On The Hunt For Some Interesting New Beers? Signup For The Bruery’s Reserve Society.
I’m all about spending your money this week! I dropped some details earlier this week about the Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve club and the signup info which began this past Monday. Now it’s time to talk about The Bruery’s Reserve Society. The Bruery, out of Placentia, CA has a beer club geared towards total beer geeks, nerds, connoisseurs, lovers, collectors, whatever…, that is a great way to acquire exclusive and hard-to-find Bruery beers.
The Reserve Society is entering its’ 4th year and shows no signs of slowing down as they continue to grow and cater to their loyal following. I joined the club last year and have been very impressed by their wide variety of beers, collaborations, parties and other benefits that are exclusive to Reserve Society members. This year’s $295 fee will guarantee you:
— 1 bottle of Melange #3 (Initial Package, January 2013 pickup)
— 1 bottle of White Chocolate (Initial Package, January 2013 pickup)
— 1 bottle of Otiose (Initial Package, January 2013 pickup)
— 1 bottle of Chocolate Rain (Available in March 2013)
— 2 bottles of Black Tuesday (Available in late October 2013)
— 2 bottles Barrel Aged 5 Golden Rings (Available in December 2013)
— 1 bottle of Mystery Beer #1 (Mystery Release Date)
— 1 bottle of Mystery Beer #2 (Mystery Release Date)
— 1 piece of high quality merchandise
As a Reserve Society member, you’ll also receive 15% off purchases on the Bruery website, Provisions Store and Tasting Room, a membership card, climate controlled storage of your beers until 3.31.2014 and access to a ton of releases throughout the year. Here’s a tentative list:
— Sour in the Rye
— Chocolate Rain*
— White Oak
— Sans Pagaie
— Bois Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels*
— Bois Aged in Brandy Barrels*
— Bois Aged in new American Oak Barrels #4 Toast*
— Kumquat Sour In The Rye*
— Barrel Aged English Barleywine with Portola Coffee* (Name pending)
— Blueberry Sour* (Name pending)
— Mystery Beer #1
— Mystery Beer #2
— Tart of Darkness
— White Chocolate
— Barrel Aged Apricot Strong Ale* (Name pending)
— Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoking Wood
— Cherry Oude Tart*
— Oude Tart
— Black Tuesday
— Grey Monday*
— Melange #1
— Bourbon Barrel Aged Autumn Maple
— Melange #3
— Barrel Aged 5 Golden Rings*
— Smoking Wood – Rye Barrel Aged
— Approximately 8 very exciting Provisions Series releases
* = Exclusive (Reserve & Hoarders Society Only, not included in Preservation Society membership or to general release)
Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain, Oude Tart and on and on and on. Did you see the lines at GABF this year for 1 oz. pours of Black Tuesday? If not, here’s a shot from the Thursday release. You can skip all this madness and get secure your bottles through the Reserve Society.
Reserve Society members were given 2 bottles of Black Tuesday with their membership this year and were allowed to purchase up to 5 additional bottles. The guaranteed bottles of the amazing 18.2% ABV, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout is worth the price alone. Don’t forget about Chocolate Rain, Black Tuesday’s big brother, which is a 19% ABV, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla bean and cacao nibs. Yeah, that’s included too.
Don’t even get me started on sours. Name a fruit and they probably make a sour beer with it. It’s ridiculous. I love it.
The only catch with the club is that you either have to live in CA or have a “trustee” that lives in CA. My trustee is a beer trading friend that happens to live near The Bruery, is also a Reserve Society member and doesn’t mind picking up my beers and shipping them to me. In exchange for his troubles, I send him some local Colorado brews every now and then and obviously pay for shipping costs through my FedEx account. It’s actually quite easy and keeps me up to date with all the latest releases.
If shipping’s not your thing, you can always use the club as an excuse to make a road trip or fly out for a fun weekend. They’ll even hold onto your beers for you until March 2014. Mrs. Brewtally Insane and I flew out earlier this year to attend their “Initiation Party”
and try a ton of one-offs and past Reserve Society releases. There were plenty of mind-blowing beers to sample and I met some great beer peeps from all across the U.S. Here’s a scan of the menu from the party.
It’s a quick flight and makes for a great 2-3 day trip.
Sorry to drain your wallets this week, but hey, it’s that time of year. Sign up and get rewarded or miss out and get out-of-the-way. Beer freaks looking to join for the first time can enroll on Thursday, October 25th at 11AM. More details are HERE
and your direct link to sign up can be found HERE
Owner Patrick Rue is good people and I can’t say enough good things about his amazing beers. Definitely worth your time and money.