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4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Let me preface this by saying I've been a Reserve Society/Hoarder member since year 2 of the Bruery's existence. I would not have done this unless I thought their beers and service were top notch so judge this review with that in mind. The atmosphere in the Tasting Room can be crowded but there is a comfortable and laid back atmosphere. The Bruery is the Bruery, and their beers tend to be polarizing, you either love them or don't like them. If you're a fan of their beers, there is always a good representation of their beers on tap all the time. A bit pricy, but if you come prepared, you'll get to sample several of their better offerings. Food is handled by food trucks, and several renowned trucks show up during Tasting Room hours, but unless you've planned well in advance, the Truck present may or not be to your liking. Definitely worth a visit.
02-22-2014 02:19:53 | More by IKR
4.26/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was pretty pumped to return here after four years and see this new tasting room I kept hearing about. As soon as I opened the door I was blasted with a wall of noise from all of the people packed into the medium-small space. Atmosphere was solid I guess. Every single seat in the place is filled, people are standing at every available counter and enjoying their beers. Service was a bit up and down. I got lucky and the line died right as I wanted to get my beers so I didn't have any wait. The bartender was pretty nice and talked to me for a minute or so before someone else came up to order another beer. I found a small sliver of area right where people fill out their flight menus and made sure I left plenty of room for them, I guess that wasn't enough room for one of the other bartenders because he about ran over to me to tell me to move over. I moved the three extra inches over and that was apparently enough for him to leave me alone for then on. Quality was solid for everything I tried. Selection was huge, as it should be at a brewery that makes this many beers. I got a sampler so I got to try five of them, most were just ok but I did really like the one. Decided to leave after that as it was becoming even more packed, I am hoping to return again before we move on to give it a more detailed look. Prices were a touch high on some of the beers but they tended to be some of the more labor intensive ones so I can kind of understand that. Overall I still love the place, I hope we can stop in again in the coming days.
02-09-2014 16:33:54 | More by orangesol
1/5 rDev -77.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Overall...was completely disappointed with this place. Basically, I flew across the entire country to pick up my allocation of RS beers. Spent well into the thousands of dollars on Bruery overpriced beers. Was set up for a special tour of the brewery. Really looking forward to it...until I got there and had to deal with the nonsense associated with this conceited establishment called the Bruery. One would think that after flying across the country and spending thousands of dollars on beers, and being set up with a private tour, that a tasting of some of their HS beers or their premium barrel aged beers would be in order. Think again...this place is all about absolute pretentiousness and conceit. I have been to numerous world-class breweries on tours and invites, and brewers are very generous with their beers, especially for their good/top customers, providing tastes and samples of their better beers, etc. I'm not talking about handing me over the brewery, just talking about a little hospitality and a taste of some good beers. This joke of a place has a long way to go. Fortunately for the Bruery, anbody who is putting beer in a barrel right now is enjoying big popularity, but that will change in the future as the market becomes more and more saturated and the pretentious stuck-up jerkoffs are weeded out of the market.
There were none of what I consider the big Bruery beers on tap at the tasting room. Employees are far from friendly and outright very pretentious--a quality to me that is repulsive--absolutely repulsive. Employees are very aware that they do have some really good beers, and unfortunately that shows in the attitude and pretentiousness of the employees. There are plenty, I mean dozens and dozens of beers that are on the shelves behind the counter, that are not for sale. I'm not talking about the cases that are on the shelf that are orders that are already sold to the RS and HS members....I'm talking about dozens of other beers just sitting around that are not for sale. Some of the better Bruery beers are there, in plenty of quantities, but are not available for sale. God forbid if you ask about buying one. You will receive a line of complete horseshit about why they can't sell it you. I have no understandable reason for this...customers are there, cash in hand...want to buy your beer...and it is not for sale. Not sure what the problem is. I was an RS member for the previous year, there to pick up my multiple -thousand dollar purchase for the previous year....and you can't even sell me a beer on the shelf that you have dozens of just sitting there? Really!? Bottom line, visited here, spent thousands of dollars on Bruery beer, was very disappointed, was definitely not that big of a deal...been to much better, will definitely not be going back. Prior to the visit, was a big Bruery fan...after the visit...never again. Super glad that I did not buy a RS membership for next year....and I mean super glad I did not buy an RS membership this year. Thank you so much for making me the biggest non-fan of the Bruery and Bruery beers. Enjoy your success while it lasts! I will never buy another Bruery beer again...
02-01-2014 02:38:09 | More by 4thelvofbeer
5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Absolutely perfect!! This is a world class tasting room from any and all aspects. The list of sampler and tasters is terrific, the staff is helpful and knowledge, the patrons are friendly, all in all this is the BEST tasting room I have ever been too.
01-30-2014 03:54:16 | More by mjmadden
5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is great for all beer lovers. From a introductory craft drinker to the well seasoned veteran. Great selection on draft and bottle to take home. i wish the more beers would be available for growler fills. Joe Kicks ASS and Jamie is amazing at running the RS program.
01-25-2014 00:23:22 | More by BeerXKing
4.36/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Caveat: I am a Reserve Society Member, so my views may be skewed.
I came here on a first-date about 5 months ago after living in San Francisco for 4 years. Prior to the move, it felt like craft beer hadn't even started to take off in L.A. Well, I didn't go on a second date with the girl in question, but I've continued to see the Bruery on a weekly basis.
First off - 30+ Amazing Craft Beers on tap that will satisfy nearly every craving. No IPAs, but they do make a very hoppy pale ale, which they occasionally do different treatments of; I recently tried a Humulus brewed with Ghost Peppers. It didn't exactly hit all the right notes, but still - innovation and quality beers all around. The first beer that I ever tried, and got me hooked was Or Xata, which basically tastes like carbonated, slightly alcoholic Horchata, the drink of my people. A few taster flights later, and I was a full fledged brue-aholic.
Atmosphere: I love it! While it is mostly 20 and 30 somethings, everyone is a beer lover. I can't count the times I've sat down with a friend and we end up having long conversations with the people next to us about beer. Although, I do think it's a bit weird that a lot of people in the tasting room at any given time will have some beer-related clothing on (non-Bruery and Bruery alike). While the tasting room does have some games on hand like Scrabble and Connect Four, I love that this is the kind of place where people will bring a deck of Cards Against Humanity and Settlers of Catan. The music playing through the speakers is always tolerable, and most times extremely enjoyable; apparently the bartenders (is that what you call them at a tasting room?) have intelligent tastes in music that don't involve EDM, Kanye West, or crappy Indie (as opposed to tolerable Indie). The only problem with the atmosphere is when it gets really crowded. Or a Dodger playoff game; I know we're in Orange County but can I get some volume please? Also, I particularly love the bathroom, where the walls are covered with labels of their past and present beers. The first time I went in there, I read the labels of "Gunga Galunga" and "Mrs. Stoutfire"; I knew I had found somewhere special since these two beers get their name from two of my favorite movies (CaddyShack and ... its obvious).
Quality: Beer is amazing, poured into proper glassware. What more do you need? Particularly, if you love Belgians and high-alcohol content beers.
Selection/Value: 30+ beers that you can sample as part of a tasting flight or 5, 10, 16, or 20oz servings (depending on the type of beer it is). Granted, about 8 beers are reserved for Reserve Society/Hoarder members, but there is still a gamut of selection available to everyone else ,too. Glasses range from $5 to $7, extremely reasonable given the quality of the product. About 6-10 beers are available for Growler Fills (2-4 reserved for Society members).
Service: While all of the bartenders/staff are knowledgeable and friendly, it gets a bit bogged down, particularly after 6pm.
Food: They have packaged snacks like jerky and tortilla chips, but I wont count it as actual food. On busy Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays they will have a food truck (usually of amazing quality, like Lime vietnamese sandwiches).
In otherwords, this place is the bees knees. I don't see this area as "sketchy" as some other people have described it. It's right off the freeway and in a quiet commercial park; have never seen anyone "sketchy" around it or in the parking lot.
01-17-2014 05:15:18 | More by Consuela
4.23/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So The Bruery is a great... er, brewery. Their beers have always satisfied me, their special releases are all quite awesome, and in terms of Belgian Ales, they are nigh-unbeatable. Naturally, I was excited to check out the tap room.
First of all, it's a decent size and lively. I like wooden setup of it all. It may get loud during the weekends but never unbearably so, which seems to make sense as it's located in Orange County (luckily, my fears of a pretentious atmosphere were completely unfounded). Unfortunately, the heavy amount of people seemed to have the people behind the counter moving quickly and there was never a really good opportunity to talk to them about suggestions or that sort of thing. Perhaps going during the week would be the right move in that regard. That being said, they were prompt and accurate in everything they did and sometimes that's all you need on a Saturday night.
The selection is quite excellent - you're going to find a lot of choices that don't always make it to the shelves in stores and there are a lot of hard-to-find bottles ready to be purchased as well. The only downside is that one needs to be a member of the sort-of-limited Reserve Society to get access to all of the really, really awesome ales that are going to be mind-blowing. It's the only negative in an otherwise great overall amount of quality brews to be had.
If you plan on dining, make sure you call ahead and see that there's a food truck at the establishment (there always is, but double checking doesn't hurt). I decided to forgo that option and dined afterwards, but the my roommates seemed satisfied with the selection.
All in all, it's a good experience and definitely a place to visit if you find yourself in the area. The is doubly so if you're a fan of Belgian and sour ales. Cool place.
12-01-2013 23:37:47 | More by bbkd3b
4.75/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
3.97/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Made my first visit to the Bruery with a beer maven friend of mine and some others from work. Loved the place! Clean, cool (it was in low 90's outside and A/C felt wonderful!), and as it was midday Saturday, crowded. Folks clearly enjoying the brews and the good vibes.
The selection of brews is extensive and flights are fairly priced. My only complaint is not being able to try some of the reserve brews. However, I joined the Preservation society so I can start getting in on the stuff that has limited availability. Hopefully, I can get in to the Reserve group for next year.
I found the variety of beers I tried very tasty, and the range of choices allowed me to check out sours, stouts, blonde ales and then determine what I wanted more of!
Wish bottles were available for some. I intend to return to The Bruery frequently to get a better sampling of time/days/tastes so I can refine my taste buds!
10-07-2013 02:44:12 | More by docdeb56
4.13/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
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
The Bruery in Placentia, CA
99 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.