2018: State of our Beer Union
The New Year brings a new president to the San Diego Brewers Guild: Paul Sangster, co-owner of San Marcos’ Rip Current Brewing. His perspective on the year ahead:
Q. So, how’s the local beer scene doing?
A. It is amazing to see how many new breweries have joined the fold during 2017 and are adding to our culture, bringing excitement and engaging new customers. It’s hard to believe we’ll soon have 160 breweries. When Rip Current Brewing opened in late 2012, there were “only” 70 breweries.
Q. What are the Brewers Guild’s priorities this year?
A. We’re launching programs to help consumers identify products from small and independent breweries. We believe they have the right to know, so they can decide where their hard-earned dollars are going — Belgium, South America or right down the street in San Diego. Today, this is challenging with so many brands served around town.
Q. But given all those choices, why should consumers make an effort to buy beer from Guild members?
A. Many craft beer drinkers want their dollars to support neighbors and friends in their own communities, rather than stockholders abroad.
Independent San Diego breweries make the best beer around. We want to give the buyer every chance to identify it on the shelf and revel in being part of the Capital of Craft’s amazing beer community.
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