Copenhagen born gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø took over AleSmith’s original San Diego brewery near Miramar Air Station, installing his first fixed location in April 2016. The industrial park locale is now far more welcoming, with high-top wood tables, 19 taps of creative craft beer, and colorful beer-themed pop art murals that adhere to Mikkeller branding.
I enjoyed Mikkeller’s tart, easy drinking Berliner Weisse, called Brand New Normal, as well as the artfully bitter Brett-spiked IPA called Amoeba Amobe, but best enjoyed Flat White Breakfast. This oatmeal stout is part of a Beer Geek stout series ranging from 7.5% – 12.1% ABV. Each label depicts the same man in different colored clothing and cap petting a cat, with a coffee mug floating overhead. Beer Greek Brunch contains coffee, Beer Geek Vanilla contains, you guessed it, vanilla, and Beer Geek Dessert co-stars cocoa and vanilla. I opted for Flat White Breakfast, a play on Australia’s signature coffee drink, a foamy milk-capped espresso drink. In this case, an oatmeal stout incorporates locally roasted Dark Horse Coffee Roasters coffee and lactose, resulting in a toasty, creamy, dessert-friendly beer.