The Rare Barrel
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 584
Beer Avg: 4.18
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
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 23 ratings.