Jim Crute, president and head brewer of Lightning Brewery in Poway, says the thriving craft brewery business in San Diego County will keep growing in spite of the substantial capital investment. Crute says the key to success is to make a great beer different from everyone else’s and to build a superior reputation.

Jim Crute, president and head brewer of Lightning Brewery in Poway, says the thriving craft brewery business in San Diego County will keep growing in spite of the substantial capital investment. Crute says the key to success is to make a great beer different from everyone else’s and to build a superior reputation. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

Creative, competitive and highly independent, local breweries have placed San Diego County at the center of the growing market for handcrafted beers...

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