Karl Strauss Brewing Company

San Diego, CA

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  • Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

    Porter · 5.6% ABV

    Brewed for San Diego Beer Week 2012 An English-style Brown Porter brewed with organic peanut powder, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans.
  • Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale

    IPA · 5.5% ABV

    Mosaic Session Ale is bursting with vibrant grapefruit aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit.
  • Karl Strauss Endless Summer Light

    Pale Lager · 3.4% ABV

    A blend of Vienna malts and pale barley give this flavorful low-calorie lager a firm malt center and golden color. Noble Saaz hops provide a subtle hop character and crisp clean finish.
  • Karl Strauss Tower 10

    IPA · 7.0% ABV

    We fill the brew kettle to the brim with assertive Chinook hops, giving the beer its intense grapefruit and pine flavors that linger through its dry finish.
  • Karl Strauss Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen

    German Hefeweizen · 5.1% ABV

    There are wheat beers that need dressing up, and there are those that don’t. Windansea Wheat is the latter...
  • Karl Strauss Plead the 5th English Barleywine

    Barley Wine · 12.5% ABV

    A British-style barleywine brewed for Phileas Foggs in celebration of their fifth year in business.
  • Karl Strauss Amber

    Vienna Lager · 4.5% ABV

    Brewed in small batches since 1989, Karl Strauss Amber remains San Diego’s original session beer.
  • Karl Strauss Wreck Alley

    Imperial Stout · 9.0% ABV

    Beneath the tides off Mission Beach rests Wreck Alley – a dark and mysterious seascape of forgotten ships.
  • Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

    Double IPA · 9.0% ABV

    Abundant imported New Zealand hops give this medium-bodied ale fruity citrus and white grape-like flavors over a firm maltiness.
  • Karl Strauss Follow the Sun

    Pilsner · 4.8% ABV

    Brewed with Noble hops and traditional malts. Bright and refreshing, this beer finishes clean and crisp.
  • Karl Strauss San Diego Beer Week Peanut Butter Cup Porter

    Porter · 5.6% ABV

    A peanut butter cup porter? Sounds crazy! Crazy delicious that is. This year's San Diego Beer Week special release is an English style Brown Porter brewed with peanut powder and cocoa nibs...
  • Karl Strauss Five Wee Heavy Bells

    Scotch Ale · 9.5% ABV

    A traditional Scotch Ale aged on Scotch-soaked American Oak chips for a big, complex, winter warmer.
  • Karl Strauss Queen of Tarts

    Sour Ale · 6.3% ABV

    Queen of Tarts is a complex, dark ruby sour with a slight roastiness and tart cherry finish.
  • Karl Strauss Off The Rails

    American Strong Ale · 8.5% ABV

    After brewing our award-winning Red Trolley Ale for more than two decades, we decided to raise the stakes...
  • Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary

    Flanders Red Ale · 7.5% ABV

    Keeping with Flemish tradition, our 24th Anniversary Ale is an expertly blended combination of oak barrel-aged and freshly fermented sour red ales.
  • Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale

    American Pale Ale · 5.3% ABV

    As far as hops go, Pintail Pale Ale offers the best of both hemispheres...
  • Karl Strauss + Russian River New California

    IPA · 6.5% ABV

    Collaboration IPA with Russian River, brewed with Pahto, Strata, Ekuanot, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops.
  • Karl Strauss Tower 20

    Double IPA · 9.5% ABV

    A bolder, hoppier version of fan-favorite Tower 10 IPA.
  • Karl Strauss Two Tortugas

    Quadrupel · 11.1% ABV

    This Belgian-inspired Quadruple Ale has a delicate union of toffee, dark fruits, and warming spices that will continue to develop with age.
  • Karl Strauss Woodie Gold

    Pilsner · 4.6% ABV

    Woodie Gold is a nod to a classic European lager. We use noble Saaz hops for the spicy floral aroma and soft hop bitterness true to authentic Czech pilsners. A base of bread-like malt flavors from the finest pale barley provide a delicate balance.
  • Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary

    Belgian Strong Ale · 12.5% ABV

    This full-bodied ale has dark fruit and caramel flavors, with hints of bourbon and toasted oak. The warm finish makes this beer perfect for celebrating, whether it’s your first anniversary or your 26th.
  • Karl Strauss 27th Anniversary

    Russian Imperial Stout · 13.0% ABV

    A full-bodied Imperial Stout with an abundance of darkly kilned malts and a decadent helping of cocoa nibs. Aging for a year in American oak bourbon barrels brings out rich layers of smooth toasted oak and warming bourbon.
  • Karl Strauss 30th Anniversary

    Russian Imperial Stout · 14.4% ABV

    A BIG Russian Imperial Stout barrel-aged in Rye Whiskey barrels
  • Karl Strauss American Craft Beer Week Rye IPA

    Rye IPA · 7.6% ABV

    A spicy Rye IPA brewed to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. Rye malts lend a zesty spice, while Ahtanum hops provide a floral aroma and citrus hop bitterness that lingers through the finish.
  • Karl Strauss + Beachwood Riders On The Storm

    IPA · 7.0% ABV

    This West Coast IPA overflowing with tropical, floral, and citrus aromas from Amarillo and Mosaic hops.
  • Karl Strauss Blackball

    Belgian IPA · 8.5% ABV

    When checkered blackball flags dot the California coastline, experienced surfers migrate to advanced breaks where strangers to the sport dare not. Blackball is a Belgian-inspired India Pale Ale with a robust West Coast hop profile.
  • Karl Strauss Columbia Street

    Amber Ale · 4.5% ABV

    Imported Munich malts give Columbia Street Amber its deep bronze color, smooth body, and crisp toasted flavor.
  • Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls

    Tripel · 9.0% ABV

    A robutst Belgian style strong ale with orange citrus flavors and a spicy aroma. Amarillo and Mount Rainier hops balance out the Vienna malt character. The finish is dry and warm, perfect for those “chilly” San Diego winters.
  • Karl Strauss Fruited peach Kettle Sour

    Sour Ale · 4.2% ABV

    practice what you peach
  • Karl Strauss Isomerizer

    IPA · 7.0% ABV

    A single hop IPA brewed with Mosaic hops. Aromas of passion fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit are backed by subtle flavors of cracked wheat.
  • Karl Strauss Red Trolley

    Irish Red Ale · 5.8% ABV

    Red Trolley Ale is a medium-bodied beer with heavyweight malts. We brew it with a half ton of caramelized malts for a rich copper color and toffee flavor.
  • Karl Strauss Special Reserve Doppelbock

    Doppelbock · 9.5% ABV

    25 years in the brewing industry. It takes a pair. A pair of guys who know how to build a brewery with character. For such a momentous anniversary, we needed to go all out...
  • Karl Strauss Under the Stairs

    American Wild Ale · 6.0% ABV

    Passion fruit aged 23 months in American Oak Barrels
  • Karl Strauss Under the Stairs Chamoy

    American Wild Ale · 7.1% ABV

    A wild Amber sour ale with plum, tamarind, and ancho chili peppers.
  • Coronado + Karl Strauss Core Values

    IPA · 6.8% ABV

    West Coast IPA with Pacific Northwest Apples. Hop forward like a West Coast IPA and finishes dry with a hint of crisp apple.
  • Device + Karl Strauss Into the Strata-Sphere

    IPA · 6.5% ABV

    Brewed in collaboration and friendship with the great people at Karl Strauss.
  • Karl Strauss 10 Beers for Breakfast

    Stout · 6.9% ABV

    Flavors of caramelized sugar, sweet chocolate, and roasted espresso are backed by a creamy, full body.
  • Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary

    Old Ale · 12.2% ABV

    Our 23rd Anniversary Old Ale is indeed “old ale,” after spending a full year in American oak bourbon barrels. The result is an unblended and unmistakably complex strong ale with rich layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, warming bourbon, and toasted oak
  • Karl Strauss 8merry Mermen

    Triple IPA · 10.8% ABV

  • Karl Strauss 9 Bonfires Blazing

    White Stout · 7.5% ABV

    Brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, and rolled oats (but without roasted barley!), it is blonde in color but has all the aromas and flavors of a bold stout.
  • Karl Strauss + AleSmith In The Blink Of An IPA

    IPA · 6.4% ABV

    Introducing Blink of an IPA, brewed for our San Diego collaboration festival, Collabapalooza. Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, El Dorado, and BRU-1 experimental hops lend flavors of pear, watermelon, and pineapple.
  • Karl Strauss Back in Black

    Imperial Stout · 11.5% ABV

    A blend of handful ingredients like a wee bit of milk sugar, a lil fresh roasted Café Calabria Coffee, a secret and spicy chili pepper blend and fresh cacao...
  • Karl Strauss Barrel Aged Wreck Alley

    Russian Imperial Stout · 12.9% ABV

    All of Wreck Alley Imperial Stout’s dark chocolate and espresso-like roast, left to age in Tennessee Whiskey barrels for an entire year. Strong, refined, and damn tasty.
  • Karl Strauss Belgian Trippel

    Tripel · 9.0% ABV

    Abbey Tripel
  • Karl Strauss Bird Rock

    Golden Ale · 7.5% ABV

  • Karl Strauss Boardwalk

    Black IPA · 7.8% ABV

    Chocolate Rye Malt and Roasted Barley add complex spicy and roasted notes, while Willamette hops provide the vibrant floral aroma and hop character. Keep Boardwalk out of the cellar, this offering is best enjoyed fresh.
  • Karl Strauss Brewers Dozen Imperial Cookie Stout

    Imperial Stout · 10.5% ABV

    Brewer’s Dozen Imperial Cookie Stout is whiskey barrel aged and brewed with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans...
  • Karl Strauss + Burgeon Bohemian Grove IPA

    IPA · 7.0% ABV

    Deep in the woods lies a secret hideout, an escape for artists and dreamers and adventurers. Legend has it, two brewers formed a sacred alliance there and crafted a powerful elixir...
  • Karl Strauss Conquistador

    Doppelbock · 8.0% ABV

    Deep clear red color, roasted malt balanced with a little hop finish. Tasty!
  • Karl Strauss Controlled Chaos

    Gose · 4.5% ABV

    Apricot Gose
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About the brewery

Karl was very active in the brewing community throughout his life. He was president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (1961-1963) and founder and director of the Museum of Beer and Brewing in Milwaukee. San Diego’s oldest operating brewery, sharing craft beer with America’s finest since 1989.

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