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[ Brewery, Bar ]
715 Dunn Way
phone: (714) 996-6258
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-10pm
(Place added by: deltatauhobbit on 04-25-2008)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So The Bruery is a great... er, brewery. Their beers have always satisfied me, their special releases are all quite awesome, and in terms of Belgian Ales, they are nigh-unbeatable. Naturally, I was excited to check out the tap room.
First of all, it's a decent size and lively. I like wooden setup of it all. It may get loud during the weekends but never unbearably so, which seems to make sense as it's located in Orange County (luckily, my fears of a pretentious atmosphere were completely unfounded). Unfortunately, the heavy amount of people seemed to have the people behind the counter moving quickly and there was never a really good opportunity to talk to them about suggestions or that sort of thing. Perhaps going during the week would be the right move in that regard. That being said, they were prompt and accurate in everything they did and sometimes that's all you need on a Saturday night.
The selection is quite excellent - you're going to find a lot of choices that don't always make it to the shelves in stores and there are a lot of hard-to-find bottles ready to be purchased as well. The only downside is that one needs to be a member of the sort-of-limited Reserve Society to get access to all of the really, really awesome ales that are going to be mind-blowing. It's the only negative in an otherwise great overall amount of quality brews to be had.
If you plan on dining, make sure you call ahead and see that there's a food truck at the establishment (there always is, but double checking doesn't hurt). I decided to forgo that option and dined afterwards, but the my roommates seemed satisfied with the selection.
All in all, it's a good experience and definitely a place to visit if you find yourself in the area. The is doubly so if you're a fan of Belgian and sour ales. Cool place.
12-01-2013 23:37:47 |
More by bbkd3b
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in to pick up my Black Tuesday that I was lucky enough to get online. Place was back in an industrial park in a slightly sketchy area, but the crowd was obviously not from the immediate vicinity. A very nice bar and seating area, with bottles everywhere (most of which you can't buy unless you are a society member of course). 32 beers on tap for the public, plus another 6-8 just for Reserve Scoiety members. Bottle purchases available, make your own flights (very reasonable prices given it is the Bruery), and memorabilia everywhere. I grabbed a flight of sours, 2 oz. each. Was able to grab a 6 Geese A Laying and a Melange No. 1 with my BTs so I was happy. Service was excellent, atmosphere was great. Selection was out of this world to the point that even Cigar City would blush. You have to stop by here.
11-22-2013 02:18:45 |
More by BMMillsy
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Made my first visit to the Bruery with a beer maven friend of mine and some others from work. Loved the place! Clean, cool (it was in low 90's outside and A/C felt wonderful!), and as it was midday Saturday, crowded. Folks clearly enjoying the brews and the good vibes.
The selection of brews is extensive and flights are fairly priced. My only complaint is not being able to try some of the reserve brews. However, I joined the Preservation society so I can start getting in on the stuff that has limited availability. Hopefully, I can get in to the Reserve group for next year.
I found the variety of beers I tried very tasty, and the range of choices allowed me to check out sours, stouts, blonde ales and then determine what I wanted more of!
Wish bottles were available for some. I intend to return to The Bruery frequently to get a better sampling of time/days/tastes so I can refine my taste buds!
10-07-2013 02:44:12 |
More by docdeb56
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
On a recent trip to Disneyland my lady and I decided to take a cab out to The Bruery. The location is kinda bleh but the interior is great. Everyone was pretty cool there and we got to try 11 different beers in samplers. Quite cool.
A good amount of the beers were tasty but I feel like most of them would do better aged in a bottle for some time. Super high alcohol content that was obvious on the palate. Very "hot" beers so to speak.
I came home with a few bottles as well. The prices are up there but I get it. Lots of natural ingredients and a long process... they're also 750 mL bottles. There are lots of reserve bottles on site but damn they are expensive. I wanted to take a couple home (they aren't for sale!) since I'll probably not make it here for another 5 or 10 years due to living in Portland. That was kind of a bummer. I wasn't willing to pay the on site consumption price either.
Either way, fun spot and great opportunity for an out of towner. I really enjoyed it!
10-03-2013 18:05:13 |
More by djbreezy
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
I was in town for business. I had previously fallen in love with Humulus Lager (a super hoppy yet refreshing lager) at OL in Walnut Creek, so I decided to visit. Had a Humulus Lager and a Sour in the Rye. Both amazing. This place is all about making great distinctive beer. On a Tuesday night, there was not much going on, just good beer.
09-11-2013 04:07:52 |
More by ek_ek
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $
They have a great tap list. Its a nice size tasting room. Staff is great. Overall great brewery with amazing beers. They tend to always have a good balance between there barrel aged beers and regular beers as well as special releases. Great place to have a beer and chill with friends
07-14-2013 01:11:26 |
More by jayhoppin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I go here all the time. The new tasting room is much nicer then the warehouse they use to use. They have food truck some days, mostly Thursday - Sunday. Servers are knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive. The service line can get very long when it is busy. There is always a good selection of their beers.
07-10-2013 15:29:14 |
More by Crazydaddyo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
The Bruery is located in the back of an industrial complex which gives off a professional business-like appearance. The inside is clean and has high chair tables and barrels to sit on. I had the pick-your-own-flight with Mischief, White Oak, Sour in the Rye, Trade Winds Tripel, and Sans Pagaie. They were all in the order that I had filled out on my flight card. I was impressed at the quality of beer and had an extra pint of Mischief. All in all, a good experience and would definitely come back I in the area.
07-08-2013 23:08:45 |
More by ThaddeusGhostal
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
It is no secret that I find The Bruery one of the best breweries around. The beer is wonderful. (Just check out their list of beers, the majority of which have scores of "4" or better.
The new tasting room is also just what the "beer doctor" ordered. Plenty of space; lots of tables and chairs; clean and modern; nicely decorated and with a big bar and a big sign as to what's available. Enough stuff for sale if you want it (hats, T-shirts and the like) but clearly it is not a focus point - the beer is. And, there are bottles displayed prominantly if you want bottles to take home.
Food trucks appear regularly that are pretty tasty. All in all, a great place to sit, socialize and drink.
06-30-2013 06:33:37 |
More by GRG1313
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
On a recent visit to San Diego, we drove up to The Bruery to check it out. We showed up at about 4:30, we thought the tasting room opened at 5:00, but the parking lot had plenty of cars in it, so we went up to the door to check it out and there was a line inside. I heard they sometimes have special hours for the Reserve and Hoarders Societies, but I asked if they were open already and they said they were having a special release that day and decided to open early. The first example of the great service we would encounter while at The Bruery. Typical outdoor setting from The Bruery, in an industrial park, but with plenty of parking, which is always a bonus.
Fairly standard bar seating around the perimeter of tasting room, with high top tables and barrels to sit at in the middle. Even though we were there early, it was pretty busy. I'm guessing because of the special release of Cuir.
You can buy either full beers, individual tasters (although not every beer on tap is eligible for a taster) or flights of tasters. As for the tasters, they have a few preset flights or you can create your own. Additionally, I believe they have special tasters for some of their Hoarder and Reserve society members. When we were there it was their five year anniversary, so they had a flight of their five anniversary beers, which was amazing. They also offer multiple bottles for purchase.
Although there was a fairly significant line when we got there, their service was very quick. When I explained to the server we were from Austin, TX, he was over the top helpful. He explained how the tasting room worked, how the bottles were set up a particular way and when we checked out, he threw in free coasters and a key chain with our purchase.
There was not a food truck when we were there, but it is my understanding that is unusual. There is typically one there with some various local trailers that have a rotating schedule with them.
Although we loved our experience, beers, service, etc. The Bruery and their beers are expensive. I would consider this a must stop if in the area, but come prepared to spend some money.
06-24-2013 21:46:56 |
More by JamLand
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