A Generous Serving of BBQ, Beer and Art at the Opening of Perdition Smokehouse in Berkeley

Perdition Smokehouse owner Chuck Stilphen

Perdition Smokehouse owner Chuck Stilphen

Images by Brian Wong Photography

Chuck Stilphen, founder of craft beer meccas Øl BeercafeThe Trappist and Trappist Provisions and Mikkeller Bar SF, opened his newest barbecue/craft beer hall Perdition Smokehouse last Friday, June 20. Perdition Smokehouse has an easy and casual vibe where guests will be able to order at the counter while taking a peek at the various barbecued meats at the heated display and cutting stations. Servers will manage the guests and tables by taking beverage orders. Unlike Stilphen’s other beer establishments, Perdition Smokehouse is open to all ages. Opening hours will be from 5:00pm – midnight the first few months and lunch service will be added near the end of summer.

Stilphen has partnered with Mikkeller Chef Michael O’Brien to run both front and back of the house operations as Executive Chef, General Manager and Partner. Prior to his arrival in the Bay Area, O’Brien honed his skills at Church Key in Washington, DC, one of the highest rated beer bars and restaurants in the United States. Perdition’s barbecue menu will highlight the classic dry-rubbed style that he and Stilphen enjoy, including beef brisket, pork shoulder, hot links, ribs and turkey breast. Traditional Southern sides such as collards, mac & cheese, coleslaw and Texas black-eyed peas will rotate with the season, along with a large selection of pies and other confections for dessert. The kitchen at Perdition Smokehouse will also double as a production facility for the newly formed Mikkeller Sausage Company which will provide product to associated bars and restaurants.

Perdition Smokehouse will showcase 43 taps of rotating American session beers in pints and pitchers. A small curated wine list as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as brewed iced tea, lemonade, cold-pressed Blue Bottle coffee on tap and a Boylan’s soda fountain will also be available.

Located at 2050 University Ave a mere few blocks from the UC Berkeley Campus, Perdition Smokehouse has 16-ft high ceilings and skylights that lend a bright and airy feel. Walnut tables are positioned throughout and a massive smoker anchors the middle of the room. Exposed bricks line the walls while natural woodwork, barn and hex folk art impart a casual vibe. The picnic tables and benches in the outdoor courtyard lined with brick pavers offer additional seating and double as a private event space.

Stilphen notes, “Mike and I are excited to bring our love of beer and barbecue to Berkeley. Just as with our other locations, we aspire to serve only the best ingredients and American craft beers around. We are working to fulfill our dream of creating the finest barbecue and beer hall in the world.”

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About Perdition Smokehouse

Perdition Smokehouse is a barbecue and craft beer hall founded by Chuck Stilphen and Mike O’Brien. Located at 2050 University Avenue (between Milvia St. and Shattuck Avenue), Perdition’s menu will highlight the classic dry-rubbed style that they enjoy, including beef brisket, pork shoulder, hot links, ribs and turkey breast. Traditional Southern sides such as collards, mac & cheese, coleslaw and Texas black-eyed peas will rotate with the season, along with a large selection of pies and other confections for dessert. The kitchen at Perdition Smokehouse will also double as a production facility for the newly formed Mikkeller Sausage Company which will provide product to associated bars and restaurants.

Perdition Smokehouse will showcase 43 taps of rotating American session beers in pints and pitchers. A small curated wine list as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as brewed iced tea, lemonade, cold-pressed Blue Bottle coffee on tap and a Boylan’s soda fountain will also be available.

Opening hours will be from 5:00pm – midnight the first few months and lunch service will be added near the end of summer.

For more information, visit www.perditionbbq.com.

About Chuck Stilphen

Stilphen owns and operates several businesses in California. In 2007, he opened The Trappist in downtown Oakland with business partner Aaron Porter. The Trappist heralded the beginning of the craft beer movement in the Bay Area. The excellent beer selections, staff training and knowledge helped garner The Trappist the “#1 Beer Bar in California” and “#17 Beer Bar in the World” ranking from ratebeer. In 2011, Stilphen opened ØL Beercafe in Walnut Creek, a specialty beer café showcasing the hybrid bar/retail shop business model. This later served as inspiration for the Trappist Provisions concept in Rockridge, Oakland which he and Porter opened together in January 2013. Later in August, Stilphen paired with acclaimed gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bergsjø and unveiled Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, an outpost of the popular Danish bar in Copenhagen. Less than a year after opening, Imbibe magazine named Mikkeller “Best Bar of the Year” and Draft Magazine included it in its annual “The Best Beer Bars in America” list for 2014. A highly accomplished entrepreneur with a knack for a well-run business and an expertise in all things beer, this is Stilphen’s first foray into Berkeley, CA.

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