March 15, 2018 | The Rare Barrel
Long story short... We conducted our first Search for The Rare Barrel back in September of 2016 and found Barrel p9t. Over the course of 3 days, our friends along with some of our Ambassadors of Sour participated in an extensive tasting of our barrel house in order to find the best barrel of beer...aka “The Rare Barrel.” Well, the time has come for us to conduct our second Search for The Rare Barrel this April! We’re changing it up a little so make sure to check out more info below.
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 in 1990. After a few years of housing wine, she found her way to New Belgium Brewing, 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. Shortly after our first Search for The Rare Barrel, Barrel pH1 mysteriously showed up at our back door. No joke! We received an unexpected delivery at the back door of our warehouse and when the truck rolled up its door, Barrel pH1 sat there alone, waiting to call The Rare Barrel her next home. We were lucky enough to shepherd her for the next year and bottled a single barrel of her beer. She now has traveled on to her next journey, back with old friend Peter Bouckaert, one of her original shepherds at New Belgium Brewing and now at his own brewery Purpose Brewing. We are looking forward to continuing to follow her story while we continue to search for our very own rare barrel.
WHAT | The Search for The Rare Barrel will spanned 4 days. A group of our Ambassadors of Sour and some friends in the Industry (a.k.a. The Search Party) tasted and ranked barrel samples throughout the final two days of The Search. We crunched the data from The Search Party to find the best barrels in our barrel house. Founders Jay Goodwin, Alex Wallash, and Brad Goodwin tasted through the selected best barrels from The Search and, from those, select The Rare Barrel 2018, barrel N6Z.
TOP TEN TO THE RARE BARREL 2018 | The top 10 oak barrels selected from The Search for The Rare Barrel were blended along with a splash of The Rare Barrel 2018 (the majority of The Rare Barrel 2018 will be used to ferment future batches) and bottled on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018.
N6Z (The Rare Barrel 2018)
March 8, 2018 | The Rare Barrel
We’re doing it again! We are more than honored to host another Saison Day. The Fifth Annual Allagash Saison Day will be held at The Rare Barrel on Saturday, April 14th starting at 1PM. Join us, along with Allagash Founder Rob Tod, in the Tasting Room & Kitchen as we celebrate this amazing style along with 15 other Northern California breweries. So who else is going to be raising a glass and partying down with us? Check out the list of breweries that will be showcasing saison for Saison Day below.
Astrid | mixed fermentation saison aged in Aquavit barrels
Belfius | blend of spontaneously fermented beer and saison
Hibernal Fluxus | saison milk stout
Shiro's Delight | mixed fermentation saison aged in plums and pluerries
Saison Gratis | open- fermented saison hopped in a coolship
Bay Saison | saison with California bay leaves
Lost Wisdom | solera style saison
Brett Midler | sauvignon blanc barrel aged saison with Brettanomyces
Citraison | saison brewed with citra hops
Aces Rye | rye saison dry-hopped with citra hops
Resonance | blended saison
Champ Rochaux | saison with nectarines
Saison Sandwich | mixed fermentation saison aged in chardonay barrels
Paid Vacation | hoppy saison
Brouwerij Kat | mixed fermentation saison aged in gin barrels
The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg | solera aged saison with Brettanomyces
Admiral Loral Saison | strong saison brewed with Admiral Maltings Maiden Voyage, loral hops, and Fantome's primary yeast strain
Yeoman's Pride | oak-kissed saison
Take The Time | keg conditioned saison
Roads Diverge | tart saison aged in oak barrels
Fork in the Rose | tart saison aged in oak barrels with rose hips and rose petals
Leaf in the Grassland | tart saison aged in oak barrels with sumac and lemon grass
Tomorrow's Verse | classic saison
Saison Apotheca | open fermented warehouse saison
Hungry? Tacos El Rey will be on site to dish up some tacos, burritos, and quesadillas to eat while drinking saison! So come thirsty, come hungry, come ready to cheers to this time-honored style.