Beloved brewery Mikkeller is finally tapping into the New York City market, adding a large brewery attached to Citi Field in Queens come Sunday, March 25. The 10,000-square-foot space at 126th Street and 37th Avenue functions as a brewery, bar, and restaurant, with 60 rotating taps and a menu that pulls together food from various chefs.
This stadium location is Mikkeller’s first U.S. brewery expansion outside of San Diego (and 32nd location worldwide). Founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø started the brand in 2003 and has since built up a cult following, collaborating to make exclusive beers with big-name restaurants such as Alinea and Noma. The company — which used to be a gypsy brewer — has created more than 1,000 beers since it started, many ranked at the top of fan sites like RateBeer; 12,000 people are also members of its worldwide running club, which brings people in to drink beer after working out.
Though Mikkeller’s beers can be found fairly easily in stores around the city, it’s more rare to get them straight for a tap — which will likely make Mikkeller’s new brewery a destination for beer geeks. Freshness is of utmost importance to Mikkel, who told the Times that he’s never been satisfied with the freshness of American beers. “I kind of felt the American beer drinkers never drank it in the right way. We need to produce, present and serve beers exactly like we want to,” he said.
Here, the 20-barrel brewhouse and a canning line provide 60 weekly-rotating taps for beers specific to NYC and from the San Diego and Denmark locations. On the opening menu is the Henry Hops IPA, Say Hey Sally German-style Pilsner, Beer Geek Parlor coffee stout, Fruit Face Cranberry, Rhubarb Berliner-style weisse, and more.
For food, an eclectic list of restaurants has contributed three dishes each to the menu, from prolific Norwegian chef Claus Meyer to burger shop Whitmans. Accordingly, the food is varied with dishes such as a cheesesteak, bulgogi fries, a falafel sandwich, and a beef hot dog. The full menu is below. The 120-seat space is roomy and decorated with murals of colorful baseball players.
Mikkel’s entrance into NYC also has a tense backstory: Mikkel and his identical twin brother Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso started the brand together, but have since had a falling out and do not speak. Jeppe, who resides in Brooklyn and owns NY-grown (and similarly beloved) Evil Twin Brewing, is also opening a Queens brewery this July, in Ridgewood.
For now, Mikkel’s brewery is opening first, on Sunday. Though the brewery is inside Citi Field stadium, it has a separate entrance and is open year round to non-ticket holders for tours and drinking. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.