“In the spring of 2013, the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) published an economic analysis of breweries and brewpubs in San Diego County. In this study we update that analysis as well as examine workforce development issues in the industry.
Overall, we found that:
• San Diego’s craft brewing industry has grown significantly since 2011. Over the last two years, there has been a 40% increase in the number of craft brewing jobs in San Diego County and the number of breweries and brewpubs has more than doubled. Total annual sales have grown from $680.9 million in 2011 to $781.5 million in 2013.
• Key local businesses support industry development and production. San Diego is host to four key business sectors that participate in the early stages of product development and manufacturing. Overall, these businesses generate $56.6 million in annual sales, and help keep more dollars from beer sales in the local economy.
• Regional brewery wages are among the highest in the nation. Wages in the craft brewing industry in San Diego are higher than competitors such as Portland, Denver & Asheville. Overall, however, brewery & brewpub workers make less than average wages for the region.
• San Diego’s workforce training and education programs are top-tier. In comparison to other craft beer regions, San Diego provides more rigorous continuing education programs for industry professionals and those seeking to enter the craft beer market.”
View the full analysis at this link.