Mikkeller Portland: 701 E Burnside St, Portland
I drank: I’ve Got the Powda, a big hoppy “cryo” IPA that really nails that brutal and explosive hop profile.
She drank: Chill Pils, a clean and crisp pilsner that tastes best in the sun.
In case you’ve been living under a rock without contact from the outside world for the last few months, then you know that the famed Danish brewery, Mikkeller, has opened a “pop up” in the former Burnside Brewing location. Unfortunately for me, they opened a couple months after we moved back to Bend so I haven’t been able to check it out… Until now!
I’ve been a pretty big fan boy of Mikkeller for a while now, so I was extremely excited to finally check out what they have done with the old space. This place is about way more than the beer, not to say that the beer isn’t phenomenal because it is, but they put a massive emphasis on creating an excellent menu and craft cocktails with local superstars. Every detail has been thought of and even now they are updating their cocktail menu for Fall (if you haven’t seen the new look check it because it looks actually perfect).
The building itself has been beautifully updated to match the unique Mikkeller vibe. Everything has changed from the old Burnside days, the interior now feels like a cafeteria, but the kind that you walk into and expect to have some of the best food you’ve ever tried. All the details are light and bright, there’s a stereotypical “cleanliness” that comes along with a Scandinavian company retooling a space. Every table is meant to inspire community and gathering, it’s a place for sharing and meeting. In my opinion they nailed what beer is supposed to be all about, collaboration, meeting friends, and having fun!
The outdoor space has been converted from a very small parking lot to a beautiful seating area full of fun and games, and even more opportunity to engage with a wonderful community of people. One of my absolute favorite features outside was the bucket sized beer pong. I mean, how do you not have fun playing beer pong with foam balls and buckets while drinking some world renowned beer?! Not a beer pong fan? That’s fine, play giant Connect 4, corn hole, or just sit around drinking and eating!
I’m not going to get into the history of Mikkeller and their massive global reach (we don’t need to be here for that many hours). However, they have done a wonderful job of moving into different cities around the world and holding true to their brand without hurting the vibe of the city they are joining. This hasn’t changed in Portland, they have taken a bummer of a situation and turned into a super awesome space that is easy to access in one of my favorite parts of town.
Go here for:
Crazy good beer, cocktails, and food from local experts
Their rad patio
I’m super hyped with how Mikkeller developed this space and continues to do so with the help of local vendors and professionals. While this space is still being called a “pop-up” I really do hope that the powers that be decide to keep it permanently. Some companies embody beer culture perfectly and this crew has done that, making the Portland scene even better than it already was.