Two weeks ago marked the two-year anniversary of Tony Gwynn’s death. In the past two years, San Diegans, Friar Faithful, and baseball fans all over have remembered and honored Gwynn in many different ways. And soon, here in San Diego, we’ll have yet another tangible reminder of Gwynn’s amazing career and life, as AleSmith Brewing Co. will open the doors to its long-awaited Tony Gwynn Museum, which will be located at their Miramar tasting room.
AleSmith has worked closely with the Gwynn family since 2014 to make this museum come to life. The relationship between the Gwynns and AleSmith began in early ‘14 when Tony approached the brewery about creating “a signature hoppy pale ale,” resulting in their San Diego Pale Ale .394. After his passing, Tony’s wife Alicia began collaborating with AleSmith owner and CEO, Peter Zien, to create a space within the Miramar location that could house hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from Tony’s life.
Per AleSmith’s press release:
Installed in the northwest corner of AleSmith’s tasting room (the largest on the West Coast at 25,000 square feet), the Tony Gwynn Museum will house a rotating stock of more than 300 individual pieces of memorabilia collected by Tony’s widow, Alicia Gwynn, over the course of four-plus decades. To date, these historical items had been stored at the Gwynns’ private residence, but it was important to the family that they be showcased in a public-forum for Tony’s fans to be able to see and appreciate. That was where AleSmith came in.
You may recall some of the fundraising efforts made by AleSmith over the past year or so, meant to raise money for the museum. Through their generosity.com campaign, people were able to purchase personalized engraved “founders” tiles bricks that would be built into the museum, much like the bricks that make up areas of Petco Park.
Housed in the museum will be rotating sets of memorabilia spanning Tony’s life and career, from his childhood to his college playing days, to his MLB career and finally his coaching career at his alma mater San Diego State. Interactive displays are also in the works, so museum visitors will be able to learn even more about Tony’s life.
If you’re wondering if AleSmith will be profiting from this museum, know that it will only be in an indirect way, if visitors also choose to stay for beer or buy AleSmith merch in the tasting room. Admission to the museum will be free for all guests, though donations will be accepted for the Tony & Alicia Gwynn (TAG) Foundation, which benefits underprivileged youth with clothing and food, as well as provides educational and career support. The museum will have the same hours as the tasting room: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday. It’s located at 9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego, CA 92126.