Beer Up – Craft Beer Entrepreneurs Open Shop In The San Gabriel Valley

Posted: August 7, 2014 in Beer, Los Angeles
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In today’s society, the spread of information, such as the advent of social media, has helped to educate citizens about the benefits of higher quality products. Tastes and preferences constantly change, and we now see that more and more people start to prefer quality over quantity. If we look around the world, the terms we associate with quantity tend to refer to corporations that have a global reach, such as some soft drink companies or fast food chains. If we want quality, we tend to search locally, as local businesses focus more on the quality of their products and services. For example, in the past few years, a large shift in the preference of beer has gone underway, where most beer-drinkers now prefer local craft beers as opposed to mass-produced light beer common around the world. Microbreweries tend to crop up in geographical clusters centralized along a particular city or region, such as Vista or Mira Mesa down in San Diego County. Craft beer fans in the greater Los Angeles area can find breweries all over the place, but will soon want to start visiting the San Gabriel Valley more often.

Progress Brewing

For the longest time, little to no one regarded the San Gabriel Valley as the place to go for craft beer. Historically, the San Gabriel Valley mainly houses very traditional citizens that prefer their “safe” beers. Industrial businesses take up most of the valley space, while corporate businesses thrive due to the local populace’s behavior of sticking to familiar things. Over the past decade, the amount of local businesses have started to increase, and with it, the preference of locals to visit these local establishments over the corporate businesses. This change in tastes opened the door for microbreweries to move in and take up residence as well. When the dust had settled, craft beer fans can now see the San Gabriel Valley as a place to visit for at least a day to get their beer-tasting on.

Pacific Plate Brewing

Alosta Brewing

Clayton Brewing Company

La Verne Brewing Company

Most of the breweries out in the San Gabriel Valley only opened recently, within the past year. As such, they still remain largely a local spot, as opposed to the breweries typically seen at a local beer festival. Some bars and restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley already pour some of the breweries’ beers, but other than that, the breweries have no reach beyond the valley. No matter what type of facility the business operates in, craft beer has found a home in the San Gabriel Valley. Whenever you find yourself heading towards the Los Angeles area or Orange County, make a detour and check out how craft beer runs in the San Gabriel Valley.

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