California Wild Ales - San Diego Sour House


California Wild Ales was born out of our love of funky, sour beer. Having grown tired of the hop wars, we set our sights on producing something different using old-world brewing techniques.

Here at California Wild Ales, we are committed to delivering complex barrel-aged sour beers. Our beer is aged in oak barrels for 9-12 months to achieve a depth of flavor until it’s tart and funky. The majority of our beer is then racked onto fresh local fruit and allowed to re-ferment for an additional 4-8weeks. Our process may take way longer than a kettle sour but rest assured it is worth the wait.

We now have two locations.  Visit our Hidden Barrelhouse in Sorrento Valley, or stop by our newly opened Beach Vibe Tasting Room in Ocean Beach.  Give us a try and you will see why barrel-aging makes all the difference.

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Our sour beer recipes are carefully crafted and barrel-aged to create a funky and refreshing sour.  Fresh local produce from local San Diego farmers and backyard growers is added to the beer to highlight the complexity.

We use American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels to round out the beer and create different layers of complexity.  The depth of flavor is produced through an extensive barrel aging process of around 12 months.  As a result, we have created a Wild Ale that is truly southern Californa.  We are proud to be San Diego’s Sour House.

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Gose Loco

Gose Loco is a Small Batch Mixed-Fermentation Wild Ale that was Barrel-Aged for 12 months. We soaked Hungarian Oak in Añejo Tequila for 2 months… when that was ready we added it to our Golden Sour.  We then added whole Bearss Limes that we picked in Escondio, CA.  To round out the flavor we added Sea Salt and Agave Nectar.  Our California Wild Ale Gose aged tequila flavor will be the perfect compliment to your next fiesta.

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Peach Cobbler

Fuzzy Peaches is a Small Batch Mixed-Fermentation Pastry Sour Ale that was Barrel-Aged for 12 months.  We rested this beer on a ridiculous amount of peaches for an additional 2 months.  Some Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon were added and Peach Cobbler was born.  This is the perfect beer for a backyard barbeque or sipping poolside with friends.  We will be releasing this beauty in September, so be on the lookout.

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We would love to connect with those who have a love for the funk and for  delicious barrel-aged sour beer. Keep your eyes open for events around Southern California including Beer Tastings, Art/ Gallery Showings, Food Pairings with Bottle Sharing… and much more.

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Keeping you updated on Wild Ales News

April 14, 2022

Bike Lane Lager Can Release

Our Bike Lane Lager is out in the WILD! Finally, our first cans of fresh beer are on the market and available in specialty bottle shops and liquor stores around…
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April 12, 2022

Double Bottle Release

Small Batch ReleaseBottling up a wild-fermented beer is a remarkable thing. Still teeming with live yeast and bacteria, it will continue to evolve. When the pandemic hit, packaged beer was…
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November 13, 2021

Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Night!

Dark Sours are Flowing at CWA!It's happening today, November 13th! Join us as we tap two of our Barrel-Aged Dark Sours. This will be the first time we have shared…