Mikkeller Brewing

San Diego, USA

What's on:

1California Dream
2Rocky Creek
3Pleasure Point
4Mr. Mechanic
5Staff Magician
6Windy Hill
7Big Hazy
8Resting Brew Face
9Big Papa Colada
10Tricks and Illusions
11Better Than Yours
12AM Power Meeting
13Marathon Man
16BA Traeblod
17Raspberry Blush
18Passion Pool
19Pa' Centro Pa' Dentro
1California Dream11Better Than Yours
2Rocky Creek12AM Power Meeting
3Pleasure Point 13Marathon Man
4Mr. Mechanic 14Traeblod
5Staff Magician 15Traeblodbank
6Windy Hill16BA Traeblod
7Big Hazy17Raspberry Blush
8Resting Brew Face 18Passion Pool
9Big Papa Colada19Pa' Centro Pa' Dentro
10Tricks and Illusions  
1California Dream8Resting Brew Face 15Traeblodbank
2Rocky Creek9Big Papa Colada16BA Traeblod
3Pleasure Point 10Tricks and Illusions 17Raspberry Blush
4Mr. Mechanic 11Better Than Yours 18Passion Pool
5Staff Magician 12AM Power Meeting19Pa' Centro Pa' Dentro
6Windy Hill13Marathon Man 
7Big Hazy14Traeblod 
1California Dream6Windy Hill11Better Than Yours 16BA Traeblod
2Rocky Creek7Big Hazy12AM Power Meeting17Raspberry Blush
3Pleasure Point 8Resting Brew Face 13Marathon Man18Passion Pool
4Mr. Mechanic 9Big Papa Colada14Traeblod19Pa' Centro Pa' Dentro
5Staff Magician 10Tricks and Illusions 15Traeblodbank 

9368 Cabot Dr
San Diego CA
92126 USA
001 (858) 381-3500

Sun—Wed: 12.00—21.00
Thu—Sat: 12.00—22.00

“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.