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Craft beer is big in San Diego. New craft brews are hopping up throughout the City and County. In recent years, San Diego's burgeoning craft beer scene has been featured by the New York Times and Esquire Magazine.

Now, even community planning groups and the City of San Diego appear to be jumping on the beer-wagon.

On April 11, San Diego's Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that will make room for tasting rooms and restaurants that are attached to breweries and other local alcohol manufacturers. The ordinance, which will eventually head to city council for approval, would allow breweries to exceed the 3,000 square foot limit that normal stand alone restaurants are allowed in most commercial and industrial zones.

"The proposed ordinance would allow manufacturers of malt beverages or distilled spirits to develop an accessory restaurant or tasting room that is greater than 3,000 square feet, but no greater than 25 percent of the total gross floor area dedicated to manufacturing use," reads a public notice on the hearing.

All environmental reports have already been completed and now all that is left are the city hearings and approval from the California Coastal Commission to allow for the accompanying tasting rooms in coastal zones.

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Founder March 27, 2013 @ 1:33 p.m.

The City Council just smiles when the concept of a using CUP (Conditional Use Permit) to control problematic late night alcohol venues but when TASTING ROOMS comes up then it is FULL $PEED AHEAD... WHEE, the more the merrier!

I guess neighborhoods now have ZERO say in how many and how late these "Tasting Clubs" can operate; no wonder visitors are not coming to San Diego, there are much safer places to travel to that are not "JUST" known for alcohol activities...

Wake up City Council before we have to cut your Salaries because we have lost all our TOT money!


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