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:
101
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
4,452
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.48
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
155
pDev:
7.37%
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Reviews by SFCraft:
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SFCraft from California

4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Jul 24, 2015
More User Reviews:
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jan 03, 2020
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Montanabeerz from Montana

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

Nov 15, 2019
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BarrelAgedG from California

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

Sep 16, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

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.

Apr 27, 2019
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themayorkoch from Ohio

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

Dec 01, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

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

Oct 04, 2018
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

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

Sep 22, 2018
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Zonian1 from Ohio

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!

Jun 23, 2018
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grapeshops from California

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

Mar 29, 2018
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Mxsluis from Michigan

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

Mar 28, 2018
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JimiTheBastard from Nevada

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

Jan 19, 2018
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atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee

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

Jan 14, 2018
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Boilerup from Maryland

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

Jan 13, 2018
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Rubenjr from California

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

Dec 14, 2017
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Hophazzard from California

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

Nov 24, 2017
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elNopalero from California

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.

Aug 31, 2017
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Spoda1983 from Sweden

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

Aug 29, 2017
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rustyjaw from California

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.

Aug 27, 2017
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Frosty11161 from California

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.

Jun 12, 2017
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lomoshe from California

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?!

May 09, 2017
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 16, 2017
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 22, 2017
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Inglewood from Illinois

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

Mar 10, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Feb 05, 2017
The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA
Brewery rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4452 ratings