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California Wild Ales | 44th Annual Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Returning Chili Cookoff Champs

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Returning Chili Champs!

Summer in California is synonymous with sunshine, beaches, and, of course, chili cookoffs. And this year, the excitement is palpable as we gear up to defend our title at the 44th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff on Sunday, June 22nd.

Last year, our team at California Wild Ales stole the show with our exceptional chili, crafted by none other than our talented Monica DeWitt. Her gold medal-winning recipe not only impressed the judges but also won the hearts (and taste buds) of everyone in attendance, securing the coveted People’s Choice Award.

As we gear up for this year’s cookoff, anticipation is running high. We’re excited to showcase our culinary prowess once again and defend our title against a slew of worthy competitors. With Monica DeWitt leading the charge, there’s no doubt that we’ll bring our A-game to the table.

What sets us apart from the competition is not just our dedication to brewing exceptional beers but also our commitment to creating unforgettable culinary experiences. Our chili is a testament to this ethos, combining bold flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a dish that is as delicious as it is unique. And this year, we’re revealing the secret ingredient that makes our chili truly special: our very own Bike Lane Lager. This signature brew adds a rich, malty depth to the chili, elevating it to award-winning status.

Chili and Wings!

But the real magic of the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff lies in the community spirit it fosters. It’s a chance for locals and visitors alike to come together, celebrate the best flavors of California, and indulge in some friendly competition. Whether you’re a chili connoisseur or just looking for a fun day out, the cookoff promises something for everyone.

And after the votes are counted, the excitement doesn’t end there. Head over to the main stage to watch Bill DeWitt as he attempts to win the Wing Eating competition. Cheer him on as he tries to win the crown and solidify Wild Ales legacy as champions of the Ocean Beach culinary scene.

So mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, June 22nd, as we return to Ocean Beach to defend our title at the 44th Annual Street Fair and Chili Cookoff. Come taste and vote for our award-winning chili, discover the magic of our Bike Lane Lager, and help us show why California Wild Ales is a force to be reckoned with in both the brewing and culinary worlds. We can’t wait to see you there!

Event Details:

  • What: Chili Cookoff /  Wing Eating Competition
  • When: June 22, 2024,  (11:00 – 1:30pm Chili  / 1:3opm Wings)
  • Where: Veterans Park, Ocean Beach

For further information about the launch event and to stay updated on this exciting release, please visit the OB Mainstreet Association Website or follow us on social media.

Making Waves Blonde Ale | California Wild Ales | Ocean Beach Women's Club | OB Brewery

Making Waves Blonde Ale

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Making Waves Blonde Ale

In a testament to community spirit and historical legacy, the OB Woman’s Club, California Wild Ales, and the OB Brewery are thrilled to announce the launch of “Making Waves Blonde.” This special release commemorates the centennial anniversary of the OB Woman’s Club and will be available starting June 21, 2024, coinciding with the Summer Solstice.

“Making Waves Blonde” serves as a tribute to 100 years of empowering women and fostering community engagement. Crafted with Centennial hops, this limited-edition blonde ale will be brewed in a small batch of just 20 kegs. The collaboration aims to shine a light on the rich history and ongoing contributions of the OB Woman’s Club since its inception in 1924.

“We are excited to partner with OB Brewery and the OB Woman’s Club for this historic beer,” expressed Bill DeWitt, Founder of California Wild Ales. “The ‘Making Waves Blonde’ isn’t just a beer; it’s a celebration of a century of community impact. As a father of three little girls, I’m driven to ensure they grow up in a world where their voices are not only heard but celebrated, shaping a future where gender equality is the norm, not the exception.”

A noteworthy aspect of this collaboration is the philanthropic element. 15.02% of the proceeds from “Making Waves Blonde” will be donated to the Woman’s Club Philanthropy and Social Justice Committee, further supporting their endeavors to make a positive difference in the community.

Jim from OB Brewery adds, “This collaboration is a beautiful blend of craft beer and community spirit. We’re honored to be part of it.”

Celebrating 100 Years of Empowering Women

The official launch of “Making Waves Blonde” will take place at a special event on June 21, 2024, at OB Brewery’s rooftop. Scheduled to commence at sunset, around 8:00 PM, the event promises a picturesque backdrop for this momentous occasion.

Susan Winkie, member of the OB Woman’s Club, remarked, “We take immense pride in commemorating our 100-year legacy with this collaboration. ‘Making Waves Blonde’ symbolizes our journey and underscores our unwavering commitment to social justice and community service.”

Following the launch event, “Making Waves Blonde” will be available fresh on tap at OB Brewery and California Wild Ales until the supply runs out. Additionally, cans will be exclusively available for purchase at California Wild Ales.

Event Details:

  • What: “Making Waves Blonde” Beer Launch
  • When: June 21, 2024, at Sunset (8:00 PM)
  • Where: OB Brewery Rooftop, Ocean Beach

For further information about the launch event and to stay updated on this exciting release, please visit OB Woman’s Club Website or follow us on social media.

Introducing the OB Pause – Hazy Double IPA

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Pause for the cause.

In the heart of Ocean Beach, where the rhythm of life flows with the tides and the salty breeze carries whispers of adventure, a celebration is underway. As the vibrant community marks its 3-year anniversary, there’s a new brew making waves: OB Pause – a Double Hazy IPA that encapsulates the spirit of this coastal haven.

Taste the Coastal Essence:

With an ABV of 8.1%, OB Pause is more than just a beer; it’s a tribute to the unique essence of Ocean Beach. Crafted with a careful blend of Azacca and El Dorado hops, every sip of this brew unleashes a symphony of tropical and citrus flavors. It’s a juicy, full-bodied experience that lingers on the palate, inviting you to savor each moment.

A Tribute to the “OB Pause”:

But what sets OB Pause apart isn’t just its flavor profile; it’s the story behind its name. In Ocean Beach, there’s a charming quirk known as the “OB Pause.” Situated along the flight path of a nearby airport, the community experiences brief pauses in conversation as planes soar overhead. It’s a momentary interruption, a reminder to stop and appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

Sometimes a conversation just has to wait.

Savor the Moment:

And that’s precisely what OB Pause aims to capture. Like the unexpected lull in conversation, this beer encourages you to pause and immerse yourself in the present moment. Whether you’re amidst the lively bustle of Ocean Beach or sharing a quiet moment with friends, OB Pause is your perfect companion.

Cheers to Serendipity:

With each sip, you’re transported to the sandy shores and sun-kissed streets of Ocean Beach. It’s a tribute to the vibrant tapestry of life that unfolds in this coastal paradise – where every interruption is a chance to embrace the unexpected.

Raise a Glass to Ocean Beach:

So, raise a glass to the serendipitous moments that make life in Ocean Beach so uniquely delightful. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, OB Pause invites you to pause, sip, and celebrate the magic of this extraordinary community. Cheers to the OB Pause – may it remind us all to embrace life’s interruptions with open arms.

Three year anniversary

Three Year Anniversary in Ocean Beach

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Three Year Anniversary

Ocean Beach, San Diego, is gearing up for a jubilant affair as California Wild Ales, nestled at the corner of Newport and Cable, prepares to celebrate our third anniversary. Reflecting on three years of crafting exceptional brews and nurturing a vibrant community, the brewery invites our fans to join in the festivities on May 18th.

Since our inception, California Wild Ales has been more than just a brewery; it’s a gathering place, a hub of camaraderie, and has become cornerstone of the Ocean Beach community. As the anniversary approaches, the we looks back on our journey with gratitude and forward with excitement.

The celebration promises a day filled with live music, local culinary delights, special beer releases, and, above all, the warm sense of togetherness that defines the Ocean Beach tasting room. Kicking off the musical extravaganza are the talented performers of the Tecolote Canyon Band (2pm), followed by the infectious energy of Animal Control (5pm), ensuring a lively ambiance throughout the day.

Adding flavor to the festivities, we teamed up with neighboring eatery Dirty Birds Wings to offer a delectable array of wings to accompany their renowned brews. From classic flavors to innovative combinations, there’s something to tantalize every taste bud.

Highlighting the occasion is the unveiling of ours Double Hazy IPA Anniversary Beer, a specially crafted release to commemorate three years of brewing excellence and community spirit.

Giving Back Feels Good

In the spirit of giving back, this year’s anniversary event serves as a fundraiser for mental health awareness and support. Partnering with Campus Awareness Coast 2 Coast, California Wild Ales aims to raise funds to address mental health issues in schools and communities. A portion of the proceeds from the celebration will directly benefit Point Loma High School Mental Health Awareness initiatives, emphasizing the brewery’s commitment to making a positive impact beyond beer.

As the brewery looks ahead to the future, it remains deeply rooted in its ethos of community engagement and social responsibility. Beyond the music, food, and libations, the true essence of this celebration lies in the bonds forged and the connections nurtured within the walls of California Wild Ales.

As Ocean Beach prepares to raise a glass to three years of craft beer and neighborhood cheer, California Wild Ales invites all to join in the revelry. From longtime regulars to first-time visitors, each individual contributes to the vibrant tapestry of community spirit that defines the brewery’s legacy. With drink specials, exciting giveaways, and a shared sense of celebration, the stage is set for an unforgettable anniversary bash.

Watch the NBA playoffs at California Wild Ales

Watch NBA Playoffs on our 20-Foot Screen

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Watch Your Favorite Teams Here

Experience the Ultimate Playoff Basketball Viewing at California Wild Ales’ New Location!

Are you ready to take your playoff basketball experience to the next level? California Wild Ales is excited to announce playoffs at of our new location, and it’s packed with everything you need for the ultimate game-watching experience! Located in the Midway / Point Loma area, our new venue boasts a jaw-dropping 20-foot screen dedicated to showcasing all the excitement of playoff basketball. Whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or just enjoying the electrifying atmosphere, you won’t miss a single moment of the action. But that’s not all – we’ve got plenty more to offer to make your visit unforgettable. With 20 beers on tap, including a rotating selection of our signature wild ales, you will surely find the perfect brew to quench your thirst. And for those looking for something different, we also offer a variety of hard seltzer and non-alcoholic options. Feeling competitive? Challenge your friends to a game of bartop games or relive your childhood at our arcade. It’s the perfect way to take a break between quarters or halftime. At California Wild Ales, we believe in creating an experience that everyone can enjoy, which is why our new location is family-friendly. Bring the kids along and create lasting memories together while you root for your team.

20-Foot Screen

  •  Enormous 20-Foot Screen Imagine watching the game on a massive 20-foot screen. That’s right, we’ve got the big game covered, literally. You won’t miss a single play, and the atmosphere is electric.
  •  20 Beers on Tap Thirsty? We’ve got you covered with a selection of 20 beers on tap. Sip on your favorite brew while you cheer for your team and immerse yourself in the game-day spirit.
  •  Kid-Friendly Fun Don’t leave the little ones behind. Our Point Loma / Midway location is kid-friendly and offers plenty of games to keep them entertained. It’s a win-win for the whole family!
  •  Endless Entertainment Looking for a break from the game? Challenge your friends on our 4-player arcade cabinet, boasting thousands of games to choose from. Whether you’re into classic games or the latest releases, there’s something for everyone.
  •  Wide Array of Sports Our passion for sports extends beyond Thursday Night Football. On Saturdays, we’ve got you covered with college sports action, and on Sundays, it’s all about the NFL. Catch all the thrilling moments of playoff baseball right here as well.  Visit us at our Point Loma / Midway location for all your sports needs.
May the 4th Be With You - California Wild Ales - Star Wars Celebration

May the Fourth Be With You – 2024

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Get Ready for a Galactic Gathering on May 4th!

Brace yourselves for an intergalactic extravaganza as California Wild Ales gears up to host a Star Wars-themed bash on May 4th! With an array of craft brews boasting names straight out of the saga, such as Darth Citrius and Juicy Jedi IPA, this event promises to be a celestial celebration.

Star Wars enthusiasts and beer aficionados are invited to join the fun and immerse themselves in a chill, celebratory vibe ideally suited to the essence of Ocean Beach. Prepare to journey through a galaxy of themed drinks, decor, and entertainment, including a thrilling costume contest where attendees can showcase their best Star Wars attire. Prizes and giveaways will add to the excitement, ensuring a day filled with unforgettable moments.

We will bring back some crowd favorites, including Jabba the Hop, Darth Citrius, C3-POrter, the Mangolorian, and more as part of the festivities. These beloved brews pay homage to iconic characters and moments from the Star Wars universe, adding extra excitement to the event.

We’re pumped to blend two of our passions – Star Wars and craft beer – into one epic event. Seeing our customers embrace the day, whether it’s through their costumes or their brew choices, always gets us hyped. We’re already gearing up for next year’s bash!

This year’s May 4th festivity is poised to draw fans from across San Diego. It promises to unite a diverse crowd of Star Wars devotees and beer enthusiasts under one roof. The celebration will occur at both our Ocean Beach and Midway locations, ensuring that everyone can participate in the excitement.

Take advantage of this out-of-this-world experience at California Wild Ales on May 4th. May the Force be with you!

May the Fourth Be with You

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California Wild Ales - May the Fourth be With you Celebration
California Wild Ales - May the Fourth be With you Celebration
California Wild Ales - Oil Painting - Veronica Bunas

Celebrating Local Talent

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A Tribute to Ocean Beach’s Vibrant Spirit!

Hey there, Wild Ales enthusiasts! Today, we are bursting with excitement and gratitude as we unveil a masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of our beloved California Wild Ales and the lively spirit of our cherished Ocean Beach community.

First and foremost, we must extend a massive shoutout to the incredibly talented local artist Veronica Bunas. Veronica, a regular here at California Wild Ales, has once again dazzled us with her exceptional talent and creativity. But this time, she took it to a whole new level!

Picture this: a stunning oil painting that captures the beauty of our brewery and features our wild creatures in all their glory. In her boundless passion and artistic flair, Veronica crafted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that has left us speechless.

Her remarkable use of texture and technique sets Veronica’s work apart. With each brushstroke, she brings our little wild creatures to life, their fur and feathers practically leaping off the canvas. From the gentle sway of the palm trees to the frothy cascade of our signature ales, every detail is rendered with precision and care.

As we gaze upon this vibrant work of art, we can’t help but feel a profound sense of gratitude for being part of such a dynamic and inspiring community. Ocean Beach isn’t just a place; it’s a way of life—a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors, and personalities that never cease to amaze us.

Veronica’s painting stands as a symbol of the incredible talent that flourishes within our community. It’s a testament to the beauty that envelops us and the significance of honoring the unique individuals who enrich it. To see more of Veronica’s artwork, visit

So, Veronica, we raise our glasses to you for capturing the essence of California Wild Ales and Ocean Beach in every stroke. And to our fellow Wild Ales enthusiasts, we invite you to the brewery, immerse yourself in the ambiance, and check out Veronica’s masterpiece. Let’s toast to creativity, community, and the wild spirit that unites us all! Cheers! 🍻🎨

OB Vibes

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California Wild Ales - Oil Painting - Veronica Bunas
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420 Celebration at our Midway Location

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420 Celebration

Celebrate 420 at California Wild Ales: Live Music, Good Vibes, and $4.20 Beers!

Are you ready for a memorable 420 celebration? California Wild Ales invites you to join us for an afternoon of live music and good times at our brewery. On this special day, we’re excited to host the talented Ryan Thaxter of DUBBEST, bringing you original music to enhance your experience.

Event Details:

  • Original Live Music: Groove to the beats of Ryan Thaxter from DUBBEST, adding to the laid-back atmosphere of 420.
  • Location: California Wild Ales, 3826 Sherman Street, just a short 1/2 block away from Golden State Greens. Drop by on your way to Golden State Greens to stock up on your essentials before heading over to join the festivities!
  • Date & Time: Mark your calendars! The celebration takes place on 4/20 from 12pm onwards.
420 Celebration at California Wild Ales

Bring Your Crew

What to Expect:

At California Wild Ales, we’re all about celebrating community and good beer. During our 420 celebration, enjoy your first beer for just $4.20 – a perfect way to kick off the festivities! Our brewery offers a range of unique and flavorful wild ales crafted locally, providing the ideal backdrop for your 420 experience.

How to Join:

Save the date, gather your friends, and head over to California Wild Ales for an afternoon of great music and even better company. Whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast or simply looking for a fun way to celebrate 420, this event is not to be missed!

Stay Connected:

Follow us on social media for updates and sneak peeks leading up to the event. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need more information about our 420 celebration. Let’s make this 420 one to remember together!

Don’t miss out on the festivities – come raise a glass with us at California Wild Ales and make this 420 truly special. See you there! 🌿🍻

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Dive into the Ultimate Super Ball Celebration at Wild Ales!

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Are You Ready for Some Football!

Get ready for an unforgettable Super Bowl experience as we gear up for the most epic watch party at California Wild Ales in Midway/Point Loma on February 11, 2024! Brace yourself for an afternoon of excitement, camaraderie, and a celebration like no other. The kickoff is set for 3:30 pm, and trust us – you won’t want to miss a moment of the action unfolding on our massive 20-foot screen.

A Festive Affair: The Wild Ales Super Bowl Extravaganza!

For just $40 in advance (or $50 at the door), you’re invited to dive into a non-stop, all-inclusive celebration that kicks off at 3 pm and keeps the party alive until the 4th quarter clock strikes 0:00. Not only will this ticket grant you access to an extraordinary experience, but it also includes both drinks and food for the entire game – a fantastic deal to ensure you’re fueled up and ready to cheer on your favorite teams.

Sip and Savor: A Bounty of Beers and Delectable Delights!

Embark on a culinary adventure with a delectable high-quality food buffet that promises to satisfy every craving. From mouth-watering pulled pork and savory meatballs to zesty sausages/hotdogs, a nacho bar, crisp veggies, and more – our spread is designed to elevate your Super Bowl snacking game.

And let’s not forget the libations! With 20 beers on tap, featuring a lineup that includes West Coast IPA, Hazy, Lager, Pale Ale, Porter, Saison, Sours, and Seltzers, there’s a brew to suit every palate. Non-alcoholic options are also available for those looking to stay refreshingly sober.

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Super Party – Super Fans!

Entertainment Beyond the Game: Squares, Prizes, and More!

As if the game itself isn’t thrilling enough, we’re adding an extra layer of excitement. The first 100 partygoers through the door will receive free squares for a chance to win fabulous prizes based on the score after each quarter. Picture yourself snagging exclusive California Wild Ales gear or scoring coveted gift cards – talk about the cherry on top of an already incredible event!

Your Ticket to Unforgettable Memories: Wild Ales Style!

Let us be your Super Bowl party planning heroes. Whether you’re bringing your friends or making new ones in our rad new brewery/tasting room, Wild Ales is the place to be for a super welcoming, fun-filled neighborhood bar experience. Don’t stress about hosting your own party; join us for a festive atmosphere, great company, and a night of pure entertainment.

Secure Your Spot – Advance Tickets Now Available!

To ensure you don’t miss out on the party of the year, grab your advance tickets for $40 today! (Or, if you prefer the spontaneity of last-minute plans, tickets will be available at the door for $50.)

Get ready to make some noise, indulge in great food and drinks, and cheer on your favorite teams (not to mention enjoying the hilarious commercials!) with an amazing crowd at this unforgettable Super Bowl extravaganza! It’s a celebration that promises to be the highlight of your year – an event you won’t want to miss!

3rd Block from the Sun - California Wild Ales - Hazy IPA

3rd Block from the Sun – New Beer Release

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New Beer Release!

Welcome to the sun-soaked shores of Ocean Beach, where the Pacific breeze meets the artistry of California Wild Ales. Nestled just on the third block from the ocean, our tasting room stands as a beacon for beer enthusiasts seeking a taste of coastal craftsmanship. In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a flavorful journey with our latest creation, the radiant “Third Block from the Sun” hazy IPA.

A Coastal Overture: Crafting a Tribute to Ocean Beach

As the sun dips below the horizon, we pay homage to the coastal splendor that surrounds our Ocean Beach tasting room. With a strategic location just on the third block from the ocean, our brewery draws inspiration from the rhythmic tides and salty air that define this laid-back community. It’s more than a setting; it’s an integral part of the brewing process.

Brewing Beyond Boundaries: The Essence of ‘Third Block from the Sun’

Enter our latest creation, “Third Block from the Sun.” This hazy IPA is a testament to the seamless fusion of innovation and tradition. Crafted with precision, this beer encapsulates the spirit of our coastal community, bringing together the dynamic flavors of Citra and Nelson hops. With an ABV of 6.7%, it’s not just a beer; it’s a cosmic journey into the heart of craft brewing.

Sip by Sip: Unveiling the Flavor Universe

As you raise your glass, be prepared for a symphony of aromas that transport you to the ocean’s edge. The vibrant grapefruit and orange zest notes from Citra hops dance alongside the subtle white wine complexities of Nelson hops, creating an otherworldly experience. The third block from the ocean is not just a location; it’s a flavor profile that invites you to explore the depths of craft beer excellence.

A Celestial Blend of Hops!

Coastal Craftsmanship: A Tasting Room Adventure

With each sip, envision the sun setting over the Pacific and the waves crashing on the shore. “Third Block from the Sun” is more than a beer; it’s a connection to the coastal lifestyle. Our Ocean Beach tasting room serves as the epicenter of this experience, where beer enthusiasts gather to savor the flavors, share stories, and bask in the laid-back vibes that define our community.

Conclusion: A Cosmic Cheers to ‘Third Block from the Sun’

In the heart of Ocean Beach, where the third block meets the ocean, California Wild Ales invites you to explore the magic of “Third Block from the Sun.” A hazy IPA that transcends the ordinary, this brew embodies the spirit of our coastal community. So, grab a pint, soak in the sunshine, and join us on a journey where each sip is a celebration of craftsmanship, community, and the coastal allure that defines California Wild Ales. Cheers to the third block from the sun!

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