The old proverb is, “a rolling stone gathers no moss”, the literal translation being “a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth, status, responsibilities, or commitments…” but if there’s anyone who’s proven to be the exception to the rule, it’s gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø.
As a world-renowned phantom brewer, it’s doubtful anyone would question his “status” in the craft beer community, and while I have no idea the size of his stock portfolio or bank account, if he didn’t have responsibilities and commitments before (highly doubtful), he certainly has them now, and craft beer drinkers here in San Diego are the immediate benefactors.
I’m speaking of course of this past weekend’s grand opening of Mikkeller Brewing; the first official brewery Mikkel was willing to hang his name on, no doubt do in part to the fact he’s taking up residence in the former 30bbl Alesmith facility at 9368 Cabot Drive in Miramar, with Alesmith’s Peter Zien holding a 20% stake in the endeavor and senior Alesmith brewer Bill Batten staying on in the brew house as part of the package.
Based on our conversation with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø on Saturday, it’s pretty obvious Mikkeller will have little trouble establishing itself as a standout craft beer destination, even in a target-rich environment like Miramar. Skeptical? Watch a couple minutes of our interview and see for yourself 😉
This is just a 2oz taster, we’ll have the whole 22 minutes on tap soon enough, along with conversations with Alesmith’s Peter Zien and senior brewer Bill Batten as well. Stay tuned…