Another one bites the dust...

Sadly, the Mikkeller brewery in San Diego is closing down at the end of this month, after six-years, although their taproom in Little Italy (near downtown San Diego) will remain open. AleSmith will contract-brew all Mikkeller beers in the U.S.

I remember when they opened, amid great enthusiasm to finally see Mikkeller actually launching their first brewery in the U.S. I was in their Viking Club from 2018-2020, which offered some fabulous members-only Barrel-aged brews. Another sad chapter, but when you consider that Mikkeller contract-brews 90% of their beer worldwide, closing down the San Diego brewery won't hurt them at all. I have such good memories of that place

Once again, they were a victim to the economic fallout from COVID and that was that. In recent months, we've seen the magnificent Saint Archer brewery in San Diego disappear, then the eclectic Modern Times Brewing was swallowed up by Maui Brewing Co and the once invincible Stone Brewing saw its $74 million debt taken on by Sapporo, who will be using Stone to brew the five Sapporo lagers in the U.S.

I made a "good bye" visit to Mikkeller last week, enjoying a fabulous Barrel-aged stout w/chocolate orange (12.5%) and picking up a bottle of another Barrel-aged stout w/chocolate and peppermint (15.0%).

While they are good pals with the AleSmith family, here's hoping that AleSmith brewing will do the Mikkeller name justice.

They had Mikkeller Stedsegrøn on at lunch today in a craft-focussed pub I sometimes go to into the City. Asked for a taste and promptly went for something else; supremely average. Chatting to the bar manager about it, she concurred and said some kegs had been foisted on her by head office following an advantageous deal with the supplier.

My untutored impression is that at least in London Mikkeller have faded badly from the lofty heights of a decade or so ago. Then there’s the issue of toxic working conditions for employees which, rightly or wrongly, has attached to them among other well-known names in the industry. That matters.
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