Tucked away in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, Mikkeller Bar has been pouring its beers and making headlines for almost two months now.
When given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to ask Mikkel, and local beer bar entrepreneur Chuck Stilphen, a few questions about the newly launched beer bar. How did San Francisco get its own Mikkeller Bar?
"I met Chuck some years back, and have been to his bars, which in my opinion are the most well run beer bars in the country. For me it was obvious to work with a person who can run bars like that," said Mikkel.
"I had been looking to open a bar in SF for a year or so, and as a fan of the Mikkeller Bars in Copenhagen I thought it would be a great idea to bring a more contemporary European feel to the new place," Chuck said, "I jumped at the chance to be able to open a Mikkeller Bar in SF."
But of all the locations Mikkel could have opened a new Mikkeller Bar, why San Francisco?
"I love San Francisco. It's a great city, with a similar mindset to European big cities. It has a good beer culture, but lacked a great beer bar."
While something must have been lost in translation, as San Francisco certainly has its share of great beer bars, Mikkeller Bar is a wonderful addition to the aforementioned beer culture. It's fortuitous to both parties that Mikkel chose the city by the bay to play host to the first Mikkeller Bar out of Denmark.
Now that Mikkeller Bar is here, many beer lovers are chomping at the bit for Mikkel to collaborate with the local breweries. I tried squeezing some early information out of Mikkel, but he remained tight lipped.
"I have and will most likely be brewing quite a lot of beer in the area. Have to keep it secret for now with whom it will be - sorry," Mikkel said.
Still, it's fun to wonder who he will collaborate with when looking at the usual suspects. The renowned Russian River or Lagunitas? One of the original craft breweries in Anchor or Sierra Nevada? Or perhaps a young upstart like Almanac? Only time will tell.
"I hope what I’ve done here is created the best beer bar in the world (in my eyes anyway)," said Chuck, "my plans are to fine tune this place and try to get more people to agree with me."
If you haven't been to Mikkeller Bar SF yet, I suggest you check it out soon, and see if you concur with Chuck. It's a beer bar for the ages, and it says a lot about San Francisco that it's right in the heart of our city.
Mikkel's beer of the moment: Prairie Ales Bomb!
Chuck's beer of the moment: Drake's 1500