Back in 2005 the original founders of To Øl, Tore Gynther and Tobias Emil Jensen, were young guns studying at a direct democracy based high school in Nørrebro, Copenhagen – Det Fri Gymnasium – enraged with the fact that most Danish breweries were continuously bawling about their crap beers having been brewed for more than a century, rather than focusing on the actual taste and content of their brews. As if a stale lager has ever become less nauseous by the fact that it has been brewed for over 100 years?!
Soon Tobias and Tore pirated the school kitchen facilities during closing hours and began turning it into a brewing lab and behold: brewing began! Malts were mashed, hop leaves boiled, yeast fermented and bubbled within lab flasks. In short: the hunt for potent quality beers had begun.
To Øl released the first commercial beer in 2010 and the To Øl brewery was founded. Many crazy, funny, funky and challenging things have happened since that first release,
To Øl is what people call a gypsy brewery . A gypsy or pirate/nomad/contract/gold digger brewery – or whatever suits you, basically this means we don’t own our own brewing facilities but lend in at other breweries with spare capacity. Being gypsy brewer is all about a trust bound marriage with the production facility. The relationship is built on experience, mutual understanding and a shared passion for quality and product development.
Should you find yourself in Copenhagen, To Øl’s brewpub BRUS is located in the heart of Nørrebro, streets away from where the first test batches of To Øl were cooked up. Here we brew a wide range of fresh, rustic, zesty brews served straight from the tanks, and it is here that you are more than welcome to taste and tour all you like!
To Øl makes beers, packed with flavour, character and an edge. Beers you do not easily forget (unless you’ve had just too many). At To Øl we will forever focus on quality over quantity. We love the whole spectrum of beer from session beers to complex, beasty beers. It’s all about the balance (not the bass)! Our deepest wish in our humble hoppy hearts is to make the best beers in the world.
To Øl continues the journey, making brews that push the boundaries of beer. The approach is always to use raw ingredients of the finest quality, to remain oblivious to fashion or beer trends and to always keep an open mind, as well as not forgetting to have fun!
Our goal is to provoke and push the boundaries of the very perception of beer. Meanwhile, we want to have some serious fun. We should never forget that we’re making beer not politics!