Cellarmaker Announces Acquisition of The Rare Barrel Brand

From a social media post from Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco:

We are excited to announce that we are acquiring The Rare Barrel brand and facility in Berkeley, California. We’re thrilled to double down on our East Bay presence alongside our upcoming Oakland location @cellarmaker.oakland slated to open in February of 2023. We love the energy and sense of community in the East Bay. We’re honored to join many friends in the area, producing high quality beer for the greater Bay Area.

We’ve been close friends with the @therarebarrel crew since before their brand and ours launched in 2013 and have worked together closely throughout the past decade on various collaboration beers, traveled to events together and even celebrated our 5 year anniversaries together. It’s been a privilege to consider them friends and colleagues. We will continue the Rare Barrel brand and product line in addition to using the brewery in their facility to provide an increased presence of Cellarmaker beer throughout the Bay. More Pale Ales. More Lagers. More Barrel Aged Barleywine!

In the most bittersweet way, our lease at our Howard Street location is coming to an end and we’ve been unable to reach any reasonable agreement with our landlord to move forward. In all honesty, we outgrew the Howard Street space a long time ago despite continuing operations there. We’ve been on the hunt for a larger location to grow the brand for some time, the TRB space in Berkeley is just what we need. The decision to close Howard Street is not something we took lightly and was incredibly difficult.

We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you that has visited us at our Howard Street location over the past 9 years. We will continue to operate the tasting room through the end of December and hope you’ll join us for one (or three) final beers before we say goodbye to our original flagship location.

The House of Pizza in Bernal Heights is not going anywhere and will continue to operate, serving as our San Francisco location. Please continue to visit us there for our Detroit Style Square Pies and Cellarmaker beer.

The Cellarmaker Berkeley location will begin making beer for our brand once the license transfer is complete in a month or so. We intend to reopen the taproom at that location in the Spring. Currently we are focusing our team’s energy on opening @cellarmaker.oakland.

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to Cellarmaker’s next chapter @cellarmaker.berkeley

Sincerely,

Connor, Kelly and Tim

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