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Grapes of Wrath – A Wine Grape / Sour Beer Experience

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Wine Grapes and Sour Beer … Best Friends

Join us this Friday, November 12, as we tap four new wine grape sours in honor of San Diego Beer Week. We are absolutely obsessed with our Wine Grape Sours, and we are excited to share them with the craft beer community.

We will feature four wine grape sour ales.

Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) Piquette
Viognier grape hast the scent of Honeysuckle and Jasmine and the rich flavors of Apricot and Peach. Ripening in warm sunshine, this beer is quite heady and exotic with spicy undertones of Gingerbread and plenty of body.

Petite Sirah Wild Ale
Petite Sirah grape has a deep color violet color and bold tannins. Fruit is the dominant flavor, with Plum and Blueberry being the most distinct. Additional flavors are Dark Chocolate, Pepper, and Black Tea.

Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Wine Grape Blend
The word Ongemang comes from Old English, which combines “in” and “mingling.” It has been described as “Exploring the spaces in between.” We felt like this was the perfect expression to represent our first blended wine grape sour made with a blend of Petite Sirah and Viognier grapes.

Echoes of Muscat
Echoes of Muscat Wild Ale are made in with fermented Muscat grape pomace that we got from our friends at Charlie Echo Wine.   These grapes have a musky aroma, sweet, honeyed flavor, and rich fruit and floral notes.

This is going to be an excellent introduction to the world of wine-grape sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience the Grapes of Wrath.

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 a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Stone Fruit Frenzy

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Join Us for Some Stone Fruit Sours

Stone Fruit & Sour Beer…is there anything better? We don’t think so. That’s why for this year’s San Diego Beer Week, we are tapping three delicious stone fruit beers. Ocean Peach, Del Mar Nectarine, and Salted Plum.

Ocean Peach Wild Ale

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 Ocean Beach peaches to our golden sour base.

Del Mar Peach

We reached out to our good friend Eric for some of his homegrown nectarines, and man, are we glad we did. These nectarines are bursting with stone fruit deliciousness. We added these beauties to our barrel-aged golden sour and let them sit for around three months. The result speaks for itself… you have to try this one.

Salted Plum

For our third beer of the frenzy, we found some over-ripe plums that were begging to become beer. We took these plums and gave them the love they deserved. We rested them on barrel-aged golden sour for six months. We then added a healthy amount of Maldon Sea Salt. The salty and sour combination will leave you thirsting for more.

Every one of these beers was made with a ridiculous amount of Stone Fruit…almost 3 pounds per gallon. Taste the difference that a ton of fruit imparts!

Available for a short time!

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 a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Taste of Ocean Beach

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Let’s Get our Eat and Drink On!

Taste of Ocean Beach and SD Beer Week overlap at California Wild Ales!  Join us TONIGHT from 5-9pm! 🍺 🌮🍻🥗🍹

Venture around OB and indulge in some of OB’s best restaurants, breweries, and wine bars. Make sure to stop by California Wild Ales for a Taster 🍺 for a quarter (0.25 cents).
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We are tapping our OB Passion Fruit Wild Ale!  Made with all locally sourced fruit from Ocean Beach.  Proceeds support Ocean Beach Town Council initiatives like the Food & Toy Drive and Holiday Parade.

Grab your tickets now before they sell out at www.tasteofoceanbeach.com!

So come on out and fill your belly while supporting a wonderful cause.  Big thanks to the OB Town Council for putting together this wonderful event.

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SD Beer Week 2021

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13th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  San Diego County is home to over 150 craft breweries – which is the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we go all out!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you make some time to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are excited to be hosting SDBW at both our Sorrento Valley and Ocean Beach locations!

Join us November 5-14 as we pack our taps with tons of new beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Salted Cucumber – November 5

Pickle Rick Day – November 6

  • Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns.
  • Spicy Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns, and Heatpackers

Michelada Flights – November 7-8

San Diego’s Best Michelada served 5 ways!

  • Bike Lane Lager served with a Lime Wedge
  • Salted Cucumber served with a Cucumber Slice
  • Pickle Rick served with a Pickle Slice
  • Spicy Pickle Rick served with a Dehydrated Lime Slice
  • Mexican Candy served with a Tajin Rim

Blues and Brews / Taste of OB – November 9

Musical Stylings of St James

Ocean Beach Passion Fruit, 5% ABV

Border X Collab Brew – November 10

Barrel-Aged Blood Orange Saison blended with our Golden Sour,  7% ABV

Stone Fruit Frenzy – November 11

  • Ocean Peach Wild Ale, 5% ABV
  • Del Mar Nectarine Wild Ale,  5% ABV
  • Salted Plum Sour, 5% Abv

Grapes of Wrath – November 12

  • Petie Syrah Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Echoes of Grenache, 5% ABV
  • Viognier Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Ongemang Blend, 5% ABV

Dark Sour Night – November 13

  • Winner Winner Liquid Dinner, 9% ABV  – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Sour with Cherries
  • Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour, 11% ABV – Bourbon Barrl-Aged for 12 Months and then transferred into a Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster Park Stout.

Thunderhawk Collab Sour Saison – November 14

This beauty has been three years in the making!  Here is your chance to taste what could be the last Thunderhawk brew in town,  7.5% ABV

Who’s Ready to Get Funky?

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 a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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

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NFL and Da Chicago Bears!

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DA Bears All Season Long

Join us at our Ocean Beach location as we cheer on Da Bears all season.  We open early on Sunday (9:30 am) so that we are able to watch the Monsters of the Midway take the field.

Co-Owner Bill is passionate about the Chicago Bears… so you best believe you will see him there during game time.   You will most likely hear “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” (fight song) every time the Bears score.  We have also been known to blast the 1985 hip-hop classic the  “Super Bowl Shuffle”.  So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas …this is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas!

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

So toss on your Chicago Bears jersey and come on down to hang with your friends at California Wild Ales OB.

Week 1: Bears at Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 5:20pm

Week 2: Bengals at Bears, Sunday, Sept. 19, 10am

Week 3: Bears at Browns, Sunday, Sept. 26, 10am

Week 4: Lions at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am

Week 5: Bears at Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:05pm

Week 6: Packers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am

Week 7: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:25pm

Week 8: 49ers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 31, 10am

Week 9: Bears at Steelers, Monday, Nov. 8, 5:15pm

Week 10: Bye week

Week 11: Ravens at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 21, 10am

Week 12: Bears at Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 11:30am

Week 13: Cardinals at Bears, Sunday, Dec. 5, 10am

Week 14: Bears at Packers, Sunday, Dec. 12, 5:20pm

Week 15: Vikings at Bears, Monday, Dec.20, 5:15pm 

Week 16: Bears at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 26, 1:05pm

Week 17: Giants at Bears, Sunday, Jan. 2, 10am

Week 18: Bears at Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 9, 10am

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 a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Phish Couch Tour

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Phish Fall Tour at CWA OB

We had such a great time during the summer run, we decided to stream every show of Phish’s Fall Tour.  Join us at our Ocean Beach tasting room and let’s have a funky good time.

We lower the lights and turn the volume to 11, as we gather to rock out to our favorite band from Vermont.

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

October 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 16, 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 19, 20 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 23 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union
October 24 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
October 28 – 31  Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

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 a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Shop and Sip in Ocean Beach

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Handcrafted Jewelry

Rubytoblue is a handmade jewelry brand based in a small beach town in San Diego, California. Rubytoblue Specializes in crystal jewelry inspired by minimalist shapes and quality designs. Each piece is carefully created and examined to make sure the quality of the piece is just perfect.

The event is Sunday, June 27, 1pm -5pm

Come by our OB location and sip on some sours while you shop.  As always we will have 16 beers on tap, 11 of which are barrel-aged sours.

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Join us and let’s shop local OB!

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Celebrate the OB Vibe

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Celebrate the OB Vibe

Join us at our Ocean Beach location and help ‘Celebrate the OB Vibe’ on Saturday, June 26, 2021 with a community event featuring local artisans & makers and spotlighting Ocean Beach’s local bars, breweries, restaurants, and retailers.

This community event will take place throughout the business districts in OB from 10am to 6pm. The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association anticipates this event will encourage people to shop local and support OB businesses while enjoying an array of activities throughout the day including:

Enjoy an OB Vibe Pale Ale at California Wild Ales and select breweries throughout Ocean Beach beginning June 26, 2021, and when you spend $50 or more at any business in Ocean Beach, you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win an eclectic OB Gift Basket which kicks off #SummerShopSmallOB.

California Wild Ales invites you to come out and enjoy Ocean Beach and spread good vibes.

Our California Wild Ales tasting room in Ocean Beach is located at 4896 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, CA., and is open every day (Monday -Thursday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Customers can visit  www.californiawildales.com or call (855) WILD-ALE or (855) 945-3253 for more information.

OB Vibe Pale Ale – Collab Brew

The OB Vibe Pale Ale is a lightly hopped pale ale with citrus & tropical notes. Celebrate the OB Vibe with a collaborative brew made possible by OB Brewery, Hodad’s, Pizza Port, Kilowatt, California Wild Ales, and NOVO.

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Join us and let’s get funky in OB!

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CWA OB Fundraiser for LLS

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Join the Fight

Happy Summer! 

If you haven’t been down to see us at our new location in Ocean Beach, you need to stop by! We are on the corner of Newport and Cable Street, and this coming week we’re going to be hosting our first fundraiser! 

California Wild Ales has teamed up with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to host its second fundraiser for the association. The fundraiser will occur at our new location in Ocean Beach, in honor of the co-owner Zack Brager’s mother, Rebecca Jungreis-Brager, on Tuesday, June 15th, at 5:00 p.m. at 4896 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. 

This cause has a very personal connection for Zack because he lost his mother to this horrific disease on July 15th, 1999. Additionally, the fundraiser will support Derek Dawson on his quest to become Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Man or Woman of the Year.

As part of this event, the brewery has created a new beer named after Zack’s mother, Rebecca Jungreis-Brager, called RJB. The beer is a unique blend of golden sour ale with blueberries from the Carlsbad Flower Fields and Cabernet Franc grapes from Summer’s Vineyard in Escondido. It’s special to the brewery because it’s the first time it has made a sour ale using Brettanomyces at bottling.

The process requires the ale to sit a little longer in the bottle, resulting in an added layer of funk to the finished product. Finally, after resting in the bottle for approximately five months, the beer is ready to be shared. This method also allows it to age beautifully for years to come. The finished product has a soft and bright tannic character and a tropical funkiness from the late dose of the Brettanomyces yeast.

The first fundraiser at our Sorrento Valley location was a huge success. We couldn’t be more excited to hold the same event at our new Ocean Beach location and invite the community to come together to support a truly worthy cause and try some great beer.

All Donations will Benefit LLS

California Wild Ales will donate all tips from the evening to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, along with 15% of the bottle proceeds. In addition, people can make a direct donation at: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/sd/sd21/zbrager

 This event will be OB’s first significant fundraising effort – the first of many to come – and we are happy to have a platform like this to give back. 

Join us for some beers to help support this specail cause! 

Our California Wild Ales tasting room in Ocean Beach is located at 4896 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, CA., and is open every day (Monday -Thursday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Customers can visit: www.californiawildales.com or call (855) WILD-ALE or (855) 945-3253 to place orders in advance. 

Join us Friday and help us raise money for this wonderful cause.

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Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Join the Fight

We have teamed up with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and host a fundraiser for the association on Friday, May 21 st starting at 5:00 pm at the brewery’s Sorrento Valley location at 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd., Ste. L, San Diego, CA, 92121.

This cause has a very personal connection for Zack Brager, one of our founders, who lost his mother to this horrific disease on July 15th, 1999. The fundraiser will
support Derek Dawson on his quest to become Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Man or Woman of the Year.

“It has been my goal to give back as much as possible. This is why I’m partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to make sure that no one loses a loved one to cancer,” said Zack. “Come out and join us for this extraordinary evening and support a great cause.”

As part of this event, the brewery will release a new beer named after Zack’s mother, Rebecca Jungreis-Brager, called RJB. “This beer is extremely special to me, as it’s the first beer the we have made using Brettanomyces at bottling,” said Zack.  “This process requires a little longer time in the bottle, but the result adds a
layer of funk to the finished product that will cause this beer to age beautifully for years to come.”

RJB is a unique blend of golden sour ale with blueberries from the Carlsbad Flower Fields and Cabernet Franc grapes from Summer’s Vineyard in Escondido. The finished product has a soft and bright tannic character and a tropical funkiness from the late dose of our favorite yeast. After resting in the bottle for approximately five months, the beer is ready to be shared.

California Wild Ales will donate all tips from the evening to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, along with 15% of the bottle proceeds. In addition, people can make a direct donation at: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/sd/sd21/zbrager

Join us Friday and help us raise money for this wonderful cause.