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Sign ups for 2022 are officially closed. Thank you!



Membership benefits, which are designed for one person, commence on Friday, April 15th, 2022, and conclude on April 14th, 2023. We will charge the credit card provided $275 + tax after you have signed up on our website. Here are more details about Ambassadors of Sour:

4 exclusive Ambassadors of Sour blends!
First access to purchase any small batch or limited release bottles of The Rare Barrel
15% discount on all The Rare Barrel purchases online and in our Tasting Room (excluding 3rd party kitchen)
15% discount on shipping fees for The Rare Barrel
Option to pick up beer at the brewery within one month, or ship within California (at an additional cost).
AOS Welcome Pack: Includes an AOS exclusive roll-up picnic blanket, 2 AOS enamel camp mugs and an AOS wooden bottle opener
Members-only quarterly AOS parties at the brewery
Weekly Wednesday AOS Happy Hour (enjoy 20% off in-house and to-go Rare Barrel beer purchases)
We will host 2 guided tastings of between 4-6 bottles paired with bites from our kitchen. These events will be free to AOS members and you will be able to invite up to 3 guests for $20/each.
AOS private member lounge access at special events hosted at the brewery
First right of acceptance for 2023-2024 yearly AOS membership
First right of acceptance for 2022-2023 Hello Friend beer memberships
The Search for The Rare Barrel (Founding Members)
Cost: $275 + tax for everything mentioned above

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4 Exclusive Ambassador of Sour Blends

As an Ambassador of Sour, you will receive exclusive sour blends that the blenders at The Rare Barrel will create just for you and the other club members. We anticipate that there will be 4 different blends, of which you will receive (4) 375mL bottles or the equivalent volume in smaller format bottles. We have a lot of fun making these special beers and we don’t take this responsibility lightly! In order to preserve quality and make the best beers we can for you, we can’t commit to any specific release schedule. As such, your bottles may be released at any point during your 2022-2023 yearly membership. In the case of a slight overage in blending, The Rare Barrel may offer you the opportunity to purchase the limited, additional bottles online. Access to additional bottles is not guaranteed and they may sell out. We also plan to cellar some of these excess small-batch blends for the purpose of a vintage release at a later date or for serving at special events. Our intent is for these beers to be available just for the Ambassadors of Sour during their membership period, but if we have an excess after April 14th, 2023 we may offer them for special events or to the public for on-site consumption in the Tasting Room in 2023 and beyond.

First Access

In 2022-2023, we plan to release other bottles that are not included in the Ambassadors of Sour membership. As an Ambassador, you will have the first right to conveniently purchase any of The Rare Barrel small batch or limited release bottles or cans.

15% Discount

Ambassadors will receive a 15% discount on all The Rare Barrel beer and merchandise purchased through our website and Tasting Room. The discount does not apply to membership renewal, food from the kitchen, Hello Friend Beer or purchases made by your trustee.

15% Discount on Shipping

Ambassadors will receive a 15% discount on all shipping orders. We understand that 2020 slowed travel, onsite business models adapted to public safety protocols, and your needs may have shifted. We want you to be able to enjoy your beer as conveniently and quickly as possible which is why we are now offering a 15% discount on shipping.

Order Shipping and Pick-up

You may choose to pick up at the brewery or ship to a residence or business in California.

Pick up at the brewery – You’ll have the convenience of placing Ambassador Pre-sale orders online and picking them up in the Tasting Room & Kitchen during normal hours, at no additional charge. For weekend pickups, please submit a request to ambassador@therarebarrel.com by 5pm Fridays. All Ambassador Online Pre-sale beer purchased through the membership may be stored at The Rare Barrel for one month. Any orders not picked up within one month will be automatically charged and sent out for shipping to the default address provided.

Shipping within California – You may have your beer shipped to any residential or business address in California at an additional cost. Packages usually arrive next-day. The Rare Barrel is only legally allowed to ship to addresses within California, even if your state allows beer shipping. A signature and government-issued ID proving that the person accepting the packing is 21+ years of age will be required upon delivery. We cannot ship beer to P.O. boxes.

AOS Welcome Pack

With your membership we will get you set up with an Ambassadors of Sour (AOS) Welcome Pack. This AOS Welcome Pack is our gift to you and includes some gear that is exclusive to Ambassadors. Your welcome pack will include an AOS exclusive roll-up picnic blanket, 2 AOS enamel camp mugs and an AOS wooden bottle opener. We will be shipping these welcome packs to you in June of 2022.

First Right of Acceptance for 2023 Membership

If you enjoy 2022-2023 with us, we’d love to have you back! 2022 Ambassadors of Sour will have the first right to re-enroll in the 2023 club. The number of memberships available for 2023 is currently undetermined, but will be based on production volumes and our ability to provide club members with limited release blends.


We are SO excited to be able to offer a wide range of event perks for the 2022-2023 AOS Membership season! Events include quarterly release parties for AOS sours, exclusive cellar tastings, and The Search for The Rare Barrel for founding members.


Enrollment in Ambassadors of Sour 2022-2023 is valid through April 14th, 2023. Any beer or club goods that are not picked up by the pick up deadlines (mentioned above) will be forfeited.

Termination of Membership

Each person is allowed to have a maximum of one membership. If a member is found to have multiple memberships, we reserve the right to cancel and refund the unused portion of all of that person’s memberships.

All beer purchased and obtained through your Ambassadors of Sour membership is for the purpose of consumption. Drink the beer, enjoy the beer, or trade it with your friends. However, we do not allow you to resell our beer without obtaining a wholesale account with us. Licensed retailers and wholesalers are prohibited from purchasing beer as an Ambassador of Sour, reselling or distributing beer. If a club member is found illegally reselling our beer, their membership will be canceled and not refunded.

Right of Substitutions

Quality is our number one priority. In the event that we are not able to produce all the special blend bottle releases for the duration of your membership, we reserve the right to offer substitutions of equal or greater value and volume.

The Search For The Rare Barrel

Founding Members (members who have held an AOS membership every year) will be invited to taste through samples of several barrels to help us select the next “Rare Barrel” that will be used for our special 2023 sour blends. Additionally, based on capacity, we will offer a select number of members access to this event with a random lottery system.


Phew… that’s a lot of info to digest! If you have any other questions about Ambassadors of Sour, feel free to email us at ambassador@therarebarrel.com and we will do our best to help!