@christiankaethner and I had a great evening in SF yesterday. We started with a drink at our favorite, @mikkellerbarsf! Then we met up with Cameron, a Fulbright friend who I hadn't seen in about 5 years, for delicious ramen at @marufukuramen!
I just.. I cannot even begin to describe the sensory overload that is @mikkellerbeer. Mikkeller bar San Francisco has some truly esoteric shit including Esoteric Beer Name by @cellarmakerbrewing. I tried the Jaipur English IPA by @thornbridge which just tasted so English lol. You can taste the English malts and ale yeast but it’s accompanied by a citrusy bitter steak common here on the American West Coast (maybe why Mikkeller SF included it on the menu?🤔). For seconds, I went for the Mikkeller Rasperrby Blush Berliner Weisse which is simply put the most perfectly crafted Berliner Weisse in existence. Beautifully balanced; she welcomes you with a light raspberry fruit aroma, tickles your tongue with a featherlike soft sour, and leaves just a touch of light roasty coffee on the back tastebuds as she slides away. I often criticize Berliner Weisses as being one of my least favorite styles but this was effing magical. The surprises didn’t end there however. The night cap was Mikkeller’s Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter. Off Color is the only other brewery I’ve seen use Yuzu in their beer before and theirs is a traditional sour. Mikkeller puts it in a porter which really threw my senses for a loop when I took the first sip bc it loooooks as through you’re in for a thick roasty Porter.. but what you’re hit with is a delicate light lemony flavor. The contrast between the color of the malts and the hops/fruit combo used leaves us with a beer worth pondering over. Mikkeller SF was so damn good in fact that Camilla and I HAD to go back for round 2 the next night and treat ourselves to some more. Big hats off to @mikkellerbeer, they are absolutely SLAYING in all facets of the global craft beer game.
@mikkellerbarsf Windy Hill NEIPA and Fieldwork Tactical Hatchet
Living just over the bay bridge connecting Oakland to San Francisco, has me traveling to all sorts of great breweries and taprooms all over the Bay Area. Just the other day I went to the Mikkeller Bar in sf for the first time and it was quite the place. Great Wall art and prints of their classic styles from their labels adorned all the walls. I’ll have to get a picture next time! They had a giant tap list of well over 30 beers ranging from a lot of their own breweries beers to a lot of other local selections. They also have a wonderful menu of entrees and shareables at a good price. Definitely check them out but come early as it gets very busy. Both beers in the photo were nice and juicy, windy hill being more bitter and fruity. Fieldwork’s tactical hatchet was a little more on the piney and earthy side but also had some citrus come through to round it out. Cheers!
Da stasera in spina una birra che vi sorprenderà.. Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas del birrificio Mikkeller
Christmas IPA %7.8
una birra sorprendentemente equilibrata e gradevole, pur nella quantità lussureggiante di stimoli sensoriali cui dà luogo. Il colore ambrato, la filigrana velata e le schiume notevoli sono preludio e sala d’attesa per un’immersione olfattiva ricca e appagante: fatta di basi maltate (leggero caramello, biscotto), soprastanti polpe fruttate (nettarina, mango), ventilate correnti speziate (ginger), erbacee e resinose (la boschiva balsamicità della conifera). Si passa al sorso e il registro non cambia: grande bilanciamento tra i diversi palpiti sensoriali. La morbidezza abboccata dell’avvio, il graduale decollo amaricante, il sostanzioso bordone alcolico e le molteplici risonanze retronasali che protraggono a lungo gli echi dell’assaggio. Ordigno odoroso.
Heard good things about the Mikkeller Bar: good beers with several varieties on tap, memorable flavors, and a secret bar downstairs (didn't check it out this time). The interesting thing about Mikkeller is they don't operate an official brewery, they partner with other breweries and rent out equipment or pay the costs for the brewing process.
Mikkeller was founded by two home brewers: Mikkel Borg Bjergø & Kristian Klarup Keller who wanted to "challenge beer friends with intense new tastes". Tasted several & tried a few.
One of the beers with intense taste is the Beer Geek Vanilla Shake, which is an oatmeal stout brewed with vanilla & coffee. I like stouts, but this is almost like a punch in the mouth. Didn't get the vanilla as much as maple flavor. HEAVY maple flavor. You might say this beer is sweet and chewy. And 13% ABV. So, I'm torn on this one (like a sweater) maybe better as a dessert beer, but definitely worthwhile. #mikkeller#mikkellerbar#mikkellerbeer#mikkellerbarsf#microbrew#beer#brew#craftbeer#craftbeers#beergeek#beergeekvanillashake#stout#microbrewery