Beer Trippin’ in California. The Bruery, Orange, CA
In my last two posts I covered our stops at The Provisions Store and The Reserve Society Party during our trip to California. Our last stop of the day was at The Bruery’s actual brewery. It’s kind of tucked away off the highway and doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the big grain silo out front, we probably would have missed it.
They have a huge, heavy door leading into the tasting room and we were greeted by their big chalkboard o’ beer.
As you can probably tell from the picture above, there were plenty of tasty options to choose from.
Patti and I both went with the BeRazzled, a raspberry sour beer. Hey, I can’t resist a good sour and this was right up my alley.
The tasting room has a small, 4 or 5 seat bar area, with a row of taps on one side and a large fridge with bottles around the corner. There were about a dozen picnic tables throughout the tasting room and nearly all were full. We shared a table with a group of guys from Las Vegas, NV, who had also been at the Reserve Society party. They were beer traders, had been to GABF a few times and knew their stuff, so we had plenty to talk about.
I explored the area and snapped some pictures of the brewing equipment, fermentation tanks and some of their barrels. I was really surprised at how small the place was. For the amount of beer they pump out, I really thought the place would be bigger. We didn’t get a formal tour or anything, but I’m sure there’s a barrel room hidden in the back somewhere. With the St. Patrick’s day holiday and all, it was just too busy to ask the bartenders any questions. The three guys working behind the bar were busy, busy.
The Bruery doesn’t offer any food, but have different food trucks park outside on the weekend. You can bring in whatever you’d like to snack on or eat there. This seems to be the way more and more places are going, which is fine by me.
For our next round, I went with a glass of 2010 Saison De Lente, which is a slightly spicy farmhouse beer, with a touch of pepper and fruit. Really nice beer. Patti got the Humulus Lager which was pumped through a Randall with ginger.
The Bruery tasting room has a fun, laid back atmosphere and everybody seemed friendly and outgoing. I could get used to a place like this.
Someone at our table shared the bottle list with us and it was solid. The prices were the same as retail and even cheaper for us, given the 15% off we get from the Reserve Society membership.
I couldn’t help it, I wanted to end the night on a sour note, so we split a bottle of Provisions: Mother Funker. Funker is a sour ale that was aged for several years in Chardonnay barrels. This beer is fantastic! Tart green apples, enamel stripping acidity, lemon and citrus and a very dry finish. I could have sipped this beer all night long. At $12.75 for a 750mL bottle, it’s delicious and reasonably priced.
Eventually, it was time to wrap it up and head back to the hotel for some much needed sleep. It was a bit of a whirlwind day, but it was certainly a fun one. If you’re ever out that way, be sure to stop by and pay them a visit. You won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check their hours though, as they’re currently only open on fri, sat and sun.
Hope you enjoyed some of the highlights from our trip to California. It was a whirlwind of a St. Patrick’s day, but we had a ton of fun. I’ve got tons of other beer news to share with you, so check back again soon to stay up to date with everything. Until next time, Cheers!