Welcome to California Wild Ales


California Wild Ales was born out of our love of funky, sour beer. Having grown tired of the hop wars, we set our sights on producing something different using old world brewing techniques.

Here at California Wild Ales, we are committed to delivering complex barrel aged sour beers.

In order to achieve our standard for the highest quality beer, we will age the beer until it is ready, both in oak barrels and the bottles, no exceptions. This method may take longer but rest assured it will be worth the wait.

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Our beer recipes are carefully crafted by our head brewer/blender.  We then coordinate contract brews with some of the best breweries in San Diego to brew our wort (unfermented beer). We then bring it back to our barrel house where we ferment and age our beer in different oak barrels (American, French, and Hungarian) to round out the beer and create different layers of complexity. This depth is produced only through an extensive barrel aging process. When the beer tells us it is ready, it is time for the blending process. Finally, after blending and allowing the bottle to re-ferment, we leave it to bottle condition for a few more months to allow the funk to really reach its peak.

Gose Loco

Our California Wild Ale Gose is aged in tequila barrels with Lime Juice, Salt, and Coriander for 4 months.  Our California Wild Ale Gose aged tequila flavor will be the perfect compliment to your next fiesta.

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Our California Wild Golden Sour ale is fermented and aged in freshly emptied Cabernet and Pinot Noir barrels that will rest for at least 1 year and will be bottle conditioned for at least 3 months to allow the funk to really develop.

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We would love to connect with those who have a love for the funk and for  delicious barrel-aged sour beer. We will be organizing several events around Southern California including Beer Tastings, Art/ Gallery Showings, Food Pairings with Bottle Sharing… and much more.

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May 15, 2018

91X Beers for Breakfast

We had a great time on 91X Beers for Breakfast. The segment was hosted by Paul and Danielle and things got a little funky.  We loved that we were able to share…

June 2, 2017

San Diego City Beat

This article was written by Beth Demmon and originally published in San Diego City Beat Despite significant delays resulting in late entry into an already crowded craft beer scene, California…

June 2, 2017

The First Contract Brew

Get by with a little help from your friends. As most of you are aware, our brewery model is built following in the footsteps of breweries such and The Rare…