Mikkeller, a gypsy brewery (meaning no brick & mortar home) and one of the world’s most popular brewers, will soon have a place to call home. You might recall a Beer Street Journal story back in February about this partnership; now we have more information.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the founder of Danish brewery Mikkeller, has entered into an agreement with Peter Zien of San Diego, California based Alesmith Brewing Company. The duo have created a company you’ll know as Mikkeller Brewing San Diego. Both individuals have a stake in the partnership.
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego wil be housed at AleSmith’s original headquarters, on Cabot Drive in San Diego’s Miramar community. This location will produce new and current popular offerings for not only the United States, but the world.
“People have always asked me when I’m going to open my own brewery, and my answer has always been ‘never.’ It’s the easiest answer, but it’s been on my mind for several years,” says Bjergsø. “I like being a ‘gypsy brewer,’ but know that having a stake in a U.S. brewery will change our position here. Brewing in one of the best breweries in the world really makes sense. If they can brew beers like they do at AleSmith, it really can’t go wrong.”
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego will use AleSmith’s 30 Barrel system, which was producing around 15,000 barrels annually before AleSmith expanded. Some of AleSmith’s original employees will transition over to this facility.
What and when to expect…
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego will be a playground for brewer collaborations. If you are familiar with Mikkeller’s body of brewing work, collaborations top Bjergso’s priorities. A 750 square-foot tasting room resembling Miklkeller’s global beer bars will be open in early 2016.
Your chance for Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout bottles might have come and gone today, but there will draft at select bars and restaurants later in November.
Today (November 9th), tickets went on sale (and sold out) for Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout bottles. The coffee-infused imperial stout features toasted coconut flakes, vanilla beans, and rare Ka’u coffee beans from Hawaii’s big island. A rare treat indeed.
Tickets came and went on Brown Paper Tickets today. Your next shot at this beer will be a bar or restaurant that sells Alesmith. Happy Hunting.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Distribution (Draft): AZ, CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, MN, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WI
Release: November, 2015
Above, Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout is pictured next to Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout, that was on sale as well.
AleSmith IPA is now available in six packs.
The addition of the of a new 80-barrel Steinecker (the folks that built it) brewhouse and extra cellar capacity allowed the brewery the opportunity to expand the six pack offerings.
It’s Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.
AleSmith IPA is a year-round offering. Expect bottles on shelves in all the brewery’s markets in October, 2015.
AleSmith Lil Devil has also been bottled for the first time.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round offering.
Release: October, 2015
AleSmith Double Red will be on shelves soon, you know it as Winter Yulesmith.
This year, the brewery has renamed the the fall/winter offering to AleSmith Double Red, more descriptive of the beer.
This Imperial Red Ale has an intense hop aroma with well-balanced caramel malt sweetness. The intense American hoppiness builds on the substantial malt backbone to deliver a full-flavored beer with a ton of complexity.
AleSmith Double Red is a 22 ounce bottle offering.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Late Fall, 2015
Image via AleSmith Brewing. Updated style from Red Ale to Imperial IPA.
Alesmith Lil Devil, the San Diego, California’s Belgian-style pale ale, is now available in bottles for the first time.
The addition of the of a new 80-barrel Steinecker brewhouse and extra fermentation room has given the brewery the opportunity to expand the six pack offerings.
“The incredible demand for us to package our beers in a 12-ounce format has always existed,” says AleSmith sales director James Valles. “Now, with our increased production capacity, we are finally able to fulfill that demand. We are currently in the process of shipping the new six-packs within our 24-distributor network, spanning across 19 states.”
This is the first time that Alesmith Lil Devil will be available in package, having been draft only since 2002. Look for it in-market by mid-October, 2015.
Style: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: October, 2015 (Bottles)
Distribution: AZ, CA, IL, MA, MN, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA
5.75% ABV, 24 IBUs
AleSmith Brewing Company will once again honor the late, great Tony Gwynn with a second beer release. A follow up to .394 Pale Ale, “Hall of Fame” Imperial .394 Pale Ale commemorates Gwynn’s 55th birthday and raises funds for the Tony Gwynn Museum.
AleSmith’s “Hall of Fame” ale is part of the brewery’s ongoing 20th Anniversary Specialty Release Series. Recently, Alesmith hosted an event honoring Gwynn, allowing customers to pick up their pre-ordered “Hall of Fame” offerings.
“Tony Gwynn envisioned this beer in early 2014 after collaborating with us on the .394 Pale Ale,” said AleSmith Owner and CEO Peter Zien. “The AleSmith team is honored to remember Tony with a double pale ale bearing his Padre number, and proud to support the Tony & Alicia Gwynn Foundation with a Tony Gwynn museum at our new location in the fall.”
Alesmith Imperial .394 Pale Ale features an aggressive hop bill of All-American hops, and a bottle featuring real gold and includes the special Tony Gwynn replica signature from his 2007 Hall of Fame induction.
Tony Gwynn would have turned 55 years old this year.
Initial details indicate the Alesmith and Mikkeller will be forming a new partnership, creating a brewery (not yet named). The new brewhouse will be located in a building that Alesmith currently owns.
This isn’t the first time Mikkeller used this approach. Bjergsø also owns Warpigs, a Copenhagen brewery with Indiana based Three Floyds. Additionally, Bjergsø/Mikkeller owns Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, California.
The new brewery could be operational as of Summer, 2015. Mikkeller currently produces various offerings for the United States at craft breweries across the country. No word if that will continue after the new brewery is online.
You almost saw this coming, as Alesmith & Mikkeller recently released a collaboration, Beer Geek Speedway.
Beer Street Journal has reached out to Alesmith and Mikkeller for more information.