The Rare Barrel

The Rare BarrelThe Rare Barrel
The Rare BarrelThe Rare Barrel
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

940 Parker St
Berkeley, California, 94710-2524
United States

(510) 984-6585 | map
therarebarrel.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.28
Beers:
100
Reviews:
495
Ratings:
4,416
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.48
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
156
pDev:
7.37%
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Reviews by BMMillsy:
Photo of BMMillsy
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A bit one-note due to their focus, and on a Sunday afternoon they were clear about trying to get us going, but overall a cool place with good beer. Worth a stop.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BerryKumquat
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A bar at the end of a parking strip. While the location is odd, the beer selection and choice are usually very good. Their bottle selection can be different from what they have on tap but overall it's a great place to hangout and enjoy a sour.

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Photo of themayorkoch
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Was very excited to visit The Rare Barrel for the first time in June 2018. Spent a couple hours there on a Friday from about 5-7. It's a large warehouse space, and I was very surprised there weren't more people there on a Friday night. After all, this is THE RARE BARREL we're talking about! I asked our bartender, and he said it was typical to have a small crowd on a Friday. Apparently, this location isn't near housing or restaurants, so there's no walk-in traffic. He said the crowds are much bigger on Saturdays and Sundays.

I sampled about 10 beers during my visit. They ranged from good to very good. I didn't learn til the end of my visit that there was a separate tap list for subscriber club members where they keep the better quality offerings. That was a little disappointing when you travel a long way to a brewery and you can't try their best beers even if they are on tap and available.

The day I visited there was a special beer/food pairing available, so I ordered it. Fantastic! The chef created a specific menu to bring out the highlights of a particular beer. In this case, it was a beer brewed specifically for this meal. For $16 I got a small plate of food (pork with a corn chowder--delicious) and a pour of a one-off beer. Absolutely the highlight of my visit. If this is the direction The Rare Barrel is going, that's exciting news for the locals!

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Photo of grapeshops
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Mxsluis
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Boilerup
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rubenjr
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hophazzard
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I finally made it here! It’s tucked away at the way back of a parking lot/warehouse area, very easy to miss. Once you find it you’re set. Lots, lots, lots of barrels to wander.

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rustyjaw
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Large warehouse-like space with plenty of seating and a bar. The majority of the space, beyond the seating area, is taken up with a large number of wooden barrels.

The Rare Barrel has really improved their offerings over the years, originally (years ago) their beers were all fairly similar, but on my last visit, I was treated to a nice variety of sours/wild ales. Among my favorites was Emerald Vision, a blonde sour with cucumber. Super!

The staff is courteous, the crowd is jovial and casual.

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Photo of Frosty11161
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Giant warehouse, can be a bit drafty at times. They need to get more seating as most of it is standing room only. Decent guest beers on tap, but don't expect to stay for dinner, as they only have grilled cheese.

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Photo of lomoshe
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love everything about this place. Plenty of seating, laid back but nice atmosphere with all the sour beers you could want. What else could you ask for?!

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Photo of epyon396
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Inglewood
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA
Brewery rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4416 ratings