OUR HANDCRAFTED BEERS
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
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"
132 MEYERS ST. SUITE 120 CHICO, CA 95928
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
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
Favorite Hobby: Cooking
Favorite Beer: Moonracker YoJo
Favorite Quote: "When In Rome"
Favorite Band: Pearl Jam
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
TAPS AROUND TOWN
(Listed in Alphabetical Order, Availability Varies)
Round Table Pizza Clubhouse (Throughout the Northstate)
15th St. Cafe
Smoking' Mo's BBQ
The Chico Taproom
The Handle Bar
The Lost Dutchman
The Pour House
The Raw Bar
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)
Gold Country Casino
Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen
Burgers & Brews
Yuba City & Colusa
The Happy Viking (Yuba City)
Rocco’s On The River (Colusa)
The Tap Room @ ColUSA (Colusa)
Diving Dog (Oakland)
The Good Hop (Oakland)
The Beer Hall (San Francisco)
The Hop Grenade (Concord)
The Rake at Admiral Maltings (Alameda)