Beer has become a favorite son in San Diego.
Politicians make a point of being seen at local beer festivals. The local brewers’ guild gets tax dollars to promote its annual weeklong celebration. And the City Council’s land use committee is taking a look this week at a proposal to help local brewers continue to grow.
And the local beer scene isn’t just a facilitator of fun, it’s become a legitimate economic force: The National University System for Policy Research this week released a study pegging the industry’s net benefit to the local economy at nearly $300 million per year.