Novo Brazil Brewing, which launched in 2015 and became the first craft brewery to open in Chula Vista, is seriously expanding its presence in South County. The brewery, which won the 2017 Brewbound Startup Brewery Challenge, will build a sprawling 12,000-square-foot brewpub at Otay Ranch Town Center in the Eastlake neighborhood, which is home to Novo Brazil CEO Eduardo Pentagna.
Slated to open in early 2019, the $2.5 million project replaces Anthropologie in the center. It will span a 300-seat, full-service restaurant serving authentic Brazilian cuisine, a 10-barrel production facility, a dog-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden, and a full bar that will offer house-brewed and guest beer as well as cocktails. To complement its core beer lineup, which includes the Ipanema Double IPA, Samba Hazy IPA, Rio Pale Ale, and Chula Pils, Novo Brazil will used the new Otay Ranch brewery to create speciality beers ranging from sour and barrel-aged brews to experimental varieties. The location, which will also feature live entertainment, will also have a retail area with Brazilian coffee and other regional products available for purchase.