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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.

Sour Sundays at California Wild Ales

Join us for Sour Sundays!

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Join us Sunday… or any day for that matter… to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We absolutely love funky, sour beer. If your tastebuds are tired of the same old same old, then wake them up with a refreshing Wild Ale.

We are not talking about a quick kettle sour that takes 3 weeks to develop its tartness. At California Wild Ales, we create complex barrel-aged sour beers aged in oak barrels for 9-12 months to achieve a massive depth of flavor. The majority of our beer is then racked onto fresh local fruit and allowed to re-ferment for an additional 4-8weeks until it’s tart and funky. Our process may take way longer than a kettle sour but rest assured it is worth the wait.

If you are ready to send your tastebuds on an adventure, they won’t soon forget… then stop by our barrel house and prepare yourself for an epic journey of flavor.  So make this upcoming Sunday a Sour Sunday!   Join us at our Sorrento Valley location, and taste what you have been missing.  Open Friday – Sunday 12-5pm

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CWA comes to Ocean Beach

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Let’s go Wild in OB!

We started California Wild Ales five years ago with one goal…to bring our funky sour beers to San Diego.

Fast forward five years, and we are ready to bring our concept home to Ocean Beach. We are beyond excited to bring our funky brews to this fabulous neighborhood. The style of beer we make is different from the typical SD beer style of IPAs. Our adventurous wild ales are the perfect beverage for those who want to send their taste buds on an epic journey. We hope to follow in the footsteps of other iconic OB locations such as OB Noodle House, Hodads, Nicos, OB Hardware, among others.

Our new tasting room is roughly 1200 sq/ft and will feature 16 taps, 10 of which will be our sours and the remaining beers we have reserved for some surprises.
We recently signed a lease for a new tasting room that comes in at roughly 1,200 square feet and is equipped with 16 taps. DeWitt and Brager expect to offer at least 10 different sour beers, with the remaining half-dozen taps reserved for some “surprises.”

We are thrilled to become part of the fabric of this vibrant community of Ocean Beach.  Follow our escapades on Instagram and Facebook as we build out the new space with our signature California Wild Ales style.

Bill and Zack at the California Wild Ales launch party in Ocean Beach 2016

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SD Beer Week Preview

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12th Annual SD Beer Week

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

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we do it right!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you find some time to visit your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are going all out this year…because let’s face it…2020 Has Been a Sour Year!

Join us November 6-15 as we release 14 Beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Brewer’s Cuvée – November 6

Peach Party Pack – November 7

  • Peach on Peach
  • Peach on Peach Cobbler
  • Peach on Peach Raspberry
  • Peach on Peach Pineapple

Prickly Pear – November 8

PerCinnamon – November 11

2020 It’s Been a Very Sour Year – November 12

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – November 13

Blueberry Bonanza – November 14

  • Carlsbad Blueberry
  • Blue on Blue
  • Satsuma Blueberry
  • Blueberry Pie

Dark Gold – November 15

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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Tasting Room Open Friday-Sunday

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Who’s Thirsty?

TGIF!  Thank Goodness It’s Funky… Being open these past few weekends has been amazing…so much so that we are extending our days to include Friday.

Our Sorrento Valley tasting room is now open Friday through Sunday 12-5pm.  So what are you waiting for?  Stop by this weekend and see what your tastebuds have been missing.

Enjoy 10 Barrel-Aged Sours on tap featuring local fruits as well as rare and special releases.  Step out of your normal routine and sample your way through a MegaFlight of all 10 flavors.  Browse our gift shop, snag some beer to go, get a growler fill, or just hang out and enjoy some great conversation!

We have partnered with our neighbors at Grandma’s Kitchen to bring you a food menu that is just as delicious as our beers.  Visit our Tap List page to view both our beers and our food menu.

Wednesday – Thursday is TO-GO-Beer ONLY.  We’re open to host our guests Friday – Sunday, and a food order is required while enjoying beers in our barrel room. 

The safety and comfort of our guests and employees is the top priority, so please take a look at some new updates below before your next visit:

  • Wed – Thurs: 12-3pm (To-Go-Beer Only)
  • Frida-Sun: 12-5pm (Onsite)
  • Available for dine-in service in the tasting room Saturday & Sunday only. A food order is required to enjoy a beer on site. Check out the menu!
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 ft or more
  • Face coverings are required, please wear a mask at all times possible to keep everyone safe
  • There will be routine cleaning of all touchpoints

Be safe and enjoy! Welcome back.

Call us or send us an email if you have any more questions.

4202 SORRENTO VALLEY BLVD, SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 | 855-WILD-ALE | info@californiawildales.com

 

Check out the Menu:

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 … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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Tasting Room Open for the Weekends

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The Return of the MegaFlight!

WELCOME BACK! Our Sorrento Valley tasting room is open, so when you’re ready to venture out and sip on some sours, we’ll be here for you.  Our tasting room is open starting this Saturday, September 19th at 12pm.  We will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.

Join us in our one-of-a-kind hidden barrel room located in Sorrento Valley. Enjoy 10 Barrel-Aged Sours on taps featuring local fruits as well as seasonal, rare and special releases. Step out of your normal routine and sample your way through a MegaFlight of all 10 flavors.  Browse our gift shop, snag some beer to go, get a growler fill, or just hang out and enjoy!

We are excited to be opening our doors to the public once again with some help from our neighbors at Grandma’s Deli.  Follow the link to check out our tap list and menu.

Wednesday – Friday is TO-GO-Beer ONLY.  We’re open to host our guests Saturday – Sunday, and a food order is required while enjoying beers in our barrel room. 

The safety and comfort of our guests and employees is the top priority, so please take a look at some new updates below before your next visit:

  • Wed – Fri: 12-3pm (To-Go-Beer Only)
  • Sat-Sun: 12-5pm (Onsite)
  • Available for dine-in service in the tasting room Saturday & Sunday only. A food order is required to enjoy a beer on site. Check out the menu!
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 ft or more
  • Face coverings are required, please wear a mask at all times possible to keep everyone safe
  • There will be routine cleaning of all touchpoints

Be safe and enjoy! Welcome back.

Call our tasting room if you have any more questions, 855-WILD-ALE

CALIFORNIA WILD ALES

4202 SORRENTO VALLEY BLVD, SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 | 855-WILD-ALE | info@californiawildales.com

 

Check out the Menu:

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 … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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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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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.