Mikkeller Brewing Announces Little Italy Tasting Room & Restaurant Expansion

January 4, 2018

Mikkeller Brewing - which was founded by self-taught homebrewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø in 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark and opened its first U.S. brewery in San Diego in April 2016 - has announced that it will open a satellite tasting room at 2021 India Street in Little Italy in early 2018. The brewery will also be moving their area brewing operations to a new spot down the road from their original location where they will add an onsite restaurant.

A former math and physics teacher, Denmark’s Mikkel Borg Bjergsø enjoyed a cult following for his vagabond brews for a decade before teaming up with San Diego's Alesmith and taking over their old brewery in 2015 when Alesmith moved to a 105,500-square-foot facility two blocks west in Miramar. In 2017, Mikkeller also announced its second U.S. brewery, which will be located at Citi Field Stadium in New York City and have a bar and a restaurant. Mikkeller also has satellite locations/bars all over the globe, including in Barcelona Spain, Bucharest Romania, Reykjavik Iceland, Torshavn Faroe Islands, Seoul South Korea, Taipei Taiwan, Berlin Germany, Stockholm Sweden, Los Angeles USA, Oakland USA, Singapore, Bangkok Thailand, San Francisco USA, Tokyo Japan, and all around Copenhagen Denmark.

A brewery designed to blend European and American craft beer styles, Mikkeller's San Diego brewing operations are now headed by former Little Miss Brewing head brewer Joe Lisica, who joined the company in October 2017.  Lisica replaced former Alesmith lead brewer Bill Batten, who resigned in March 2017 and has been retained to lead the operations at TapRoom Beer Company, which is currently being built in North Park by the owners of Pacific Beach's SD TapRoom. Mikkeller will soon move its main San Diego brewing operation from 9366 Cabot Drive in Miramar right up the street to 9455 Cabot Drive. At its new facility, the brewery will greatly increase its production and will be adding a standalone restaurant, which should be open by this Summer.

Mikkeller's nearly 900 square-foot Little Italy satellite tasting room will be covered with the quirky art that the company has become known for. Expect almost 20 taps of Mikkeller's more than 100 rotating beer selections for onsite consumption and takeout, as well as the ability to bring in food from any number of Little Italy's amazing eateries. The tasting room aims to debut by early Spring 2018.

For more information on Mikkeller Brewing, visit mikkeller.dk and mikkellersd.com.