SAN DIEGO, CA (August 2020) – AleSmith Brewing Company is celebrating 25 years with the release of Diego Antonio West-Coast Style India Pale Ale, a collaboration with long-time industry cohort, Weathered Souls Brewing. Named after the patron saint of each brewery’s hometown – San Diego and San Antonio – Diego Antonio India Pale Ale is characterized by its unique Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops, yielding a smooth tropical flavor profile that stands out from other West Coast-style IPAs.
Strong ties between the two breweries were forged early on, as AleSmith Warehouse Supervisor/Brand Ambassador Will Izor and Weathered Souls Co-Founder/Head Brewer Marcus Baskerville, connected through a private craft beer group years ago.
“Even though we met before the beer group, the beer group is where we became really close. We were hanging out in San Diego among mutual friends crushing beers and realized we have the same passion for craft beer. That is when we knew we would be doing something big in the future,” says Izor.
Through their shared fervor for the industry, the two friends exchanged beer during Baskerville’s visits to San Diego, where they ongoingly discussed potential partnership opportunities. Showcasing Baskerville’s known expertise in stouts and hazy IPAs was a no-brainer for Izor as he honed a lineup of collaborations to celebrate AleSmith’s 25th anniversary, and thus resulted in two projects between AleSmith and Weathered Souls: one stout-centric and one IPA.
Originally from Sacramento, Baskerville’s deep appreciation for West Coast-style IPAs inherently aligned with AleSmith’s Southern California roots, while his affinity for his craft spurred the addition of hops not typically found in West Coast IPAs.
“When AleSmith and Weathered Souls collaborate, you can’t be surprised when the beer is an easy drinking, hoppy, dank bomb that we all love…with a lighter malt build,” says Izor, who applauds collaborative brew’s uniquely refreshing taste.
Diego Antonio IPA is currently available in 16oz can four-packs and draft. It can be found in the marketplace with distribution throughout Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Southern California, Texas (draft kegs only), Australia, Mexico and South Korea.
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About AleSmith Brewing Company
Founded in 1995, AleSmith continues to be recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies, behind accolades which include medals won at prestigious national and international beer competitions. As a three-time winner of the Champion Brewery Award at the San Diego International Beer Competition, they received a Gold Medal in 2019 for Nut Brown English brown ale. Further recognition for individual beers includes a 2016 Gold Medal for Old Numbskull, and a 2017 Bronze Medal for Wee Heavy at the Great American Beer Festival. AleSmith is celebrating its 25th year in business and their state-of-the-art brewery occupies a 109,942 square-foot facility. AleSmith’s range of acclaimed beers, which includes Speedway Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and San Diego Pale Ale .394 is distributed in 28 U.S. states and eight countries.
Sydney Mishkin, Media Relations Manager