It's been nearly 9 months since we started the conversation about The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's barrel-aged sour beer brewery. Assuming you're like us, you've been patiently twiddling your thumbs and salivating, awaiting the inaugural releases from a brewery built around brews that take nearly a year (or more) to create. Next week, your best holiday gift might be the opportunity to sample the starting lineup. On December 27th, The Rare Barrel's beers become a lot less ... rare.
The tasting room will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, offering up eight house sours, two guest taps, and two wine taps. A couple of panini options and side salads will be available for noshing. The tasting room is inside of the production facility, allowing guests a view of the barrel storage and fermentation areas. The open floor plan also means that the entire place is set to barrel-aging temperature, so be sure to bundle up for your visit.
Expect to see The Rare Barrel's sours trickling onto taps at local craft houses, and their first bottled release (an oak-aged golden sour called SKUs Me) will hit the shelves around February/March. See the pertinent details and opening taplist, below:
The Rare Barrel Grand Opening
Where: 940 Parker St., Berkeley
When: Beginning 12/27: Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 2-10 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: The opening of the Bay Area's first all-sour brewery! Expect to see the following brews on tap:
SKUs Me - golden sour beer aged in oak barrels
Proportional Response - amber sour beer aged in oak barrels
Shadows of Their Eyes - dark sour beer aged in oak barrels
Ensorcelled - dark sour beer aged in oak with raspberries
Map of the Sun - golden sour beer aged in oak with apricots (single barrel release)
Sirius Black - golden sour beer aged in oak with blackberries (single barrel release)
Tremendous Slouch - golden sour beer aged in oak with peaches (single barrel release)
Fields Forever - red sour beer aged in oak with strawberry (single barrel release)
The Bruery Melange 3 - barrel-aged, blended American Strong Ale (15% abv!!)
Societe Brewing The Apprentice IPA
Donkey & Goat Sluice Box - white Rhone style blend from Berkeley
Eno Wines The Return - red grenache from Berkeley