About the Brewchive™

The BrewchiveTM is to be a comprehensive archive of San Diego county's brewing activity from personal and business aspects starting with the 1980s. The archives hold evidence in a wide variety of forms from individuals, breweries, organizations, and affiliated businesses involved primarily with beer, but also cider, mead, and kombucha.

The initial idea for an archive to record and preserve San Diego brewing activity was at the suggestion of Char Booth, Associate Dean of the CSUSM Library and home brewer, in 2016.

University Library Dean, Jennifer Fabbi, and Special Collections & History Librarian, Judith Downie, began to explore the beer archive concept. While there are beverage and hops industry archives scattered across the United States, there are no local archives actively collecting for research.

The research on historical sources revealed that relatively little has been saved from pre-Prohibition era San Diego brewing, making it difficult to determine the connections between San Diego’s early and current brewing successes. With the transient nature of electronic communication and social media, as well as the rapid growth of the San Diego brewing industry, the history we are seeing made could be lost to future research.

The need for such a resource was strengthened by a program proposal at the university to develop a multi-disciplinary Engibeering™ certificate program. An archive of San Diego brewing industry practice supports research by business majors (marketing and business planning), science majors (recipe development and industry technology), history students (archival research experience and exhibits), as well as scholars and the public.

Work was launched in 2016 with a small advisory group including Sheldon Kaplan, documentary filmmaker (Suds County, USA), Tomme Arthur (founder/owner of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey), Chris Cochran (formerly of Stone Brewing), and Kiersten Winant (Karl Strauss).

Our logo was designed by Kate Crocker, CSUSM Library Outreach Communicatios Specialist. Other images and our YouTube launch video created by Harley Pan, CSUSM Multimedial Production Specialist.

Greg Lorton, homebrewer and past-President of QUAFF, has played an instrumental role in connecting us with home and professional brewers.

Archives are meant to be active learning and research resources. We welcome your participation in collecting history as it is made.

Please see the Contribute page for more information about how you can be part of documenting San Diego craft brew history, or contact us.

--August 2017, updated June 2018


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S JOHN COTTON DANA PUBLIC RELATION AWARD 2018 (one of eight awards to libraries for community outreach)

Media Mentions (many have been shared on other sites)

Tapping into Beer History: University Creates Archive for Local Breweriana (American Libraries, November 1, 2018)

Brews that Built San Diego Beer (San Diego Reader, October 24, 2018)

For the Love of the Craft (Steps Magazine: The Magazine of Cal State San Marcos, Summer 2018)

'Brewchive’ Tells The History Of San Diego Beer (KPBS Radio 89.5FM, June 13, 2018)

This San Diego Library Is Now Home to an Archive of Craft Brewing History (Mental Floss, April 12, 2018)

San Diego's Craft Brewing Archive (Public Libraries Online, April 10, 2018)

History Lessons with a Side of Suds: Longship Brewery’s Lectures on Beer-drinking Vikings and Beer Topics (San Diego Reader, March 6, 2018)

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast Episode 79 (San Diego Magazine, January 31, 2018)

Pint-Sized Lectures Talks Beer, Viking History (Pacific San Diego,  January 23, 2018)

Chronicles of the Craft: A Program at CSUSM Strives to Archive San Diego Beer History (San Diego City Times, January 3, 2018) 

2017 Year in Review (Innovate 78)

Economic Impact of Craft Breweries in San Diego County 2017 (CSUSM College of Business, San Diego Brewers Guild and San Diego North Economic Development Council, [November] 2017)

Brewchive Chronicles Southern CA’s Craft Beer History (Library Journal, October 4, 2017)

CSU San Marcos Chronicles San Diego's Rich Craft Beer-Making History in a New "Brewchive" (CSU, September 7, 2017)

Brewchive Preserves History of San Diego Craft Brewing Industry (Channel 10 News, September 6, 2017 YouTube version)

CSUSM Begins Fall Semester Monday with Record Enrollment (North County Daily Star, August 25, 2017)

‘Brewchive’ Records History of the Craft (Peter Rowe article) San Diego Union-Tribune, p. B2, 2017, August 25

The "Brewchive" and Other Beer Programs Started at Cal State San Marcos (San Diego Union-Tribune, August 23, 2017)

Tapping into Craft Beer History with Brewchive (CSUSM News Center, August 23, 2017)

CSUSM Library Launches Brewchive(tm) (YouTube) (CSUSM, August 22, 2017)

Brewchive Debut Stone 21st Anniversary Event [YouTube] August 22, 2017

The "Brewchive" Will Be Unveiled... (KUSI News Facebook post, August 18, 2017)

'Brewchive' to Document San Diego's Craft Beer History (KPBS, August 17, 2017)

CSUSM Celebrating San Diego's Craft Beer History with 'Brewchive' Launch (Times of San Diego, August 14, 2017)