By Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Supervisor Nelson formed a collaboration with city and county staff aimed at making the process of opening a craft brewery less restrictive and more appealing to potential brewers. Gathered at the County Hall of Administration, Supervisor Nelson and Mayor Tait welcomed officials from the County Health Department and Anaheim zoning and code officers who oversee the permitting process to brainstorm to see how the usual two year process of obtaining a permit could be streamlined significantly.
After going on a tour and meeting brewers from Noble Ale Works in Anaheim several weeks ago, Mayor Tait also invited representatives from the Bruery and Bottle Logic Brewing to give their insights and tell about challenges they have experienced when opening their brewing business. The meeting served as a great collaboration for all parties to get on the same page and for the city and county to develop a system that will make Anaheim an attractive location to open and operate a brewery. Anaheim is home to several food and beer festivals that are held annually; with all parties working together Supervisor Nelson is hopeful that future festivals will feature many new craft beers that call Anaheim home.