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The Bruery

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BEER AVG
4.1/5
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
www.thebruery.com

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: 102 | Visits: 465
Reviews by JamLand:
Photo of JamLand
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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 EdTheEdge
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of taylordane
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Members only vibe. Half the beer selection is for members only, can't even get a taster. I love funky beers, but some of them are too out there.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of shrugdealer
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rddayson
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Whazu
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Claydoe4
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of crob3888
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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 LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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 dmk82
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

The people really make this place... cheers to the Thursday night crew!

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Photo of M_chav
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 BecauseWhalezbro
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of UcDru
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Redgoatman
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

Photo of Ikaikalogan
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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 Dka67
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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