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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Carlsbad Blueberry

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

Ocean Peach Sour

Ocean Beach is a wonderful stone fruit for seaside sipping.  We started with peaches that were handpicked right here in OB.  We selected the most over-ripe ones we could find and added them to a blend of golden sour beer that we for 12 months in oak barrels.  After allowing the flavors to meld for an additional 2 months this sour beer was ready for the wild.

We held onto this one specifically for SD Beer Week.  This beer is currently only available on tap at our Ocean Beach location.  Stop by today and send your tastebuds on a peachy adventure.

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

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Pastry Sour Beer

Our most decadent Pastry Sour yet!

This beauty was achieved by dusting Pineapple with Brown Sugar before grilling them until they reached a deep caramelization. We then made homemade Maraschino Cherries using fresh California Cherries, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and a bevy of spices. We combined the pineapples and cherries and allowed the flavors to meld together for an additional 3 months. The result is a Pineapple Upside Down Cake that you can drink in a glass.

This is one of our most popular and sought after beers.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

We are only releasing (100) 500ml bottles online presale.  This beer will be available on tap and for pickup, at the brewery, starting November 13th.  So order a few bottles, and stop in for a few pours.

Barrel Aged 12 Months | Mixed-Fermentation Wild Ale | 500ml | 5% ABV

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

Cherry Blue Wild Ale

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

Echoes of Muscat

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

Blackberry Quad

This 11% golden sour ale blend was selected specifically to showcase the beautiful flavor of the blackberry fruit. With a light acidity and mild earthy tones, the 2lbs per gallon of blackberry puree get a chance to be the star.

Jammy and sweet, with bright acidity from the beer for a refreshing balance, a sure favorite of any fruited sour lover. We started by adding our golden sour to barrels that previously held a delicious Quadrupel from our friends at Alesmith Brewing.  The golden ale rested here for 12 months.  The addition of the quad barrel adds a spicy, ripe fruit flavor to the finished beer. After allowing the flavors to age in the quad barrels for an additional 2 months this sour beer was ready for the wild.

This beer is currently only available on tap at our Ocean Beach location.  Stop by today and send your tastebuds on a beery fun adventure.

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

Wild Cherry

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

Mead Berry – Collab with Lost Cause Meadery

Who’s ready for a flavor explosion!!!

Made with berries from Lost Cause Meadery, this Wild Ale Collaboration contains hundreds of pounds of blackberries and raspberries that previously rested in finished mead.  Exploding with bright raspberry and a blackberry-jam finish, the tart berries and golden ale is perfectly balanced by a beautiful sweetness from the honey.

Only a few cases left.

500ml |  16.9oz  |  5% ABV

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

Dry Hopped Golden

This Golden Sour Ale is a blend of select barrels aged between 9 months and 2 years. It is a favorite blend of ours and one we had to package without adding any fruit. With a light acidity and earthy funk it is great for the sour fanatic and someone just getting into the style.

We then add an assortment of hops.  The result makes your brain do a backflip.  The familiar smell of hops quickly gives way to the tartness of the golden ale.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8 | Michelada $9

Raspberry Hard Seltzer

Our Raspberry Seltzer is bursting with flavor and the perfect amount of sparkle.      Light and refreshing…perfect for an afternoon at the beach.  If you are looking for an alternative to heavy IPAs and other beers… then Raspberry Hard Seltzer is the perfect option.  Our Raspberry Seltzer is a crisp, sparkling hard seltzer beverage that provides a zero-calorie / gluten-free option while offering a refreshing sparkle all-natural raspberry flavor.

We are working on a lot of new hard seltzers flavors for the upcoming year.  Be on the lookout for a variety of new flavors including, Meyer lemon, Blueberry, Mango, Guava, and other exciting flavors.

Available only at our OB location.

5% - Gluten Free - 16oz | $7

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

Falling Ladder Pale Ale

A collab brew with our friends at OB Brewery!  Crisp and hoppy pale ale that is perfect for sipping in the summer.

5.8% - | $7 | Michelada $8

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 very first ever “Clean Beer”!!!

This crisp and refreshing lager is perfect for the hot summer days of San Diego.  Only on tap at our OB location.

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. Carlsbad Blueberry
  2. Ocean Peach Sour
  3. Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Pastry Sour Beer
  4. Cherry Blue Wild Ale
  5. Echoes of Muscat
  6. Blackberry Quad
  7. Wild Cherry
  8. Darth Citrius
  9. Mead Berry – Collab with Lost Cause Meadery
  10. Dry Hopped Golden
  11. Raspberry Hard Seltzer
  12. The Darkside – Kombucha Sour Ale
  13. Falling Ladder Pale Ale
  14. Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  15. Bike Lane Lager
  16. War Zone IPA

Bike Lane Lager

Our very first ever “Clean Beer”!!!

This crisp and refreshing lager is perfect for the hot summer days of San Diego.  Only on tap at our OB location.

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

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 Tai – 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 Tai – Kombucha Sour Ale
  10. Meyer Lemon Wild Ale
  11. C3P Orange