Inside the taproom at Mikkeller DTLA in Los Angeles, California

Mikkeller’s Los Angeles taproom has closed its doors after three years after the franchise owner exhausted his own personal finances.

Mikkeller in Downtown Los Angeles Abruptly Closes

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Mikkeller’s Los Angeles taproom has closed its doors after three years, according to Eater LA.

Outside the taproom at Mikkeller DTLA in Los Angeles, California

Outside the taproom at Mikkeller DTLA in Los Angeles, California

The Mikkeller-branded taproom and its sister location in San Francisco are owned by Chuck Stilphen. They’re just two of nearly 50 Mikkeller-branded retail operations across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

A staff-wide email from Operating Partner Chuck Stilphen leaked out, stating the operation never broke even. “Mikkeller DTLA has lost money every month since it opened three years ago. I’ve exhausted all my money and credit lines covering payroll, rent, etc. I’ve been doing everything I can to keep the place open,” Stilphen said.

He added that a recent lawsuit was the final straw in the decision to close the door. While it’s not clear what the lawsuit may be about, there are rumors afloat on various beer groups within Facebook and Reddit.

The Los Angeles bar celebrated its third anniversary with a party on February 22nd and while its closure has not been announced on any of its social media platforms, the location has been scrubbed from the brand’s global website.

The San Francisco Mikkeller Bar opened in July 2013.

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