Could a boozy beverage boom turn Old Town Goleta into the next Funk Zone?

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Goleta's first micro-distillery opened last year and makes gin, rums, and agave spirits. Photo courtesy of Goleta Red Distilling Company

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted development and gentrification for decades. Now, there are mixed feelings about how big Goleta should get and whether or not it should become a tourist destination.




Kathryn Barnes