Carlsberg Brewery is the 5th largest brewer in the world, at least according to the “Hop On, Hop Off” bus! The founder, J.C. Jacobsen, named the company after his son, Carl.
As I have contributed so much money to this company during my visit to Copenhagen I decided I should make a visit to the brewery.
It is not the easiest place to visit as it is on the outskirts of town and then the grounds are so big that reaching the Visitor’s Center is quite a hike from the train station.
I was not entirely sure what to expect upon arrival as I have visited numerous breweries and wineries and, in general, they really aren’t all that exciting. You typically don’t really see any production as everything is just sitting in vats or tanks or what-not. But what I didn’t expect was for the Visitor’s Center to be closed! It’s Monday, duh! So many museums are closed on Monday. I didn’t expect that to apply to a brewery, though. Anyway….
Another tidbit we heard on the “Hop On, Hop Off” bus was about the four massive elephants at the “Elephant Gate” entry to the brewery. The elephants are named for each of Carl’s four children.
I found the gate in question, but hold up a minute!! Am I going crazy or is that a swastika on the belly of the beast??? Hmm? Not sure what is up with that!?