Preserve the Wild with Gunwhale!

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Gunwhale holds the line between the European farmhouse tradition and the bold, West Coast styles that California made famous. They call these "Coastal Ales", evoking the untamed coastline and the expansiveness of the ocean to replace the rolling hills and plains of the inland farms. The same isolation and rugged terrain that inspired the farmhouse style is found on the open ocean, and against the rugged coastline of California. 

Gunwhale Ales push hops, yeast, and unexpected malt bills toward new territory that captures the spirit of our region. As shown in it's history, California remains a place of cultural and culinary diversity, and the beer they make will reflect a balanced influence of local flavor. Their beer is both delicate and robust - layered flavors, slightly unpredictable yeast strains, wild bacteria, and hybrid styles that evoke a native, adventurous spirit. But they will all be produced with a technical edge that elicits praise for their quality, mouthfeel, and aromatics that draw in the discerning beer drinker. They will often sound familiar but with surprising expectations. 

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BAIT BALL

IPA (Unfiltered)

An unfiltered and modern West Coast Style IPA, pale gold in color. Brewed with 2 Row, Pilsner, and Wheat. It is medium bodied and heavily dry hopped with over 2.5 lbs per barrel of Simcoe, Citra, and accented with Mosaic for hints of tropical and citrus flavors. Crisp and dry with moderate hop bitterness and medium carbonation. A "bait ball" is a swarm of fish, leading to a feeding frenzy for larger fish and fisherman alike. ABV: 6.6%

SURFBIRD

California Golden Ale

A pale gold and clear beer, this California Golden Ale was brewed to be an easy drinker. It has aroma of honey malt, and citrus, with a light body very low foral/herbal bitterness finish. It drinks very clean and crisp, softly balanced towards malt and finishes dry. A "Surfbird" is a migratory bird found often along the Southern California coast. ABV: 7.8%

ORANGEWOOD

Hazy IPA

A fully opaque Hazy IPA, built for those who love a creamsicle style juice bomb. Notes of citrus, tropical pineapple/papaya, and vanilla cake sweetness. A bit of Chinook in the whirlpool followed by a double dry hop of Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra hops. Medium bodied with a rocky head, a pillowy mouthfeel and low carbnonation. Smooth and refreshing. ABV 6.6%