Carlsberg is looking to lease brewing facilities in Copenhagen in order to brew its expaning range of speciality beers for the Danish market.

The brewing giant is in discussions with the owners of the Christian IV brewhouse in central Copenhagen over a possible brewing deal.

Jan Madsen, managing director House of Beer, Carlsberg's domestic speciality beer business, told just-drinks today (21 March) that the brewer will launch three more niche brands next month.

Madsen said the three beers would be brewed at Carlsberg's Valby site, while talks to lease the Christian IV brewhouse continue. Carlsberg plans to close its Valby brewery next year.

"For the last four years, there has been a very big interest in the premium speciality segment - it's growing quite significantly," Madsen said.

"If you look at the super-premium segment, which is beers priced at over DKK19 (US$x) a litre, that segment is growing at 21% both for foreign and Danish speciality beers."

Madsen added: "Over the last 12 months, the mainstream market has gone down by 1%, although Carlsberg is taking share."

Carlsberg's House of Beer business sells brands including Hoegaarden, Leffe and Duvel in Denmark.