2018 Ambassadors of Sour

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2018 Terms and Conditions


  • 7,500 mL of exclusive Ambassador of Sour blends.  Each bottle release will likely consist of either (2) 750mL bottles or (3) 500mL bottles of sour beer (our choice)
  • Club Exclusive bottles available for purchase online. Membership only provides access to purchase, it does not guarantee bottles
  • Ability to purchase most bottle releases online
  • Ability to store club beers and most online bottle purchases until March 31st, 2019
  • Option to pick-up beer at brewery, ship within California (at an additional cost), or assign a trustee
  • 10% discount
  • $50 Merchandise Credit
  • Ambassador Exclusive Growler Fills
  • Membership ID card
  • First right of acceptance for 2019 membership
  • Loyalty Blend (additional benefit for Ambassadors with 5 or more consecutive years in the club)
  • Cost - $300 (+tax), non-refundable
Membership benefits, which are designed for one person, commence on January 1st, 2018 and conclude on December 31st, 2018. Here are more details about Ambassadors of Sour.


7500mL of exclusive Ambassador of Sour Blends

As an Ambassador of Sour, you will receive exclusive bottles of sour beers that the blenders at The Rare Barrel will create specifically for you and the other members. We anticipate that there will be 5 different blends, of which you will receive (2) 750mL bottles or (3) 500mL bottles of each. These beers will be blended specifically for you and the other Ambassadors. In order to preserve quality, we do not commit to any specific releases or any release schedule. As such, your bottles may be released at any point in 2018. In the case of a slight overage in blending, The Rare Barrel plans to offer Ambassadors the opportunity to purchase additional bottles online, but access to the additional bottles is not guaranteed and they may sell out.  We also plan to cellar some of these excess small-batch blends for the purpose of a vintage release at a later date or for serving at special events. Our intent is for these beers to be available just for the Ambassadors of Sour, but if we have an excess after 2018 we may offer them for special events or to the public for on-site consumption in the Tasting Room in 2019 and beyond.

Club Exclusive Bottles Available for Purchase Online

In addition to the Ambassador beers included with your membership, The Rare Barrel may release a few, limited, small batch beers that will be exclusive to you and the other Ambassadors of Sour. While these will not be included as part of your membership, as an Ambassador of Sour, you will have the opportunity to purchase bottles online, on a first come, first served basis. These will sell out and access is not guaranteed.  These exclusive bottle releases could be beers we have already made before or they could be new beers. We expect that we will have around 2-4 of these exclusive bottle releases throughout the year, but that could fluctuate based on production.  Our intent is for these beers to be available just for the Ambassadors of Sour, but we may reserve a small amount to be served at  special events or to the public for on-site consumption in the Tasting Room in 2019 and beyond.

Ability to Purchase Most Bottle Releases Online

Ambassador Online Pre-sale for Public Bottle Releases
In 2018, we plan to release other bottles that are not included in the Ambassadors of Sour membership. As an Ambassador, you will have the first right to conveniently purchase a limited number of bottles of most bottle releases through the Ambassador Online Pre-sale on our website. Ambassadors will typically have access to purchase non-club releases online before the public has access to them in the Tasting Room or on our website.  Most bottles purchased through this method can be stored at The Rare Barrel from the time of purchase through March 31st, 2019. Please note that while all Ambassadors will have access to these online pre-sales, some of these beers may be limited in quantity. All bottles are sold on a first come basis and may sell out. We will reserve a small amount of bottles for the public release and we may sell the draft version of a particular release before we sell the bottled version.
Ambassador Second Chance Sale
Ambassadors will occasionally have an additional opportunity to purchase a bottled brand online, however, the main difference is that these orders must be shipped. This second opportunity to purchase a bottled brand online would occur after the bottles are released through the Ambassador Online Pre-sale and Tasting Room.

Ability to Store Club Beers and Most Online Bottle Purchases at The Rare Barrel

Ambassadors may store their club beers (bottles included with membership), and bottles purchased through most Ambassador Online Pre-sale from the time of purchase until the pickup deadline (March 31st, 2019) at no additional charge. Bottles purchased through the Ambassador Second Chance Sale are excluded from this benefit and must be shipped at the time they are purchased.

Order Shipping and Pick-up

Ambassadors will have three options for fulfilling their beer orders placed online: pick-up at the brewery, ship to their house/business in California, or designate a trustee to pick-up from the Tasting Room for them.
  • Pick-up at brewery – Ambassadors have the convenience of placing Ambassador Online Pre-sale orders online and picking them up in the Tasting Room, at no additional charge. Orders can only be picked-up from the Tasting Room during normal Tasting Room hours. All Ambassador Online Pre-sale beer purchased through the membership may be stored at The Rare Barrel until the designated cut off time. If you do live locally and visit the Tasting Room, we ask that you please pick up your bottles and do not use our brewery as a cellaring facility. Our space is limited and this will help ensure we can continue to offer this benefit.
  • Shipping within California – Ambassadors have the opportunity to ship their beer to any residential or business address in California at an additional cost. We currently fulfill orders twice per week. When we ship beer in California, we usually ship orders on Monday and Thursday and they usually arrive the following day. Shipping costs in California for next-day delivery currently range from approximately $15 for one bottle to $26 for 12 bottles. If you would like to save on shipping costs, Ambassadors have the option to combine current and past Ambassador Online Pre-sale orders to ship multiple orders at once. While we do have Ambassador Second Chance Sales and will periodically open online sales to the public, only the Ambassador Online Pre-sale orders can be combined and shipped at a later date.  The Rare Barrel is only legally allowed to ship to addresses within California, even if your state allows beer shipping. A signature and government issued ID proving that the person accepting the packing is 21+ years of age will be required upon delivery. We cannot ship beer to P.O. boxes.
  • Trustee – Ambassadors of Sour may designate a Trustee to pick-up their beer in the Tasting Room. This is a great option if you live outside of California and are not able to visit the Tasting Room or ship your beers in California. The 10% discount and other club benefits do not apply to Trustees.

10% Discount 

Ambassadors of Sour will receive a 10% discount on all beer, merchandise, events, and food purchases made through the website and Tasting Room. The discount does not apply to membership renewal or purchases made by your trustee.

$50 Merchandise Credit

In the past, we’ve included a growler and glassware with membership. However, we would now like to give you flexibility to choose what you would like!  When you enroll as an Ambassador, you will automatically be sent a gift code via email valued at $50. This credit can be used to purchase a growler, glassware, hoodie, t-shirt or any other Rare Barrel swag that fits your style through our online shop. If you would like to redeem your gift code for merchandise in the tasting room, you can do so starting on January 4th, 2018. If used in the tasting room, please note that it can only be used for merchandise available online. It can not be used for draft beer, food etc.

Ambassador Exclusive Growler Fills

To gain access to growler fills, Ambassadors may use their merchandise credit to purchase a custom growler that is unique to the club. When the Tasting Room is open, Ambassadors typically have 2-6 growler fill options that rotate. Ambassador branded growlers can be filled by anyone in possession of the growler (i.e. you can have a friend fill your Ambassador growler with the Ambassadors Fill in your absence). Empty growlers can be purchase in the Tasting Room or shipped at an additional charge. We do not ship full growlers, and do not recommend shipping any growlers with beer in them. In order to control our limited supply of sour beer, we will only fill growlers branded by The Rare Barrel. 

Membership ID Card

Membership includes a personalized, non-transferrable, membership card. Members must present this card in the Tasting Room to receive the 10% discount.

First Right of Acceptance for 2019 Membership

Ambassadors of Sour will have the first right to re-enroll in the 2019 club. The number of memberships available for 2019 is currently undetermined, but will be based on production volumes and our ability to provide club members with limited release blends.

Loyalty Beer (additional benefit for Ambassadors with 5 or more consecutive years in the club)

The Rare Barrel blenders will create, bottle, and gift a beer exclusively for those of you Ambassadors of Sour who have been a member for at least 5 consecutive years! This blend will be a gift that is included as part of your membership at no additional cost. We expect to have 1,500mL of this special beer to give each of you who have been with us for the last 5 years!


We will throw various events throughout the year, and Ambassadors may get early notice or priority to tickets for some events, but membership does not guarantee access to events.


Enrollment in Ambassadors of Sour is valid through December 31st, 2018. All beer included with membership and purchased through Ambassador Online Pre-sales may be stored at The Rare Barrel until the pickup deadline on March 31st, 2019. Any beer or club goods that are not picked up by the pickup deadline, will be forfeited.

Termination of Membership

Each person is allowed to have a maximum of one membership. If a member is found to have multiple memberships, we reserve the right to cancel and refund the unused portion of all of that person’s memberships.
All beer purchased and obtained through your Ambassadors of Sour membership is for the purpose of consumption. Drink the beer, enjoy the beer, or trade it with your friends. However, please do not resell our beer without obtaining a wholesale account with us. Licensed retailers and wholesalers are prohibited from purchasing beer as an Ambassador of Sour unless it is solely for personal consumption and not for resale or distribution. If a club member is found illegally reselling our beer, their membership will be canceled.


Phew… that’s a lot of info to digest! If you have any other questions about Ambassadors of Sour, feel free to email us ambassador@therarebarrel.com or call us at 510.984.6585 x5!




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