Brewery hops over obstacles to set roots in Vista

Brewery_hops_over_obstacles_to_set_roots_in_Vista_The_Coast_News_Group_-_2015-12-31_18.35.04This story was reported for The Coast News on Dec. 29, 2015.

It was 2005 when Terry Little tried his first craft beer. Little, who was serving in the U.S. Navy at the time, was in Imperial Beach when he had a Stone pale ale.

“I remember it so vividly,” Little said. “This was just when Stone was picking up, so that was 10 years ago. They have come far.”

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Water quality change on tap for California brewers

Drought_s_impact_on_beer_It_is_90_percent_water_-_10News.com_KGTV_ABC10_San_Diego_-_2014-06-27_09.39.46.pngThis story was reported for 10News on April 13, 2012.

When it comes to brewing beer, San Diegans take it seriously.

San Diego County is home to 87 of the 423 craft breweries in California, including Stone Brewery, the 10th largest craft brewery in the nation.

The local craft brewing industry also saw sales of $781.6 million in 2013 and was described as “one of the fastest growing segments of the San Diego regional economy,” according to a February 2014 report by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

But with 90 percent or more of beer being made up of water, California’s drought could mean a change in how San Diego’s booming craft brewery industry operates.

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