The acclaimed Danish brewer has chosen to open his NYC outpost where the Mets play.
For baseball fans, Opening Day is one of the most anticipated events of the year—and for New York Mets fans specifically, the season kicks off March 29. But for beer fans, the Mets first game next is already being overshadowed by what’s happening at Citi Field this Sunday: the acclaimed Danish beer brand Mikkeller is opening an outpost right in the ballpark.
In the beer geek community, Mikkeller needs no introduction, though plenty of baseball fans may wonder what all the fuss is about. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was a math and physics teacher when he first launched the Mikkeller brand in Copenhagen back in 2003. He quickly became a legend among gypsy brewers—brewers who don’t own their own facilities and choose instead to work in other people’s breweries—because of his willingness to think outside of the box and push beer as a premium product. That his twin brother Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø went on to launch his own acclaimed brewery, Evil Twin, also added to the Mikkeller mystique.
More than a decade later, Mikkeller is now a global phenomenon exporting to more than 50 countries and has 32 locations worldwide—including this latest Citi Field outpost, the brand’s first in the United States outside California. For New York City, Bjergsø and company have pulled out all the stops: a 10,000-square-foot brewery, bar, and restaurant. Behind the scenes is a 20-barrel brew house and a canning line capable of packaging beers to be sold outside of the stadium—but those looking to try these brews at their peak of freshness will want to grab a glass served from one of 60 rotating taps that will feature a mix of beers from Mikkeller NYC as well as its San Diego production facility and flagship Denmark brewery, and guest brews.
The space includes communal seating for 120 people. Drinkers can choose from a compact menu that features a mix of dishes from different vendors, including everything from a kale and quinoa salad provided by Great Northern Food Hall to an all-beef hot dog from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors.
Additionally, NYC will also do the tours and merchandise thing. And though the production facility is visible from the seating area, those interested in getting a closer look will be able to during normal business hours.
Speaking of which, despite being attached to the stadium, Mikkeller NYC has its own entrance and will operate on its own schedule outside of game days—with plans to be open year-round from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday through Sunday.