AleSmith Brewing Company has been a staple of the San Diego beer scene since their inception in 1995, and today they fulfilled a promise to another pillar of the community. Their relationship with Tony Gwynn began shortly before Mr. Padre passed in 2014, when they collaborated to brew Tony’s San Diego Pale Ale .394. They’ve continued to work with his family in the time since to house a rotating display of his vast memorabilia collection.
This morning, the public had their first chance to view those items as AleSmith officially opened the Tony Gwynn Museum. Owner Peter Zien was on hand for the festivities, and Alicia Gwynn was joined by her family as she cut the ribbon. Photography isn’t allowed inside the museum, so I can’t show you what’s there, but you should really see it for yourself. My favorite bit was a commemorative 3000th hit jersey signed by the other members of that elite club. There’s also a selection of rings commemorating All-Star Game appearances, batting titles, and, most importantly, Tony’s selection to the Hall of Fame. The one thing I wish they’d add is a box of tissues, because I teared up more than once on my trip through the museum.
Admission is free, but donations to the Tony & Alicia Gwynn Foundation are encouraged.