Easier Expansion for Craft Breweries in San Diego

The San Diego City Council recently signed off on zoning changes that would allow craft brewers to expand their businesses. The city is rapidly becoming known for creating some of America’s finest beer, and now the city council is on task to help promote that reputation.

According to local beer industry website, WestCoaster, there are currently 66 breweries in San Diego County and 39 more pending. A recent national study estimated the economic impact of San Diego’s craft breweries at nearly $300 million a year, a greater impact than Comic-Con.

Promoting expansion of the breweries just makes good sense to Ballast Point Brewing Company’s, Jack White. He says the city didn’t always know what to make of the breweries. Back when they were less financially significant, people just weren’t familiar with what the breweries were trying to do, but the city’s interest has grown along with the revenue.

Before the council voted, a commenter at the meeting warned the city about rushing to grow the industry too quickly. She warned, “They have great potential for activities and problems related to drinking behavior on and around their premise and it’s critical that those risks should not be dismissed out of hand.”

White, however, assured the community that his brewery was aware of the laws in place and would continue to abide by them.

The unanimous vote could allow breweries to expand tasting rooms, and even open up restaurants; however, no changes can go into effect until the new guidelines are put before both the Coastal Commission and the airport authority.

This is exciting news for San Diego.

If you are considering expanding your brewery business in San Diego, it is important to speak with an experienced San Diego lawyer. Your San Diego lawyer can discuss all of your options with you. San Diego lawyer Shana Black can assist you throughout the process. Call 1-619-557-0122 or email [email protected]

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