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How Land Use Policy Can Make or Break the SD Beer Scene

Andrew Keatts, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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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.

For the local industry to remain competitive, said Vince Vasquez, author of the study, the city needs to address a series of land use-related constraints.

One is that new converts to good beer might be less willing to venture to industrial areas like Mira Mesa, home to many of the city's first breweries, Vasquez said.