The Mikkeller Bar closes (again) after nine years in the net

SF’s popular brewpub Mikkeller Bar, one of two US outposts of cult Danish brewery Mikkeller, is closing its doors at 34 Mason Street next week after nine years on the edge of the Tenderloin – two years after it appeared to close the first time.

Closing is scheduled for the second week of October, so there may still be a few days of dripping beer taps.

You may remember that SFist reported in May 2020 that the Mikkeller Bar was closing permanently. By this point in the onset of the pandemic, like many bars and restaurants in the city, the bar had closed shop, laid off employees and sold off its beer inventory.

But it wasn’t really a permanent closure, and the bar bounced back and reopened in April 2021, also gaining a license to sell crowlers and beer to go. It turns out, however, that the past year and a half hasn’t brought enough business to sustain things.

“Mikkeller Bar San Francisco was the second Mikkeller Bar we opened and the start of our entire operation in the United States, so this place means something very special to us and of course it’s very sad to have to say goodbye “said founder Mikkel Borg. Bjergsø in a Facebook post. “But we will always have a presence in the United States and we will continually strive to make great beer and great experiences.”

Mikkeller San Diego is also “restructuring,” and the company says it will keep its tasting room and brewing business there.

Mikkeller was founded in Denmark as a “ghost” brewery in the mid-1990s by Bjergsø, quickly gaining a cult following and leading to the opening of the first Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. US locations in the craft beer capitals of San Francisco and San Diego soon followed in 2013, and the company now has breweries in London, Paris, Stockholm and throughout Europe and East Asia. .

Mikkeller is well known for its wide range of beer styles and especially its sours, and experiments like its cocktail-inspired Øl Fashioned – a barley wine (high-strength beer) that has been aged for three years in barrels. bourbon with cherry bitters and orange bitters.

The San Francisco brewery was also a beer geek’s dream, with 40 beers on tap at all times, stored in three separate temperature-controlled coolers, each with its own custom pressure and carbon dioxide systems.

The bar was in a converted nightclub space at 34 Mason Street and was decorated in a Scandinavian style with lots of blonde wood.

It remains to be seen whether another bar or restaurant will want to take over this space.

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