AleSmith BrewingCompany is celebrating 25 years with the release of Diego Antonio West-Coast Style India Pale Ale, a collaboration with long-time industry cohort, Weathered Souls Brewing. Named after the patron saint of each brewery’s hometown – San Diego and San Antonio – Diego Antonio India Pale Ale is characterized by its unique Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops, yielding a smooth tropical flavor profile that stands out from other West Coast-style IPAs.
Strong ties between the two breweries were forged early on, as AleSmith Warehouse Supervisor/Brand Ambassador Will Izor and Weathered Souls Co-Founder/Head Brewer Marcus Baskerville, connected through a private craft beer group years ago.
“Even though we met before the beer group, the beer group is where we became really close. We were hanging out in San Diego among mutual friends crushing beers and realized we have the same passion for craft beer. That is when we knew we would be doing something big in the future,” says Izor.
Through their shared fervor for the industry, the two friends exchanged beer during Baskerville’s visits to San Diego and discussed potential partnership opportunities. Showcasing Baskerville’s known expertise in stouts and hazy IPAs was a no-brainer for Izor as he honed a lineup of collaborations to celebrate AleSmith’s 25th anniversary, and thus resulted in two projects between AleSmith and Weathered Souls: one stout-centric and one IPA.
Originally from Sacramento, Baskerville’s deep appreciation for West Coast-style IPAs inherently aligned with AleSmith’s Southern California roots, while his affinity for his craft spurred the addition of hops not typically found in West Coast IPAs.
“When AleSmith and Weathered Souls collaborate, you can’t be surprised when the beer is an easy drinking, hoppy, dank bomb that we all love…with a lighter malt build,” says Izor, who applauds collaborative brew’s uniquely refreshing taste.
Diego Antonio IPA is currently available in 16oz can four-packs and draft. It can be found in the marketplace with distribution throughout Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Southern California, Texas (draft kegs only), Australia, Mexico and South Korea.