Brewing Wild Beers with Local Plants: A Workshop with Pascal Baudar

August 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Downtown parking lot
180 N Blanche St
Ojai, CA 93023
Lanny Kaufer



Brewing wild beers with local plants – Extracting yeast and more!

Pascal Baudar, author and renowned professional forager for L.A.’s top chefs, will return to Ojai as our special guest on Saturday, August 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop on brewing wild beers with local plants. He will demonstrate techniques described in his latest book, The Wildcrafting Brewer, the follow-up to his best-selling 2016 book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir.  A limited number of copies of both books will be available for sale and signing.

Let’s get back to the basics of making beer. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make tasty beers at home with little equipment. During this workshop, you learn about plants that have been used during history as brewing ingredients, how to extract wild yeast, creating sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

First we’ll go on a plant walk and identify some of the plants and other ingredients (such as barks and roots) that have been used historically to create interesting brews (Horehound, Mugwort, Yarrow, etc.). We’ll also talk about medicinal and edible plants during the walk. It’s a very slow walk, probably 1-2 hours.

After the walk, we’ll go back to a community kitchen where Pascal will show you the process of making a simple wild beer on location. Together, we’ll go through all the steps so you can easily redo it at home.

Some wild refreshments, some beer tasting and wild-foraged snacks will be served.

The $75 fee includes the walk and all foods and beverages to be sampled. Click on the REGISTER link below to register and then the PayPal button to secure your space. Online price includes PayPal fee. If you prefer, you can mail a check. Let me know when you register.


Pascal’s last two events in Ojai sold out quickly so pre-payment is highly recommended to secure your space. See PayPal link at bottom of page.

Left: Horehound and California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica). Middle: Fresh Mugwort leaf and Sugar Bush berries (Rhus ovata) – very lemony. Right: Mild Hops flowers

Pascal Baudar is a professional forager, wild food instructor, and a self-styled “culinary alchemist” based in Los Angeles. His locally sourced wild ingredients and unique preserves have made their way into the kitchens of celebrated restaurants like Trois Mec in L.A. and such star chefs as Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Ari Taymor, Michael Voltaggio, Chris Jacobson and Niki Nakayama. His website is

Over the years, through his weekly classes and seminars, he has introduced thousands of home cooks, local chefs, and others to the flavors offered by the wild terroir of southern California.

Pascal has served as a wild food consultant for several TV shows including MasterChef and Top Chef Duels. He has been featured in numerous TV shows and publications, including Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, and the New York Times. In 2014, he was named one of the 25 most influential tastemakers in L.A. by Los Angeles magazine.

His unique primitive brewing techniques were featured in a January 2016 article in Craft Beer & Brewing magazine entitled “L.A.’s Wildest Homebrewer.”


Lanny and Pascal at their 2016 workshop in Ojai. Photo: Steve Toscher


Online ticket price includes PayPal fee.

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