Our next stop on the Berkeley beer tour is The Rare Barrel. TRB is “an all-sour beer company…on a mission to brew exceptional barrel aged sour beers.” NICE!
New to the Berkeley brewery scene (open since late 2013), Rare Barrel has built a large and loyal following and for good reason. Here you will imbibe some of the finest hand crafted, small batch sour beer to be drank. Jay Goodwin and partner Alex Wallash began home brewing after studying together at UC Santa Barbara. Jay went on to become The Bruery’s barrel aging program director before launching TRB with Wallash and his brother Brad Goodwin.
Beer flight on deck: an exceptional cherry sour (a collaboration with New Belgium), an over-the-top amazeballs lemon lily (brewed with hibiscus, ginger and lemon peel finally a guest tap from New Belgium – Eric’s Ale (barrel aged sour peach ale). YUM! Check out TRB’s cavernous tasting room and enjoy a delicious craft beer or three among the towering stacks of over 600 oak barrels. They’re at 940 Parker Street in Berkeley, California, open Friday – Sunday. CHEERS!