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San Diego passes measure allowing breweries to expand

SAN DIEGO -- Large craft brewers in San Diego are one step closer to being able to build bigger tasting rooms and restaurants, thanks to a measure the City Council passed yesterday. But breweries will still need more approval to start building.

The City Council unanimously passed the measure to let large craft beer makers (at least 12,000 square feet in size) add larger full service restaurants or tasting rooms to their beer making facilities.

But breweries will still need the go-ahead from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The authority will have to determine the expansions are consistent with their land use plans for the region's airports.

Those brewpubs near the coast will also need Coastal Commission approval, which could take a year, city staff said.

Kathy Lippit, an activist with SAY San Diego, spoke against the measure at the meeting. She said these licenses can be dangerous and told the "cautionary tale" of a San Luis Obispo brewpub that she said was one of the biggest creators of alcohol and drug problems.

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