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'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer

This glassware from the "Brewchive" is a sample of the different shapes of glassware used at local breweries.
Courtesy of "Brewchive"
This glassware from the "Brewchive" is a sample of the different shapes of glassware used at local breweries.
'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer
'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer GUEST: Judith Downie, curator, Brewchive at Cal State San Marcos

>>> Beer is -- making it, selling it, drinking it is an important part of San Diego's lifestyle and economy. San Marcus has a beer centric collection. One of the only ones like it in the country. It is called the Brew Christ. We have the creator with us. Judas, thank you for being with us. The you are essentially a beer historian which is a job that many people come in what is it like. >> A lot of people how -- asked me how I got my job. Was at the right place at the right time. There was no one actively collecting the history of what was going on right now in San Diego. With the engineering program going on at Cal State San Marcos, we said let's do it. I was in the right place at the right time and said yes. >>> Why is it important to preserve the history of our local Brew Resean . >> it is a large segment of our economy. It is local. There are lessons to be learned. Everything is history as far as I am concerned. I am also saying that our business students and the students in the engineering program can learn from the successes and failures of the local Bures. -- Breweries. Some have grown very large and some got bought out like Dallas point and green flash, and then we have had breweries that failed. How did they fail. What went wrong. What did they do. If we did not record that information, we would never know. >>> What kinds of things good people see there? >> We launched the 21st anniversary with an announcement saying we want to collect your stuff. [no audio]

Beer — making it, selling it, drinking it — is an important part of San Diego’s lifestyle and economy.

Cal State San Marcos has begun to archive the history of San Diego's local breweries in a beer-centric special collection, one of only a few like it in the country. It’s called the "Brewchive."

The effort to archive the history of San Diego's breweries was first announced in August 2017 at Stone Brewing's 21st anniversary. The "Brewchive" covers what curator Judith Downie calls the third wave of San Diego brewing, which began in 1987 to the present day.

"We had pre-Prohibition, then a period after Prohibition until 1953 where we had local brewing, and then we didn't have anything in the way of local brewing until 1987," said Downie, the special collections and history librarian at Cal State San Marcos.

The "Brewchive" includes coasters, growlers, beer bottles and beer recipes. Downie said she is looking for lists of beers that local breweries have made.

"Our business students and the students that are going to be in the 'EngiBeering' program can learn from both the successes and failures the local breweries have gone through," Downie said.

Women in the brewing industry are a focus of the collection.

Downie joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the beer-centric archive.