Beer: Los Cuarenta
From: Original 40, San Diego
Why: Mexican lagers are de moda, especially as the weather warms. Original 40’s take is soft and clean, with a substantial malt base. Soft on the palate, this beer has a honeysuckle sweetness that fades to a clean finish.
Geek out: 5.3% alcohol by volume.
Seek out*: You’ll find Los Cuarenta at the Original 40 brewpub in North Park. More than a dozen beers are on tap, along with hard ciders and seltzers, plus wine. The kitchen focuses on pub grub, but it’s hard to complain when the burgers are this good. (*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Original 40 brewpub’s tasting room is closed until further notice. However, you can still order “grub and suds to-go,” which includes crowlers, growlers and cans, as well as its full lunch and dinner menus. Daily window service is open 2 to 6:30 p.m. Call 619.255.7380 for details.)
3117 University Ave., North Park, original40brewing.com