“Since our inception in 2015, our aim is to bring gourmet burgers to the masses in a fun and casual environment. Our food and drinks are a little bit rock ’n’ roll, just like the venue itself, which sits in the heart of the Old Town Scottsdale entertainment district. Astute menu readers will quickly notice all of our burgers are named after and partially inspired by songs. We’ve got a Harlem Shake, for example, as well Welcome to the Jungle and Walking in Memphis. We have this Californication option and is a clear homage to the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who hail from California as does their famous song), hence the avocado and actual peppers on top. As most burgers are, each is also developed with beer pairings in mind. Even our sandwiches and wraps were developed to pair with a brew or two, in fact.”
—Nolan Odal, District Burger Bar
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Style: Blond Ale
About the beer: It is light and refreshing made in what is quickly becoming California’s signature style. There is subtle malt sweetness, but it is balanced by hops, providing a clean and crisp finish.
Dish: Californication Burger
This 8-ounce premium Angus beef burger is cooked to order based on guest preference before being sandwiched between a toasted shine bun, which is shiny due to being lightly brushed with butter during the baking process. It is then piled high with melty pepper jack cheese, fire-roasted red peppers, avocado slices, arugula, house aioli, pickles and a confit made from tomatoes. Given patios are enjoyed even in the winter months in the Valley, the pairing of this California-inspired burger with an actual California beer, especially one that enhances the sweetness of the confit, is inspired. It is often enjoyed on the District patio, even in the “coldest” of winter months. The hops in it also play well with the juiciness of the burger and zest of the pepper jack. The burger also comes with French fries, which honestly pair with anything.
The District Burger Bar
7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.664.0356, districtbaraz.com.