Fairfield, California's Ample Water Supply And High Capacity Wastewater System Brew Up An Ideal Location For Craft Beer Industry

Oct 29, 2013, 17:16 ET from City of Fairfield, CA

FAIRFIELD, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An ample water supply, a high capacity wastewater system, and available properties with room to grow, position the San Francisco Bay Area city of Fairfield, California as an ideal location for the growing craft brewery business.

"Fairfield's wastewater treatment plant can handle the high strength waste that occurs in a brewery's operation, so brew masters do not have to concern themselves with treating the wastewater" says Talyon Sortor, assistant general manager of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District. "The district's treatment plant was specifically designed to handle brewery waste, because it was built to support the Anheuser-Busch facility located here."

"We are an excellent location for a craft brewery because of our robust and reliable, high-quality-water, which is critical to the brewing process," says Felix Riesenberg, Fairfield's assistant Public Works director. "The City has done a tremendous job of water supply planning, resulting in sufficient water supplies to reliably deliver water, even in the event of a multiple-year drought scenario."

Numerous microbreweries seeking to expand are currently in talks with Fairfield's economic development department. The city government is accessible, easy to work with, and expedites building permits.

Recently, Heretic Brewing Company moved its operations from Pittsburg, California to an 8,500-square foot Fairfield location at 1052 Horizon Drive. Its facility contains a brewery, tasting room and lab space. There are plans to expand in March 2014 to 16,000 square feet in order to do more barrel aging and further increase production.

"I contacted cities throughout the Bay Area to see which would be most interested in helping us find a location for our new, larger facility," says Heretic's Jamil Zainasheff. "Fairfield's economic development team took the time to visit our business to learn about our needs. In addition, Fairfield has great water and a good supply of buildings appropriate for breweries."

Fairfield Attracts Food and Beverage Companies

Fairfield's high quality water and ample supply, and its high sewer capacity attract food and beverage manufacturers to the city including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Guittard Chocolates, Frank-Lin Distillers, Sunnyside Farms, and Calbee America.  

For additional information on Fairfield, California, visit http://www.fairfield.ca.gov.

SOURCE City of Fairfield, CA