Identical twins Mikkel Borg Bjergso and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso grew up in Niva, Denmark, just outside Copenhagen. They had been close but they haven’t spoken since 2010. That year, Jeppe, launched Evil Twin Brewing, a craft beer company to compete with Mikkeller, the one his brother had opened in 2006.
Both brothers found success in the craft beer world, distributing their brews worldwide. Based in Copenhagen, Mikkel focuses on opening bars in different countries, selling his beer directly to customers. While Jeppe never opened a dedicated physical space, his wife, Maria Jarnit-Bjergso, owned Greenpoint bar Torst which became known for pairing Evil Twin with menu items.
Now, their feud is getting much closer. Seemingly without consulting each other, the infamous beer twins are opening breweries and taprooms in Queens. Both of them include about 10,000 square feet of space and are set to open only months apart, featuring exclusive beers. It’ll be the first operations of their kind for the two brew companies.
It’s not really clear what motivated the brothers to come up with almost identical ideas but they’re already being welcomed by the beer scene with open arms.
“We all have separate relationships with each of them,” Sam Richardson, a founder and brewer at Other Half said. “We can be friends personally, and we can be friends businesswise. We don’t have to let all those things get tangled.”