What the Brewchive® is collecting:

The purpose of the Brewchive® is to document and preserve the history of the craft brewing industry in San Diego County.

We are interested in materials from brewers and others in the San Diego County area involved with beer, mead, cider, and other fermented or distilled beverages.

Examples of what we collect are:

Advertising: Beer lists, menus, coasters, posters, brochures, event announcements, or advertisements.

Biographical information: life stories/oral histories, resumes, blogs posts, interviews, or brewing manifestos.

Visuals: Pictures and videos: brewing practices, breweries, craft brewing industry pioneers, or other important events.

Published materials: unique or rare trade periodicals, reference books, industry journals, and newspaper or magazine articles.

Business records: marketing materials, and press releases.

Competitions: Judging guidelines, rating sheets, lists of awards

Creative: Recipes, brew sheets, and brewing logs, labels, cartons.

Other Realia: Glassware, growlers, and taphandles, etc.

Items of special interest are:

  • core to the evolution of the San Diego’s New Brew Wave (AKA The Third Wave), circa 1987-2020 as well as the new Fourth Wave marked by the impact of COVID-19 (2020-present)
  • not widely published or accessible
  • lay flat and are not much larger than 11x17 inches
  • text documents, photographs, film or digital media formats 

We are also recording oral histories from brewers and others about your experience and memories.

Please note: We cannot provide appraisal values for the material donated, but can provide a donation receipt for your records.

We will ask if you own the publication rights to the material as that will affect how we make it available for research.

Questions as to donating your materials or access to view the materials? Please contact CSUSM Special Collections or Judith Downie (available September-April.)