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Indian Joe Brewing, which closed in February 2015, will reopen in March in an 18,000 square-foot building visible on state Route 78. Owner Max Moran hopes to expand the brewery into a full restaurant. Photo by Hoa Quach
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It’s coming back! Indian Joe Brewing to reopen

After being closed for nearly one year, Indian Joe Brewing will reopen its doors in Vista on Industrial Court.

Max Moran, owner of the popular Vista company, said he hopes to open the 18,000 square-foot space in March. He plans to recreate the feel of the former location on La Mirada Drive, but it will eventually grow into a full restaurant.

“We’re expanding with this big building,” said Moran of the building he purchased about three months ago. “We’re building a tasting room, outside seating and the brew facility.”

The new space will start with six employees and grow from there.

Moran said he closed the former location because the 3,200 square-foot building wasn’t large enough to cater to the brewing company’s needs. The brewery on La Mirada closed on Feb. 15, 2015.

“It wasn’t enough for what we had already planned,” said Moran, a Native American who named the company after his Uncle Joe. “We were very busy down there.”

There are currently 13 breweries in Vista and more than 100 in San Diego County.