LOOK: Let's try Tony Gwynn's beer, San Diego Pale Ale .394

It's been more than two years since we lost Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn far to soon to cancer at the age of 54. Prior to his death in 2014, Gwynn approached AleSmith Brewing Company about coming up with a craft beer in order to embody his spirit and also give back (we'll get to that).

The result? San Diego Pale Ale .394, named for his career high .394 batting average in the strike-shortened 1994 season.


I was fortunate enough to have a few this past Friday and, man, it's great. There's a bit of a citrus kick with the hoppiness. As Gwynn wanted, it's light with a kick, so his goal was achieved. Check out the high marks on Beer Advocate and ratebeer.com.

AleSmith had planned on stopping bottling the beer over the winter, due to possibly decreased demand once baseball season was over, but the beer is so popular they are going to start bottling up year round.

Hopefully this spreads beyond the San Diego area, because it's great. Also, it's for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, helping the homeless, at-risk and underprivileged youth throughout San Diego.

I would say it's a home run, but how about a single through the 5.5 hole instead? Well done, Gwynn family and AleSmith.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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