|2||Beer Geek Brunch|
|5||Hop Geek Breakfast|
|9||Dabbler In Murk|
|13||Balls Be Malted (J. Wakefield Collaboration)|
|14||Holographic #1 (Tired Hands Collaboration)|
|20||CASK: TO THE WALL|
|2||Beer Geek Brunch||13||Balls Be Malted (J. Wakefield Collaboration)|
|3||Windy Hill||14||Holographic #1 (Tired Hands Collaboration)|
|5||Hop Geek Breakfast||16||California Dream|
|6||Træ blod||17||These Haze|
|8||Foggy Figures||19||Care Taker|
|9||Dabbler In Murk||20||CASK: TO THE WALL|
|2||Beer Geek Brunch||9||Dabbler In Murk||16||California Dream|
|3||Windy Hill||10||Henry Hops||17||These Haze|
|5||Hop Geek Breakfast||12||19||Care Taker|
|6||Træ blod||13||Balls Be Malted (J. Wakefield Collaboration)||20||CASK: TO THE WALL|
|7||14||Holographic #1 (Tired Hands Collaboration)||21|
|1||Spells||7||13||Balls Be Malted (J. Wakefield Collaboration)||19||Care Taker|
|2||Beer Geek Brunch||8||Foggy Figures||14||Holographic #1 (Tired Hands Collaboration)||20||CASK: TO THE WALL|
|3||Windy Hill||9||Dabbler In Murk||15||21|
|4||Raspberry Blush||10||Henry Hops||16||California Dream|
|5||Hop Geek Breakfast||11||Waves||17||These Haze|
“People have always asked me when I’m going to open my own brewery, and my answer has always been ‘never.’ It’s the easiest answer, but it’s been on my mind for several years,” says Bjergsø. “I like being a ‘gypsy brewer,’ but know that having a stake in a U.S. brewery will change our position here. Brewing in one of the best breweries in the world really makes sense. If they can brew beers like they do at AleSmith, it really can’t go wrong.”
Bjergsø’s vision will guide brewing operations at Mikkeller San Diego, which is equipped with the same 30-barrel brewing system AleSmith used to produce 15,000 barrels of beer annually before moving into a much larger, 105,500-square-foot facility two blocks west earlier this year. To ensure the fastest, most efficient transition, Zien will initially oversee multiple components of the brewing process and provide ongoing assistance on an as-needed basis. Additionally, several members of AleSmith’s original brewing team, the bulk of whose careers with the company have been spent operating the original brewery, will become employees of Mikkeller San Diego and usher the facility through its exciting second life.
“I am very excited to announce this partnership to the brewing world,” says Zien who will maintain a minority stake in the business. “Mikkel and I expect to create unique and flavorful beers of the highest quality, as we are both known for brewing with AleSmith and Mikkeller.”
Eager to embark on this shared next chapter in their brewing careers, Bjergsø and Zien worked with the eventual Mikkeller San Diego staff to craft two beers based off brand new recipes conceived by the former. Those beers, AleSmith-Mikkeller IPA (India Pale Ale) and AleSmith-Mikkeller APA (American Pale Ale) are currently on tap at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, Calif.; AleSmith’s recently debuted 25,000-square-foot Miramar tasting room; and numerous craft beer-centric venues throughout San Diego County. Thus far, they have been met positively by beer enthusiasts. Next up on the brew schedule is an imperial take on an English-style porter, which will be released via a similar distribution method. Eventually, numerous Mikkeller San Diego beers will be bottled, canned, and distributed more widely nationally and internationally.
In addition to beers brewed solely by Mikkeller San Diego personnel, Bjergsø intends to make a center of craft collaboration of his new digs by inviting respected brewers from all over the world to conceive and brew recipes that push the envelopes of what ales and lagers can be. In doing so, he will build off relationships forged during his decade spent trotting the globe in an ongoing mission to bring his beery ideas to life with the help of gifted brewers the world over. He will also reach out to new and upcoming brewers making waves within the industry, providing the basis for many happy returns among brewery visitors.
The tap room offers an array of beers that simultaneously display traditionally stylistic roots while coming across as exploratory, adventurous and, in some cases, downright twisted. It is the only place in the world to taste the entire array of Mikkeller San Diego beers in a single sitting.