The Big Brewery Boom
San Diego's thriving craft beer scene is making waves at home and abroad.
Bruce Glassman, SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE
Friday, April 24, 2015
The economic impact of all this growth is huge. According to the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), San Diego job-and-industry-sales growth from 2011 to 2014 was nothing short of staggering—and much of the credit goes to big breweries.
NUSIPR calculates that the local industry employs more than 6,200 people, a 122 percent increase since 2011. Annual industry sales (beer, food, merchandise) have also skyrocketed, from $681 million in 2011 to about $900 million today. Within a year, San Diego craft beer will be a billion-dollar industry (especially with breweries opening at the current rate of one per month).