Danish craft beer vis San Diego has landed in Downtown as Mikkeller finally opened their Los Angeles outpost. This is their third California location, following San Francisco and San Diego. The window-fronted space on Olympic Boulevard affords a view of one of L.A.’s busy streets (and condo developments).
The long space is separated into their Kaffebaren area which has food, beer and of course, coffee, and the larger bar/restaurant space. The iconic cartoon characters that are seen on Mikkeller labels adorn the walls near the taps and host station and as cool as it may be to sit at the bar with the gleaming metallic sheen and multiple tap handles, the seats at the window are preferable to me.
The beer list is extensive. You will see a bevy of Mikkeller beers including many collaborative offerings. The style range is impressive. From barrel-aged to IPAs to the out and out eclectic. There is a strong show of guest taps as well that “tap” into the local L.A. brewing scene.
For those who want a cocktail, they offer a few and the food (though slow under the onslaught of a full house) was artfully presented and quite good. The sausage platter was excellent and the pulled pork had quite the spicy kick to it.
It took a lot longer from announcement to opening for Mikkeller DTLA, but it was worth the wait.
The Beer of the Week, unsurprisingly, comes from Mikkeller SD, the West Coast brewing arm of the worldwide brewing enterprise. Devil’s Triangle is a rye IPA, a collaboration between Mikkeller, fellow San Diego brewery Alpine Beer Co. and L.A.’s Arts District Brewing. Combining with rye is a grape-like character from Nelson hops that really works well together.
Your Homework is to get out and run. You can join the Mikkeller Running Club. The founder of the brewery was and is an avid runner and clubs have sprung up to combine exercise with beer. Follow their Facebook presence to stay up to date on when the next group run is scheduled and what course you’ll follow. You can guess where the finish line will be.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.