A story told by Co-founder Alex Wallash
Festival de Cervezas Extremas Juguetes Perdidos (May 25th - 26th, 2019)
Collaboration & Asado
Dinner, Beers, and Conversation
Waves, Beers, and More BBQ
Congreso De Barrel Aged & Sour Beer and Collaboration
Release Party - Friday, March 31st at The Rare Barrel
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
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
Allagash Saison Day at The Rare Barrel | Saturday, April 8th @ 1PM
The Rare Barrel
The Reunion | The Bruery, Societe Brewing Co. & The Rare Barrel
Saturday, February 11th, 1PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel
Cellarmaker + The Rare Barrel = Collaboration Release Party
Sunday, February 12th, 1PM - 8PM @ The Rare Barrel
- 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
Jester King Brewery Guest Tap Takeover
Wednesday, February 15th, 7:30PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel
Trillium Brewing Guest Tap Takeover
Thursday, February 16th, 4PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel
Wicked Weed Brewing + The Rare Barrel Collaboration Release | Happy Blending
Friday, February 17th, 4PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel
The Rare Barrel Cellar Day
Saturday, February 18th, 1 - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel
Sunday, February, 1 - 8PM @ The Rare Barrel
FOOD | We’ll have a different food truck on site each day! Please see the schedule below.
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.
Have an awesome Beer Week and see y’all in the Tasting Room!
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,
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!