The Rare Barrel

940 Parker St
Berkeley, California United States 94710
brewery (The Rare Barrel)  4.55/5.0 32 reviews
Th-Fr: 4:00 - 10:00 PM; Sat: 1:00 - 10:00 PM; Sun 1:00 - 8:00 PM

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The Rare Barrel Sloe Daze10%10/13/2017
The Rare Barrel In Other Words6.6%10/7/2017
The Rare Barrel Outlaw Bound6.1%10/1/2017
The Rare Barrel Small Acts4.2%10/1/2017
The Rare Barrel Dreamsong6%10/1/2017
The Rare Barrel Awfully Big Adventure6.2%10/1/2017
The Rare Barrel Across the Sea4.5%9/16/2017
The Rare Barrel Hyper Paradise6.3%9/16/2017
The Rare Barrel Bellatrix6.3%9/16/2017
The Rare Barrel Soliloquy5.1%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Apropos of Nothing5.8%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Supermassive6.5%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Shadows of Their Eyes5.6%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Sourtooth Tiger5.4%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel For Ever More6.2%9/10/2017
The Rare Barrel There are Rules6%9/10/2017
Sante Adairius Flyleaf6.5%8/30/2017
Alvarado Street Tall, Dark & Handsome5.4%8/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Seditious Ways6.9%8/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Dubious Pursuit5.5%8/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Map of the Moon6%8/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Entanglement4.5%8/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Ruby Grove 5.7%8/29/2017
The Rare Barrel Singing Loudly7.3%8/29/2017
The Rare Barrel Pricklish6.1%8/29/2017
The Rare Barrel Byway6%8/27/2017
The Rare Barrel Emerald Vision5.7%8/27/2017
The Rare Barrel Cherub's Blends6.3%8/27/2017
The Rare Barrel / Cellarmaker Birds In Paradise5.9%8/27/2017
The Rare Barrel Home, Sour Home5.8%8/12/2017
The Rare Barrel Echo Series: Hypnotized6%7/18/2017
Berryessa Session Saison4%6/21/2017
The Rare Barrel Dubious Intent6.2%6/21/2017
The Rare Barrel Seditious Ways6.9%6/21/2017
The Rare Barrel Roses in Bloom6.5%6/21/2017
The Rare Barrel Forces Unseen (Blend 6+)5.5%6/16/2017
The Rare Barrel Barrel p9t5.8%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Creative Juices5.4%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Tropical Humor5.6%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel 3rd Anniversary Sour6.4%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel 2nd Anniversary Sour7.3%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Gifted Branch6.7%6/10/2017
The Rare Barrel Solidarity Forever6.9%5/27/2017
The Rare Barrel Afterlight6%5/26/2017
The Rare Barrel Founders Club #2: Ensorcelled5.8%5/14/2017
Chapman Crafted Hello Again4.8%4/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Mister Tea6.3%4/30/2017
The Rare Barrel Bygone6.6%4/13/2017
The Rare Barrel Saphir Effect6%3/30/2017
The Rare Barrel More Mango6.6%3/18/2017
The Rare Barrel Roads Diverge5.6%3/4/2017
Temescal Esta Noche7.3%3/4/2017
Societe The Widow9.2%2/26/2017
The Rare Barrel Proportional Response 4.8%2/26/2017
The Rare Barrel Forces Unseen (Blend 5)5.5%2/26/2017
The Rare Barrel Wise Guise5.4%2/17/2017
The Rare Barrel Founders Club #4: Cosmic Dust5.4%2/15/2017
The Rare Barrel Cacao Are You?7.3%2/15/2017
The Rare Barrel Arrows of Neon4.5%2/15/2017
Temescal Little By Little5%1/27/2017
The Rare Barrel Another World5.8%1/9/2017
The Rare Barrel Tigerlily5.2%1/7/2017
The Rare Barrel Shades of Cool5.7%12/9/2016
Cellarmaker Permanent Daylight6.4%12/5/2016
The Rare Barrel No Salt5.7%11/23/2016
The Rare Barrel Consigliere4%10/23/2016
Cellarmaker The Glow5.7%10/9/2016
The Rare Barrel Stone Age Love5.7%10/2/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 2/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
mcberko  (1065) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 29, 2017
Located in an industrial park, the facility itself is very large, and the tasting room is adjacent to the brewing facilities. Lots of sitting and standing room. They had 8 beers on tap when I visited, plus some guests and bottles. 4 oz. pours were $5, pretty outrageous. I know my opinion on Rare Barrel is not the norm, but I think the beers are highly overrated - the beers are so acidic that you really need a Tums with them, and I’m no stranger to sours. All in all, worth visiting when in Berkeley, but be prepared to get a walloped in the wallet and tooth enamels.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (575) Poughkeepsie, New York | May 29, 2017
Amended rating after another visit, this time May 2016. They are now offering 5 ounce pours, so you can reasonably get through the whole list by yourself now. Additionally, the food menu has expanded from when I first went, so there are some more options as well. Service people were certainly more attentive on my subsequent visit as well. Tap lists now are including more other local things to offer a more well rounded list, with other things complementing their solid line of sours.

Original rating 62/100 from my first visit. Open space, quite dark. I’m not sure what vibe they’re going for, but it was far too dark in here I felt. Loads of barrels around. Service staff walk past us three times at the side bar, even while bringing things to people seated next to us, so I finally had to go up to the main bar to order. No pours smaller than the full pour, which is a bit of a hassle, but I guess with only 6 of their beers on you’re on a known quantity of beer to work through and a known monetary expenditure, and it’s probably easier with a party of people who you could share with. If you’re a local this is probably fine since I imagine they’re not going through too much in a quick fashion, but out of town you’re looking at a growlers worth of beer in a sitting if you want to try everything. Food menu is grilled cheese for $5, and nothing else.Only one bottled offering available, Map of the Sun at $25/per, and as great a beer as it is, with limited carry space, it didn’t seem worth it, espcially as it was also on tap. Cold and imprersonal. Both figuratively and literally. After going to Fieldwork with their directional space heaters, it was downright chilly in the tasting space here, and with our coats on we were still close to shivering. If this was a local place, for sure I’d be here regularly. But as a destination, it was downright dissapointing. The beers were great, as expected, but trying all six when I went ran $49 due to the lack of sample pours or flights. Sure, you’re ending up with 6 full pours at that price point, but for trying 6 beers and then deciding what you’d like to drink, I feel like it shouldn’t cost $50 and a stomach investment of 72 ounces. And for the time invested, there’s definitely better options with a higher number of interesting things available. If you’ve got time to do both, I’d go here and Fieldwork. If you’ve only got time for one, I’d probably just go to Fieldwork. More beers, better service, better scene, wider variety of beers. So overall, good but quite the let down.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
vtafro  (91) Wayne, New Jersey | May 22, 2017
After drinking quite a few of their beers, really cool getting here. Sours, and more sours, so if thats not your thing, not for you.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138  (385) Falls Church, Virginia | May 14, 2017
Visited during the RateBeer Best 2017 bus tour. Spacious taproom with an insane amount of barrels. Fairly busy in the evening but service was pretty good. Nice selection of sours and hopefully you like sours since that’s all they make. Half and full pours only. Well worth a visit if you’re into sours.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ansalon  (13) Stockholm, SWEDEN, Sweden | February 22, 2017
Amazing place! Visited Saturday 11th February during SF Beer Week. This day they had guest taps from The Bruery and Societe. Man, just amazing beers. And the place! Chock full of barrels and a nice earthy farmhouse scent in the air. Friendly staff and great atmosphere!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
anstei  (74) Zurich, Switzerland | February 19, 2017
Visited twice around SF Beer Week season. This place is basically a warehouse with all the barrels on racks and a bar in front of all that. Sterile and industrial chic. Tap list consists of sours of TRB almost(?) exclusively. Some bottles to go and to drink in available. Prices are rather steep, no flights available, just half pours. You won’t drink many of those, as the sour palate of TRB is fairly one-dimensional, even if done extremely well.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas  (195) Thessaloniki, Greece | February 4, 2017
Another must visit (if you enjoy sour beers) in the area and I m happy that Ratebeer Best breweries tour selected this as our final stop before heading back to Santa Rosa. Spacious place, a little bit crowded on Friday evening, nice ambiance with all the wooden barrels and view of the brewing equipment. There were bottles to go (around $20+). Dont know about food. For sure I will visit the place again if I am in the "neighborhood"
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
klm1  (111) Bled/SF, | February 1, 2017
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (384) Lansing, Kansas | February 1, 2017
Great place visited while on the RBWG 2017 tour. Very crowded. Think 10 taps available at this visit. Some bottles to go. Prices a touch high. Service was good considering how busy they were. Nice views of their operation. If you enjoy sours, this is your place.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
fluffy  (132) St Petersburg, Florida | June 19, 2016
It's expensive, not huge selection, but the place is gorgeous and the beers world class. Love it.

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