Claremont Craft Ales was started in 2012 by husband and wife team Simon Brown and Emily Moultrie, along with the help of their cousins and business partners, Brian and Natalie Seffer. The brewery started very small, with a singular focus on bringing fresh craft beer and a cozy pub-like Tasting Room to the local Claremont community. Production began on a tiny 3 barrel brewing system, with only 100 barrels of beer being produced in the first year. But the word got out quickly, and the brewery has grown at an impressive clip, expecting to produce over 3,000 barrels in 2018.
The primary focus of the beers at Claremont Craft Ales is on quality and freshness, so no style is off-limits, but West Coast-style hoppy beers definitely dominate the portfolio. Even with these highly hopped beers, the goal has always been to produce well-rounded, drinkable beers that will appeal to both craft beer experts and novices alike. To this end, a lot of our IPAs contain an unusual twist to the typical West Coast hop-bomb ... the addition of malted rye in our flagship Jacaranda, the smooth South American coffee added to Coffee Del, or the rich malt backbone of our red IPA, Station 101.
The portfolio is rounded out with a wide variety of styles, including bourbon barrel aged stouts, light and refreshing blonde ales, several nitro offerings, and seasonal porters, stouts, and wheat ales. Claremont Craft Ales has won numerous awards, including a Bronze medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival, along with Gold and Silver medals at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition, for Jacaranda Rye IPA.
Claremont Craft Ales' beer is available across all of Southern California at better beer bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Distribution in the LA area is handled by Craft Beer Guild Distributing of LA, while distribution in San Diego County is handled by Brown Bag Beverage. The brewery self-distributes in the immediate vicinity around the brewery and in Orange County. Product is available in both 16 oz cans and on draft, with specialty barrel-aged beers released quarterly in 500ml bottles. If you'd like to carry our beer, please don't hestitate to contact us at email@example.com.