Ø: Although nowadays it seems impossible, at least for me, to imagine Barcelona’s beer scene without the presence of Mikkeller Barcelona, this month (November) it has only been three years since the Danish microbrewery landed in the city. What do you think, looking back, the arrival of a brewery of such prestige has meant for Barcelona, and vice versa?
Arturo: I think it's an added value to the strong local beer scene. We arrived in a second wave. Places like 2D2Dspuma, La Cerveteca, Ale & Hop, George & Dragon, Jazz Brewery, Freiburg, etc. did the hard work providing the base where places like Biercab, Garage and us, among others, are present now.
On the other hand we have to say that Barcelona is internationally renowned, and I think more than one beer brand would like to be present here.
Ø: Mikkeller has an increasing number of locations around the world that all share the design and the cool, minimalist aesthetic that we love. Everything is well thought through, to the detail, and I think it is something that we associate with the brewery. But it is also true that in each of the locations I have visited I have perceived a unique identity. Is it important for you that those who visit Mikkeller Barcelona feel that they are in a bar in Barcelona and not just in another Mikkeller that is identical to the ones they can visit in any other country?
Arturo: As you say there is a common thread within the brand, but there is something beyond the design: the people who work there. I think that the Mikkeller Barcelona team is friendly and we like to share the experience with the people who come to the bar. Not only with the staff, but also with other people in the bar.
Ø: In addition to having Mikkeller beers on tap, you also have guest breweries on your blackboard, local and international. Do you have customers interested in trying beers from other brands?
Arturo: This question really makes me laugh. I have had complaints that there are many Mikkeller beers on the board and that we do not have enough guest beers. I have to admit that at first it bothered me a little. But then I started ignoring the criticisms and I always try to have as much variety as possible with a couple of local beers in the mix.