Kairoa is another beautiful ode to a foreign country, designed to evoke the lush scenery, unique cuisine, friendly disposition, and otherworldly hops native to New Zealand—where the owners and head brewer all hail from. Decorated to incorporate aspects from the New Zealand countryside and coasts, as well as Maori art into a sleek, modern architecture style, Kairoa specializes in brewing everything from English-style ales to the pale ales San Diegans love, imbued with the hard-to-get New Zealand hop varieties head brewer Joe Peach has direct access to. Try a flight with a trio of blondes that includes Rosy Buggah (blonde infused with strawberry, rosehips, hibiscus and apple), Cheeky Buggah (Belgian blonde), and Tweaky Buggah (Yipao coffee-infused blonde), or stouts infused with cocoa puffs, marshmallows, and cacao nibs, or coffee. For groups of 12 or more, reserve your spot online. Order food, beer and wine for pickup online via Toast.
If drinking outdoors is a San Diego tradition, then drinking outdoors at a brewery must be a local rite of passage. Kairoa pays homage to the owner’s New Zealand heritage with a menu replete with Kiwi-inspired food and brews. That means hearty dishes like Smoked Barbacoa Lamb Fries, and beers that utilize the country’s crown jewel hop varietal, Nelson hops. You’ll be hard pressed to find a joy more simple than digging into a juicy burger and chasing it down with a New Zealand IPA on this sunny, modern rooftop.
How to book: Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.