First off, their labels are super cool — just look at them. Mikkeller is a microbrewery company in Copenhagen that was founded in 2006 by two home brewers Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller. (Can you see how the name Mikkeller came about?) They do not operate an official brewery, but guest brews at other breweries and bottle. Hence, they are called a “gypsy brewery” or “phantom brewery.” I would describe their beer as avante-garde, since the brewers are constantly exploring and experimenting with different types of beer and ingredients. They produce over 100 different types of beer in the past 2 years! With bars and bottle shops in Denmark, their first international bar was opened in July 2013 here in San Francisco in the Union Square area. For more details, check out their Wikipedia page.
Interesting side note, Evil Twin, which is also a gypsy brewery in based Copenhagen and Brooklyn, is founded by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø who is the identical twin brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Hence, the name Evil Twin. Apparently, there’s a long standing complicated feud between the twins. You can read more about it in the New York Times article all about it. I highly recommend you do; it’s very intriguing and you’ll get insight on the backstory of each brewery.
The bar. The space is open and industrial, so it gets pretty loud there. Great ambience though. There’s table seating, which takes reservations, or open bar seating. You can order your food and drink at the bar, and they’ll bring out the food to you later. It’s actually more of a gastropub than a bar, so there’s a variety of food items on their menu — bar snacks, small bites, sandwiches, sausage, entrees, and dessert. It’s pretty much a given that they have a wide selection of beers. Tip: They have a lunch special for a beer and brat for $12!
Chicken Yakitori: grilled shishito, shitake, and mayo