Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alesmith's Huge News

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, of Mikkeller fame, and Alesmith's Peter Zien are entering into a creative agreement where the two and others will brew beers in Alesmith's current 20,000 square foot location.  Alesmith is moving into a new 105,500 square foot brewing facility in the same area of San Diego it currently operates, which provides the opportunity and space for the Alesmith/Mikkeller venture.  Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, from Denmark, is famous as a gypsy brewer known for brewing his beers on other breweries' equipment or collaborating with breweries on specific beers.  Brandon Hernandez, writing in All About Beer, has more detail the new venture.

Mikkeller expects to have the revamped facility operational by June 2015, and it will include a renovated tasting room.   When asked by Hernandez the types of beers to expect from the new facility, "Bjergsø says he will continue to brew as he currently does, attacking a wide-range of beer styles including experimental beers and one-offs, taking chances and brewing as the mood strikes him."

Mikkeller is more than just Mikkel Borg Bjergsø.  It is now a global craft beer brand with bars in San Francisco, Bangkok and Stockholm.  Mikkeller is also building a brewpub in Denmark called WarPigs.  This is big news for San Diego craft beer and bigger news for San Diego craft beer drinkers. 

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