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The Bruery

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The BrueryThe Bruery
BEER AVG
4.01/5
Based on:
126 Beers
7,336 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 95
Visits: 433
rAvg: 4.43
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebruery

Notes:
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: 95 | Visits: 433
Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (315 characters)

Photo of Pawoto
3.81/5  rDev -14%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | 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. (821 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (375 characters)

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.52/5  rDev +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 ! (321 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of schach23
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Julie1_Ellis
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of sd123
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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 (174 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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. (349 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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. (301 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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. (1,945 characters)

Photo of deac83
1.75/5  rDev -60.5%

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. (979 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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. (2,415 characters)

Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Outstanding Bruery! Fun and lively tour (thanks Josh your the best Brewery tour guide I've encountered), and I love the value I got here. Almost everyone was drinking flights of beer. Their bottles are rightfully expensive, but come here and you can sample 40 different taps all of there own beer. The tastings are 3 oz or so, and priced typically at $1 or $2, a few tastes are $3.50.

Very creative, beer, some things like the mole smoked porter I've never heard of before, but amazingly yummy! I wish i could come here more often. I came from WI, and this was my favorite brewery i visited in CA. That said I like sours and other big complex beers so this is right up my alley. They have the biggest collection of sours I've seen.

Also, they have a food truck there almost every night i believe, and you are allowed to bring food in from other local restaurants. (877 characters)

Photo of FutureMan91
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Top notch beer, service, food trucks. Really showcases what orange county brewing is headed towards. Staff is very knowledgeable about the craft. This place holds up with stone and all the best breweries, and in my opinion have hands down the most variety of sours in oc. I'm a reserve society member and they always have been super professional. If you like beer and haven't been here you're really doing yourself an injustice. Try it and see
cheers! (451 characters)

Photo of ESCO138
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

The beers to go can sometimes be better but the tap list is superb. The food trucks are also hit and miss. Even with that said I always to mange to go here at least once a month. Definitely recommend. (204 characters)

Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I go here all the time, it ALWAYS has the most amazing brews. The only downside is it's size, it can fill up quickly especially on weekends and at nights. You may end up having to sit at a barrel if that happens, or stand. Generous portion sizes and quality presentation and decor. The sample list is pretty much entirely different every time I go and lengthy - you might have a hard time getting through them all while still being able to drive back home! HIGHLY recommended, possibly mandatory if you're staying or even passing through Orange County and you call yourself a craft beer lover. (594 characters)

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Made our annual trip up to the Bruery to pick up our Black Tuesday haul. Amazing tasting lineup available (packed on a Tuesday night), the lemoncello sour was unreal... (168 characters)

Photo of YoudownwithABV
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The Bruery lived up to my expectations. Quality beer, service, and selection. A must try in my opinion if you get the opportunity. I recommend starting with one of the flights once you find what you like then buy the single pours. The only let down was the amount of Bruery gear available. (289 characters)

Photo of jlisuk
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Sooo impressed!

I love the Bruery's beers, but I was not expecting their tasting room to be this awesome! 30 draft beers- most of them available $1 tastes. Many barrel aged variations and rare beers available for tasting.

The staff was super knowledgeable and eager to help, despite keeping up with a very busy tasting room. Lots of bottles and cool merch available, and reasonable growler prices for some truly world class beer.

This is a must visit for any lover of great beer. (483 characters)

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