Hailing from Berkeley, California, Rare Barrel has remained one of the Pacific Northwest's unicorns, white whales, or whatever elusive amalgamated creature you can come up with for something out of reach. The simple fact is, when it comes to seeking out something that is only spoken of in beer forums and on social media, Rare Barrel was among those which were highly sought out. But much like the abstract complication of driving your first car, getting to first base with that special someone, or the moment you walked into a bar as a legal adult; eventually, you lose interest in the goal once it has been recovered. Enter Brouwer's Cafe, your source in Seattle for hard to find beers and in some cases spirits.
Back in early 2019, when thirsty-minded people couldn't get enough of Seattle Beer Week, Brouwer's Cafe was hosting their annual Sour Fest. During the event, listed amongst the Cantillions or Oude Gueuze,was a few drafts of Rare Barrel beers including: Across the Sea Sour Ale w/ Coriander and Sea Salt, Apropos of Nothing Sour Ale w/Elderberries and Lavender, Pop’t Art Sour Ale w/ Blueberries, Boysenberries, and Cherries, and Summer’s Gonna Hurt You Sour Ale w/ Peaches and Nectarines. Obviously, Seattle Beer Week is over and obviously, these beers are gone, right? Nope.
According to their website, they are planning a Rare Barrel encore of sorts, featuring the following beers for you to enjoy.
Across the Sea Sour Ale w/ Coriander and Sea Salt
A blend of golden sour beers aged in oak barrels with coriander and sea salt, this beer has whispers of a style almost lost in time. Fermented and soured with a medley of microorganisms, across the sea is where you’ll find the undercurrents of citrus and tides of brine that flow to a bay of liquid gold.
Apropos of Nothing Sour Ale w/Elderberries and Lavender
Sometimes, the most delightful results are prompted by whimsy. Born from an impromptu blending session, Apropos of Nothing is a golden sour beer fermented in oak and aged with elderberries and lavender. In turn, this beer highlights the unique characteristics of both the fruit and flower. With hints of blackberry, lemon, and honey, this lightly tart sour beer is a jammy and refreshing beverage.
Pop’t Art Sour Ale w/ Blueberries, Boysenberries, and Cherries
Pop't Art is a blended red sour beer aged in oak barrels with a crazy amount of fruit. Fermented with a mixed culture, Pop't Art mixes notes of cherry pie filling, ripe blueberries, and jammy boysenberries with hints of marmalade and lemon preserves. Intense and bright, this sour is wildly delicious.
Summer’s Gonna Hurt You Sour Ale w/ Peaches and Nectarines
Winter goes slowly as summer awaits with jewels of fruit, gleaming in the sun. Plump and ripe with juice that makes you lean upon first bite. Overflowing with tart peachy goodness, freshly picked from the farm, it will leave you thirsty. Summer’s gonna hurt you when the season is gone.
Starting at 6 pm, you're encouraged to swing by to order a glass (or four) of these hard-to-get beers in the Pacific Northwest. If you've not tried these elusive beers, then now would be the opportunity to satisfy the urge to scratch by stopping into Brouwer's Cafe, August 14th.
For more information, Brouwer's Cafe's Rare Beer night, visit https://www.brouwerscafe.com/2019/06/august-14th-6pm-an-evening-with-rare-barrel/ for updates, current draft lists and of course Brouwer's Cafe is at 400 North 35th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
We have 64 craft beers on draft, a selection of over 400 bottles from both the U.S. and abroad, an exceptional selection of Scotch and American Whisk(e)ys and a full service bar, and Belgian-inspired cuisine.
Our Belgian-inspired cuisine includes our versions of Belgian classics such as pommes frites (true Belgian fried potatoes), stoofvlees (a thick Belgian stew served on Frites), and the Belgian staple of moules-frites. We also serve a variety of sandwiches, such as our very popular lamb burger, which is ground in house. We also have a selection of salads, desserts, and a rotating specials menu.
We serve Seattle's Fremont neighborhood seven days a week, opening at 11 am. Our "Power Hour" is from 3 pm to 6 pm everyday and boasts a delicious selection of small plates and $1 off all draft beers and well cocktails.
We are an all-sour beer company. Sour beer is our favorite style of beer. The flavors produced by this unique fermentation and aging process cannot be replicated in any other food or beverage. Due to the involved process, sour beer is not often a commonly brewed style, making it difficult to find. We’d like to help change that.
Aside from our personal preferences for the beer, there are also practical reasons for going all-sour. By focusing completely on sour beer, we can concentrate on learning as much as possible about the reasons why those unique flavors are produced in sours. With our entire focus on sours, we have crafted a cellar around the production of sour beer. Our space is dedicated to the conditioning of barrel-aged sour beers. With high ceilings, a moderate climate and plenty of space, we give our barrels an ideal home to create their unique flavors.
It’s been said that constraint breeds creativity. By adopting a singular focus on crafting sour beer, we plan on thoroughly exploring flavors through both conventional and experimental methods to create exciting new beers.