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Black is Beautiful - California Wild Ales

Black is Beautiful – Collaborative Effort

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Black is Beautiful

California Wild Ales had been working on a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Sour … and when Weathered Souls introduced the Black is Beautiful initiative we knew we had to be a part of it. Introducing our very first Dark Sour… Black is Beautiful.

The Black is Beautiful initiative, created by Weathered Souls Brewing Co., is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.

100% of this beer’s proceeds will go to support Color of Change.  Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. They challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.

Made in collaboration with our friend Samantha Olsen, we chose a grain bill extremely reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. Coming in around 9% abv, it has a light pleasant roasted character with deep notes of plum and a malty sweetness to compliment the acidity for an extremely well balanced sour stout/dark sour.  This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months and bottle conditioned for an additional 6 weeks.  This beer was just about ready when the Black is Beautiful initiative was created so we bottled it up and got involved.

Only (100) 500ml bottles total, so make sure to reserve your bottles today.

Pick up available starting Saturday, August 1st at 12 pm.

If you are unable to pickup on Saturday, August 1st, no worries.   We are open for pickup Wednesday – Sunday 12-3 pm.

ONLY 100 Bottles Available

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such an amazing initiative as Black is Beautiful.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … pickup a few bottles and taste what you’ve been missing.

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Comic-Con Tap Takeover & Costume Contest

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Comic-Con Costume Contest and Tap Takeover!

California Wild Ales is continuing our Comic-Con love with our 2nd Annual Tap Takeover.  This year, with social distancing, we will be doing things a bit differently.  We will still have delicious sour beers (13 this year) but we are serving everything as a to-go option…bottles, crowlers, and growlers.

We will also be hosting our costume contest online.  So come in to pick up your beers in full cosplay and we will snap a photo to post on our social media page.  Or if you like send us a photo to info@californiawildales.com.  No purchase necessary, so don’t worry if you aren’t into sour beer…we can still have fun.

First prize:  Set of 3 Comic-Con Beers, Limited Edition Print, Set of CWA stickers

Second prize:  1 CWA Beer, Set of both Limited Edition Prints, Set of CWA stickers

Third place:  Set of Limited Edition Prints, CWA sticker

 

This week we invite you to join us in celebrating all things Comic-Con, Superhero, Sci-Fi, Pop culture, Zombie, Anime, and anything else that you love to nerd-out to.  We have assembled an amazing lineup of Sour Beers featuring members of Hogwarts, The Justice League, GOT, Disney, Nintendo, 80’s TV, Nickelodeon, and more.

Comic-Con Tap Takeover Lineup

  • Berry Allen (Blueberry / Mint)
  • Cherry Potter (Cherry / Vanilla)
  • Chewboocha (Kombucha, Carrot, Tumeric, Cayanne)
  • Daenerys Tarberryan (Blueberry /Jalepeño)
  • Darth Citrius (Satsuma Mandarin, Meyer Lemon, Bearss Lime)
  • ImPearial Stormtrooper (Julian Pear, Saigon Cinnamon)
  • Mr. Tea (Black Tea, Honey, Meyer Lemon)
  • Pickle Rick (Cucumber / Fresh Dill / Black Peppercorn)
  • Princess Peach (Peach / Honey / Green Tea)
  • Rosemary Poppins (Meyer Lemon / Rosemary)
  • Sour Rangers (Apricot / Loquat / Kumquat)
  • Spongebob Sour Pants (Grilled Pineapple / Toasted Coconut)
  • The Darkside (Kombucha, Pomegranate / Beet / Hibiscus)

 

Reserve your Comic-Con beers today and send us your Costume Pictures.

All beers are available for pickup July 22-26.

 

Pickup Only

Super Small-Batch Beers

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Comic-Con 2020 – It’s Been a Sour Year!

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Comic-Con Tap Takeover

Calling all Super Heroes, Zombies, Trekkies, Huffelpuffs, Anime Characters and more.  Join us July 22-26th as we transform our tasting room into a Comic-Con Themed Extravaganza!   Enjoy 13 Comic-Con inspired Wild Ales.  Some of the beers this year are crowd favorites from last year’s event, and some are brand new.

Because of the situation this year we are offering our beers in 16oz Crowlers and 500ml Bottles to go.

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room for crowler and growler fills.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … visit our tasting room 5 days a week Wednesday-Sunday.

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Our Taplist Includes:

Princess Peach 
(Peach, Honey, Green Tea)
Daenerys Tarberryan 
(Blueberry / Jalepeño)
Cherry Potter
(Cherry / Vanilla)
Mr. Tea
(China Black Tea / Meyer Lemon Zest / Honey)
The Darkside
(Kombucha/Hibiscus/Pomegranate)
Rosemary Poppins
(Rosemary / Meyer Lemon Zest)

ImPEARial Stormtrooper
(Pear / Saigon Cinnamon)
Chewboocha
(Kombucha / Carrot /  Tumeric / Cayanne)

Sponge Bob Sour Pants
(Grilled Pineapple / Toasted Coconut)
Berry Allen
(Blueberry / Mint)

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Wild Ales Delivered to Your Door

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Now Delivering Outside of California

California Wild Ales begins selling its barrel-aged sour beer to seven new states including Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia

California Wild Ales, San Diego’s only all-sour brewery, has begun shipping its barrel-aged wild ale outside of California. Sour beer lovers in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia can now order beer online from California Wild Ale’s website and have it delivered directly to their front door. Also, the brewery has launched it’s 2020 bottle club, called “The Yeastie Beasties,” giving customers exclusive access to member-only beer and other exciting perks.

“We’ve been selling our funky, fruit-forward sour ales since 2015 and have focused mainly on serving customers in our tasting room where we serve 10 beer on tap, making us San Diego’s largest sour-only brewery,” said Bill DeWitt, co-owner of California Wild Ales and Chicago native. “The sour/American wild ale market is growing across the country and we are proud to offer California wild ale to a larger market and to offer some exclusive varieties to our 2020 Bottle Club.”

“When COVID-19 hit, we started to look for new avenues to get our beer into customer’s hands,” said co-owner Zack Brager. “We’re excited to introduce our unique brand of sour ale to these new markets – especially to the D.C. metro area where I grew up – and re-launch our popular bottle club to do something exciting for our customers,” said Zack.

The membership club includes 15 wild ales over the course of the year with seven member-only beers available upon sign-up and an additional six beers over the next six months. Membership is limited to 100 people and also includes guided tastings, a membership party, custom merchandise, and a few other surprises.

 https://www.californiawildales.com/2020-bottle-club/

Do you live outside of California?

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … pickup a few bottles and taste what you’ve been missing.  We are open 6 days a week Tuesday-Sunday.

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Grapefruit Wild Ale

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Grapefruit Wild Ale

Breakfast Beer for the Summer!!!

Our Grapefruit Wild Ale was blended specifically to highlight the fresh local fruit. While many grapefruit beers offer a subtle hint of the fruit, this one explodes with grapefruit flavor!  The Oro Blanco and Ruby Red Grapefruit were handpicked in nearby Escondido, California.  We wanted our fruit to really shine so we racked them onto our barrel-aged golden sour and let them rest for 3 months.

The resulting flavor is a fresh glass of grapefruit juice that can be enjoyed in the morning, although we don’t recommend drinking too early.

 

ONLY 100 Bottles Available

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … pickup a few bottles and taste what you’ve been missing.  We are open 6 days a week Tuesday-Sunday.

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Intersteller Collab w/ Tapshack Kombucha

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Kombucha and Sour Beer!

Hello Kombucha and Sour Beer Fans!  We are excited about our latest collaboration with our good friends Tapshack Kombucha for this year’s May the 4th.

Amanda and Chris, of Tapshack, burst onto the scene a few years ago and have been creating some of the best Kombucha in San Diego.  With wild flavors and an awesome vibe, Tapshack has redefined what booch can be.  We love their creativity and knew we had to team up on some really Wild Ales!

We used a high ABV barrel-aged brew and blended it 50/50 with Tapshack’s kombucha creating a 5% booch beer that will leave your tastebuds tingling.

Introducing …. Chewboocha and The Dark Side.

Each one of these beers is extremely limited, (40) 16oz cans, so reserve your booch beer today.

Chewboocha

(40 Cans Available)

We started with a higher ABV Golden Sour base and blended it in equal parts with non-alcohol CarrotTumericGinger, and Cayenne Pepper flavored Kombucha.   This Sour Booch has a hint of spice from the Cayenne that helps to highlight the rest of the flavors for a refreshing Sour Booch.  If ever there was a healthy beer…this would be it!

The Dark Side

(40 Cans Available)

Perfectly Peach is one of our most popular stone fruit sours. We started with our golden ale that we aged 12 months in oak barrels to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. We then added a ridiculous amount of peaches to our golden sour base.

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May the Fourth Be With You

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May the Fourth Be With You!

A long time ago in a beach town far, far away … A band of rebel brewers broke away from the IPA dominant galaxy and formed a Sour resistance to the Empire.  This Rebel Alliance, known as California Wild Ales, continues to produce Barrel-Aged, Funky Brews.

This May 4th we invite you to join us in celebrating all things Star Wars.  We have assembled an intergalactic lineup of Sour Beers featuring members of both The Rebel Alliance and The Darkside.

Rebel Alliance Lineup

  • May the Force Be With Yuzu
  • Han SoLoQuat
  • Padme Almondala
  • Chewboocha
  • The Mangolorian

The Darkside Lineup

  • BanAnakin Skywalker
  • Tuskin Radler
  • Mango Fett
  • The Darkside
  • Darth Citrius

 

Reserve your Star Wars beers today.

All beers are available for pickup on May 4th.

 

Pickup and Local Delivery Only

Only 40 Crowlers of Each Flavor

ImPEARial STormtrooper | California Wild Ales

ImPEARial Stormtrooper

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ImPEARial Stormtrooper

A long time ago in a mountain town far, far away (Julian CA)… A Band of ImPEARial Stormtroopers deserted from the Empire.   These ImPEARial Stormtroopers stole the plans to the DeathPear and now hold the fate of the galaxy in their hands.  They have joined forces with the Rebel Alliance to help defeat BanAnakin Skywalker and destroy The DeathPear!

Coming in at 7.5% ABV this is our first ever Imperial Sour.

ImPEARial Stormtrooper began with fresh local pears that we handpicked in the beautiful mountain town of Julian, CA.  We combined the Julian Pears and some Saigon Cinnamon and allowed the flavors to meld together for an additional 3 months.  The warm cinnamon flavor with the natural sweetness of the pears is the perfect pastry sour.

We only have (100) 500ml bottles, so make sure to reserve your bottles today.  Bottles are available for pickup on May 4th.

Pickup and Local Delivery Only

(Limit 3 per customer)

ONLY 100 Bottles Available

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … pickup a few bottles and taste what you’ve been missing.  We are open 6 days a week Tuesday-Sunday.

Black and Blue Barrel-Aged Sour Beer- California Wild Ales

Black & Blue – A Jammy Sour Beer

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Black & Blue is a Jammy Good Time!

California Wild Ales is excited for the release of Black & Blue, our Barrel-Aged Golden Sour racked onto Carlsbad Blueberries and Oregon Blackberries.

Using the Carlsbad Blueberry as the base, we added tons of Oregon Blackberry Puree.  Rich dark blackberry and bright blueberry flavor combine for a light red-wine on the nose backed by just a touch of lambic-style funk.  Super jammy with a crisp finish.

Pickup will begin on Wednesday, April 8th at noon.

We are only releasing (60) 500ml bottles of Black & Blue so make sure to reserve your bottles today.  These will go fast!

Curbside Pickup or Delivery Only

ONLY 60 Bottles Available

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … pickup a few bottles and taste what you’ve been missing.  We are open 6 days a week Tuesday-Sunday.

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Doggie Adoption and Beer Release

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Snuggles and Sours

Come join us this Sunday, March 1st. We have teamed up with our friends at Ruff House Dog Rescue to try to find forever homes for some of our furry friends.

Even if you are unable to adopt a doggie you can still help out. We have created a special beer for the event…Puppy Punch! 20% of our bottle sales for Puppy Punch will be donated directly to Ruff House Dog Rescue to help them continue their noble mission.

So come on out…snuggle some pups and sip on sours…it’s for a good cause. We hope to see you on Sunday.

Only 40 Bottles Available

Pickup only. (Limit 3 per customer)