AleSmith CEO Peter Zien (left) toasts the new District 6 beer with City Councilman Chris Cate. Photo by Chris Jennewein

AleSmith Brewing Company introduced a seasonal beer Wednesday that supports veterans and honors the company’s 20 years in San Diego’s District 6.

“It’s been a fantastic 20-year ride and this district has been our home,” said AleSmith owner and CEO Peter Zien as he introduced “D6 Session Saison” in a ceremony at the brewery’s new 25,000-square-foot tasting room.

It’s the first farmhouse-style ale to be produced by the Miramar-based company, which now employs over 300 people.

Marjorie Morrison

Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of the new beer will go to support PsychArmor, a nonprofit that provides free educational support for Americans who care for and work with veterans. Marjorie Morrison, founder and CEO, said AleSmith’s contribution “reflects the best of San Diego’s creativity and generous spirit” on Veterans Day.

City Councilman Chris Cate, who represents the district, thanked AleSmith for leading the way in building an industry that makes his district the heart of San Diego’s nationally known craft beer sector.

“District 6 is San Diego’s beer belt with so many breweries that are operating close to each other,” he said. “My vision is to make these clusters a craft beer destination for beer lovers across the country.”

Cate also introduced a new web site — — with information about all of the 22 and soon 24 breweries operating in his district.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.