The Rare Barrel
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District of Columbia
4.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Visited during my trip to San Francisco. This was a favorite place of mine during the entire Pacific Northwest trip. It's in a quiet neighborhood in Berkeley, big building, lots of parking at the main entrance.
The tasting room is actually just a cornered off section of the entire barrel room, which is actually an awesome sight to see barrel after barrel stacked in this giant warehouse. Reminds me of a winery. Their is plenty of bar seating, tables, standing room and even a few couches.
They have several of their beers on tap, but also a handful of guest beers. Everything is full pours and about $7-$9 a glass, which is expected with most sours. They also had bottles for sale, but they were pricey. The one they had when I visited was $30.
Food is limited, just a couple of panini options.
Overall, as a tourist, if you are visiting San Fran/Oakland area over a Friday or Saturday, I would make a trip out here.
08-15-2014 14:52:52 | More by nmann08
4.45/5 rDev -2.6%
The atmosphere is that of a lofty warehouse brewery with a small tasting area tucked in the corner. Oak barrels full of beer adorn half the warehouse, with brewing and bottling equipment and storage taking up the other half. The bar and seating area has a clean and minimalist design to it, and there are a couple couches for lounging. Service is always spectacular as the bar staff that works there are always friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Typically there is anywhere from four to eight brewery sours on tap, and their is always something special on their half a dozen rotating guest taps. I wish they had a few more munchies, but typically there are two to three types of paninis available (brought in from a local restaurant). The owners are very welcome to feedback, and they make an effort to make modifications and improvements if necessary (i.e. bottle releases). They also give periodic brewery tours. Overall this is a relaxing place to satisfy your sour fix. I understand why they are currently only open two days a week, but I cannot wait until they have the ability to add more hours. Definitely check them out if you are in the area.
07-17-2014 17:31:40 | More by scottfrie
The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA
98 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.