The Beer Bar Wars

Roman Muradov

Danish twins Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø are two of the brewing world’s biggest names. They also both just opened beer bars stateside: Mikkel’s Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco and Jeppe’s Tørst in Brooklyn.


615 Manhattan Ave.

On Tap: A 21-spout Flux Capacitor precisely controls tap carbonation and temperature. Each glass—whether a dark Thisted Limfjords Porter or an effervescent Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar imperial IPA—is a perfect pour.

Bottle Menu: A rotating selection—many never before sold in the U.S.—has included coveted strains like Fritz Briem’s 1809 Berliner Weisse and Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter.

What’s Cooking: Chef Daniel Burns—an alum of Copenhagen’s Noma—operates the tiny restaurant Luksus in a back room, where seasonal plates are served with beer pairings.

Mikkeller Bar

34 Mason St.

On Tap: Also Flux Capacitor–equipped, Mikkel one-ups his twin by doubling the number of drafts. Among the 42 being poured, try the Tenderloin series, crafted especially for the establishment.

Bottle Menu: It’s hard to find a more comprehensive collection of tart, sour beers (such as vintage Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen).

What’s Cooking: The elevated pub fare, like chef Mike O’Brien’s housemade beef, lamb, pork or veal sausages, pairs optimally with any drink.