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Suburban Phoenix brewery plans to expand beyond Arizona

PHOENIX -- San Tan Brewery is getting ready to lay a taste of its suds beyond the Arizona state line.

Just weeks after opening a 35,000-square-foot production facility, SanTan Brewing Company in Chandler is expanding across the Southwest.

Anthony Canecchia, San Tan's owner/brewer, said his is the first Arizona brewery to distribute craft beer on a large scale to other states. San Tan has set its sights set on California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and the Lone Star state, Texas.

"It's really not our intention to be across the entire nation. We're an Arizona craft brewery. The Southwest is who we are," he said.

"There are so many great craft breweries in the state and we're excited to be the vanguard."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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