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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Placentia Small Business Receives National Award

The City of Placentia is pleased to congratulate new small business Stereo Brewing Company for winning the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival held in October in Denver, Colorado.

Stereo Brewing Company took home the gold medal in the Oatmeal Stout category for its “Wall of Sound” brew.  Business owner Rick Smets and his wife Amanda opened the small, independent brewery in October of 2016 at 950 Via Rodeo in Placentia.  Smets comes from a family of brewers and chose Placentia as the place to follow their life-long dream of owning and operating his own small business. 

“Placentia’s residential areas nearby really drew us to this location,” said Stereo Brewing co-owner Amanda Smets. “The City was really great about communicating with us and ensuring that their goal was to help us get our business open.  We had a lot of direct access with the Planning Department where a lot of cities you don’t find that.”

“The City is committed to working with potential businesses to find their perfect place in Placentia,” said Placentia City Administrator Damien R. Arrula.  “We are driven to foster economic growth and when possible will help business owners expedite the development process.”

The City of Placentia celebrates the success of its small business owners and encourages potential businesses to contact the City regarding relocation.

Located in north Orange County, Placentia is home to 190,000 customers with an average household income of over $76,000. Additionally, the City is less than a mile away from Cal State Fullerton, the Anaheim Canyon Industrial Area and will soon be served by a Metrolink Station in the heart of historic Old Town Placentia and Transit Oriented Development Packing House District.

For more information on Stereo Brewing Company, please call (714) 993-3390.

For additional information on the opportunities for small business owners in Placentia, visit our Economic Development Division online at, or call the City of Placentia’s Development Services Department at (714) 993-8268.

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Placentia, CA 92870
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