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Mraz Brewing Company never wanted to have a set lineup of beers. From our American-style ales to our Belgian-inspired beers, we pride ourselves on offering an ever-changing variety of distinct beers made with the most exceptional and unique ingredients. To date, we have brewed over 100 different beers. Following are a selection of beers that we have made over the last 3 years.
3 Berry American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is juicy, refreshing, and very tart. Additions of blackberry, raspberry, and boysenberry give this beer an amazing bright purple color and vibrant fruit flavor.
510 Pale Ale
This beer should be called IPA light. Low on the malt flavor and big on the hop character, this is a great beer for drinking all day long. It is dry-hopped with Falconer's Flight giving it great aromatics and nice hop flavor. 510 was one of our very first beers ever made, so it is named after our suite number. Yes, we were VERY creative back then......yeeeahhh, not so much.
The deep mahogany color of this beer is deceiving as it is such a smooth and easy-drinking brew. It has a hint of caramel sweetness, lots of roast characteristic, and a nice dry finish. If you're looking for heavy malt character and minimal hop bitterness, this is the beer for you.
American Brown Ale
Brew a nice, well-balanced American Brown Ale, dry-hop it like an IPA with Simcoe hops, your end result is this delicious brew. Vibrant aroma from the chocolate malt and heavy dry-hop, but still smooth and easy-drinking. This was going to be a one time brew, but was such a hit that we will brew it again and again.
Apricotversary American Sour
This collaboration beer with Doyle's Pub and Taproom was brewed for their 1st Anniversary and our 4th Anniversary. Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is light, easy-drinking and nicely tart. The additions of apricot, peach and purple plum give this beer an amazing aroma and vibrant fruit flavor.
Barrel-Aged Window of Opportunity
This beer begins as our Window of Opportunity Belgian Tripel and is then sent into Chardonnay barrels for 6 months. The end result is a beautiful light orange brew with the balance of spice, a touch of alcohol sweetness, and a hint of Chardonnay and oak.
Belgian White Ale
This Witbier is made to be a refreshing brew enjoyed all year long, but especially in Summer. Light in body, with just a hint of tartness, this is one of our most easy-drinking beers. The traditional Belgian spices come through nicely to round out the flavor and aromatics.
Blueberry American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is juicy, refreshing, and very tart. The addition of heaps of blueberries give this beer an amazing bright purple color and vibrant fruit flavor.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Pot Porter
This beer has a little bit of everything! Coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and more. This beer starts out as our Imperial Porter, a nice rich brew. We then age this beer in bourbon barrels for 2 months. Then, to finish it off, we add a light aromatic coffee from a local coffee roaster straight into the barrel. The end result is a culmination of coffee, beer, and bourbon. Three of the best things in life!
Bourbon Barrel-Aged El Guapo Negro
El Guapo Negro was first brewed in 2016 for Pangaea Bier Cafe during Sacramento Beer Week. It was such a hit, that we decided we had to do a barrel-aged version for 2017. This beer begins as Operias Imperial Porter, a nice, rich, traditional brew. We then age it in bourbon barrels for 6 months with a handful of habaneros and vanilla beans. The end result is a complex brew with the rich flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a hint of heat on the finish. This may be a one-time brew, so make sure to try it while you can!
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Amber
This beer starts out as our Imperial Amber, a bigger and bolder version of our Amber Ale. It is then sent into bourbon barrels and a touch of Blis maple syrup is added to balance out the heat of the bourbon. We age this beer for 2-4 months and the end result is one of our most complex beers yet. The bourbon is certainly showcased in this beer, but it is balanced nicely by oak, roast, chocolate, and caramel notes making for a nice smooth finish.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Gift
A Belgian beer in a bourbon barrel? That's not something you see everyday, so we decided to give it a go! The Gift is our Imperial Golden Strong, a nice, rich Belgian brew. Since it is already such a big beer, we thought it could definitely hold its own in a bourbon barrel. We aged it just a couple months in barrel, to give it a hint of bourbon without being overpowering. The balance of fruit and a touch of sweetness from the base beer balance out the high abv and barrel nicely. It is one of our highest alcohol beers, but definitely doesn't drink like it. Be careful with this one, the first one will go down so easy, you'll want a second!
The is an "Old World" style Saison made in the "New World", hence The Bridge. We have always loved the most traditional Saisons that have been brewed for more than 50 years, so we decided it was time for us to try our hand at it. We used an older style malt, a single hop variety, and most importantly a special yeast to create this delicious brew. It is beautifully balanced with a refreshing fruitiness and a nice, dry finish.
Capitol Luau American Sour
This collaboration beer with Capitol Beer and Taproom was brewed for their 4th Anniversary. Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is light, easy-drinking and nicely tart. The additions of pink guava and prickly pear give this beer an amazing aroma and vibrant fruit flavor.
*2014 California State Fair Gold Medal Winner & 90pts on Rate Beer
The Cardinal is a Flanders-style ale that begins as a Belgian red ale. It is brewed and then barreled with cherries, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces. This process is replicated two more times over the course of 18 months. All three batches are then carefully blended and bottled to form the perfect balance of oak, fruit, funk, and malt. This beautifully unique wild ale is perfect for aging as it will continue to mature and transform over time.
The Cardinal Raspberry
The Cardinal Raspberry is a Flanders-style ale that begins as a Belgian red ale. It is brewed and then barreled with raspberries, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces for 2 years. Traditionally this beer is brewed with cherries, but we decided to experiment with just one barrel of raspberries. Quite possibly our rarest beer that may never be brewed again, this is one for the books. Almost a hybrid between our Framboise and The Cardinal, this beer is incredibly complex and will age phenomenally for months and even possibly years to come.
Charon is a Dark Sour Ale that brings together our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Belgian Blond, and Imperial Porter in wine barrels for 12 months with lactobacillus and brettanomyces. It emerges as one of our most complex wild ales and is deceivingly easy-drinking. Sip on this brew on its own or paired with a delicious charcuterie plate.
Cherry American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is juicy, refreshing, and nicely tart. The addition of heaps of dark tart cherries give this beer an amazing vibrant color and delicious fruit flavor.
Citra House Imperial IPA
This is our first ever 100% Citra-hopped IPA with Vermont yeast. Blonde in color with a slight haze from the yeast, it looks as juicy as it tastes. Heaps of citrus come out in the aroma and taste and the hop character is nicely balanced without too much lingering bitterness. Deceivingly easy-drinking for an Imperial IPA.
Coffee & Cream
This two-part beer is one of our favorite and most unique brews. We first brew our dark, rich Coffee Pot Porter with locally roasted coffee. Then, we brew Tan-Lines, a light, clean, blonde beer with a twist. Once it has finished fermenting, we add a ton of lactose sugar and vanilla beans and then over-carbonate it with nitro. It turns this brew into a sweet, rich concoction reminiscent of whipped cream or latte foam if you will. We put both these brews on tap, fill the first 3/4 of your glass with Coffee Pot Porter and delicately float this vanilla lactose cream ale on top like adding your foam to your latte.
Coffee Pot Porter
Brewed with locally roasted coffee beans and hemp seeds, this unique twist on our Imperial Porter blends wonderful flavors and aromas of bold, roasted coffee and and dark chocolate. The hemp seeds provide a subtle touch of nuttiness to the finish and hence the name, Coffee Pot.
Count Your Blessings Belgian Single
Do you like a nice Belgian White, but sometimes it's just too heavy with all the wheat and spice? Well this is the beer for you. With a light body similar to a Lager or Pilsner, yet still some fruit from the Belgian yeast, this beer is great to Lager and Belgian drinkers alike. The light copper color is deceiving because this is light and refreshing and perfect for any occasion. History note...hundreds of years ago, Monks used to drink this style of beer when they fasted. It was their perfect table beer.
Cranberry/Blood Orange American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is light, easy-drinking and nicely tart. Additions of cranberry and blood orange give this beer an amazing pink color and vibrant fruit flavor.
Dark Matter is our most deceptive brew. Disguised by a dark rich color, this Black Saison is surprisingly light and easy-drinking. It is traditional in flavor, but with a bit more mouthful. Close your eyes and let your taste buds do the talking.
Drinking with Friends
Drinking with Friends is a beer made from friends to be enjoyed with friends. The idea for this brew began 3 years ago when we were enjoying an array of amazing wild ales with our best friends. We kept the remains from our favorite bottles and continued to do so at every bottle share over two years. We used this unique blend of yeast to cultivate this delicious wild ale aged in white wine barrels for over one year. Blonde in color with the perfect balance of funk and fruit, this beer can be enjoyed or for years to come.
East Coast King Extra Pale Ale
We always thought West Coast King needed a counterpart, so we found him his match! In East Coast Queen, we use the same hops (Citra, El Dorado, and Eureka) and same malt build as the West Coast King, but instead of California yeast, we use Vermont yeast. We also added a little less bittering hops and doubled the dry-hop, making this beer softer than the West Coast King, but slightly more aromatic. The delicate Vermont yeast gives this beer a wonderful peach and apricot aroma and leaves the beer nice and hazy, just like a Northeast IPA should be. It is super easy-drinking, yet full of flavor, keeping you coming back for more after each sip.
EDH Imperial IPA
EDH is our signature Imperial IPA and crowd favorite! It is named after not only our location, El Dorado Hills, but also after the large amount of El Dorado hops we use in this beer. Also brewed with Citra and Eureka hops, this beer has nice bitterness with a touch of citrus. Certainly not a malt-driven IPA, we add just enough to make this beer nice and easy-drinking, especially for a big abv beer.
This seasonal IPA is meant to pair with the great food of the Fall season. The darker malts used give this beer a great auburn color and add a light toastiness to the flavor. Large amounts of Cascade hops added during the initial brew and also the dry-hop, give this beer nice bitterness to balance the malts. It is a perfect pairing for the heartier dishes of Fall and especially Thanksgiving, if we don't run out before then.
Fallen Angel is a barrel-aged version of our Gabriel Belgian Blond. Aged in Chardonnay barrels with brettanomyces and lactobacillus for 12 months, it emerges tart and dry with notes of Chardonnay, oak, fruit, and spice.
*91pts on Rate Beer
Ferus is a wild ale fermented with two strains of brettanomyces and lactobacillus. It is then aged for 12 months in red wine barrels fresh from a local winery. The end result is a tart and complex ale with notes of red wine, oak, fruit, and spice.
Framboise begins as our Gabriel Belgian Blond Ale and is sent into wine barrels for 6 months. Additions of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and heaps of raspberry result in a tart, juicy, and complex wild ale.
This is your classic Belgian Dubbel with just a hint of plum and fig sweetness from the dark Belgian malts. A nice, malty, drinkable brew.
G'day Session IPA
This Session IPA is brewed entirely with New Zealand and Australian hops (Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy & Motueka). These highly sought after hops are hard to nab, but when we get our hands on them, we have to make this unique brew. These magical hops deliver a wonderful stone-fruit aroma and vibrant flavor and pack the hop punch of a much bigger beer.
Gabriel Belgian Blond
Gabriel is a Belgian Blond with a vibrant golden color. A light, spicy aroma and the perfect balance between mild bitterness and traditional Belgian sweetness, makes this beer incredibly approachable. It is medium-bodied with a crisp, smooth finish that keeps your coming back for more.
Gose is a German-style sour beer with additions of salt and coriander. Traditional German Goses are very salty. This Gose, however, has a just a hint of salt and nice tartness from the lactobacillus added. It is the mellowest and most approachable of our sour beers. Although it is unfiltered, it is still light, crisp, refreshing, and very citrusy.
This is a bigger, bolder version of our Amber Ale with more malt, more hops, and more alcohol. Notes of coffee and caramel are nicely balanced by a touch of hop bitterness. This is the perfect beer to join the IPA and Amber drinkers alike.
This Belgian Golden Strong Ale is deceivingly easy-drinking, hence the devilish name. Very pale in color with a nice subtle fruit and spice character from the Belgian yeast, this is a brew almost anyone can enjoy.
Brewed in collaboration with abc 10 for the 2016 CCBA Summit, this is a one-time brew that we're sad we won't be doing again. It is dry-hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo giving it great tropical and citrus aromas. Very pale in color, this brew doesn't let any malt get in the way of the hops, leading to a nice aggressive hop flavor and clean bitterness on the finish.
Kaffir Leaf Saison
This starts out as our traditional Saison and then fresh Kaffir leaves from our brewer's own Kaffir Lime tree are added. These leaves are used a lot in Thai cooking and produce a really unique citrus and floral aroma and flavor. We use French Saison yeast in this beer and we do not add an abundance of wheat like other Saisons. This keeps this brew light and easy-drinking. Just one hop is used while brewing, Mandarina Bavaria, which compliments the citrus from the Kaffir nicely.
Kriek begins as our Window of Opportunity Belgian Tripel and is sent into wine barrels for 18 months. Additions of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and heaps of local cherries, result in a complex wild ale with notes of wine, oak, fruit, and spice.
Le Bosquet is a barrel-aged version of our Saison. It is aged in wine barrel with apricots, brettanomyces, and lactobacillus for 6 months. Le Bosquet emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, spice, oak, and the perfect touch of brett funkiness.
Lemon Drop Saison
*2015 California State Fair Silver Medal Winner
When the new Lemondrop hop was released, we knew we had to use it! It is amazing the amount of lemon flavor and aroma that emanates from this hop. We started with our base Saison that uses French Saison yeast and a limited amount of wheat, unlike other Saisons. This keeps the beer light and easy-drinking. We use just one hop in the initial brew, Mandarina Bavaria, which compliments the citrus from the Lemondrop hops nicely. Then, we dry-hop with tons of Lemondrop hops. Citrus is balanced out by a touch of hop bitterness and a nice dry finish.
Mango American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is juicy, easy-drinking, and nicely tart. The additions of mango and a touch of passionfruit give this beer a rich aroma and vibrant fruit flavor.
*88pts on Rate Beer
This big Imperial Golden Strong Belgian Ale has a pound of dark tart cherries added per every gallon of beer! Scarlet in color with a vibrant cherry aroma and flavor, this is one of our most unique beers. The tartness from the cherries comes through nicely and makes you forget you are enjoying such a high alcohol beer.
Operias Imperial Porter
This is as big and dark as it gets! Rich chocolate, heavy roast, and just the right amount of bitterness balances out the touch of sweetness in this brew. Operias is even available on Nitro sometimes, which turns it into something even tastier, a Porter milkshake!
The Piker Session IPA
The Brewmeister put on the 2016 Greater Sacramento Tapping Into Local Home Brewing Competition this year and, as a proud sponsor, we awarded the winner of the Hoppy Beer <5.5% ABV category a chance to brew their beer with us. Josh LeBard won and brought his delicious recipe to us to try. With a little tweaking of the recipe to fit our system and a great brewing day with Josh, out came this tasty Session IPA. With a nice pale color, great mouthful, and robust hop character, it's surprising this beer is only 5.0% ABV.
Pineapple American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is juicy, easy-drinking, and very tart. The addition of heaps of pineapple give this beer a rich aroma and vibrant fruit flavor.
Pink Boots Stout
We have been wanting to pair up with the Pink Boots Society for a long time. Our General Manager is a member herself and we have so much respect for all the amazing women that make the craft beer industry what it is. We didn't want to do a stereotypical "girly" beer as people like to call them because, let's be real, women these days like just as big of beers as men do. So, what did we decide on? A nice, big, traditional American Stout! This is just what you would expect from the style with an added touch of oats to provide a nice mouthfeel. Notes of coffee and chocolate are balanced nicely by subtle bitterness and a touch of sweetness. The is the perfect beer to finish out the winter season.
Purple Plum American Sour
Heavily soured with lactobacillus and finished with Saison yeast, this beer is light, easy-drinking and nicely tart. The addition of heaps of purple plum give this beer an amazing rich pink color and vibrant fruit flavor.
Reckless Use of Hops TIPA
Our hoppiest beer to date is so RECKLESS (see what we did there) that we only brew it twice per year. Once for Sacramento Beer Week and once for the CCBA Summit. It is the most aggressively hoppy beer we make brewed with Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Eureka. We keep the malt very low on this beer to showcase the hop aroma and aggressive hop bitterness and it results in a brilliantly clear, pale IPA. The hop forwardness and lack of an alcohol bite, makes this a dangerous triple IPA...or should we say reckless? Ok, too much.
*92pts on Rate Beer
This beer begins as our Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale, 18-E. It is then aged in red wine barrels for up to one year to produce a deep mahogany color and rich, robust aroma. Sublime dark fruit notes come through with a complex finish of tannins from the barrel, slight bitterness from the hops, and a touch of sweetness from the heavy malts. This big beer is meant to be paired with a hearty meal or sipped slowly and savored.
Light in color but not alcohol, this beer is brewed with a special Saison yeast and fermented in the mid 80's to make for a very complex brew with a nice dry beer.
Saison Je' is a barrel-aged version of our Saison. Aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces and lactobacillus for 6 months, it emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, spice, oak and the perfect touch of brett funkiness.
Saison Je' Blackberry
Saison Je' Blackberry is a barrel-aged version of our Saison. Aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and heaps of blackberries for 6 months, it emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, spice, and oak.
Saison Je' Cassis
Saison Je' Blackberry is a barrel-aged version of our Saison. Aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and heaps of black currant for 6 months, it emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, spice, and oak.
Saison Je' Peach
Saison Je' Peach is a barrel-aged version of our Saison. It is aged in wine barrels with peaches, brettanomyces, and lactobacillus for 6 months. This brew emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, spice, oak and the perfect touch of brett funkiness.
Slackpacker Imperial IPA
In collaboration with our friends of Kern River Brewing Company, Slackpacker Imperial IPA was brewed for Sacramento Beer Week 2017. A perfect marriage between our signature Imperial IPA, EDH, and their signature Imperial IPA, Citra, this brew reflects the style of both breweries. The additions of Citra and El Dorado hops give this beer a bold flavor with notes of citrus and stonefruit and the extensive dry-hopping results in a robust aroma and hop forward flavor. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind brew during Sacramento Beer Week!
Sour Bromance is a collaboration at its finest. Final Gravity Taproom joined us over one year ago to brew our Final Gravity Saison and provided us with wine barrels to age this delicious brew in for a whole year. Additions of lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and heaps of Chardonnay grapes, result in a tart and complex wild ale with notes of Chardonnay, oak, fruit, and spice.
What is better than one sour beer? Two combined! This unique blend was concocted by our staff and was such a hit that we decided to pour it at the 2017 Track 7 Invitational and even with a fancy cocktail umbrella! It is our Mango American Sour with a float of our 3 Berry American Sour. The beautiful layering of color makes it look like a Tequila Sunrise, but with sour beer. Only available when both beers are on tap, this is a rare and unique brew with the complexity of multiple fruit flavors and a super tart finish.
This seasonal brew is our most classic IPA. Brewed with all the old school hops, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook, the end result is a nice, bright, and piney IPA. Golden in color and full of flavor, Spring IPA gives you a nice hop bite and a great long finish.
Spring Snow is a barrel-aged version of our Gabriel Belgian Blond Ale. It is aged in White Port barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and heaps of white peach for 6 months. The end result is a tart and juicy wild ale with notes of White Port, oak, fruit, and spice.
Strawberry Lemonade is a barrel-aged version of our Lemon Drop Saison. Aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus and 120lbs of strawberries for 6 months, this beer emerges tart and dry with notes of citrus, oak, fruit, and spice.
Light in color with just a hint of citrus aroma, this seasonal brew is very drinkable and has great flavor from the large amount of Centennial hops used.
*2016 California State Fair Silver Medal Winner
This is the lightest of the Ale styles. "Lager-like", pale in color, and very clean and crisp.
Torey's Orange Wheat
Torey's Orange Wheat is a very special one as it was formulated by our Assistant Brewer, Torey Philipp, when he was a homebrewer and is now his first solo commercial brew. It is an American Wheat, so it is lighter and crisper than most Belgian Wheats. Heaps of Seville orange peel were added to give this beer a subtle orange aroma and big citrus flavor. It is one of our most easy-drinking brews and perfect for enjoying year-round.
Tornberg Rye Stout
It is so hard to find a nice, non-imperial, non-coffee, non-chocolate, straightforward stout these days, so we did just that. Mike Mraz's longtime homebrew friend, Greg Tornberg, shared with us this delicious recipe. We brought him in, tweaked the recipe a touch, and out came our first ever stout. The rye gives this beer amazing mouthful, but it is still super easy-drinking. There is enough chocolate and roast characteristic to make it extremely flavorful without being heavy or sweet. A go-to beer, even in the hot Sacramento summers.
West Coast King Extra Pale Ale
This beer is the best of both worlds...a Pale Ale that is hopped like an IPA. West Coast King has a nice golden color with a zesty citrus aroma. It is hopped with Eureka, Citra, and El Dorado hops resulting in hints of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. It is easy-drinking, super aromatic, and full of flavor, yet smooth on the finish without much lingering bitterness, so it keeps you coming back for more after each sip.
*96pts on Rate Beer
Wild Meadow begins as our Meadow Amber Saison and is sent into red wine barrels for 6 months. Aged with brettanomyces and lactobacillus, it emerges tart and dry with notes of fruit, oak, spice and funk.
Window of Opportunity - Belgian-Style Tripel
*2014 California State Fair Gold Medal Winner
This beer is as true-to-style as it gets. Beautifully light orange in color from the small amount of specialty malts, Window of Opportunity marries wonderful characteristics of malt and alcohol sweetness with a balancing touch of spice. For a higher alcohol beer, this ale finishes amazingly clean and dry.
Light on the specialty malts and big on aroma, this is our boldest of our seasonal IPA's. Extensive dry-hopping leads to an extremely fragrant brew without too much lingering bitterness. Intoxicating tropical fruit flavors come from the amazing New Zealand hops, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka.