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AleSmith to Release Bottled Gwynn-Collab Beer 

Earlier this year AleSmith Brewing Company, a microbrewery just outside of MCAS Miramar, released a special beer called “San Diego Pale Ale .394.” The beer, which is named after Tony Gwynn’s remarkable career-high .394 batting average from the 1994 season, was a collaboration between the brewery and Mr. Padre himself. While the beer was a huge hit among San Diegans and craft beer lovers alike, the beer was only available at the AleSmith tap room off of Cabot road.

Until now.

This Sunday, November 16th, the brewery plans to release 12oz. bottles of the San Diego Pale Ale .394 in 6-packs at a pre-launch release event at the AleSmith tap room. The event will be attended by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the rest of the Gwynn family, and – quite appropriately – only 119 packs will be available the day of the event. Soon afterwards, however, the beer will be available and shipped across the county in larger volume and quantity.

The San Diego Pale Ale .394 is a light 6% ABV beer with a light bitterness that is made to finish sweet. According to Ale Smith’s owner, Peter Zien, Tony actually “wanted the beer to end sweet, not bitter.” The beer was originally released back on June 7th, just before Tony’s passing.

Fans looking to attend the “pre-launch” release can stop by the brewery this Sunday around 2:00pm. More details on the event can be found on AleSmith’s website.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!