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LIVE AND DRINK OFF THE BEATEN PATH

HANDCRAFTED BEER - CHICO, CA

 
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OUR HANDCRAFTED BEERS

ON TAP

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?

8,3% ABV, 51 IBUs

Hazy Trail Hazy 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.

6.7% ABV, 61 IBUs

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

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

Nitro Lights Out w/ Tiramisu Baltic Porter

8.0% ABV, 30 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

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.

5.3% ABV, 37 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

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

New Leif American Pale Ale

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

(6.1% ABV, 43 IBUs)

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hands Across the Pond Barleywine

We took our collaboration with our mates at Brittish Bulldog Brewery and Bourbon Barrel-aged it. Originally 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 oak-aged barleywine is rich in notes of brown sugar, toffee, and bourbon with sweet vanilla tones from the american oak. The layered malt flavor is balanced by the firm bitterness from the American hops and allows the oak/bourbon character to play along side without dominating. Drink slowly and allow the glass to warm as the days and nights do the opposite.

10.2% 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

Lunar Blackout Imperial Stout

This is the very first batch of beer ever brewed by us!! We set aside 2 half barrel kegs for this one-year anniversary party. Brewed with tons of chocolate malt & roasted barley. Full bodied & slightly sweet. The malt flavor is rich, complex & balanced nicely with a generous amount of Horizon & East Kent Goldings hops.

8.2% ABV, 58 IBUs

You Got Peanut Butter On My Baltic Baltic Porter w/ Peanut Butter

This is our renowned Baltic Porter flavored with peanut butter.

7.8% ABV, 31 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.

6.8% ABV, 61 IBU’s

Barrel Aged Corker English Brown Ale in Oak

This is our barrel-aged version of our English Brown Ale. Ruddy brown hues emanate while a thin off-tan head laces the glass. The aroma is oaky but is also bready and nutty, with hints of turbinado sugar and earthy english hops. Tastes of American oak followed by toasty, bready, and nutty flavors and ends with a semi-dry finish.

4.7% ABV, 25 IBU’s

Explorer Series Release

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

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

 
 
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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)

15th St. Cafe (Chico)

Argus Bar (Chico)

B St. Public House (Chico)

Beach Hut (Chico)

Burger Hut ((Chico (Cohasset Location))

Burgers & Brews (Chico)

Cafe Coda (Chico)

Craft Beer Vault (Rocklin)

East Coast Pub & Grill (Orland)

Farm Star Pizza (Chico)

Farwood Bar And Grill (Orland)

Fast Eddies (Chico)

Folsom Tap House & Kitchen (Folsom)

Gold Country Casino (Oroville)

Hop House (El Dorado Hills)

Hudson’s Gastropub (Chico)

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

Japanese Blossoms (Chico)

Jersey’s Clips & Brews (Chico)

Keg Room (Oroville)

LaSalles (Chico)

Leon Bistro (Chico)

Maltese Bar (Chico)

Mama Celeste’s (Paradise)

Maxwells Eatery (Redding)

Momona (Chico)

Mountain Mike's Pizza (Paradise)

Oasis Bar & Grill (Chico)

Parkside Taphouse (Chico)

Pop's Pizza (Chico)

Quacker’s (Chico)

Red Tavern Bistro (Chico)

Rivers Edge Pub (Chico)

Rocco’s On The River (Colusa)

Round Table Pizza Clubhouse (Throughout the Northstate)

Samuel Horne’s (Folsom)

Smoking' Mo's BBQ (Chico)

Sutter Sports Club (Folsom)

Tender Loving Coffee (Chico)

The Banshee (Chico)

The Chico Taproom (Chico)

The Commons (Chico)

The Exchange (Oroville)

The Handle Bar (Chico)

The Happy Viking (Yuba City)

The Lab (Chico)

The Lost Dutchman (Chico)

The Pour House (Chico)

The Raw Bar (Chico)

University Bar (Chico)

Unwined (Chico)

Urban Fresh Fuel (Chico)

 Westside Wines (Redding)

Winchester Goose (Chico)

Wine Time (Chico)