberg and everything about producing beer: very, very interesting place! There were 17.141 different beers the day I was there (see picture).
    And also the 2 beers they offer you at the end .... Try different ones and take care if you have not eaten anything before ...

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