Live & Drink Off The Beaten Path

About Us

Secret Trail Brewing Company is an artisan craft brewery located in Chico, California. 

Secret Trail is the dream of Charlie and Michelle Barrett. Charlie had been an avid home-brewer since the early 1990s, with the intention of opening his own brewery one day. With the love, help, and support of his amazing wife, a few investors, and plenty of hard work, Charlie finally achieved this dream when Secret Trail Brewing Company opened to a thirsty public in November of 2017. The beers and good times have been flowing ever since! Come on by to check it out for yourselves!


Years in Business


Barrel System



Pour Proudly

Secret Trail Brewing Company is a community-focused brewery making both classic styles and original innovations. We are a 6,000-square-foot 15-barrel production brewery with two taprooms and two large patios, offering a wide variety of rotating fresh beer, including American Ales, IPAs, all types of Lagers, Sours, and Fruited Hard Seltzer.

Secret Trail is family and dog friendly. Rotating food trucks are present each day, but you are always welcome to bring your food or have something delivered. We regularly have live music on Sunday afternoons from 3 – 5 PM and Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 PM, as well as other events. You can find out what’s happening on our website, Facebook and Instagram.

Our Story

Over the Years



Doors Opened

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Secret Trail Brewing Company opened its doors with six beers on tap.



1st Expansion

The first expansion was completed in November 2018 by adding on what is now known as the Barrel Room.



2nd Expansion

In June 2021, the 2,000 square-foot Back Patio was added for outdoor live music and outdoor seating.



3rd Expansion

In February 2022, the South Bar was opened.  It connects to our original taproom, seats 60, has 20 taps and stage for live music.

Charlie Barrett

Charlie Barrett

Owner & Head Brewer

Michelle Barrett

Michelle Barrett

Owner & Event Coordinator

Kayla Hemken

Kayla Hemken

Taproom Manager

Clayton Rudd

Clayton Rudd

Lead Brewer

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