At the recent yearly state of the brewing industry talk by Dr. Bart Watson at the Brewers Association a couple of weeks ago, he outlined craft beer industry trends…one of them being brewery openings versus closings. Although the data shows there is some slowing of brewery openings, closings pretty much have been at a constant low level nation-wide over the last decade.
“In saturated areas, closures will become more common,” said Dr. Bart, frankly.
On the La Palma Beer Trail in Anaheim, where there are eleven breweries squeezed in within a couple miles, Hoparazzi Brewery owner Lisa Perez said, “sad to share this news, but it’s time to bid Adieu…we will be shutting down operations on 9/30.”
Lisa ran Hoparazzi over the last three years, and even saw success at the World Beer Cup, winning bronze for Heat in the Night, a chili beer that added frozen peppers to their base IPA to create a delicious pepper-forward beer.
“I am grateful from the bottom of my heart to each one of you who helped and supported me and my Team during this journey. I’m proud of what we have overcome and accomplished,” says Perez, on her last day of service.
When asked for comment about the reason for closure, she only noted, “it’s been a good run.”
By the time you read this, Hoparazzi will have already closed for good. As I toss back the last bit of my Socal Sunset hoppy red ale, I give Lisa a hug as she rides off into a sunset of her own.
Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, level 1 WSET in Wine, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest happening on June 29th in Anaheim!