Joshua Tree Brewing - Case Study
When avid homebrewer Dario Guerra and a handful of friends decided to open a microbrewery in the small town of Joshua Tree four years ago, they figured all they had to do was chip in some cash and start working on recipes. “We all got together one day and decided we’d take our hobby from a garage and step it up to a building,” Guerra said. “But it’s a lot easier said than done.”
San Bernardino County officials told them that, because the town does not have a sewer system and lies above an aquifer, the brewers would have to find a way to treat the wastewater that would be discharged by the facility before they could open their brewhouse. “We came to an extreme halt when we learned that starting a brewery is not an easy project in regards to wastewater,” said Guerra, who works as an engineering technician at the Marine Corps base in the nearby town of Twentynine Palms. The team began search-ing for a commercial- grade treatment system, but soon discovered that their low initial output meant there were no “off the shelf” solutions in their price range, he said.