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Local beer boom no bubble, report says

National University study points to even greater growth for thriving industry

Peter Rowe, U-T SAN DIEGO

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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A study from National University’s Institute for Policy Research reports that in the last two years:

• Local breweries have doubled in number.

• Jobs have grown by 40 percent, from 1,630 to 2,279.

• Sales jumped by more than $100 million, from $680.9 million to $781.5 million.

• Brewery and brewpub employees make higher wages than counterparts in beer-savvy regions like Denver and Portland, Ore.

This is not a “beer bubble,” the report’s author insisted. While individual breweries may fail, Vince Vasquez said, the industry seems poised to prosper.