At California Wild Ales we specialize in creating small batch sour beers for the San Diego community.  Each week we feature a rotating tap list of 10 sour beers.  Each beer is carefully crafted until the flavor is ready to release.  We rest our beer on whole fruit to  We often add different varieties that you cannot get anywhere else.   Each week we add a new sour beer to the tap list rotation.

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OB One

OB One is our anniversary beer celebrating our first year in Ocean Beach!

Our OB One was made specifically for this event.  We gathered tons of fruit from the little seaside town of Ocean Beach, San Diego, and rested them on our Golden Sour for 2 months to allow the flavors to meld.  This two-barrel blend showcases the tropical stone fruit flavor of the Passion Fruit and Prickly Pear with a slight tartness from the Blueberry that refreshes the palate with every sip.

This beer is only available onsite at our OB tasting room beginning May 4th.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

May the Force Be With Yuzu

This is the beer that started it all for our very first May the Fourth celebration.

We began with a two-barrel blend of our 12-month golden sour.   We added a healthy amount of Yuzu and a dash of Sea Salt to create a beer that is seductively sour with a zesty yuzu aroma.  This beer is tantalizingly tart with a dry citrus finish.   This Wild Ale is perfect for the upcoming warmer weather.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Tropical Fruit Punch

Introducing our Tropical Fruit Punch Wild Ale.

This mouthwatering sour is the result of a relationship with a new local San Diego County farm called Dickinson Family Farms in Fallbrook. The first three fruits we acquired from them were Persimmons, Guavas, and Meyer Lemons, so we decided, along with some of the fresh OB Passion Fruit, we would make a fruit salad, and the result was magical. The citrus blends perfectly with the tropical flavors of the Passion Fruit and Guava with the rich, sweet, almost honey-like flavor of the Persimmon rounding the whole mix out and adding body. This combo was a true treat that we will keep in our back pocket for next year.

Unfortunately, only 70 of these bottles are around, so don’t miss out.

All bottles are available at our Sorrento Valley location.  Pickup only.

 

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Han SoLoquat

Han SoLoquat is the beer that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 Parsecs!

A new version of our Loquat Sour was made specifically for this event.  We gathered tons of Loquats from the little seaside town of Ocean Beach, San Diego, and rested them on our Golden Sour for 2 months to allow the flavors to meld.  This two-barrel blend showcases the tropical stone fruit flavor of the Loquat with a slight tartness that refreshes the palate with every sip.

This beer is only available onsite at our OB tasting room beginning May 4th.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Grilled Pineapple Wild Ale

Mmmmmmm Pineapple!!!

Fresh Pineapple Grilled to Perfection. It’s like taking a vacation with every sip. Barrel-Aged for 12 months. This beer is a poolside sipper for sure!

One of our most popular beers, this Golden Sour Blend is left to rest on Grilled Pineapple for 3 months after sitting in the barrel for 12 months. The caramelization from the grilling process helps to balance the acidity of the pineapple for a refreshingly sweet and tart wild ale.  Leaves you wanting more every time.

500ml |  16.9oz  |  5% ABV

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

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)

7.5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

BanAnakin Skywalker

“You don’t know the Sour of the Dark Side!” ~Vader

Made with Carmelized Bananas and Toffee… this sour calls you to The Darkside of the Force.  The unmistakable flavor of the Banana and the Salty Sweetness of the Toffee and Caramel balance the acidity of the golden sour base. We only made a small amount of this decadent wild ale…so join The Darkside and get your sip on.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Darth Citrius

Darth Citrius is made with the best Bearss Limes, Meyer Lemons, and Satsuma Mandarines we could get our hands-on.  All this citrus was picked fresh off the trees at our friend Summer’s place in Escondido, CA.  Exploding with sweet citrus flavor, this deliciously tart and well-balanced wild ale is here just in time for the summer.  Join your place on The Darkside and enjoy this remarkable Citrus Sour Wild Ale.

Only (60) 500ml bottles total, so make sure to reserve yours today.

Your beer is available for pickup starting July 21 at our Sorrento Valley location.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Darth Maulberry Saison

Darth Maulberry longed for revenge against the Jedi. He was finally unleashed by his Master, Darth Citrious, in an assassination attempt on Queen Amondala on the outskirts of Tatooine.

To lure him back to Tatooine, we have brewed a Saison and Aged it in Oak for 12 months.  We then added fresh Mulberries that Dart MAul finds irresistible.

We only handpicked enough mulberries from El Cajon to make a few kegs… so don’t delay.  See you on May 4th.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

The Darkside – Kombucha Sour Ale

The Darkside is a collaboration Sour Beer/Kombucha blend that we brew annually with our friends at Tapshack Kombucha in OB.

Our friends at Tapshack created a Beet, Pomegranate, Hibiscus Kombucha that pairs perfectly with our Barrel-Aged Golden Sour.  We blended our beer with the Kombucha to create a sweet, earthy treat with a color you have to see to believe.  This sour calls you to The Darkside of the Force.

We only made a small amount of this Sour Beer/Booch Blend …so join The Darkside and get your sip on.

“You don’t know the Sour of the Dark Side!” ~Vader

This Booch-Sour will be available onsite only.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Padme Almond-ala

Padme Almond-ala was the surprise hit at last year’s May the 4th event!

Lightly roasted Almonds and Sea Salt were added to our May the 4th blend to create a salty, nutty, almost creamy flavor that balances perfectly with the tart golden ale.  Almonds have become one of our favorite treatments for our Golden Ale.   You will not want to miss this one.

This beer is only available for onsite consumption beginning May 4th.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Chewboocha – Kombucha Sour Ale

Chewboocha is a collaboration Sour Beer/Kombucha blend that we brew annually with our friends at Tapshack Kombucha in OB.

We started with a higher ABV Golden Sour base and blended it in equal parts with non-alcohol Carrot, Tumeric, Ginger, 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!

This beer is available onsite only.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Export Stout

A collab brew with our friends at OB Brewery!  Full-bodied stout with notes of chocolate and a smooth finish.

Stout | 5.3% ABV

5.3% - | $7

Up the Hill Hazy IPA

Up the Hill Hazy IPA is a juicy IPA made in collaboration with our friends at Thorn St. Brewing.

This mouthwatering hazy IPA is made with Equinox, Citra, and Ambrosia Hops.

6.7% - Hazy IPA | $7

Bike Lane Lager

Our Bike Lane Lager features German Pilsner, malted wheat, and noble hops, including Hallertau Blanc, Magnum, and Saaz. This blend of hops imparts a clean and crisp flavor. Though relatively mild and delicate, Saaz hops impart a distinctly earthy and herbal flavor to the beer that has come to define the Pilsner.

After lagering our beer for nearly five weeks, our Bike Lane Lager was ready for the wild. Finally, what was once only available at our tasting room is now available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our Bike Lane Lager is packaged in 16oz cans and available in four-packs. 

So stop by either their Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to enjoy a bright and crisp lager on tap. And pick up a few four-packs while you are there. Otherwise, please keep a lookout on shelves around San Diego for California Wild Ales’ Bike Lane Lager.

5.4% - Wheat Lager | $7 | Michelada $8

War Zone IPA

West Coast-style IPA made with our friends at Thorn St. Brewing.

A dank IPA made with Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, and Amarillo.

7.2% - West Coast IPA | $7
  1. OB One
  2. May the Force Be With Yuzu
  3. Tropical Fruit Punch
  4. Han SoLoquat
  5. Grilled Pineapple Wild Ale
  6. ImPEARial Stormtrooper
  7. BanAnakin Skywalker
  8. Darth Citrius
  9. Darth Maulberry Saison
  10. The Darkside – Kombucha Sour Ale
  11. Padme Almond-ala
  12. Chewboocha – Kombucha Sour Ale
  13. Export Stout
  14. Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  15. Bike Lane Lager
  16. War Zone IPA

Bike Lane Lager

Our Bike Lane Lager features German Pilsner, malted wheat, and noble hops, including Hallertau Blanc, Magnum, and Saaz. This blend of hops imparts a clean and crisp flavor. Though relatively mild and delicate, Saaz hops impart a distinctly earthy and herbal flavor to the beer that has come to define the Pilsner.

After lagering our beer for nearly five weeks, our Bike Lane Lager was ready for the wild. Finally, what was once only available at our tasting room is now available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our Bike Lane Lager is packaged in 16oz cans and available in four-packs. 

So stop by either their Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to enjoy a bright and crisp lager on tap. And pick up a few four-packs while you are there. Otherwise, please keep a lookout on shelves around San Diego for California Wild Ales’ Bike Lane Lager.

5.4% - Wheat Lager | $7 | Michelada $8

Echoes of Grenache

Every year we look forward to Wine season.   Echoes of Grenache is made with Grenache grape pomace that we get every year from our good friends Charlie Echo Wine.

One of our favorite beers yet!

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Petite Sirah Wine Grape Sour

Introducing our Petite Sirah Wild Ale.

The Petit Sirah grape has a deep color violet color and bold tannins.  The dominant flavor of the Petite Sirah grape is Plum and Blueberry.   Additional flavors are Dark Chocolate, Pepper, and Black Tea.  For whatever reason, Petite Sirah has yet to reach the levels of respect and appreciation reserved for Syrah. However, those who are willing to take a risk with this dark and rich vino grape are in for a pleasant surprise.

We placed these grapes on our golden ale that aged in oak barrels for 12 months.  The beer then undergoes a secondary fermentation on the wine grapes. The wild yeast from the grape skins adds an extra level of funk and flavor.  We absolutely love our wine grape sours.  Once you try them you will immediately know why.

 

6% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Prickly Pear Wild Ale

Local Prickly Pear hand-picked in Ocean Beach, San Diego leads the charge on this mouthwatering wild ale. It’s sweet like candy with a beautiful, bright orange color and balanced acidity, a bottle that you’ll immediately want more of.

Brewed with organic prickly pear, a cactus found in our San Diego landscape, this tart yet slightly sweet wild ale has a bright, fruity flavor and floral aroma.  A touch of Malden Sea Salt on the backend helps to keep this beer balanced.

We are only releasing (100) 500ml bottles presale online.   Once this is gone … you will have to wait a full year for its return.

Barrel-Aged 12 Months | Prickly Pear Wild Ale | 500ml | 5% ABV

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Mr. Tea (Citrus, Tea & Honey)

I pity da fool…

In 2015, a crack commando unit entered the San Diego beer scene to create barrel-aged sours. These men promptly got to work brewing and escaped to the San Diego underground.  Today, still wanted by the SD Brewers Guild they survive as brewers of fortune. If you need a sour beer, if no one else can help, and if you can find them….maybe you can hire The CWA-Team.

We took a golden sour and rested it on a healthy portion of Meyer lemons, Satsuma mandarins, and Bearss lime, before finishing it off with Lady Grey’s Black Tea and Local Honey. The bright almost sweet flavor from the Meyer lemons blends beautifully with the distinctive spicy floral and citrus notes from the tea.  The honey adds balance to the beer and leaves you with a sour/sweet finish that begs for another sip.   You will think Mr. Tea is right there in the room with you saying…”I pity the fool who doesn’t love this beer”.

500ml  |  5% ABV

Only a small amount of these beauties made it into bottles, so make sure to reserve yours today.

Pick up your beer beginning July 20th at our Sorrento Valley tasting room.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour

Our Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour is aged for 12 months in a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel. We then transferred this glorious liquid into a freshly emptied Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster’s Park. We then gave it an additional six months of rest. The various spirit barrels bring a new life to this beer. As this beer conditions for months, it incorporates some of the bourbon and stout characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying chocolate notes give this way to a tart berry finish. know why.

 

11% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Cabernet Franc Wild Ale – A Funky Wine Grape Sour

This 2020 vintage of our Cabernet Franc Wild Ale was made with fresh grapes hand-picked in San Marcos, CA.

We placed these grapes on our golden ale that aged in red wine barrels for 12 months.  The beer then undergoes a secondary fermentation on these freshly crushed Cab Franc grapes. The wild yeast from the grape skins adds an extra level of funk and flavor.

Our Cabernet Franc is then bottle conditioned for several months, creating a fruit-forward and complex sour ale.  This beer is the latest in our ever-growing wine grape series.  If you enjoyed our Rosé or Echoes of Muscat… you are not going to want to miss this one.

This beer is the perfect way to say “I love you” to that special someone in your life.  Order today and pickup in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

We are only releasing (100) 500ml bottles online.  Reserve your bottle today and pickup your beer at our Sorrento Valley location.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Rosé – A Funky Zinfandel Wild Ale

What do you do when you get a bunch of local Zinfandel Grapes?  You make the Funkiest Rosé this town has ever seen!

This is the perfect beer to share with that special someone on Mother’s Day. That’s why we are releasing this one on a Wednesday…to make sure you have your bottle(s) ready for Sunday, May 10th.   So pick p a bouquet of Rosés for Mother’s Day.

Our Rosé is a Mixed Fermentation Wild Ale that was first aged in Oak Barrels for a full year before it was racked onto fresh, local Zinfandel grapes from nearby San Marcos. The freshness from the yeast on grape skins pairs harmoniously with our house culture.  Giving this wine-like sour a delightful level of funk and sour.

The vibrant fuchsia color draws you in for your first sip. After that the flavor takes over … and the rest is history.

Only (60) 500ml bottles available.

Pickup Only

(Limit 3 per customer)

Mai TIE Figter – Kombucha Sour Ale

Mai Tai is a collaboration Sour Beer/Kombucha blend that we brew annually with our friends at Tapshack Kombucha in OB.

Our friends at Tapshack created a blend of, orange, fresh lime juice, cherry, and almond that pairs perfectly with our Barrel-Aged Golden Sour.  We blended our beer with the Kombucha to create a sweet, cocktail creation.  This sour calls you to sail the seven seas.

We only made a small amount of this Sour Beer/Booch Blend …so join us and get your sip on.

This Booch-Sour will be available at our OB location only.

 

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Meyer Lemon Wild Ale

When life hands you Meyer Lemons… Make Beer!

We barrel-aged our golden sour for 12 months before we racked it onto fresh local Meyer Lemons from Escondido, CA. This beer is exploding with the sweet citrus flavor of the Meyer Lemon. The result is a deliciously tart wild ale perfect for the summer months.  We absolutely love using fresh local citrus in our beer.  There is just something so gratifying about knowing where your fruit comes from.  Each lemon was handpicked at its peak of ripeness to ensure the sweetest flavor.

This beer has been bottle conditioned for over 9 months to let the carbonation reach its peak.  Crack open a bottle of Meyer Lemon on a hot day and see why this is the Best Summer Beer of 2020!

We only have (80) 500ml bottles, so make sure to reserve your bottles today.  Citrus Sours Rule!

Pickup and Local Delivery Only

(Limit 3 per customer)

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

C3P Orange

C3P-Orange is a golden sour blend that was aged in oak barrels for  12 months before being rested on local Satsuma mandarines.  The sweet Satsuma mandarines shine bright through this golden sour blend.

This beer is available onsite only starting May 4th.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8
  1. Bike Lane Lager
  2. Echoes of Grenache
  3. Petite Sirah Wine Grape Sour
  4. Prickly Pear Wild Ale
  5. Mr. Tea (Citrus, Tea & Honey)
  6. Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour
  7. Cabernet Franc Wild Ale – A Funky Wine Grape Sour
  8. Rosé – A Funky Zinfandel Wild Ale
  9. Mai TIE Figter – Kombucha Sour Ale
  10. Meyer Lemon Wild Ale
  11. C3P Orange