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In 2011 impact of microwbreweries was $299.5 million

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, U-T SAN DIEGO

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Craft brewing is one of the fastest-growing business sectors in San Diego, with the total number in the area more than doubling in the past two years, according to a 2013 report by the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) in La Jolla on the economic impact of craft breweries in San Diego.

“San Diego breweries and brewpubs indirectly support thousands of jobs in the local economy,” said Vince Vasquez, a NUSIPR policy analyst. “San Diego craft beer contributes to greater sales and profits at the stores, local bars, restaurants, hotels and visitor destinations that sell them.”

Vasquez said the industry has been a catalyst for greater private investment and economic development in their surrounding neighborhood or commercial corridor

“Thousands of construction jobs have been created through the renovation, expansion and addition of breweries, brewpubs and tasting rooms in San Diego County over the last three years, said Vasquez. “Throughout the country, they are viewed as ‘anchor tenants’ that can generate pedestrian traffic, additional business for surrounding storefronts, and activate spaces in blighted areas, redevelopment zones, and downtown areas that vacate after business hours.