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  1. Scott
    October 30, 2017 @ 9:06 am

    All breweries are welcome in Lodi! Industrial space available, low rent, skilled labor, affordable housing, hip downtown area, and a built in visitor base with over 60 wineries.

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  2. easong
    October 30, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    Just as with the restaurant business in the Bay Area, the best breweries rise to the top and the has-beens pass into brewing history. With innovators emerging like Cellarmaker, Faction, and Fieldwork there will occasionally be a Speakeasy. Beer geeks respect Anchor for their historical role but few consume their products very often. I’m personally a big fan of Russian River but with about 50 Norcal IPAs better than Pliny on my store shelves I will leave any bottles I see for the cult to enjoy.

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    • Mike Malsed
      October 31, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

      Not quite sure how valid that is. With land prices so high and other regulatory costs so prohibitive, just saying “the best breweries rise” may well not be valid. Those costs are inhibitors to new businesses, which may well be among the best, but if they can’t even start in SF, how can they rise? In an environment like SF, it’s not always the best that rise, but those that cater to specific clientele; this does not indicate the best, but rather the one that can cater. Is Fox the best just because they cater to a specific audience? MSNBC? No – they just cater. 🙂 Does Hershey’s make the best chocolate, or do they just cater to the larger audience?

      Production breweries either strike a deal with the city for kickbacks and find a way to minimize their rent OR they find a lower cost area in which to locate – like the aforementioned Lodi.

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