AleSmith Brewing Introduces Tony Gwynn Junior’s IPA

SAN DIEGO — Tony Gwynn Jr. once again follows in his father’s footsteps, this time by crafting his very own Session IPA with award-winning AleSmith Brewing Company. Aptly named “Tony Gwynn Junior’s IPA”, this lower alcohol version of an India Pale Ale will be available on draft mid-April, in time for the beginning of baseball season.

Like their collaboration with baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on the now popular .394 Pale Ale, the AleSmith Brewing team worked closely with his son, Tony Gwynn Jr. on a beer that catered to his specific tastes. As a big fan of the prominent hop characteristics found in traditional IPAs, the former Major League Baseball star and current radio and television broadcaster wanted a beer that someone could drink several of in a session. The result is a 4.3% ABV, 40 IBU beer that is extremely drinkable, yet intensely flavorful with pungent notes of citrus, tropical fruit, melon and berry, all balanced by light caramel flavors and just the right amount of bitterness, leaving you reaching for another.

“AleSmith and myself are very proud to bring you Tony Gwynn Junior’s IPA,” said Tony Gwynn Jr. “We worked on this beer for over a year and hopefully people will enjoy it as much as they enjoy the .394 that my dad helped create.”

“I couldn’t help but notice that while working with Tony Gwynn in 2014 to create .394, that his son Tony Jr. seemed quite interested in the process,” said Peter Zien, AleSmith Owner. “In the subsequent years, Tony Jr. has been a frequent visitor to AleSmith and I’m happy to report that he has officially caught the brewing bug. We have a wonderful relationship with the Gwynn family, so I’m glad we had the opportunity to create another delicious beer with Tony Jr.”

Look for Tony Gwynn Junior’s IPA on draft at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and in southern California restaurants and bars beginning mid-April.

About AleSmith Brewing Company

Forged in 1995, AleSmith has been recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies behind accolades that include medals won at prestigious national and international beer competitions. In addition to being well established within its hometown of San Diego, AleSmith was acknowledged by the RateBeer community as the Top Brewer in California and the 4th Best Brewery in the World in 2017. AleSmith was also named Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 2008. AleSmith is celebrating its 23rd year in business and occupies a 109,942 square-foot facility with a state-of- the-art brewery. AleSmith’s range of acclaimed beers, which includes Speedway Stout, IPA, Nut Brown Ale and San Diego Pale Ale .394, is distributed in 28 U.S. states and 9 countries. Visit us at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@AleSmithBrewing).

Brewbound Job Board

The leading job board for the beer industry. Featuring hundreds of jobs from leading breweries and associated companies.

Brewbound Marketplace Listing

The Brewbound Marketplace features listings for equipment, services, and more. Post a listing today.

Brewbound's Database of Breweries

Brewbound's database of breweries includes thousands of breweries from around the world.

Beer Events Calendar

A public calendar of events that are happening in the beer industry

View calendar | Post Event
Brewbound Live Winter 2020

Santa Monica, CA ● Dec. 3+4, 2020

Early Registration Open
Brewbound Podcast

The Brewbound Podcast features interviews with beer industry executives and entrepreneurs, along with highlights and commentary from the weekly news. New episodes every Thursday.

Brewbound Job Board

A weekly live-streamed discussion series with beer industry leaders and watchers on the business adjustments being made during the COVID-19 crisis and the future of the industry.