San Diego’s reputation as America’s craft beer capital has been around for some time; Karl Strauss (the county’s oldest brewery) kicked things off in 1989 and Ballast Point selling to Constellation Brands for $1 billion in 2015 being a high-water mark. Today, America’s Finest City is bustling with more than 150 local breweries. That same entrepreneurial spirit has extended to innovations in small-batch spirits, hard seltzers and boozy kombucha.
Sunny Southern California skies are a perfect backdrop to everyone’s favorite weekend warrior activity: brunching. Whether enjoying bottomless mimosas, savory benedicts or piles of pancakes, there are plenty of places in Orange County to gather with friends for day-drinking and whiling away the afternoon. Here are a few of our favorite places to get our brunch on.