At the end of 2015, San Diego County had 114 breweries and brewpubs – only two of which were in the South Bay. Citing low incomes and its minority-majority population, some brewers, sales representatives and distributors have assumed residents there only have taste buds for Bud Light, Corona and Dos Equis. A recent boom in breweries and tasting rooms is proving them wrong.
For years, San Diego breweries have invited local caterers to set up food stands in their tasting rooms. But a new county ordinance could spell the end to this symbiotic relationship.
As San Diego’s craft beer industry has taken off, so has the career of Candace Moon, an attorney who helps brewers and breweries navigate legal issues. Now, as Moon works to trademark the term “craft beer attorney,” she’s experiencing some of those issues from the other side of the table.
We found lots of reasons to be proud of the ingenuity of our San Diego neighbors.
Questions about the ideas, concepts and products that underpin San Diego’s identity will be center stage at our next cultural discovery event, Meeting of the Minds, on March 19.
Craft beer is every bit as complex and significant an industry as defense, or tourism, or biotech, or green tech. It is a key piece of San Diego’s economic and cultural future, and it is growing rapidly.
For San Diego’s craft beer community, worrisome water forecasts could impact their ability to grow their businesses, which is why some are embracing water-saving practices now.
Research provides a snapshot of local industry but can’t answer the big “bubble” question.
Beer-tech maven Melani Gordon is our special guest. Plus, find out why Ricky Young of the U-T Watchdog team is our Hero of the Week.
Local brew advocates say San Diego needs to act fast to capitalize on cultural buzz and the growing financial impact.