Late Night Drinking
May 11, 2018
San Francisco’s Mikkeller Bar a collaboration between Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist and Mikkel Borg Bjergsß of the brewery from which it takes its name – is an American take on a classic Copenhagen bar. It offers its drinkers 40 rare brews from around the world on tap and the space itself is designed to be welcoming and inclusive (unlike some other beer nerd-havens). The room, formerly the Crash Nightclub, is large and open with mural-bedecked walls, several picnic-style tables at which to perch and a series of shared high tables as well as some bar-side seats. Service is warm and knowledgeable without being cliquey and the range of beers includes two cask ales as well as whole host of European rarities. Don’t expect familiar brands. The titular Mikkeller brewery is a ‘gypsy brewer’ based in Denmark which supplies its wares to breweries around Europe. The tap menu changes daily and there’s a separate bottle menu. In addition to the main room there’s a smaller space in the cellar which is open on weekends and carries rare Lambic and sour beer. With all that beery goodness floating around, you’ll be needing something substantial to eat, so it’s good that they also offer some suitably hearty snacks, dishes including soft pretzels, pastrami sandwiches, house-made rabbit sausage and duck legs.