Novo Brazil Brewing has a true connection to its namesake South American nation, the familial home of its founders, who each operated an award-winning craft brewery there before joining forces to join the beer scene of their adopted home here in San Diego.
The signature Fernside Burger adopts the trending smash burger style, grilling two flattened beef patties with melted American cheese, putting them between buns with shredded lettuce, onion, and pickle slices.
Credit Pacific Beach restaurant and bar Backyard Kitchen & Tap for recognizing the potential of the Impossible Burger, which uses highly advanced food science to create a beef alternative that almost tastes like the real thing.
Once a cult favorite nano-brewery in Vista, CA, real estate issues forced this native-American owned beer company to take a two-year hiatus in 2015, but Indian Joe Brewing came roaring back last year, bigger and better than ever.
This proudly hometown Santee eatery extends its local devotion to the sourcing its ingredients, from beef and produce to eggs and locally baked brioche buns. Fifty-Two east grinds its pasture-raised beef daily, forming a lean yet fall-apart tasty blend of short rib, brisket, and shoulder clod.
North’s Park’s pre-eminent sports bar recently updated its burger menu, creating easily noshable 5-ounce patties grilled on a flat-top til the edges crisp, then slapped on a locally baked, Bread & Cie brioche bun.
Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers: The casual addition to the Gaslamp Quarter operates as a sports bar, featuring more than a dozen screens and over 150 cold beer options. But the main attractions are more than twenty kinds of made from scratch burgers, hand formed with juicy ground beef.
Though located in Northern California’s wine country, family-owned brand ACE Premium Craft Ciders has been in the business of producing hard cider for 25 years.
If you ever catch yourself thinking that all burgers look like, cast your eyes on the HP Burger offered by University Heights bar and grill, Hundred Proof.
Ocean Beach Brewery: This three-level brewpub offers food, games, and cocktails, but its main draw (besides the beer) is a rooftop deck with a clear view of the neighborhood’s famous sunsets.