Active Beers: 106
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Reviews by JamLand:
4.72/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-24-2013 21:46:56 | More by JamLand
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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
The Bruery in Placentia, CA
99 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.