The Bay Area has been waiting for something amazing like this for quite some time.
Leave it to Chuck Stilphen, the mastermind of The Trappist and Trappist Provisions in Oakland, in partnership with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of the famed Mikkeller brewery to bring Mikkeller Bar SF to life.
Where once stood the “Crash” nightclub with its shiny poles used for non-beer related purposes, now boasts beautiful brick walls, a hand painted mural by Keith Shore, actual street lights from Copenhagen hanging over the three sided blonde, wooden bar, and 42 taps of pure heaven.
Situated at 34 Mason, a short walk from the Powell St. BART station, this new bar is a shining example of the reviving Tenderloin district. With a large, picture window looking into the busy kitchen and the hop logo proudly displayed on the front door, you know you have arrived at Mikkeller Bar SF. The street level bar/restaurant has uniquely shaped bar that seats roughly 30 with seating another 70-80 at various tables and booths. Walk down a flight of stairs to the still under construction sour room that will feature hard to find sour beers and seats up to 36.
The Mikkeller Bar SF will feature 40 taps with another 2 cask pours which are being carefully controlled for temperature and carbonation by a system named the “Flux Capacitor”. This unique system, which was designed by Gabe Gordon of Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA and only 3 others exist, allows the brews to be served at three different temperatures, depending on the type of beer.
The strategy with the beer is simple; to find and serve the best and rarest beers from around the world, along with the best of our local craft beers here in States. Leading the beer effort are four Mikkeller varieties exclusive to the bar which are named after the local neighborhood: TenderBrown Ale, Tenderloin Pilsner, Tenderloin Spontanale (lambic) and Tenderloin Wit (hoppy wit). Additional Mikkeller and collaboration brews will be available both in draft and bottle. Some of the offerings include beers from AleSmith, Drake’s, Firestone Walker, Jolly Pumpkin and Ninkasi.
With regards to the food, Chef Michael O’Brien (from Churchkey DC fame) has developed a menu that works in harmony with the fantastic beer. The offerings include house made sausages, 5 types of charcuterie, and soft pretzels with beer mustard, an in-house smoked pastrami Ruben, Blackened Savoy Cabbage Tenderloin over dirty rice as well as a few entrees like Ling Cod with gremolata over “ratatouille” and steak frites. The Chef also plans to use the amazing beers for vinaigrettes, marinades and braising sauces. Here is a link to the full food menu.
The bar is currently in its “soft opening” phase with partial food and beer menus (albeit a very impressive beer menu) with the grand opening celebration set for the weekend of August 9th. Festivities will also include a visit from Mikkel Bjergsø himself.
Mikkeller Bar SF will be open from 12pm – 12am Sunday through Wednesday and 12pm – 2am Thursday through Saturday. (Editor’s Note: these hours will commence after Grand Opening on August 9th. Currently, soft opening hours are from 5pm – 12am Sunday through Wednesday and 5pm – 2am Thursday through Saturday.)
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