Widely considered to be San Diego’s first microbrewery, Karl Strauss made its debut in 1989 and has since grown to 10 units in California, plus a tasting room and beer garden. Last year it went from micro to mega, opening a 12,000-square-foot brewpub in LA. It runs a rotating beer of the month and partners with local brewers for special LTO beers.

2016 Systemwide Sales$39,105,000
% Change in Sales10.9%
2016 U.S. Units10
% Change in Units25.0%
2016 Average Unit Volume$4,345,000
% Change in AUV-1.4%
Future 50 Year2017