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Brewery growth in Inland Empire's Southwest Riverside County

Murrieta and Temecula in Southwest Riverside County are known for being home to more than 35 wineries.

February 25, 2019
  • Murrieta and Temecula in Southwest Riverside County are known for being home to more than 35 wineries. The past decade has seen a tremendous proliferation of breweries in retail and industrial strips. In 2009, Black Market Brewing Company opened in Murrieta. Ten years later there are 13 craft breweries, with more future regional growth expected. 
  • While overall beer sales declined by 1% in 2018, craft beer companies grew 5% through 2018. This may reflect the growing national trend towards hyperlocal gastronomy, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. 
  • Retail growth has been expanding in Southwest Riverside County with the rising needs of the ever expanding population. In 2018, the city of Murrieta had a total of 112,498 people, as compared to 51,662 people in 2000. In 2018, the city of Temecula had a total of 112,795 people, as compared to 66,856 in 2000.
  • California leads the nation in craft beer manufacturing licenses, with 764 breweries in 2018. This number marks a yearly increase in California brewery expansion since the trend of highly local beer saw its resurgence in 2010. The growth in breweries in Murrieta and Temecula is likely an extension of its proximity along the 215/15 corridor from San Diego County, which is considered a top ten national destination for craft beer. We anticipate future growth in this retail category.
  • Click here to see craft brewery growth within Southwest Riverside County since 2009. 

Source: JLL Research/Brewers Association

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