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The Rare Barrel Shadows of Their Eyes Release Feb. 14

The Rare Barrel Shadows of their EyesShadows of Their Eyes returns to The Rare Barrel tasting room as part of the San Francisco Beer Week festivities, starting at 2pm on Saturday, February 14. This is a dark sour ale aged in oak barrels, coming in at a smooth 6% ABV.

The details:

  • $23 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 2 bottles per person

Commercial description:

Shadows of Their Eyes is a dark sour beer fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria and aged in oak barrels. Aromas of chocolate complement the dark fruit notes in the assertively sour beer. 6% ABV

The Rare Barrel is located at 940 Parker Street in Berkeley, CA.


Almanac Beer Releases for San Francisco Beer Week

Almanac-SF-Beer-WeekAlmanac Beer Co. has a trio of brand new wild ales ready to roll for San Francisco Beer Week, which is set to hit the Bay Area from February 7-16. Each of these beers was created to celebrate the event and will be available in limited draft and 375mL bottles. Check out the Almanac event page to see where you can try them first.

Commercial descriptions:

Sourdough Wild Ale – Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer is fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco Sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops. This unfiltered ale is alive in the bottle: drink fresh for a bright, passionfruit aroma or age to develop the wild yeast funk. 6.5% ABV

Valley of the Heart’s Delight – This sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. Long before it became Silicon Valley, it was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots, loquats and cherries handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, this collaborative beer celebrates and supports their mission to promote urban farming in San Jose. 7% ABV

Brandy Barrel Pêche – Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves. 7% ABV

Learn more about San Francisco Beer Week here.

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