CSUSM Library Launches Brewchive(TM)




The University Library of CSUSM launches Brewchive™, a comprehensive archive of San Diego’s brewing history. This special collection, one of only a handful in the nation, will celebrate and chronicle the region’s craft brewing.

San Diego is noted as the craft brewing capital of the United States with over 125 licensed brewers. More than a third of the county’s breweries are in North County and given CSUSM’s proximity to some of the nation’s most renowned craft brewers (Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Lost Abbey), Library Dean Dr. Jennifer Fabbi says it makes sense for CSUSM to document their history.

“They put their heart and soul into this industry and we want to make sure that history is preserved and celebrated,” said Fabbi. “This is a living history. I am excited about what this collection will become over the next 50 years.”

The CSUSM Library has begun to collect and digitize historical documents and special pieces. While the collection will focus on the evolution of San Diego’s New Brew Wave, circa 1987-present, the archive will also feature signature collections, like the history of women in San Diego’s craft brew industry. This collection, one of two inaugural special collections at CSUSM, will join the 700-box Ecke Ranch collection at the University Library.

Learn more at brewchive.org.




California State University San Marcos




Judith A. Downie, Special Collections & History Librarian


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