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May 25, 2016 | The Rare Barrel

Upcoming events in 2016, and a look back on the first half of the year

It’s been an exciting start to 2016 for us here at The Rare Barrel. We’ve been the on the road, traveling up and down California, over to the East Coast, and even over to Europe! Here is a look at what we’ve been up to this year and what’s to come for the rest of 2016.

Quick summary of where we’ll be...
Firestone Walker Invitational 6/4/16  | Paso Robles, CA
Hamilton’s Tavern 6/10/16 | San Diego, CA
Toronado SD (brunch) 6/12/16 | San Diego, CA
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 6/25/16 | Los Angeles, CA
The Perennial SF (beer and food pairing) 7/12/16 | San Francisco, CA
Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational 7/16/16 | Asheville, NC
Ales for ALS @ Faction Brewing 7/23/16 | Alameda, CA
California Craft Brewers Summit 9/10/16 | Sacramento, CA
Great American Beer Festival 10/6/16 -10/8/16 | Denver, CO
3rd Anniversary Party at The Rare Barrel 10/15/16 | Berkeley, CA

Reflecting on where we’ve been this year...

Ratebeer Best 1/31/16 | Santa Rosa, CA

It was a huge honor to be invited to participate in the RateBeer’s Best festival up in Santa Rosa this past January. We we able to pour Apropos of Nothing, Forces Unseen, along with a couple other sour beers alongside some of the best breweries around the world. We are also stoked to be considered and awarded a medal for being one of the Top 100 Brewers In The World, according to RateBeer.

Extreme Beer Fest 2/5/16 - 2/6/16 | Boston, MA

In early February we hopped on a plane, flew across the United States, and realized that we weren’t in sunny Berkeley anymore. Braving the winter weather, it was great to catch up with our Nightshift Brewing and make new friends with the crew at Trillium Brewing Company, before we made our way over to Extreme Beer Fest. Grateful for the opportunity to pour Cosmic Dust, Impossible Soul and a few other brands, we were even more appreciative of the awesome reception of our beer as well as the warm Bostonian welcome. 

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 4/15/16 - 4/17/16 & 4/22/16 - 4/24/16 | Indio, CA

For some of those that attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they got to sip on Cosmic Dust and Keen Observation at The Rare Beer Bar located in the Craft Beer Barn.
We were stoked to be on draft for the first time at such an awesome event because we’ve enjoyed feeding the monster at Coachella six of the last nine years. Craft beer... music… art… doesn’t get much better than that.

Craft Brewers Conference 5/3/16 - 5/5/16 | Philadelphia, PA

Jay Goodwin, Co-founder and Director of Brewing and Blending at The Rare Barrel, along with fellow sour beer colleagues Lauren Salazar and Andrew Emerton of New Belgium Brewing, Brandon Jones of Yazoo Brewing and Embrace the Funk, and Michael Kiser of Good Beer hunting conducted an open forum at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia. The Sour Brewing Community Open Forum provided discussion on various topics such as different souring production methods and defining a common language and approach to articulating different souring processes and their flavor profiles. They also touched on the growth and importance that the sour beer style has on the craft beer industry.

World Beer Cup 5/6/16 | Philadelphia, PA

Ensorcelled, our dark sour aged in oak barrels, was awarded the silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup in the American-style Sour Ale category!!! We're honored and humbled to receive this award from the most respectable international beer competition. Our intention is to brew and blend the best sour beer possible to provide to sour beer drinkers, however recognition like this from our peers in the industry is mighty darn cool.
Fun fact...this is the 3rd award Ensorcelled has won! It was also awarded a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup and a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

Copenhagen Beer Celebration 5/13/16 - 5/14/16 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Jay and Alex were able to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to serve our beer at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration. With four sessions over a two day period, we got to serve up 8 different sour beers to folks all around the world. This was our first time serving our sours in Europe and we had an awesome experience. We couldn’t believe how many people on the other side of the world were interested in trying our sours. Big thanks to Mikkeller Beer for the invitation and being awesome hosts!

The Bruery’s 8th Anniversary 5/14/16 | Placentia, CA

Congrats to The Bruery for 8 years of awesome! We got to pour at The Bruery’s 8th Anniversary party in Orange County, California recently and were able to bring along some bottles of Feed The Monster, Hypnotized,  and Keen Observation, to share with all the people celebrating at this great occasion!
Hope to see you somewhere else soon!



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