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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 and refreshing authentic Kolsch.  German pilsner malt & noble hops from the Hallertau Valley are used in crafting this beer.  The Kolsch yeast gives it just a touch of tartness and a very dry finish.

5.2% ABV, 21 IBUs

Hazy Trail Hazy IPA

It has been said that not all who wander are lost, those wayfarers are undoubtedly trekking the Hazy Trail. Plump with the aromas of fresh-cut honeydew melons, thornless berry plants, and a chorus of tropical fruit, this hazy IPA boasts a soft malty footpath that ushers you further into a fog of fruity confusion. Eventually you succumb to the juicy surrender that leaves you unable and unwilling to see the path in front of you as all you can think about is your next sip with zero intention of turning back.

6.7% ABV, 60 IBUs

Secret Trail  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. 

7.8% ABV, 31 IBUs

Out Of Your Element Hazy Pale Ale

This Northeast-inspired Pale Ale is very well balanced between the malt and hops. The malt aromas and flavors of cereal and bread are balanced nicely by the aromas and flavors of the citrusy, earthy, and piney hops. The finish is dry and slightly tart, leaving you wanting more.

5.1% ABV, 34 IBUs 

‘Bout It!, ‘Bout It! Hazy Double IPA

Unabashedly juicy, this 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?

8.1% ABV, 50 IBUs

Hands Across The Pond Barleywine

In collaboration with our mates at Brittish Bulldog Brewery we sought to blend the highly-hopped American style of barleywine with the malt-complexity of it's English predecessor. Deep-copper to amber with a light-tan head and thick legs this barleywine is rich in notes of brown sugar, toffee, and brandy. Drink slowly and allow the glass to warm as the days and nights do the opposite.

10.1% ABV, 93 IBUs

Stark-Hund Dortmunder Export

This beer style comes to us from the Dortmund region of Germany, and it is brewed to “export strength”. “Stark-Hund” means “strong dog”, and this one will take you for a walk if you’re not on your toes, due to its exceptional smoothness and flavor. It pours a deep, clear gold color and has a beautiful persistent white head. The flavor starts off with a slight malty sweetness provide by the Admiral Maltings locally grown and malted Pilsner malt. The finish is dry with just a touch of German noble hop bitterness. Heel good doggie!

6.3% ABV, 26 IBUs

Zephyr Weisse Berliner Weisse

Dubbed the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleons troops this refreshingly sour wheat beer is a session-able alternative to a traditional winter ale. Brewed with Pilsner and wheat malt it finishes dry with a clean lactic acidity reminiscent of Lemonade.

3.9% ABV, 5 IBUs

Froh-Hund Vienna Lager

Brewed with 100% Admiral Maltings malt grown and malted right here in Northern California we have released yet another Hund into the pack of classic germanic styles. Froh Hund is our Vienna Lager and translates to Glad Dog. Bright, clear, clean and malt forward this lager aims to please with its approachable and delicate bready profile. It pours a beautiful hue of copper-amber layered beneath a pillowy off-white head that laces the glass effortlessley as you consume it.

5.2% ABV, 24 IBUs

Trail of Darkness American Porter

An American take on an English Porter. The malt aroma is high in chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Medium body with some residual sweetness from the English yeast. English hop varietals provide enough bitterness to balance the roasty malts in this smooth porter.

5.5% ABV, 42 IBUs

Helles Hund Munich Helles

This classic German lager pours light yellow-gold and brilliantly clear with a pillowy white head. Layers of clean pilsner malt emanate from the glass as a hint of German noble hops help round out this extremely clean beer. On the palate pilsner malt dominates again with a refreshing kick from the flowery, spicey German noble hops. Clean, sessionable, and true to style, this hund joins our pack of classic German styles.

5.3% ABV, 20

New Leif American Pale Ale

This American Pale Ale pours bright golden with a persistent white head from which familiar pine and citrus aromas emanate. Dry hopped with Centennial and fermented with Chico yeast this beer is not over complicated and lends itself to easy-drinking with it's balanced bitterness and dry but slightly bready malt character.

5.9% ABV, 43 IBUs

Winner, Winner Double IPA

Brewed with the top 3 contestants of our 'Chico Beer Week' Wort giveaway contest this Juice-forward DIPA is functionally the fraternal twin of 'Bout it! 'Bout it! our Hazy DIPA; however, we have emulated the fermentation schedule and dry-hop character of our winner Rob Rethans and produced this triple-dry-hopped DIPA. Dank notes of apricot, citrus juice, pine, and cantaloupe exude from a pillowy white head as a full bodied, orange-gold, hop-bomb, of a double IPA coats your palate and proclaims victory over your olfactory response system.

8.8% ABV, 68 IBUs

Ethi-Oak-Ian Coffee Baltic Porter on French Oak

Unapologetically bold and aromatic we are proud to pour this collaboration with our friends at Tender Loving Coffee. This blend of our Baltic Porter and our French-Oak-Aged Baltic porter was subsequently aged on light roasted, natural process, Ethiopian Coffee. Huge layers of dark dried fruit and pulpy red cherries all dipped in some sort of coffee/chocolate mixture scream at you from the glass as even more aggressive dry-roasty and nutty aromas bombard your senses. A nearly tannic oak expression lays the foundation for the aforementioned flavors, on your palate you find the same deep red fruits and roasty complexities alongside French oak and fleeting glimpses of red table wine.

8.3% ABV, 31 IBUs

Paradise Strong Strong Scotch Ale

Brewed in collaboration with the Paradise Homebrew Club this Strong Scotch Ale is brimming with aromas of dried fruit, brown sugar and smoke. It pours tawney-brown with auburn-red highlights and a thick off-white that head releases plumes of dates, raisins, overripe pomme fruit, and brown sugar. On the palate it is full of the same brown sugar notes with the addition of toffee followed by expressions of peat-smoke and dried fruit in tandem. The Scotch ale is meant to be strong, much like the resolve of all those who have been affected by the Camp Fire. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Camp Fire Fund.

8.3% ABV, 25 IBUs

Explorer Series Release

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

Branching Out American Pale Ale

Made simply for drinking this American Pale Ale pours bright golden with a persistent white head from which familiar pine and citrus aromas emanate. Dry hopped with Centennial and Cascade, and fermented with Chico yeast this beer is not over complicated and lends itself to easy-drinking with it's balanced bitterness and dry but slightly bready malt character.

5.9%, 43 IBUs

IN THE FERMENTERS

Highland Trail Scottish Export

Squeegee Double IPA

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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   3p-9p

WED  3p=9p

THU   3p-9p

FRI     11a-10p

SAT    11a-10p

SUN    11a-7p

 
 
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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)

Round Table Pizza Clubhouse (Throughout the Northstate)

Chico

15th St. Cafe

Argus Bar

B St. Public House

Beach Hut

Bill’s Towne Lounge

Burger Hut Cohasset Location

Burgers & Brews

Cafe Coda

Farm Star Pizza

Fast Eddies

Hudson’s Gastropub

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q (Both Locations)

Japanese Blossoms

Jersey’s Clips & Brews

LaSalles

Leon Bistro

Madison Bear Garden

Maltese Bar

Momona

Oasis Bar & Grill

Parkside Taphouse

Quacker’s

Red Tavern Bistro

Smoking' Mo's BBQ

Taps Bar & Grill

Tender Loving Coffee

The Banshee

The Chico Taproom

The Commons

The Handle Bar

The Lab

The Lost Dutchman

The Pour House

The Raw Bar

Tres Hombres

University Bar

Unwined

Winchester Goose

Wine Time

Orland

East Coast Pub & Grill

Farwood Bar And Grill

Folsom, Rocklin & El Dorado Hills

Folsom Tap House & Kitchen (Folsom)

Samuel Horne’s (Folsom)

Sutter Sports Club (Folsom)

Craft Beer Vault (Rocklin)

Hop House (El Dorado Hills)

Oroville

Gold Country Casino

The Exchange

Keg Room

Red Bluff

Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen

Redding

Maxwells Eatery

Westside Wines

Sacramento

Burgers & Brews

Yuba City & Colusa

The Happy Viking (Yuba City)

Rocco’s On The River (Colusa)

The Tap Room @ ColUSA (Colusa)

Bay Area

Diving Dog (Oakland)

The Good Hop (Oakland)

The Beer Hall (San Francisco)

The Hop Grenade (Concord)

The Rake at Admiral Maltings (Alameda)