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Breweries Experiencing Economic Roadblocks (BEER) Fund

San Diego Brewers Guild

For years, San Diego has ranked as the nation's top craft beer destination, known to many as the "sunny heaven for suds lovers."

San Diego has branded the craft beer industry not only as a tourism contributor, but as a main economic driver. In 2018 alone, the craft beer industry contributed a total economic impact of $1,167,656,785 to the San Diego economy, a 34% increase from 2016. A 2017 study found that the craft beer industry contributes approximately 6,275 jobs to the local economy, with $171.3 million in combined labor.

As of 2019, the County of San Diego is home to more than 150 independent breweries, with 93 located in the City of San Diego.

"One quarter of the city's breweries are in my council district. I have been steadfast with my support for this industry. Proactively establishing the Breweries Experiencing Economic Roadblocks (BEER) Fund, just for the breweries and their employees, will help this vital industry get through this difficult time," stated Councilmember Chris Cate, City of San Diego Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chair.

The COVID-19 pandemic has critically affected the ability for local craft breweries to survive. With rapidly-changing regulations, local breweries are being forced to adapt at a breakneck pace causing an unprecedented financial burden for these local businesses. There is a critical need for funding to ensure these local businesses survive the pandemic.

About the San Diego Brewers Guild:

Founded in 1997, the San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote San Diego breweries and create and open line of communication among brewers--connecting a strong a vibrant community.

What is the BEER Fund?

BEER Fund = Breweries Experiencing Economic Roadblocks Fund

The BEER Fund will aid San Diego craft breweries and their employees directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds would be distributed through the San Diego Brewers Guild at their discretion to local San Diego County breweries in need.

Ways to help the breweries:

Make a monetary donation on GoFundMe.

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Visit a San Diego brewery and puchase beer to go.

Become a member of the San Diego Brewers Guild

From Chris Cate:

I am a proud native San Diegan. As a San Diegan, I am afforded an opportunity that no one else in the world can enjoy. I am able to go to any one of the more than 150 independent craft breweries that call San Diego County their home. 

San Diego serves as the birthplace of some of the industry's most respected breweries. And 25% of the city’s breweries are in my council district. District 6. 

Throughout my time on the city council, I have been steadfast with my support for this industry. During my first term, I made it a priority to meet with every single brewery in my district to hear their stories and understand their challenges. We’ve led efforts to develop policies that reduce costs and help our craft breweries grow, and thrive. I believe I am living up to the title of “craft beer councilman.”

This year, I am Chairman of the City of San Diego’s Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee. And I take my role of supporting our thousands of business owners and employees seriously. In 2018 alone, the craft beer industry contributed a total economic impact of 1.2 billion dollars to the San Diego economy. And accounts for 6,300 local jobs.

These are men and women who have put their blood, sweat, and tears into perfecting their product because of the pride and respect of being a San Diego brewer. And a great number have risked their financial livelihoods. The love for their talents spreads across this globe. They bring joy with every pint poured, and every growler we take home. They have turned San Diego into the craft beer capital.

Now, more than ever, they are deserving of our support.

Regulations and new mandates are changing by the day, and craft breweries are doing everything they can to keep their lights on, and pay their employees.  Without our support, it is not too much to say this industry will not rebound and bounce back. 

The BEER Fund, headed by the San Diego Brewers Guild, will help this important industry get through this difficult time by using contributions to support your local brewery and their employees. 

I am personally pledging to raise $5,000 toward this fund. 

Let’s show these breweries how much they mean to us, and how much we want them to keep making great San Diego beer.