For years Mikkeller Brewing, headed up by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, was a one of the world’s most venerable gypsy brewers. Meaning he didn’t have a brewery of his own to call home.
That all changed when Peter Zien, owner and founder of AleSmith Brewing, was expanding in San Diego and mentioned his old space a mile away was for sale. Bjergsø jumped at the chance, and Mikkeller Brewing San Diego was born.
Despite his brewery’s geographical proximity to California ballparks (especially the San Diego Padres), Mikkeller brewed two beers for Citi Field, home of the New York Mets this season. That move might make more sense now, as Mikkeller Brewing NYC is on the way.
Beer Street Journal is told the brewery will occupy a portion of the stadium that the Mets were using for ticket holder and fan hospitality near 126th Street and Right Field Gate. A 20-barrel brewhouse and around 60 taps will be found there.
The cost of construction and initial plans have not been disclosed. The build is expected to be completed in 2017.
It would seem baseball park breweries are becoming popular. Terrapin just opened a 5-barrel brewhouse at the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta. For years, The Sandlot Brewery has been operating at Coors Field in Denver; touted as the birthplace of Blue Moon.
A placeholder site for Mikkeller Brewing NYC is now live.