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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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

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

Gose-Style Ale

This gose-style ale was aged in red wine barrels for 12 months to allow the beer to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. We then added cracked coriander and a generous amount of large flaky sea salt. This gose-style ale has a lemony aroma, a tart flavor, and the right amount of saltiness to keep you coming back sip after sip.

Salted Plum

Barrel-Aged Golden Sour with Organic Plums and Maldon Sea Salt.

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

Peach on Peach

We took a ton of peaches… almost 2 pounds per gallon and rested them on our barrel-aged golden base for 2 months.  We then took 120 gallons of that peach beer and racked it onto another 200 pounds of peaches for an additional  2 months.  The result is an explosion of fuzzy peach flavor.

We only packaged (100) 500ml bottles.

This beer sold out quickly last year… so don’t sleep on this one.

Echoes of Muscat

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

Pickle SOUR

This crisp and refreshing sour beer is the perfect beverage for someone who is looking to quench their thirst. We took our salty Gose-style beer and added Fresh Cucumber, Dill, Black Peppercorn, & Sea Salt to the beer for secondary fermentation. The end result is a refreshing and pickle-y sour/salty combination that will certainly hit the spot during these hot summer days.

Pickle Sour is deliciously refreshing, with unmistakable fresh dill on the nose and cucumber on taste, followed by a sour pickle finish.   This beer is a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot summer day or the perfect way to recharge after a long day at the beach.   Coming in at 5% ABV …so you can sip on Pickles all day long.  We are beyond excited about this beer…and after one sip you will be too.

If you love Dill Pickles and Sour Beers… then you need Pickle Sour in your life.  You’ll thank us later.

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

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

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

Watermelon Mint Hard Seltzer

Our Watermelon Mint 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 Watermelon Mint Hard Seltzer is the perfect option.  Our Watermelon Mint Hard Seltzer is a crisp, sparkling hard seltzer beverage that provides a zero-calorie / gluten-free option while offering a refreshing sparkle of all-natural watermelon and mint 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

Tropical Fruit Punch (Passion Fruit, Guava, Persimmon, Meyer Lemon)

Introducing our Tropical Fruit Punch Wild Ale.

Made with fresh Passion Fruit, Pink Guava, Persimmon, and Meyer Lemon… this wild ale is bursting with flavor.  We absolutely love this funky fruit concoction.  Once you try you will immediately know why we love our Tropical Fruit Punch Wild Ale.

All of our Funky Wild Sours are Barrel-Aged for 9-12 months.  We then blend a few barrels and rest them on delicious local fruit.  This process takes way longer… but rest assured it is worth the wait.  Just one sip and you will agree… there is no substitute for time in the barrel.

This is an extremely small batch of 60 gallons… Once it is gone it is gone for the season.  So stop by our tasting rooms and try it while it lasts.

 

 

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

Slam Dunkelweizen

We teamed up with our friends at OB Brewery to create a special beer for the Oktoberfest season.  Slam Dunkelweizen is a crisp and refreshing cream ale with notes of corn and agave.  It is highly carbonated and refreshing, with a creamy, fluffy texture and light finish. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a weissbier blended with the malty richness of a Munich Dunkel.

5.2% ABV

5.2% - | $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. Cabernet Franc Wild Ale – A Funky Wine Grape Sour
  2. Dry Hopped Golden
  3. Gose-Style Ale
  4. Salted Plum
  5. Peach on Peach
  6. Echoes of Muscat
  7. Pickle SOUR
  8. Meyer Lemon Wild Ale
  9. Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour
  10. Grilled Pineapple Wild Ale
  11. Watermelon Mint Hard Seltzer
  12. Tropical Fruit Punch (Passion Fruit, Guava, Persimmon, Meyer Lemon)
  13. Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  14. Slam Dunkelweizen
  15. Bike Lane Lager
  16. War Zone IPA

Slam Dunkelweizen

We teamed up with our friends at OB Brewery to create a special beer for the Oktoberfest season.  Slam Dunkelweizen is a crisp and refreshing cream ale with notes of corn and agave.  It is highly carbonated and refreshing, with a creamy, fluffy texture and light finish. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a weissbier blended with the malty richness of a Munich Dunkel.

5.2% ABV

5.2% - | $7

Spicy Blueberry

We started with our Carlsbad Blueberry as the base and added some spice to the mix with some homegrown Jalapeños.

Our Spicy Blueberry has a tannic, earthy, wine-like characteristic with sweetness from the blueberries and some heat from the jalepeńos.  Spicy Blueberry is refreshing with a spicy pepper on the nose followed by deep port wine flavor.   This beer is has a bright acidity that is perfectly balanced by the heat of the jalepeño and a dash of sea salt..   Coming in at 5% ABV …leaving you free to enjoy your day.

 

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

Dragonfruit

5% - Golden sour with Dragonfruit galore

Dragonfruit with Berries

Golden sour barrel-aged 12 months in French oak red wine barrels.  We then added a ridiculous amount of ripe red Dragonfruit.  and a mix of fresh blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry.  This Wild Ale has wine-like characteristics with sweetness from the berry and dragonfruit combination.

 

 

 

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

Diabolical Saison (Spelt Grain Saison)

Our Diabolical Saison is, brewed with Spelt grain.  Spelt grain imparts a soft, slightly sweet, nutty flavor with spicy undertones into our beer.  We also used a classic Saison yeast strain, which imparts notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander.  This farmhouse-style Saison has an ester spice taste and supreme dryness.

We loved this beer so much that we entered it into the World Beer Cup 2022.  Judging is in May of this year.  Fingers crossed.

7.2% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8

Spicy Pickle Sour

 

This crisp and refreshing sour beer is the perfect beverage for someone who is looking to quench their thirst. We took our salty Gose-style beer and added Fresh Cucumber, Dill, Black Peppercorn, Malden Sea Salt, Heat Packer’s Hot Flakes…grown and ground in Ocean Beach, Ca. The result is a refreshing, pickle-y sour/salty/spicy combination that will quench your thirst.

Our Spicy Pickle Sour is deliciously refreshing, with unmistakable fresh dill on the nose and cucumber on taste, followed by a sour pickle finish, and then a little blast of spice.   This beer is a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot summer day or the perfect way to recharge after a long day at the beach.   Coming in at 5% ABV …so you can sip on Spicy Pickles all day long.  We are beyond excited about this beer…and after one sip you will be too.

If you love Dill Pickles, a little bit of Spice, and Sour Beers… then you need our Spicy Pickly Beer in your life.  You’ll thank us later.

We added locally grown HeatPackers hot pepper blend to this beer to spice it up a bit.  HeatPackers is a local OB company owned by our good friend Jennifer Barker.  Just one sip and you will know why we call it Spicy Pickle Sour!

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

Raspberry Wild Ale

Introducing our Raspberry Wild Ale!

.. super small batch…get it while it lasts.

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

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

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

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

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

Pickle SOUR

This crisp and refreshing sour beer is the perfect beverage for someone who is looking to quench their thirst. We took our salty Gose-style beer and added Fresh Cucumber, Dill, Black Peppercorn, & Sea Salt to the beer for secondary fermentation. The end result is a refreshing and pickle-y sour/salty combination that will certainly hit the spot during these hot summer days.

Pickle Sour is deliciously refreshing, with unmistakable fresh dill on the nose and cucumber on taste, followed by a sour pickle finish.   This beer is a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot summer day or the perfect way to recharge after a long day at the beach.   Coming in at 5% ABV …so you can sip on Pickles all day long.  We are beyond excited about this beer…and after one sip you will be too.

If you love Dill Pickles and Sour Beers… then you need Pickle Sour in your life.  You’ll thank us later.

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

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

OB 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.

These prickly pears are grown right in Ocean Beach and served in the tasting room right down the street.  Talk about hyper-local!

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

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

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
  1. Slam Dunkelweizen
  2. Spicy Blueberry
  3. Dragonfruit
  4. Dragonfruit with Berries
  5. Diabolical Saison (Spelt Grain Saison)
  6. Spicy Pickle Sour
  7. Raspberry Wild Ale
  8. Dry Hopped Golden
  9. War Zone IPA
  10. Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  11. Grilled Pineapple Wild Ale
  12. Pickle SOUR
  13. Bike Lane Lager
  14. OB Prickly Pear Wild Ale
  15. Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour
  16. Meyer Lemon Wild Ale