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The Rare Barrel
January 30, 2018 | The Rare Barrel

GRAND OPENING | Tasting Room & Kitchen

The time has come… we are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our new kitchen on February 1st! Executive Chef Charis Wahl joined our team last August and has been secretly creating an amazing food program that extends far beyond the grilled cheeses we’ve been grillin’ up for you over the last couple of years. Charis Wahl was most recently the Executive Chef at Gather and before that worked at other local favorites such as Rivoli, The Advocate, and Ozumo. With over 17 years of culinary experience, Chef is ready to share her new food with you.
So, what can you expect from our new kitchen? We’re a from-scratch kitchen, making almost everything in house. We want to focus on crafting flavor profiles and serving the best dishes possible from locally sourced, seasonal produce and seafood. And why are we only using locally sourced, seasonal produce and seafood? Because it’s a fresher product, environmentally responsible, supports the local community, and we think it will show in our dishes and create amazing flavors. That means our menu is also going to change as the seasons do, which will keep things exciting for you and fuels Chef’s creativity. Our menu will also showcase charcuterie boards and cheese boards, which we love because the acidity in sour beer cuts through the fats in the meats so well. We also love that boards can be a communal experience and can be a great adventure of unlimited flavor combinations. With a few options to share and a few entres, you’ll be set to come in and enjoy our menu for dinner or snacks. We’re also using our sour beers as an ingredient in our food… because it tastes really good and is a unique ingredient that we have the opportunity to cook with. How does pork belly braised in our dark sour beer sound?
We’re not huge fans of pinning down specific styles, but we guess you could say that puts us in the loose category of New American cuisine. Seating is still first come first serve and you’ll order your food at the bar like normal. With our new and expanded menu, we kindly ask that our guests please refrain from bringing outside food into the new Tasting Room & Kitchen. We appreciate your understanding. While we’re still a brewery and bar first, you can expect something quite different from your typical bar food!
You know what they say though… a bite is worth a thousand words. Swing on by the Tasting Room & Kitchen when you’re ready for some food to pair with your sour beers!
The Rare Barrel
January 18, 2018 | The Rare Barrel

SF Beer Week is Coming! Sneak Peek Into What's Going On at The Rare Barrel

NorCal vs. SoCal  Showdown  & Cellar Bottle Sale

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

NorCal vs SoCal Showdown
Which region’s beer reigns supreme…NorCal or SoCal? This friendly competition will pit 10 NorCal breweries up against 10 SoCal breweries and  let our guests vote on their favorite beers . Participating breweries will be matched up with a brewery from the opposing region depending on style. Guests will be asked to blind taste by style and cast votes on which beer they like better (not knowing who brewed what). The region with the most points at the end of the day will be announced victor. Winners will not only be able to brag about which region makes better beer but be able to put an end to the long standing debates on who makes a better burrito, if "hella" is a legitimate word, and if it is ever appropriate to put the word "The" in front of a freeway name. Well, at least for the next year.
So who won?  NORCAL WINS! Check out each category and what was served below.
Non-fruited tart saison
Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales | pink
Mellona | Cellador Ales | orange
spiced saison
Apropos of Nothing | The Rare Barrel | green
La Vie En Rose |Pure Project | yellow
stone fruit sour
Stone Hearted  |Alvarado St : Yeast of Eden | red
Careful With That Aprium, Eugene |Beachwood Blendery | blue
fruited sour
Compunction | Russian River Brewing Company | green
Highbinder | Societe Brewing Company | yellow 
spirit barrel aged sour
4th Anniversary Sour | The Rare Barrel | red
Black and Blue BBLs | The Bruery | blue
blonde ale Lite Idea | Temescal Brewing | green
Refresh | Highland Park Brewery | yellow
hazy pale ale Moonage Daydream | Cellarmaker Brewing Co. | pink We Bought A Bench | Green Cheek Beer Company | orange
IPA Turok Juice | Cellarmaker Brewing Co. | green

That's It | Highland Park Brewery | yellow

hazy IPA Tiny Umbrella | Humble Sea Brewing Co. | red Two Thousands of Money | Pure Project | blue
west coast DIPA Hop Soup | Faction Brewing | pink Noble Ale Works | orange
hazy DIPA From Yakina With Love | Cellarmaker & Moonraker | pink Always in Love | Green Cheek Beer Company | orange
imperial stout Narwhal | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | red Night Rider | Pizza Port Brewing | blue
barrel aged stout Eclipse Elijah-Craig | Fiftyfifty Brewing | green Devil's Teeth Cuvee (Rum & Rye) | Modern Times Beer | yellow
Cellar Bottle Sale 
We’ve been cellaring bottles from every bottle release since our very first bottling run of Skus Me back in 2013. We’ll have about 10 different bottles from our cellar available for purchase to go! This will be our first and biggest cellar sale of this scale, but quantities will still be limited and bottles will be sold on a first come first served basis. We’ll post more details about this on social media as we get closer to the event.
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 Sunday - Tangerang Bottle Release + Growler Fills

Sunday, February 11th, 1PM - 8PM @ The Rare Barrel

We get so excited hanging with our buds from Cellarmaker Brewing Company. The creative juices start flowing and we put our heads together to come up with some new (and old favorites) collaborative brews. This year we are sharing 3 beers with y’all! What makes this year’s party more special than years past? We bottled Tangerang!
Yes, that’s right, for the first time ever you can take Tangerang! bottles home with you, and on top of that for 1 day only we will be filling any clean 32oz and 64oz growler brought in with one of the other Cellarmaker 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
Stay tuned for more details to come on pricing, limits, and draft styles.
Looking for grub? Real Smoked BBQ will be hanging out Sunday as well to fill bellies with tasty BBQ dishes!

pH1 Beer Dinner (ticketed event)

Wednesday, February 14th @ The Rare Barrel

pH1 is the name of a barrel. Crafted from French oak in 1990, she’s traveled from brewery to brewery, positively shaping every beer she touches.
pH1 is an idea. The idea is that there is one barrel that’s better than the rest. She’s better than the rest because she is the perfect home for the perfect mix of yeast and bacteria.
pH1 is the original rare barrel, whose story inspired us to search for that perfect barrel with the perfect mix of yeast and bacteria.  
We will be exploring pH1’s influence on sour beer and showcasing some of the fruits of her labor throughout this beer dinner. Our intention is for guests to enjoy the destination as much as we have enjoyed her journey. Check out the details below.
Seatings | Each seating is intended to provide a more intimate dining experience for you to enjoy the beer, food, and shared company.
Seating 1 | 5PM - 7PM
Seating 2 | 8PM - 10PM
Ticket Price & What’s Included | $175 + tax (includes gratuity)
Each ticket will include a 5 courses paired with 5 sours including a serving of The Rare Barrel’s bottled release pH1. In addition to the beer dinner, each attendee will receive 1 bottle of pH1 to take home. This is a single barrel release with less than 200 bottles in existence. This will be the only chance to take home a bottle of this limited beer since bottles of pH1 will not be sold and will likely only be available for special events. 
How to Purchase | Click here to enter the 24 hour lottery at 9AM Pacific on Wednesday, January 24th.
Due to the limited amount of tickets per seating we will be holding a lottery for tickets. This lottery will be open to the public and sold through our shop page. Please see details on lottery entry below.
  • 1 entry per person, duplicates will be removed
  • No entries will be accepted after the lottery closes
  • Entry does not guarantee your ticket
  • 32 lottery winners will be randomly selected and contacted by 12PM Pacific on Thursday, January 25th.
  • Winners will be required to purchase their ticket within 24 hours in order to secure their seat.

Central Coast Showcase & Benefit

Thursday, February 15th, 4PM - 10PM @ The Rare Barrel

A lot has been going on in the Central Coast outside of brewing some phenomenal beers. Much of our state has been victim to devastating fire and flood, most recently Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. However, we find ways to persist, support each other, and continue to produce awesome beer! Join us on Thursday, February 15th to get a taste of the Central Coast and raise money to help our California neighbors.
In addition to a variety of our beer that will be on tap, we will be showcasing 10 beers from some of our friends in the Central Coast. $2 from every guest beer sold will be donated to the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund in order to help those that were affected. Check our what breweries we will be showcasing for this event below.
Buellton, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Oxnard, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Buellton, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Ventura, CA
Come for beers and stay for dinner. The Tasting Room & Kitchen will be in full swing and dishin’ up some awesome food to enjoy with these tasty brews.

Sour Vibez Music Festival

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

We’re putting out the vibe, the sour vibez. Come move to the groove, tap your toes, and enjoy the musical tunes from various local artists!
We are excited to celebrate our music program by bringing back all of the artists who have played our 2nd Friday series to present the Sour Vibez Music Festival! It'll be 5+ hours of live music, including our featured band Sharkmouth. Sour Vibez will showcase a variety of sounds, from folk to soul and all the genres in between. PLUS The Rare Barrel's very own Alex Wallash, as the loser of our fantasy football league, will kick off the evening with some ukelele tunes.
Check out the line up below for a full night of music at The Rare Barrel.
Music By…
Token Girl
Ash Powell (with Rob Dietrich and Emily Studden)
Justin Cohen
Rick Hardin
Natalie Smith
and Tall Alex
Come for the music, sip on some sours, we’ll also have a few non-sour guest brews on from friends, and enjoy some grub from our kitchen.

Celebrating Women in Beer

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

We are throwing a party to celebrate all of the women in beer that continue to help this industry grow and thrive. Outside of the variety of our beer that will be on draft, we will have beers from 14 breweries that were founded and/or have Head Brewers that are women. To further empower women in beer, we are donating $2 from every guest beer sold to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization that assists to advance careers for women beer industry professionals by raising money for educational opportunities.
Check our what breweries (and some of the women behind making awesome beer) we will be showcasing for this event below.
Richmond, CA
Alex Zobel - Co-Founder & Brewer
Los Angeles, CA 
Devon Randall - Head Brewer
Portland, OR 
Natalie Baldwin - Brewer
Los Angeles, CA 
Ting Su - Co-Founder
Alameda, CA
Claudia Davis - Co-Founder
Redwood City, CA
Alisha Blue - Head Brewer
McMinnville, OR 
Lisa Allen - Head Brewer
Austin, TX 
Averie Swanson - Head Brewer
San Francisco, CA 
Regan Long - Co-Founder & Brewmaster
Sarah Fenson - Co-Founder
Kihei, HI 
Kim Lutz - Brewmaster
Fort Collins, DE
Kim Jordan -  Co-Founder
Lauren Limbach - Wood Cellar Manager
Capitola, CA
Adair Paterno - Co-Founder
Torrance, CA 
Laurie Porter - Co-Founder
Inglewood, CA
Lynn Weaver - Founder
Alex Nowel - Brewmaster
We will also have a food truck on site to fill your bellies with tasty grub throughout the day.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, February 19th, 11 - 5PM @ The Rare Barrel

If you like mimosas but don’t want to commit to champagne, then you are in for a treat! We will be serving beermosas and 2 other brunch cocktail inspired sours during Sunday Brunch at our Tasting Room & Kitchen. We are adjusting our hours from 11AM to 5PM so that you can wind down from a fun and busy SF Beer Week by enjoying a beermosa and some of our brunch-inspired dishes from our kitchen. If you weren’t able to try any of the beer from our events during the week or want to get another chance to grab a glass of something that was offered during one of these events, Sunday Brunch will be your last chance to try some of these amazing guest beers. We’re not sure what will be on tap yet but our draft list will be updated on site throughout the day.

Off-site Events

Sours from The Rare Barrel can also be enjoyed at the following events: SFBW Opening Gala (2/9), Sour Sunday at Jupiter (2/11), SARA’s Friends at Sante Adairius Santa Cruz Portal (2/11),  Homies night with Alvarado St, Cellarmaker, Sante Adairius, and The Rare Barrel at Toronado (2/12)
Enjoy an epic Beer Week and see y’all in the Tasting Room!



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