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March 22, 2017 | The Rare Barrel

Solidarity Forever | Collaboration Draft Release with The Pink Boots Society

Release Party - Friday, March 31st at The Rare Barrel

Much like the old saying goes “it takes a village to raise a baby”, it takes a variety of people in a community to realize a common vision. The Rare Barrel and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Pink Boots Society, organizations that have strong focuses on education, creativity, engagement, and equality, wanted to work together to actualize these common values. To promote solidarity in a community (comprised of brewers, sales representatives, bartenders, lab analysts, writers, etc.) through a creative process that inspires a desire to learn, active participation, and encourages communication.
 
On March 2nd, The Rare Barrel hosted over 20 members of the Pink Boots Society, from various backgrounds in the SF Bay Area craft beer industry, for a collaborative blending day. By working directly with The Rare Barrel production team and sampling suggested base beer blends, participants were able to have an open dialogue surrounding the differences in the samples as well as The Rare Barrel’s practices in wort production, fermentation, and blending in sour beer production. After tasting the 2 suggested samples, each woman recorded notes on the differences between the two blends and then submitted a ballot for which one they preferred. After ballots were collected and a base beer was finalized, the Boots then broke up into 5 small groups and worked together to mix various tinctures into a carbonated sample of the selected base beer.
 
(photo credit : Gail Ann Williams)
 
An open exchange of ideas was hosted online prior to the blending day with suggestions from both Pink Boots Society members as well as The Rare Barrel on ingredients that would be interesting to trial. All 5 teams had access to trial ingredients such as papaya, tamarind, lemongrass, ginger, and rose petals in their carbonated samples. Each team’s potential blend was presented to the entire group. Every individual then tasted and ranked each sample from 1 - 5 (5 being the most favorable). Below is the recipe that resulted in this collaborative blending day.
 
YEAST BACTERIA ADDITIONS ABV pH

Barrel 1: English Ale Yeast, Gigayeast French Saison, The Yeast Bay Saison Blend, Brettanomyces lambicus

Barrel 2: Gigayeast Saison Blend, Brettanomyces bruxellensis,

Barrel 3: English Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces claussenii, Brettanomyces bruxellensis

Barrel 4: The Yeast Bay Dry Belgian, Wallonian Farmhouse, NE Abbey Ale, Brettanomyces bruxellensis var. Drei

Barrel 1: Lactobacillus buchneri, Pediococcus damnosus

Barrel 2: Belgian mixed culture

Barrel 3 Belgian mixed culture

Barrel 4: Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Pediococcus damnosus

Coriander - 2.5 lbs / oak brl

Chamomile - 3 lbs. / oak brl

Rose Buds & Petals - 3 lbs / oak brl

 

6.1% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oldest Beer in blend:12/21/2015
Youngest Beer in blend: 5/10/2016
 
  
(photo credit: Brittany Hobbs - Alvarado St Brewing Company, Assistant Brewer)
 
The result wasn’t just a new sour beer blend, but an exchange of information, ideas, and perspectives among not only the women involved but also between the Pink Boots Society and The Rare Barrel. It was an open space that empowered each individual to ask questions as well as provide input. It was a democratic process of working together to accomplish a common goal. It was a unifying experience, an experience of solidarity forever.
 
On Friday, March 31st at 4PM in the The Rare Barrel Tasting Room, we will be releasing on draft Solidarity Forever, a golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with rose petals, chamomile, and coriander. We will also be serving some guest beers from 8 breweries (shown below) that also have SF Bay Area Pink Boots members. Join us in the Tasting Room to raise a glass in solidarity, celebrate this collaborative release, and support the importance of education, creativity, engagement, and equality.
 
Alvarado St Brewing (Monterey, CA) | Mai Thai PA - IPA
Drake’s Brewing Company (San Leandro, CA) | Hopocalypse - Triple IPA
Fieldwork Brewing Company (Berkeley, CA) | Eastside Motel - Double IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, CA) | Hoppy Pilsner
Seabright Brewery (Santa Cruz, CA) | Nectar of Ishtar (PBS Big Boots Brew) - Honey Wheat Ale
Shanty Shack Brewing (Santa Cruz, CA) | Liquid Luck - IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA) | Narwhal - Imperial Stout
21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, CA) | Hell or High Watermelon - Wheat Beer w/Watermelon
 
What is even more special about this event is that for 1 day only we will be filling any clean 32oz and 64oz growler brought in with Solidarity Forever. There are just a few requests we need to ask prior to bringing in your growlers to this collaboration release event.
 
  • Growlers must be a marked 32oz or 64oz growlers with a lid
  • Please tape over any logo that is not The Rare Barrel logo
  • Please clean your growler prior to attending this event
* The Pink Boots Society is a non-profit organization that assists to advance careers for women beer industry professionals by raising money for educational scholarships. They provide scholarship opportunities to members for conferences, seminars, and courses put on by the MBAA, Seibel Institute, American Brewer’s Guild, and many more. To further support the Pink Boots Society, The Rare Barrel will donate all proceeds from every glass of draft sold for this release event on March 31st, and $1 from every glass sold through the Tasting Room after the release, back to the organization to promote the importance of furthering beer education.
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March 15, 2017 | The Rare Barrel

For the love of Saison!

Allagash Saison Day at The Rare Barrel | Saturday, April 8th @ 1PM

Get ready to raise a glass of saison with us. We are more than honored to be hosting Allagash’s Fourth Annual Saison Day on Saturday, April 8th in our Tasting Room! Starting at 1PM, Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash Brewing, and Jay Goodwin from The Rare Barrel, will be hanging out and celebrating their love for saison. Join in on the fun, we will have 18 different saisons on draft from 11 breweries listed below.
 
 

Allagash Brewing Company

Saison | a Maine interpretation of a classic Belgian Farmhouse-style ale.
2016 Interlude | ale aged in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces
Astrid | ale aged in Aquavit barrels
Dawnlander | amber saison ale
 

Cellarmaker Brewing Company

Lost Wisdom | old world style saison
 

Fieldwork Brewing Company

Calypso | farmhouse ale
Textbook | modern farmhouse ale
 

Gilman Brewing Company

Maison de Campagne | rustic French-style saison
 

Half Moon Bay Brewing

HMB Saison | Chardonnay barrel-aged saison
 

HenHouse Brewing

Mandarina on My Mind | Single Hop saison
Fowl Play 4: Live Fowl or Die Hard | Barrel-aged Biere de Garde
 

Libertine Brewing Company

Halter Saison | collaboration with Halter Ranch Vineyards, wine barrel-aged saison co-fermented with Picpoul Blanc grapes
Edna | dry-hopped table saison
 

Marin Brewing Company

Trois Fleurs | Hoppy Farmhouse-style ale
 

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Lucybelle | saison with Brettanomyces
 

Temescal Brewing

Little by Little | saison
 

The Rare Barrel

Bygone | tart saison aged in oak barrels
Roads Diverge | tart saison aged in oak barrels
 
Tacos El Rey will also be celebrating with us and dishing up some tacos, burritos, and quesadillas to fill your bellies.
 
For the love of saison… come thirsty, and hungry, and ready to cheers to this time-honored style of beer.
 
We will be updating this blog with more details as Saison Day approaches.
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January 10, 2017 | The Rare Barrel

SFBW 2017 | Events at The Rare Barrel

SF Beer Week is right around the corner! Here is a look at our schedule of events that we’re hosting...

The Reunion | The Bruery, Societe Brewing Co. & The Rare Barrel

Saturday, February 11th, 1PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

The Bruery, Societe Brewing Company, and The Rare Barrel will all be under the same roof for our 3rd reunion event. Patrick from The Bruery, Doug from Societe, and Jay from The Rare Barrel all use to work at The Bruery together and they will be hanging out for a few hours with some friends during this epic event. Each brewery will be serving 5 beers for you to try at the Tasting Room starting at 1PM. We’ll have 3 bars set up inside of the brewery to ensure the best experience for ya!
 
Real Smoked BBQ is bringing a massive smoker to our parking lot again and will dishing up some amazing BBQ for this weekend. Come hungry and thirsty!
 

Cellarmaker + The Rare Barrel = Collaboration Release Party

Sunday, February 12th, 1PM - 8PM @ The Rare Barrel

The brains of sour and dank put their heads together to release not 1, not 2, but 3 collaboration beers this year. What is even more special about this release party is that for 1 day only we will be filling any clean 32oz and 64oz growler brought in for all 3 collaboration beers. There are just a few requests we need to ask prior to bringing in your growlers to this Cellarmaker + The Rare Barrel event.
 
  • Growlers must be a marked 32oz or 64oz growlers with a lid
  • Please tape over any logo that is not The Rare Barrel logo
  • Please clean your growler prior to attending this event
So what are these collaboration beers? Check them out below!
 
Tangerang! - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels and dry-hopped with Citra and Motueka
Smashin’ Fruit - a blend of a hoppy pale ale and a golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with passion fruit
Wagon Trix - a blend of Cellarmaker porter with The Rare Barrel golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with blackberries
 
Looking for grub? Real Smoked BBQ will be hanging out Sunday as well to fill bellies with tasty BBQ dishes!
 

Jester King Brewery Guest Tap Takeover

Wednesday, February 15th, 7:30PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

Looking for some some amazing beers from an authentic farmhouse brewery based in Austin, Texas? Jester King Brewery will be in house for a guest tap takeover! Jeffrey Stuffings and Averie Swanson will also be hanging out for a bit to chat about their philosophy behind producing mixed culture and spontaneous beer. Below are a few of the beers that will be available for this event.
 
SPON - Methode Gueuze, 100% spontaneously fermented beer (limited amount available)
Atrial Rubicite - Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Refermented w/ Raspberries
Buddha’s Brew - Barrel-Fermented Sour Wheat Beer w/ Kombucha
Figlet - Farmhouse Ale Fermented w/ Smoked Texas Figs
Super Ultramega Hyperforce - Intergalactic Farmhouse Ale Brewed w/ Ginger, Salt, & Tarragon & Refermented w/ Cantaloupe
 
If you are hungry… Javi’s Cooking will be on site serving tasty Argentine empanadas baked fresh daily with local ingredients.
 

Trillium Brewing Guest Tap Takeover

Thursday, February 16th, 4PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a guest tap takeover with Trillium Brewing Company. We will have 6 different Trillium beers on our guest taps. Check out some of what we will have on draft below.  
 
Congress Street - IPA
Dialed In w/ Chardonnay & Gewürztraminer Juice - DIPA
Fort Point - Pale Ale
And more...
 
We will also have The Lumpia Company on site if you you all get hungry.
 

Wicked Weed Brewing + The Rare Barrel Collaboration Release | Happy Blending

Friday, February 17th, 4PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

Wicked Weed Brewing and The Rare Barrel combined forces of sour and funk to bottle and release Happy Blending, a barrel-aged American sour ale fermented with plum and nectarine.
 
The blenders from both Wicked Weed and The Rare Barrel traveled to each others breweries to select from each other's barrel collection. The combination of these beers were then fermented with nectarines and plums to create a sour beer representative of each barrel house.
 
Enjoy Happy Blending on draft as well as in bottle for on-site consumption only. We will also have various Wicked Weed beers available on our guest taps too! Here is a look at some of what will be offered. 
 
Happy Blending - Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale Fermented w/ Plum & Nectarine
White Angel - Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale Fermented w/ Muscadine Grapes
Permeo - Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale Fermented w/ Passion fruit & Lychee
Lunatic Lager - Belgian Blonde
French Toast - Imperial Stout Brewed w/ Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Maple Syrup
And more ...
 
Tacos El Rey food truck will also be on site from 5 - 9PM dishing up tacos, burritos, and tortas!
 

The Rare Barrel Cellar Day

Saturday, February 18th, 1 - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

We are bringing back a few of our past releases for you to try in our Tasting Room for one day only! We will have over 18 sours on tap and 7 bottles to try in house. Below is the list of what will be available on premise in bottles and on draft.
 
Bottles (On premise consumption)
SKUs Me ‘13 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels
Cosmic Dust ‘14  - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Hibiscus
Feed The Monster ‘15 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Blueberries
Impossible Soul ‘15 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Tart Cherries & Sweet Cherries
Map of the Moon ‘ 16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Tons of Apricots
No Salt ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Tequila Barrels
Quite Something ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Bordeaux Wine Barrels
Wise Guise ‘16 - Red Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Raspberries
 
On Draft
Across the Sea ‘14 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Coriander & Sea Salt
Dubious Nights ‘15 - Dark Sour Beer Aged in Tequila Barrels
Map of the Sun ‘15 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Apricots
3rd Anniversary ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Gin Barrels w/ Lemon Peel & Lavender
Afterlight ‘16 - Dark Sour Beer Aged in Bordeaux Wine Barrels
Barrel P9T (2016 The Rare Barrel) - Single barrel of golden sour beer
Forces Unseen ‘16 - Blend of Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels
Gifted Branch ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Peaches & Apricots
Pricklish ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Prickly Pear
Shadows of Their Eyes ‘16 - Dark Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels
Soliloquy ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Rose Hips & Orange Peel
Sourtooth Tiger ‘16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Ginger
Apropos of Nothing ‘17 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Elderberries & Lavender
Roads Diverge ‘17 - Blended Tart Saison Aged in Oak Barrels
Happy Blending ‘17 (Collaboration w/ Wicked Weed Brewing) - Barrel-Aged American Sour Ale Fermented w/ Plum & Nectarine
And More...
 
Bottles To Go
Soliloquy '16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Rose Hips & Orange Peel (limit 12) 
Sourtooth Tiger '16 - Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Ginger (limit 12) 
Shadows of Their Eyes '16 -  Dark Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels (limit 12) 
Wise Guise '16 - Red Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Raspberreis limit 12
 
Interested in what our sour beer tastes like before we package it? We will have a limited amount of  flights of 3 barrel samples available in the Tasting Room for this event. These barrel samples will showcase the variety of beer that we are aging in our barrel cellar. Each barrel sample is served uncarbonated and at room temperature, just like how our blenders taste through barrels in production.  A tasting glass and poster are included with each barrel sample flight.
 
Curveball Sliders will also be on site to dish up some tasty burgers.
    

The Afterparty

Sunday, February, 1 - 8PM @ The Rare Barrel

Were you not able to try any of the beer from our events during the week? Or, do you want to get another chance to grab a glass of something the we offered during one of these events? Stop by the Tasting Room for our SFBW Afterparty. We will be serving beers from throughout the week all day. We’re not sure what amazing beers will be on tap yet, but our draft list will be updated on site throughout the day!   
 

Sours from The Rare Barrel can also be enjoyed at the following events: SFBW Opening Gala (2/10), United Sours of America at Monk’s Kettle (2/11), Sour Sunday at Jupiter (2/12), Cellarmaker Presents: A Night of Metal and Beer at Amnesia Beer & Music Hall (2/12), and Save The Whales Almanac Sour Fest (2/16).
 
Enjoy an epic Beer Week and see y’all in the Tasting Room!
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July 19, 2016 | The Rare Barrel

The Search for The Rare Barrel

Long story short... we’re conducting our first Search for The Rare Barrel. Over the course of 3 days, our friends along with some of our Ambassadors of Sour will participate in an extensive tasting of our barrel house in order to find the best barrel of beer...aka “The Rare Barrel.” We’ll serve a portion of The Rare Barrel on tap for everyone to try, and then use the other portion to inoculate another batch of beer for future enjoyment.
 
Long story long... our namesake, The Rare Barrel, and The Search for The Rare Barrel, is inspired by the epic story of pH1. pH1 is an oak barrel, and she was crafted in France from French oak around 26 years ago. After a few years of housing wine, she found her way to New Belgium, where she was part of their original sour beer program. With Lauren Salazar as pH1’s shepherd at New Belgium, pH1 helped define the process and flavor profile of La Folie, an amazing and pioneering sour brown ale.  Around 2003, pH1 disappeared (or was secretly gifted, depending who you ask) to Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River Brewing Company. While at Russian River,  pH1 contributed to the first batches of Beatification, their spontaneously fermented beer,  and spent the following 11 years contributing to their exceptional sours. When we heard this story about the travels of pH1 and her impact on these breweries, we were inspired by an idea… the idea that there is one barrel that stands out from the rest. There’s a rare barrel that houses an amazing, and possibly perfect, blend of yeast and bacteria. We named ourselves The Rare Barrel because of pH1, and now we need help searching for “The Rare Barrel” in our barrel house.  
 
WHAT | The Search for The Rare Barrel will span 3 days. A group of our Ambassadors of Sour and some friends in the Industry  (a.k.a. The Search Party) will taste and rank barrel samples throughout the first two days of The Search on Friday and Saturday. We’ll crunch the data from The Search Party to find the 10 best barrels in our barrel house. These barrels will move forward to Sunday, which is the third and final day of The Search, where we will get help from Lauren Salazar of New Belgium Brewing and Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River. They will help us taste through the top 10 barrels and, from those, select The Rare Barrel.
 
WHERE | Barrel Cellar and Tasting Room @ The Rare Barrel, 940 Parker St, Berkeley, CA 94710
 
WHEN | Friday, September 16th
    Saturday, September 17th
    Sunday, September 18th
 
WHY | We are in search of the rare barrel … the barrel that houses the perfect blend of yeast and bacteria.
 
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE SEARCH? | We will have approximately 100 flights of 3 barrel samples available in the Tasting Room per day for y’all to compare, contrast, and formulate opinions on. The barrel samples will be selected from barrels that are part of The Search. Each barrel sample is served uncarbonated and at room temperature, just like how our blenders taste through barrels in production. A commemorative glass is included with each barrel sample flight.
 
DRAFT | Below is a draft list of what we intend to serve throughout the weekend. Please note some guest beers may not be served each day and may sell out. To see what will be offered on draft as well as bottles available to go or for on-site consumption please see our Tasting Room Menu by clicking here. Our menu will be updated by Noon each day of The Search.
 
TRB SOUR BEER
Gifted Branch - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with tons of peaches and a dash of apricots, 6.7%
Arrows of Neon - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with lemon peel and lime peel, 5.6%
Wise Guise - a blend of Ensorcelled and our golden sour beer aged in oak barrels, 5.6%
Forces Unseen - a blend of golden sour beers aged in oak barrels, 5.5%
Ensorcelled - dark sour beer aged in oak barrels, 6.2%
Another World -a blend of red sour beers aged in oak barrels, 5.8%
Shades of Cool - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with black currants, 5.8%
Cosmic Dust - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with hibiscus, 5.7%
Stone Age Love - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with tart cherries, 5.7%
 
GUEST BEER
STS Pils, Russian River Brewing Co, - Czech Pilsner, 5.3%
Dribble Belt, Russian River Brewing Co, - Pale Ale, 4.5 %
Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co, - Double IPA, 8%
Supplication, Russian River Brewing Co, - Sour ale aged in Oak Barrels with Cherries, 7%
1554, New Belgium Brewing, - Black Lager, 5.6%
Trippel, New Belgium Brewing, - Belgian Style Ale, 8.5%
Le Terroir, New Belgium Brewing, - Dry-hopped Sour Ale, 7.5 %
NBB Love Oscar, New Belgium Brewing, - Base of La Folie aged in Cabernet barrels from Chateau Montelena

FOOD | We’ll have a different food truck on site each day! Please see the schedule below.
Friday, September 16th from 4PM - 9PM | Passione Pizza
Saturday, September 17th from 1PM - 7PM | Tacos El Rey
Sunday, September 18th from 1PM - 7PM | Doc’s Classic Comfort Food
 
So are you in?
PS -pH1 was gifted from Russian River back to New Belgium back in 2014, and then New Belgium gifted her to us in 2015. It’s a real honor to be the current shephard of pH1. If you’d like to hear the full story of pH1 as told by Gail Ann Williams and Steve Shapiro in issue #111 of Beer Advocate Magazine, click here for a great read!

 

Time Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 8:25 AM
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January 8, 2016 | The Rare Barrel

SFBW: The Rare Barrel Events

San Francisco Beer Week is only a few weeks away, do you know what you are doing?  We are gearing up for an epic week from January 22nd through January 31st and will be hosting a few events.  See what is going on below.


The Reunion: The Bruery, Societe Brewing Co, & The Rare Barrel

Saturday, January 23rd, 2-10PM @ The Rare Barrel

Mark your calendars! We are starting the beginning of Beer Week by getting the gang back together… again!  The Bruery, Societe Brewing Company, and The Rare Barrel will all be under the same roof for our second annual reunion event. Each brewery will be serving 5 beers for you to try at the Tasting Room starting at 2PM.

If you didn’t know, Patrick from The Bruery, Doug from Societe, and Jay from The Rare Barrel all worked together at The Bruery. Patrick, Doug, and Jay will all be in house for the first few hours to share each other’s beer, reminisce about the past, chat about the present, and look forward to the future.

Real Smoked BBQ is bringing a massive smoker to our parking lot again and will dishing up some amazing BBQ for this event and Sunday, January 24th. Come hungry and thirsty!

 


The Rare Barrel Cellar Night

Thursday, January  28th, 4-10PM @ The Rare Barrel

That’s right, we are bringing back a few of our past releases for you to try in our Tasting Room for one night only! We will have 13 sours on tap and 3 bottles to try in house. Please see a list of  beers we plan on serving below.

Draft
Becoming | golden sour aged in oak barrels with boysenberries
Dubious Nights | dark sour beer aged in tequila barrels
Forces Unseen 14 (Batch 2) | blend of 3 golden sour beer aged in oak barrels
Forces Unseen 15 (Batch 4) | blend of 4 golden sour beer aged in oak barrels
Forces Unseen 16 (Batch 5) | blend of 5 golden sour beer aged in oak barrels
Impossible Soul | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with tart cherries and sweet cherries
Map of the Sun | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots
No Salt | golden sour beer aged in tequila barrels
Proportional Response | amber sour beer aged in oak barrels
Soliloquy | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with rose hips and orange peel
Sourtooth Tiger | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with ginger
Supermassive | dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with blackberries and black currants
2nd Anniversary Sour | red sour beer aged in whiskey barrels
 
Bottles (for on site consumption)
Apropos of Nothing | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with elderberries and lavender
Forces Unseen 14 (Batch 1) | blend of 3 golden sour beer aged in oak barrels
Home Sour Home | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla bean
 
Bottles (for sale)
Map of the Sun | golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots
No Salt | golden sour beer aged in tequila barrels

 


Between the Barrels w/Lauren Salazar & New Belgium Brewing

Saturday, January 30th, 2PM - 5PM @ The Rare Barrel

Lauren Salazar will be in house on Saturday, January 30th from 2PM to 5PM along with some of our friends from New Belgium Brewing. Five special sours from the New Belgium cellars will be served along with suggested cheese and dessert pairings.  Lauren and Jay will also be holding 3 Q&A sessions at 2:30PM, 3:30PM, and 4:30PM for up to 20 people each session. Sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis so make sure to stop by the Tasting Room early to get your chance to chat with Lauren.


 
Sours from The Rare Barrel can also be enjoyed at the following events: SFBW Opening Gala (1/22), Barrel Aged Beer Fest at The Trappist (1/23), Sours United at Monk's Kettle (1/23), Sour Sunday at Jupiter (1/24), Knights Of The Dank Table at BeerCraft (1/28), and RateBeer Best (1/31).


Have an awesome Beer Week and see y’all in the Tasting Room!

The Rare Barrel
 
November 10, 2015 | The Rare Barrel

Rare Arts Fair - Saturday November, 21st 2-6PM

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Rare Arts Fair! While we often say that brewing is using the science of biology to create art (beer), we want to also acknowledge that beer itself inspires art. On Saturday, November 21st from 2PM – 6PM at our Tasting Room, local artists will be displaying and selling their one-of-kind pieces inspired by the creation and enjoyment of beer. Check out the details below along with what each artist has created and will be selling.
 
What | Rare Arts Fair
When | Saturday, November 21st from 2PM through 6PM 
Where | The Rare Barrel Tasting Room
 
Upcycled Wine Barrel Staves by Al Wallash | These oak barrel staves were coaxed to form naturally wine-stained bowls, curvaceous candle arches, distinctive coat/towel hangers, and beer-related signs. Each piece is unique, with its own natural markings that are enhanced by stain and finish. These organic pieces will bring the wonder of barrel-aged beer and wine into your home.

   

Jewelry and Trinkets by JoAnn Wallash | JoAnn uses colorful beads and engraved metal pieces to create beautiful accessories and household items. She has a passion for crafting earrings, bracelets, and necklaces but also enjoys making bottle openers, bottle stoppers, and cheese knives.

Hop Life Prints by Scott Moskowitz | Hops enjoy life as much as humans do. From lounging pool side to taking up boxing as a hobby, Scott Moskowitz captures these moments of hops living life every day and depicts them on paintings, prints, and shirts.

Glass Sculptures and Ornaments by Mitch LaPlante | Mitch LaPlante makes colorful, realistic blown glass fruit and vegetable sculptures in large scale. Maraschino, Bing, and Rainier are popular varieties of cherries Mitch draws inspiration from and these sculptures reach almost 3 feet tall. He also makes ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes to hang on your holiday tree.

   

Ceramic Beer Mugs by Michael Salo | These hand made high fired ceramic mugs may be used to hold any beverage but are longing for some beer in them. Michael Salo has hand crafted each beer mug to be unique, all varying in size and color.
 
Hand Drawn Designs and Characters by Nicolas Fullmer | Nicolas Fullmer is a San Francisco-based illustrator and craft beer enthusiast who has made a name for himself with his unique hand-drawn designs and inventive characters. He is best known for being the artist for Faction Brewing and Cellarmaker Brewing as well as his complete artistic makeover of the 80-year-old globally recognized Trader Vic's brand. Clients in the world of beer have included Societe Brewing, City Beer Store, Hog’s Apothecary, Social Kitchen & Brewery, The Good Hop, Marin Brewing, Alpha Acid Brewing, Simply Hops (UK), Shady Oaks Barrel House, and more.
 
Made-to-Order Watermelon Forces | Forces Unseen showcases notes of sweet pineapple with a tart lemon acidity. We found that these flavors are a great compliment to fresh watermelon juice. Made-to-order, make sure to ask your bartender for a glass of this unique and refreshing blend while supplies last.
 
Artist Payment | All artists will be selling products direct to consumer. Acceptable forms of payment to artists will be cash only. Even though The Rare Barrel is hosting this event we will not be able take transactions on behalf of the artists.
 
We hope to see you all out here supporting the local artist community and possibly seeing art in new forms and places.

 

Cheers,

The Rare Barrel
 
January 27, 2015 | The Rare Barrel

Beer Week Events

Beer Week is right around the corner, so it's about time we share the fun things we have in the works with you! Below is a list of our main events at the brewery, but you'll also find us at the Opening Gala and Jupiter's Sour Sunday. Here we go...


The Dry-hopped Sour Party w/Cellarmaker

Saturday, February 7th, 2-10PM @ The Rare Barrel

We've collaborated with our buds at Cellarmaker to make three dry-hopped sours! Tangerang will be making a comeback and we'll be releasing two new dry-hopped sours. Tim and Connor, along with six of their beers, will also be making an appearance on Saturday. Tangerang will also be the Ambassadors Fill on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend, and we will only be filling Ambassador and Founder growlers. 

Real Smoked BBQ is bringing a massive smoker to our parking and will start smoking ribs, pulled pork, and tri-tip for this event before the sun comes up. Come hungry and thirsty! BBQ will be available for purchase from 2-10PM.


The Bruery, Societe, and Rare Barrel Reunion

Sunday, February 8th, 5-8PM (extended hours) @ The Rare Barrel

Societe, The Bruery, and The Rare Barrel are getting back together and will be serving 5 beers from each brewery, under the same roof, in The Rare Barrel's Tasting Room. Patrick from The Bruery, Doug and Travis from Societe, and Jay from The Rare Barrel will all be attending this event to hang out and chat with you about the past, present, and future of their breweries. Once upon a time, Doug, Travis, and Jay worked at The Bruery with Patrick, so it will be fun for these old friends to get back together and share each other's beers under the same roof!

Real Smoked BBQ is bringing a massive smoker to our parking and will start smoking ribs, pulled pork, and tri-tip for this event before the sun comes up. Come hungry and thirsty! BBQ will be available for purchase from 12-8PM. 


Beer Dinner: An Exploration in Fat

Tuesday, February 10th, 5:30PM and 8:30PM seatings @ Mikkeller Bar SF

Chef Mike O'Brien will prepare a six course dinner paired with the sours from The Rare Barrel. Jay and Alex of The Rare Barrel will walk us through each course. Two seating's are limited to 14 people each and held in the Tivoli Sour Room located in the cellar of Mikkeller Bar SF. Being our 3rd beer dinner that we've done with Chef Mike O'Brien, we're confident that your pallet will be satiated. Cost is $180. Includes Tax & Gratuity. Menu and tickets here. 


Sipping Session with Cellarmaker and The Rare Barrel

Wednesday, February 11th, 1PM @ City Beer Store

Cellarmaker and The Rare Barrel will be bringing over their 3 dry-hopped sour collaborations to enjoy at City Beer Store. Additionally, each brewery will bring a beer that they made with Sightglass Coffee beans, which were roasted just around the corner from City Beer Store. The dudes from Cellarmaker and The Rare Barrel will be hanging out and enjoying some beers and good company. 


Let's Talk Sours with Cascade Brewing

Thursday, February 12th, 5-7PM (ticketed), 7-10PM open to the public

5-7PM (ticketed) – Kevin Martin (Lead Blender and Cellar Master) from Cascade Brewing, along with Jay Goodwin (Director of Blending and Brewing) from The Rare Barrel, will lead a conversation about sour beer blending and production as you taste through a variety of sours from Cascade and The Rare Barrel. Ticket includes minimum of 8 sour beers and 1 non-sour beer. Ambassadors will have the first opportunity to purchase (1) ticket through the Allocation section of the website on Thursday, January 29th at 10AM. If tickets are still available on Friday, January 30th at 10AM, they will go on sale to the public then. Tickets are non-transferrable, non-refundable, and there is a limit of (1) per person. $45/ticket, 36 tickets available.

7-10PM – Open to the public, six Cascade sours on tap along with some of ours!


Bottle Release: Shadows of Their Eyes

Saturday, February 14th, 2PM @ The Rare Barrel

Shadows of Their Eyes is our dark sour aged in oak barrels. Coming in at 6% ABV, aromas of chocolate complement the dark fruit notes in this assertively sour beer. Shadows of Their Eyes was awarded Bronze Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Category 59: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale!  


 

Have an awesome Beer Week,

The Rare Barrel
 
September 17, 2014 | The Rare Barrel

Tasting Room now open Sunday 12-6PM

Starting this Sunday, our Tasting Room will be open on Sundays from 12-6PM! We’ve decided to go big for our first Sunday, so here is a list of the festivities we have in store for you...

NEW DRAFT SOUR RELEASE | Map of the Sun – golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots.  Think juicy apricot and apricot jam with a moderate acidity. Available on draft and as Founder’s Fill!

BARREL SAMPLE RELEASE | Puppy Love - a barrel sample of our unreleased golden sour beer aged in an oak barrel with boysenberries, which will be served directly from a 5 gallon oak barrel, uncarbonated and at room temperature. 100% of the proceeds from Puppy Love will be donated to our neighbors at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society for their annual block party and fundraiser, Bark (& Meow) Around The Block.  Available this Sunday only.

CELLARD BOTTLES FOR IN-HOUSE CONSUMPTION | We’re pulling a few cases of our bottled beers available for consumption in the Tasting Room. Available at noon while supplies last...

Ensorcelled (Founders Club only) – dark sour aged in oak with raspberries, 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner in the American Sour Ale category

Shadows Of Their Eyes – dark sour aged in oak barrels, 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner in the Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale category

Proportional Response – amber sour aged in oak barrels, a blend of an assertively sour red with a faintly tart pale

BOTTLES TO TAKE HOME | Sourtooth Tiger, golden sour aged in oak with ginger. Limit 3 per person. 

SELF-GUIDED TOUR | We’re expanding the Tasting Room area on Sunday to include access into the part of the production area. 

GUEST TAPS | Our buddies at Societe Brewing in San Diego decided to make a special delivery to the Bay Area for our first Sunday being open (well, not really just for us… but their timing was perfect!). We’ll have

Societe Brewing Co. - The Pugilist (2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal in the Irish-Dry Stout Category)

Societe Brewing Co. - The Pupil, an outstanding IPA

Cellarmaker Brewing Co. -  Peach Killiah IPA (IPA w/150 lbs of peaches) 

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!

 

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