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LIVE AND DRINK OFF THE BEATEN PATH

HANDCRAFTED BEER - CHICO, CA

 
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OUR HANDCRAFTED BEERS

ON TAP

Delta Breeze  Kolsch

An easy drinking & refreshing authentic Kolsch. Crafted with German pilsner malt & noble hops from the Hallertau Valley. The Kolsch yeast gives it just a touch of  tartness and a very dry finish.

5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs

Bout It!, Bout It! Northeast Double IPA

This juicy double NE IPA serenades you first with a song of island fruit and white sand beaches. Eventually the pineapple and mango give way to sticky sun-ripened stone fruit and rounded citrus notes from the heavy helping of Citra and El Dorado dry hop additions. Semi-sweet nectar and 100% pulp-OJ dance with your palate like a playful wave at low-tide while the silky malt bill holds strong against their advances. The finish is hoppy but not bitter, rich but not filling and begs only one question.... Are you 'Bout it 'Bout it?

8,6% ABV, 51 IBUs

Summer Gleam Cream Ale

This is light-bodied, refreshing summer session ale. It pours straw colored and clear with a bright white head.  Cascade hops provide just enough flavor and a bitterness to balance the light malt presence.  The finish is dry, making it very crushable.

5.3% ABV, 17 IBUs

Hazy Trail Northeastern IPA

This Northeast inspired IPA boasts a soft malt character and a juicy hop profile. This unfiltered IPA highlights the berry/melon aromas of a relatively new hop Huell Melon, as well as the fruity flavors and aromas of Mosaic hops. Flaked Rye, Wheat, and Oats provide an extraordinary drinking experience.

6.8% ABV, 61 IBUs

Lights Out  Baltic Porter

This is a dark, rich, and substantial Porter.  The flavor is complex and smooth with a moderate level of malty sweetness, and some roasted character that stops well short of burnt or harsh.  This beer has a lot of body and a fair amount of alcohol, so it makes the perfect winter sipper. 

8.0% ABV, 30 IBUs

Bourbon Barrel Aged Lights Out w/ Vanilla Baltic Porter

This is a dark, rich, bourbon barrel aged version of our Baltic Porter that also has vanilla beans added.  The flavor is complex and smooth with a moderate level of malt and vanilla derived sweetness. It also has flavors of dark, dried fruit, coffee, chocolate, molasses and smoke, layered deep within the oak and bourbon flavors.

7.8% ABV, 31 IBUs 

Charlie & the Pastry Factory  Imperial Stout w/ Cacao and Almonds

This decadent pastry stout highlights bold chocolate and espresso notes with a nutty almond character from the addition of local Maisie Janes almonds. It has a rich full body from lactose, 8 pounds of toasted cacao nibs and over 20 pounds of Ghirardelli Dutch cocoa powder. It contains Tiramisu flavoring as well. The finish is that of a chocolate-covered espresso bean. (Note: Contains lactose & almonds) 

9.0% ABV, 51 IBUs

Zephyr Weisse  Berliner Weisse

Dubbed the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleons troops this refreshingly sour wheat beer is the antidote to vicious Northern California heat. Brewed with Pilsner and wheat malt it finishes dry with a clean lactic acidity reminiscent of Lemonade.

4.0% ABV, 6 IBUs

Corker English Brown Ale

As defined by The Cambridge Dictionary a "corker" is something extremely good or pleasant and this beer is no exception. Beautiful ruddy brown hues eminate like the seasoned bricks of Downtown Chico while a thin off-tan head laces the glass. The aroma is toasty, bready and nutty with hints of turbinado sugar and earthy english hops. Lightly steeped earl grey tea finds your palate first but the symbiotic trio of toast, bread, and nutty flavors usher you to a semi-dry finish and ultimately the satisfaction that can only come from a "corker" of a beer.

4.7% ABV, 25 IBUs

Ryed On American Rye Ale

This summer sipper is a callback to the early days of craft-beer when nearly every brewery produced an American Wheat Beer. Our take on this retired trend contains 30% rye malt and classic American C-hops, namely cascade and centennial, both in the brewing process and in dry-hop. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth and the aroma is full of rye-spice, pine, citrus, and bready qualities that all help to contribute to an approachable yet complex beer.

5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs

Electric Oats American IPA

An extremely well-balanced American IPA with lots of tropical fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. This beer is dry-hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. It has a nice malt backbone that balances out the West Coast bitterness.

6.9% ABV, 61 IBUs

Alt-Hund Altbier

One of the few Ale styles to survive the spread of the Lager across Germany this style is known for its relative fruity fermentation characteristics and increased hop use. Alt-hund translates to "old-dog" and is brewed with this style in mind but with more generous hop additions including 1 round of Huell Melon dry hops. The aroma is hoppy and fruit-forward, while the flavor is that of richly layered German specialty malts balanced by a lingering noble hop bitterness. This dry-hopped German red-ale proves that you really can teach and old-dog new tricks.

5.9% ABV, 55 IBUs

Fest-Hund Octoberfest

Originally brewed in the spring at the end of the German brewing season, the 'festbier' was intended to be stored through the summer and served in the fall at the start of Oktoberfest; not always willing to shirk tradition we indulged our nostalgia and followed suit. After 4 cold months in our cellar we are pleased to release this malty German lager to the masses. Munich, Vienna, and German Pilsner malts provide a characterful yet clean base rich in toffee, honey, and notes of caramel, this base is balanced by a subtle bitterness from the use of Hallertau-grown German hops. 

5.6% ABV, 23 IBUs

Squeegee Double IPA

The rich color and the initial sweetness come from the generous use of Crystal and Munich malts and is followed by a moderate hop bitterness. We use six varieties of hops in the kettle and in double dry-hopping. The hops provide citrus, pine, and tropical fruit flavors and aromas.

9,0% ABV, 93 IBUs

Explorer Series Release

 

Weekly limited releases, part of our "Off the Beaten Path" taproom only releases.

During Chico Beer Week, we will have daily rotational Explorer Series brews. Come to the taproom and ask for the daily brew.

 

IN THE FERMENTERS

 

 

 

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THE TAPROOM

Chico's first Taproom, located in the new beverage district in South Chico.

 


Secret Trail Brewing Company is an artisan craft brewery. STBC is a collaboration of Charlie Barrett, Michelle Barrett & Jesse Fischer. We seek to be a community-focused, locally- sourced brewery making both the classic styles and original innovations. We have a 3,200Sq Ft. 15-barrel production brewery & tasting room located in the up-and-coming beverage district located in the Barber area of South Chico. Our beers are created by Charlie Barrett, our Head Brewer, & Jake Dickman, our Assistant Brewer. 

Our Taproom was created to be inviting & comfortable. Jesse Fischer, Michelle Barrett & our staff will welcome you into a rustic-modern, environment to enjoy our craft beers. Kids & dogs are welcome. With our push to change the city code for allowance of taprooms within manufacturing zones, we are the first of the newest movement of small craft breweries with taprooms, in Chico. We hope other established & future beverage production facilities, within the city limits, will harness the ability to grow the craft movement of beer, distilled spirits, & ciders. 

We aim to make the highest quality, freshest beer possible for Chico and beyond. Remember to "Live and Drink Off the Beaten Path"
 

 

Phone

(530) 487-8151

 

Location

132 MEYERS ST. SUITE 120 CHICO, CA 95928

Hours: 

MON  3p-9p

TUE   CLOSED

WED  3p=9p

THU   3p-9p

FRI     11a-10p

SAT    11a-10p

SUN    11a-7p

Video & Music by @seanmartintunes

 
 
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OUR TEAM

 
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CHARLIE BARRETT - OWNER/Head BREWER

Favorite Hobby: Body Surfing
Favorite Beer:  Chimay White
Favorite Quote: "Seize the Day"  
Favorite Band: Led Zeppelin

MICHELLE BARRETT - OWNER/ADMINISTRATION    

Favorite Hobby: Gardening
Favorite Beer:  Secret Trail's Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Porter
Favorite Quote: "If you fail to plan you plan to fail".
Favorite Band: The Beatles

 

 

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JESSE FISCHER - Owner/Operations

Favorite Hobby: Mountain Biking/Chilling in a Pub.
Favorite Beer: Alpine Duet
Favorite Quote: "I want to Rock n' Roll all night and part of every day". 
Favorite Band: Big Head Todd & The Monsters

JODY FISCHER

Favorite Hobby: Cooking  
Favorite Beer: Moonracker YoJo
Favorite Quote: "When In Rome"
Favorite Band: Pearl Jam

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JAKE DICKMAN - Assistant Brewer

Favorite Hobby: Besides Brewing? Traveling with my wife, playing guitar and reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, favorite style is currently Lagers. 
Favorite Quote: "Goddamit baby, you know I ain't lying to you" - David Lee Roth
Favorite Band: Jimmy Eat World/The Eagles

 

 
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TAPS AROUND TOWN

(Listed in Alphabetical Order, Availability Varies)

B St. Public House (Chico)

Beer Revolution (Oakland)

Burgers & Brews (Chico)

Butte Co. Wine Company (Oroville)

Crush (Chico)

Diver Dog Brewhouse (Oakland)

East Coast Pub & Grill (Orland)

Farm Star Pizza (Chico)

Farwood Bar And Grill (Orland)

Firehouse Pizza (Red Bluff)

Hudson’s Gastropub (Chico)

Japanese Blossoms (Chico)

Keg Room (Oroville)

LaSalles (Chico)

Mountain Mike's Pizza (Paradise)

Naked Lounge (Chico)

Pop's Pizza (Chico)

Round Table Pizza Clubhouse (Throughout the Northstate)

Smoking' Mo's BBQ (Chico)

Tahoe AleWorX (South Lake Tahoe)

The Chico Taproom (Chico)

The Exchange (Oroville)

The Good Hop (Oakland)

The Happy Viking (Yuba City)

The Pour House (Chico)

Unwined (Chico)

 Westside Wines (Redding)

Winchester Goose (Chico)

Woodstock’s Pizza (Chico)