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New SoCal-inspired craft brewery sets sights on opening location along LA River

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 01:46PM
Courtesy Dry River Brewing

The brewing company hopes to find digs along the L.A. River and set up a patio that overlooks the brewery's namesake.

A new craft brewery is looking to set roots along the L.A. River and open what the owners say will be "the greenest brewery in California."

Dry River Brewing was started by husband and wife home brewers who say they make beers inspired by Southern California. Brews include the Horchata Cream Ale and an Agave Smoked Wheat beer. David Hodgins and Vanda Ciceryova said they've outgrown their operation and are ready for a commercial space.

But they aren't just looking for any warehouse building. They want to establish their brewery near DTLA and along the L.A. River. They aim to make it the most sustainable in California.

"Our brewing system will involve heat recovery and natural cooling, and minimizing water use while maximizing yields at the same time," said Hodgins in a statement. "All of these things connect — conserving water reduces the need for water treatment, which also saves energy and reduces discharge in to the water treatment system."

The couple is looking at possible buildings along the LA River in Boyle Heights, Downtown LA and Elysian Valley. Like many small, start-up businesses, they're running a Kickstarter campaign to help them purchase kegs and commercial equipment.

Dry River has support from the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation, an agency that aims to bring businesses to the riverfront and nearly double the current bike path to 51 miles, stretching it from Canoga Park to Long Beach.

"They're [Dry River] naming their company in honor of the L.A. River," said River Corp. Executive Director Omar Brownson, in a statement. "It's these early adopters that are going to be so important to creating a city that we all want to live in and enjoy."

According to their promotional video, their new digs would include a large patio that overlooks their namesake. Dry River plans to donate 1 percent of profits to river revitalization efforts.

They're hoping to get beers into bars by next year and have a brewery open by 2016. As of now, Dry River is producing on a limited scale with beers only available at select special events.

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