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Revered Danish brewer Mikkeller opens a breezy new outpost in Downtown L.A., serving up some 50 drafts and an elevated bar menu

Written by Virginia Fay

Letting a summer afternoon fade into evening while sipping a perfectly brewed craft beer is a singular pleasure. At the new Downtown L.A. branch of Mikkeller Bar, the famed Danish brewer, visitors have upwards of 50 options to indulge as of the most recent late-June draft list.

Beers come from Mikkeller as well as other top-quality breweries worldwide, many of which are Californian. General Manager Will Sperling curates the beer list, constantly searching for the best brews. “Luckily for me, the [California] beer scene is incredible and I am often spoiled for choice,” he says. Right now, top choices include the “hazy, hoppy” New England-style IPA, barrel-aged beers, and spontaneously fermented Belgian ales, plus Sperling’s personal favorite, Tilquin Gueuze. “It’s a blend of traditional Belgian Lambics and it changed my whole perception of what beer could be,” adds Sperling.

Housed in an expansive converted warehouse, visitors sit at the bar’s long communal tables, the 35-foot white oak bar, or facing enormous windows to watch the Downtown scene. (For more intimate occasions, private seating is available.) The atmosphere is ideal for not only sampling top-notch beers, but also chef Enrique Cuevas’ fine-dining-cum-beer-hall menu with Danish roots showing in the smørrebrød, a Danish-style open-faced sandwich. Sample the sausages made and smoked in-house, or opt for lighter fare with a fresh beet salad or cheese and charcuterie board.

Suffice to say, with an authentic menu and a tap list fit to make a beer-lover weep, it’s Mikkeller’s time.






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