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2020 Ambassadors of Sour

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2020 Terms and Conditions


  • 4 Ambassador of Sour blends.  Each bottle release will likely consist of either (2) 750mL bottles or the equivalent volume of sour beer in smaller format bottles. We really enjoy making these special blends just for you.
  • Exclusive online access to purchase limited release bottles
  • Ability to purchase most bottle releases online
  • Ability to purchase most can releases online
  • Ability to store club goods and most online bottles purchased from January-June until July 31, 2020, and July-December until January 31, 2021. Get your beer when it’s convenient for you.  
  • Option to pick-up beer at brewery, ship within California (at an additional cost), or assign a trustee. We want to make things convenient for you.
  • 15% discount
  • Access to purchase exclusive Ambassador merchandise. Lookin’ sharp.
  • Membership ID card
  • First right of acceptance for 2021 membership
  • Loyalty Blend for those of you with 5 or more consecutive years in the club with us
  • $200 for everything mentioned above
Membership benefits, which are designed for one person, commence on January 1st, 2020 and conclude on December 31, 2020. Here are more details about Ambassadors of Sour.


4 Exclusive Ambassador of Sour Blends

As an Ambassador of Sour, you will receive exclusive sour blends that the blenders at The Rare Barrel will create just for you and the other club members. We anticipate that there will be 4 different blends, of which you will receive (2) 750mL bottles or the equivalent volume in smaller format bottles. We have a lot of fun making these special beers just for you, but don't take this responsibility lightly. In order to preserve quality and make the best beers we can for you, we can’t commit to any specific release schedule. As such, your bottles may be released at any point in 2020. In the case of a slight overage in blending, The Rare Barrel may offer Ambassadors the opportunity to purchase the limited, additional bottles online. Access to 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 2020 we may offer them for special events or to the public for on-site consumption in the Tasting Room in 2021 and beyond.

Ability to Purchase Most Bottle Releases Online

In 2020, 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 most bottle releases through the Ambassador Online Pre-sale on our website, before they go on sale in the Tasting Room & Kitchen. Most bottles purchased through this method can be stored at The Rare Barrel until July 31, 2020 or January 31, 2021. 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.

Ability to Purchase Most Can Releases Online

In 2020, we plan to release some beers in cans. As an Ambassador, you will have access to an online can presale for most releases. Cans purchased through the presale will be available for pickup in the Tasting Room & Kitchen for the first weekend of release unless otherwise stated in the specific email release correspondence. Cans not picked up during the pickup window will be forfeited. We do not currently ship cans at this time but if that changes, Ambassadors will have first access to that option

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

You and other members can conveniently store your club beers (bottles included with membership) and bottles purchased through Ambassador Online Pre-sales at the brewery. Bottles released and purchased online from January to June of 2020 may be stored at The Rare Barrel until July 31st, 2020. Bottles released and purchased online from July to December of 2020 may be stored at The Rare Barrel until January 31st, 2021.

Order Shipping and Pick-up

You’ll have three options for fulfilling your beer orders placed online: pick-up at the brewery, ship to your house/business in California, or designate a trustee to pick-up from the Tasting Room & Kitchen for you.
  • Pick-up at brewery – Ambassadors have the convenience of placing Ambassador Online Pre-sale orders online and picking them up in the Tasting Room & Kitchen during normal hours, at no additional charge. All Ambassador Online Pre-sale beer purchased through the membership may be stored at The Rare Barrel until the designated cut off time.
  • Shipping within California – Ambassadors have the opportunity to ship their beer to any residential or business address in California at an additional cost. 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 $16 for 1-3 bottles, $19 for 4-6 bottles, $22 for 7-9 bottles, and $25 for 10-12 bottles. If you would like to save on shipping costs, we make it easy for you to combine multiple orders to ship 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.

15% Discount 

You and other Ambassadors will receive a 15% discount on all beer, merchandise, and food purchases made through our website and Tasting Room. We hope you enjoy that! The discount does not apply to membership renewal or purchases made by your trustee.

Ability to Purchase Exclusive Merchandise

As an Ambassador, you will have access to the Ambassador online store where you will find merchandise exclusive to Ambassadors of Sour. We will carry our classic merchandise items like our hoodie, white vacuum insulated growler and unique glassware, as well as limited one time items throughout the year. Lookin’ fly.

Membership ID Card

Membership includes a personalized, non-transferable, membership card. Your discount will automatically be applied to online orders, but we ask you to present this card in the Tasting Room & Kitchen to receive your 15% discount when you come visit.

First Right of Acceptance for 2021 Membership

If you enjoy 2020 with us, we’d love to have you back. Ambassadors of Sour will have the first right to re-enroll in the 2021 club. The number of memberships available for 2021 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, 2020. Any beer or club goods that are not picked up by the pick up deadlines 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 or call us at 510.984.6585 x5!



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