San Diego brewery AleSmith is honoring Tony Gwynn with its new Pale Ale 394.

By Extra Mustard
November 13, 2014

San Diego beer and baseball fans have a new six-pack to try out this weekend.

AleSmith Brewing Company is releasing San Diego Pale Ale 394, named after the Padres batting-average record Tony Gwynn set during the strike-shortened 1994 season. Padres fans will be able to sample the beer for the first time this weekend.

At an event in its tasting room on Sunday, AleSmith will have 119 first-time-ever, 12-ounce six packs available for purchase.

Gwynn worked with the brewery to create the ale before he passed away in June. AleSmith announced the release of the new brew in June:

Originally classified as Project 394, AleSmith covertly formulated a completely new recipe with Tony Gwynn’s direct input. Following Tony’s evaluation of the test batches, AleSmith dialed in the recipe resulting in an extremely drinkable 6% ABV Pale Ale with light bitterness and accentuated hoppiness designed to fill the gap between AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale and AleSmith IPA. This San Diego Pale Ale will showcase abundant piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from an intense dry-hopping schedule. A balanced malt profile will round out these hoppy flavors with a biscuity finish to enhance drinkability throughout the innings.

AleSmith will have only the 119 six-packs available this weekend, but the company says more will be available soon.

- Mike Fiammetta

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