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The Bruery

Not Rated.
The BrueryThe Bruery
Based on:
130 Beers
42,634 Hads
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 98
Visits: 448
Avg: 4.4
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

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: 98 | Visits: 448
Reviews by JamLand:
Photo of JamLand
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of UcDru
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Redgoatman
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of anteater
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ikaikalogan
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sittinggc
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Dka67
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Spreetaper
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.96/5  rDev -10%
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 MickeyHops
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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 OnePuttBlunder
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fureousangel
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 domdomdomdom
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mattygross44
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 CDCNAM
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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The Bruery in Placentia, CA
97 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.