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The Bruery

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Based on:
140 Beers
44,006 Hads
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 102
Visits: 465
Avg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, California, 92870
United States
phone: (714) 996-6258 | map

Place added by: deltatauhobbit on 04-25-2008

Tasting Room hours of operation are now 12pm - 10pm 7 days per week.
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Reviews: 102 | Visits: 465
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Located in a industrial strip parking lot, this place has grown over the few years. Now its place is a lot more sterile and spacious, but the demand is such that it is still crowded as hell.

Quality is top notch, they have a wide variety of world class brews. A few draft only things, although most of them suck (blueberry smoking wood to give you an idea). Service could be better. Slow. Not enthusiastic.

Gotta pick my beer up here.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

One of the chefs told me to check out the Bruery while I was out in the Los Angeles area. Thank You, Chef James!! It was predictable incredible.

Your typical brewery-in-an-industrial-park setting, but THE BRUERY!! 23 taps, with lots of exclusives. They had a number of Smoking Wood variants to celebrate the retirement of one of my favorite beers (sad face), including Blueberry Smoking Wood, Mole and a Coffee Smoking Wood that was beyond phenomenal, up there with Goose Bourbon Coffee.

Also Sucre Tequila to celebrate National Tequila Day, Roble Blanco. I got two tasting flights, one of dark beers (So Happens It’s Tuesday, Blueberry Smoking, Coffee Smoking, Mole Smoking, Sucre Tequila) and one of sours and weirdness (Sans Pagaie, Beret, Tart of Darkness ’15, White Oak, Roble Blanco).

The jawn is relatively small, super popular and pretty crowded-loud-noisy-hot on a Friday evening after 5pm. But the ordering system is neat and organized and servers are helpful, so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable. I was surprised at the paucity of bottled beers for sale/take out .Growler fills were plenty, but very few bottles.

I still dream of this place. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Frobert_Reynolds
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I personally do not like the atmosphere here. It has a sports bar vibe to it and doesn't feel like a traditional tasting room but more of a place to get drunk and watch the game. I also feel that many of the Bruery's beers will initially have a flavorful and distinct taste but they quickly fall flat.

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Photo of pmangold
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

dropped in on the Friday of the Black Tuesday release week. it was packed but there was room and everyone was getting their pours quickly. had a great time drinking some BT and a few others. The locals were great and I look forward to getting back out there again for another stop.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I like The Bruery. There is plenty of parking. The tap room is a cool spot which always has great stuff on tap and usually has some great food provided by a food truck. My main gripe with this place is that it is always extremely busy! Very difficult to grab a beer and find seats at times. Maybe I have just been unlucky but that has been my experience so far.

Despite that...I love dropping by every once in a while and grabbing a flight.

Tip: Hit up Mr. K's liquor afterwards. Its within walking distance and has a great selection.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Cool place, its in kind of a industrial complex, relatively good freeway access. They've continually expanded over the years. The new tasting room is awesome, but always crowded.

Quality of the beers are top notch. There's a few stinkers, but when you make so many different beers (selection) there's bound to be a couple that are too experimental or just not in sync w/ my palate.

Service is usually questionable. Uninterested hipster vibe, wrong pour sizes, outright not getting you the right bottles from your allocations, long wait times, slow counter service.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Been wanting to go here for years. I have been in the Reserve Society for a couple years now and never had the chance to go by the taproom. My Dad is my trustee, so he can :)

Great atmosphere. Area where you can select your beers for flights. Pencils and paper to make your selections. Then there is an 'L' shaped bar that extends half the side wall and the entire back wall. Plenty of seats there. Lots of tables throughout the room. Beer bottles and merch on the shelves for purchase.

We got there just in time. There was plenty of seating. About 20 mins later, it was SRO and people were hovering over our table and empty chair (brother was in bathroom), which was a bit annoying.

Quality is what it is...awesome. Great barrel-aged treats, wonderful sours, etc. There's a reason they are one of my favorite breweries.

Service was decent. Knowledgeable. Attentive. Nice.

They own all the buildings along in the parking lot. I think its time to expand the taproom!

Overall, this is my Mecca. I made it...

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great vibes here. Been coming to the tasting room for years now. Always great brews on tap and always get to try sopmething new and exciting. It is really hard to beat the bruery. They are tried and true.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really fair prices $1-3 tasters with a good pour. Meet a guy on the highest reserve society they have and got to try alot of rare gems. Signed up for the 20 min tour. It was really cool to see how they did work and the history of the place. Bought a Growler of smoking woods coffee was a great day and will be back!

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Photo of Pawoto
3.81/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Bruery has great beer and was expected to be the highlight of our west coast brewery tours, but unless you are a society member there isn't much to choose from. There were 4 variants of smoking wood - I didn't like that beer once...still glad we made the trek, but would skip it next time.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

The Bruery's tasting room is pretty legit inside. A few years ago the tasting room went from being somewhat ad hoc inside the brewing room to an actual air conditioned, dedicated space. The Bruery also added a pilot system to test out new ideas. The Bruery has always had a robust tap list, but now with the pilot system in place, the Bruery has even further expanded its offerings.

The Bruery’s tasting room is not without its faults though. Perhaps the biggest tasting room drawback is the amount of people. While the tasting room is in a nondescript, out of the way location and at times zero food options (when there isn’t an available food truck), it does not stop the place from getting packed. Once the place is packed, finding a seat can be difficult and getting a beer can be even more of a challenge.

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Photo of Radome
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a May Saturday afternoon. The tasting room was full of people and energy. Tours were given on the hour, but I missed the last one. Awesome selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Prices for tasting sized glasses were very cheap and generous. Amazing variety, originality and quality of beers. No food, which was the only negative. Do yourself a favor--go!

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you are behind the orange curtain, this is definitely a spot to check out. Great selection and great beer. Can feel a bit put off when they have special selections that are treated like gold, its only beer people !!! that doesn't hamper my opinion of their selection and overall quality of their product. Good stuff !

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Photo of chrisjws
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great setup. Very nicely setup taproom and retail area. Did the tour and the guy was super enthusiastic and interesting. Free beer on the tour!

Quality was definitely there, so many great beers we tried there. You have a little menu you fill out and they serve them up for you. Well executed samplers.

Service was great, bartender was on top of everything.

Selection was fantastic. 20+ 10% crazy BA/sour/whatever you could imagine. Not an IPA on the menu and still fantastic, that's pretty hard to do in modern craft beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited the Bruery on a Saturday afternoon to have a flight and pick up a couple of bottles, ended going home with four at a lower cost than my local bottle shop. It's nice place to have a beer, very clean, modern looking, not too big. My only complaint was that the guy who took my payment and the flight server weren't too polite but hey they make great beer.

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Photo of schach23
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited The Bruery from Ohio when in SoCal on business. Previously have tasted Black Tuesday and Grey Monday so was excited to see what else there was. I was a little disappointed as the really great beers on tap where for their special society members. I don't like it when brewery's do this. Wife wanted a nice IPA but none on tap. Most of their beers are fermented with their house Belgian yeast so likely will not find other types of beers here.

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Photo of Julie1_Ellis
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Went to the Bruery last Spring and was pleasantly surprised! The only downside was the lack of a food truck that I had been told by my husband would be available. Their beers are heavy hitters and we hadn't eaten dinner, so the high ABVs hit us fast and hard! I highly recommend a visit, especially if you like a super selection of fantastic and tasty beers!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

The Bruery -- a classy tasting room atmosphere with a huge variety of brews to try. That's the big reason to come here, especially when bottle prices are so outrageous as to make sampling tough on its own. I think the quality can be hit or miss, but you can't knock them too bad for trying to do something interesting/unique. Totally worth a stop.

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Photo of mschantz
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

While there is no doubt The Bruery produces a bevy of world class beers the somewhat pretentious vibe and reserve society program diminishes some of what I love about the microbrewery renaissance. What about the beer lover that travels to SoCal with The Bruery as a destination - are they supposed to join the Reserve Society to access special beers for one evening?

That being said, the broad range of beers available makes this a must stop for beer lovers. Almost any evening you will need to get in line to order, but this gives you time to peruse the draft list and pick 5 brews to sample. Note that some of these beers will almost certainly be available only at the tap room. In short a life list stop but not an especially cool place to hang.

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Photo of sd123
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

One of the best breweries I've been to. Very nice tasting room with games, good system for keeping track of the tasters, fun tour and of course the beers! HIGHLY recommended

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +14.2%

I wanted to temper my enthusiasm for this place but upon walking in and seeing the extensive tap list that ended quickly. Did only one sampler because I had prior plans later in the night otherwise I might still be there. Sours, darks, etc they excel at them all, although with the high abvs I suggest you arrive and depart in a cab. World class.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Unexpected location in the middle of a business park. We went on a Friday night and the place was packed. It was about a 10 minute wait in line, but it was worth it. A great selection with a wide variety. Sample trays were reasonably priced and allowed us to get a taste of many different styles.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
5/5  rDev +14.2%

The simple but large tasting room was fairly full when we arrived, but we were able to snag a couple of seats at the long bar. Nearly everyone there had wooden sample tray in front of them, almost no pints of beer were being poured--very different from the average tap room. Near the entrance they had a sign up for tours and sheets of paper with written descriptions of the 32 tap beers and another for their bottled options to take home. Tastefully framed versions of their bottle labels decorate the walls behind the bar...and not so tastefully slapped all over the place in the bathrooms. Behind the bar they also had a not-so-secret stash of bottles to be bought for on premises drinking--including some pretty hard to find stuff like the barrel aged Bois.

Our servers were awesome. Instead of rolling their eyes at us for waffling on our sampler orders, we received great advice, and perfect hospitality. Frankly I am seldom confused by beer menus, but this thing was so huge and many of the beers were high-test, so I was a bit boggled. With help from our servers and from the nice "regular" lady seated next to us we were finally able to order a few rounds of samples. The samplers came in a cool wooden crate carrier and were all served in little snifter glasses. Most of these were pretty pricey, but all were worth it! In addition to just a huge list of beers, they also had a couple of mini flights with either different vintages or different treatments of the same beer (oaked, cocoa nibs, etc.) They had a couple of options only for their Reserve Society members...one of the perks of joining.

We ended up getting several groupings of beer, each seemingly more impressive than the last. A few didn't hit the mark--the Coffee Smoking Wood comes to mind (just too astringent.) Favorites were the malt-bomb barleywine Mash and its coconut incarnation. I was also a huge fan of the hoppy, bretty saison Atomic Kangaroo.

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Photo of deac83
1.75/5  rDev -60%

Working in Burbank with Mrs. Deac83 visiting, so we decided to try and get down to this place. Only 40 miles but 2 hours in LA traffic. Left work early to try and beat some of the traffic. Pull up to the tasting room and there is a table set up by the door. He asks me for my membership. I say what membership. Apparently there was a special tasting event going on only for members.

Tell we just drove 2 hrs down in LA traffic to get there. He laughs and thinks it's funny. Then he said he turned a guy who came in from MD early, laughed about that as well.

I ask why it wasn't mentioned on the website since I had checked to make sure they were open. He says 'oh we don't update that too often'. Then say's 'we put it on facebook etc'.

Then just to finish it off, he say's 'oh but you can buy some bottles'. Sorry not paying you for wasting 3 1/2 hours of my time because you can't update your website.

Real nice place where the employees laugh at your bad luck.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -8.7%

I was surprised by the exterior and location in an office park that seems more suited for an aging paper company than a brewery, but the interior was actually pretty cool.

As I usually do, I took a place at the bar to have easy access to the servers, the taps and in the Bruery's case, a view of their huge selection of bottles in a fridge.

The tap list was long as all hell and written on a chalkboard in a way that from a distance nothing was really visible. Fortunately, The Bruery has a sheet like what you'd find in a sushi restaurant on which you can see the beer options and check off those that you'd like. This was useful.

I don't remember exactly, but a flight of about 5 samples were in the vicinity of $10, with some beers costing slightly more. There were so many damn good beer options that choosing a flight proved difficult. What I did, and what I suggest others do, is order two (or even three) flights. The pours are generous and presented elegantly in the mini-snifters.

There were plenty of variations of beers and beers with delicious additions like coconut, cacao nibs and vanilla which really make for some explosive flavors; this I really appreciated. Mash & Coconut for example was a phenomenal beer that is simply one of those that you never forget, it was such a standout. It's pretty damn impressive how smooth and free of astringency these guys can make 16%+ ABV beers.

One thing that prohibits me from giving this place a 5 is the restrictions to the consumer that result from their Reserve and Hoarder's Society. Some of their most desirable beers are available only to these Society folks, which for a visitor like me, means I can only salivate over them on the menu and as folks around me get to enjoy them. This particularly stung as the Mash & Coconut that I was able to order and enjoy, was restricted for growler-fills to Reserve Society members. This was quite the cock tease to me.

At the very least, I'd suggest The Bruery consider creating a surcharge or something of that sort to give the casual visitor the opportunity at growler fills or the more exclusive beers. I'd love to join the Reserve Society (I'm currently part of the Preservation Society), but being that I don't live in the state, it's hard to justify.

Anyway, overall the beers here are often exceptional and incomparable and visiting was fun. If I were in LA more, I'd try to visit more often.

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The Bruery in Placentia, CA
97 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.