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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Salted Cucumber

Our Salted Cucumber is a wonderful spiked spa-water drinking experience.  We started with homegrown cucumbers from our own backyard and added them to a blend of golden sour beer that we for 12 months in oak barrels.  We added a healthy dose of Malden Sea Salt and sat back and waited.  After allowing the flavors to meld 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 pickletastic adventure.

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

Pickle Rick – Unmistakably Awesome

I’m Pickle Riiiiiiiiiick!!!

Back by popular demand…and just in time for Comic-Con…Pickle Rick!

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 Rick 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 Rick in your life.  You’ll thank us later.

Only (120) 375ml bottles total, so make sure to reserve your bottles today.  All bottles are available for pickup at our Sorrento Valley location starting on July 2oth.

 

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

Ocean Beach Passion Fruit

A delicious passion fruit wild ale made with locally sourced fruit from Ocean Beach.  Grown blocks away and served right here in OB.  This Passion Fruit Wild Ale is an amazing addition to our tap list.

We took our Funky Barrel-Aged Golden Sour and combined it from Passion Fruit from San Diego’s Funkiest neighborhood.  The result is a tart sour beer that is dripping with tropical notes of Mango, Papaya, Guava, and of course Passion Fruit.  

We only made 100 gallons of this tropical sensation… so make sure to visit either of our locations and give it a try before it is gone for the season.  Available on tap at our Ocean Beach location and available in bottles at both locations.

Grab a few bottles and let’s get this summer off to a funky start.

Only (200) 500ml bottles of Ocean Beach Passion Fruit available.

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

Echoes of Muscat

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

Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) – A Funky Wine Grape Sour

This 2021 vintage of our Viognier Wild Ale was made with grape pomace that we got from our friends at Charlie Echo Wine.

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.

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 viognier pomace. The wild yeast from the grape skins adds an extra level of funk and flavor.

This is one of our latest beers in our ever-growing Wine Grape sour series.

 

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

Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Exploring the Spaces in Between

The word Ongemang comes from the Old English which combines the words for “in” and “mingling.”  It has been described as the “Exploring the spaces in between”.   We felt like this was the perfect expression to describe our very first blended wine grape sour.

Our 2021 Ongemang is a blend of our Viognier and Petite Sirah grapes.

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.

Petit 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.

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

This is our first blended wine beer latest beers in our ever-growing Wine Grape sour series.

 

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

Winner Winner … Liquid Dinner!

Dark Sour aged with Cherries!  

Made in collaboration with our friend Samantha Olsen, we chose a grain bill extremely reminiscent of an imperial stout. If you loved our Black is Beautiful… you are gonna lose your mind with this one! Coming in around 9%, 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. Then we took a small portion and added sweet cherries to add something special to an already stellar beer! This is a Yeastie Beastie member-exclusive beer.  After member allotment of two bottles each, we only have 6o bottles left.  If you think you might want an extra… don’t wait… these beers won’t be around long.

11% - Dark Sour with Cherry

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

Salted Plum

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

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

Crooked IPA

Festive Christmas-style Red IPA.

8% - Holiday Red 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

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. Salted Cucumber
  2. Pickle Rick – Unmistakably Awesome
  3. Ocean Beach Passion Fruit
  4. Ocean Peach Sour
  5. Echoes of Muscat
  6. Petite Sirah Wine Grape Sour
  7. Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) – A Funky Wine Grape Sour
  8. Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Exploring the Spaces in Between
  9. Winner Winner … Liquid Dinner!
  10. Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour
  11. Grilled Pineapple Wild Ale
  12. Salted Plum
  13. Crooked IPA
  14. Up the Hill Hazy IPA
  15. Bike Lane Lager
  16. War Zone IPA

RJB – Brettanomyces Conditioned w/ Blueberry and Cab Franc

Rebecca Jungreis-Brager… called 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. 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. 

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

Mango Fett (Mango & Jalepeño)

Back by popular demand!

Brewed in honor of our favorite Bounty Hunter… Overripe Mango chunks were added to our 12-month barrel-aged golden ale and allowed to rest for an additional 3 months. We then added fresh Jalepeño and a dash of Sea Salt. Mango Fett delivers a tart and refreshing flavor with just a hint of Jalepeño that reminds you that this bounty hunter is hot on your trail.

This beer is available onsite only.  No bottles are available.

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

The Mangolorian

The Mangolorian – This is the way!

The Mangolorian was blended with a restrained acidity to showcase all the flavors.   We placed a hefty amount of Fresh Mango and a bit of Local Honey to create a natural sweetness.  We then added a delicate amount of Ginger to the mix which created a tropical tea-like flavor.

We added The Mangolorian to our Rebel Alliance Team… we weren’t really sure if he would be a good guy or a bad guy…but since he is looking out for Baby Yoda…we figured he was fighting on the right side.

This beer is available onsite only.  No bottles are available.

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

Jabba the Hopp w/ Citra Hop

The most notorious gangster in the galaxy… Jabba the Hopp has placed a large bounty on Han SoLoquat. To lure him back to Tatooine, he has brewed a Golden Ale and Aged it in Oak for 12 months.

Jabba then added Citra Hops, giving the ale an intense citrus flavor, which Han SoLoquat finds irresistible. The trap has been set…

We only have (80) 500ml Bottles of Jabba the Hopp with Citra Hop available, so make sure to reserve yours today.  Beers are available for pickup on May 4th.

Pickup Only.

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

May the Force Be With Yuzu

This is the beer that started it all for our May the Fourth event last year.

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.

We only have (80) 500ml Bottles of May the Force Be With yuzu available, so make sure to reserve yours today.  Beers are available for pickup on May 4th.

Pickup Only.

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

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)

Jabba the Hopp w/ Kohatu Hops

The most notorious gangster in the galaxy… Jabba the Hopp has placed a large bounty on Han SoLoquat.

To lure him back to Tatooine, he has brewed a Golden Ale and Aged it in Oak for 12 months. Jabba then added Kohatu Hops, giving the ale a pleasant tropical fruit and pineapple flavor, which Han SoLoquat finds irresistible.

We only have (60) 500ml Bottles of Jabba the Hopp with Kohatu Hop available, so make sure to reserve yours today.  Beers are available for pickup on May 4th.

Pickup Only.

5% - | 5oz $4 | 10oz $8
  1. RJB – Brettanomyces Conditioned w/ Blueberry and Cab Franc
  2. C3P Orange
  3. Mango Fett (Mango & Jalepeño)
  4. The Mangolorian
  5. Padme Almond-ala
  6. Jabba the Hopp w/ Citra Hop
  7. May the Force Be With Yuzu
  8. Chewboocha – Kombucha Sour Ale
  9. ImPEARial Stormtrooper
  10. Jabba the Hopp w/ Kohatu Hops