The Bruery Provisions
Taps: 28 / Bottles: 116
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 50
4.36/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On the heels of stupidly having hit the Bruery brewery proper first. Don’t get me wrong. I mean they had a pretty good selection of their wares, and we sampled what we wanted; it was just that there was nothing sour on. And that wouldn’t have been so bad had I not enjoyed them sourz just a few days before at the Barcade event and was now looking forward to them, which I was. But finding them here, I was not. Sampler and out; sad, like the clown...
But they’ve got a store somewhere somewhere, not near here but not too far away. It’s earlyish yet, let’s go see what Bruery Provisions brings. Oh, the main drag in town closed due to some inconvenient to me event in the street, we’re not off to a good start. But we parked round the corner and made tracks for this place in the strip.
A doublewide, with its center sections removed, and a clear differentiation of space between the upfront store and rear of the room bar/seating area (but we’ll get to that). Up front, a row of 9 cooler doors on one wall with soda & sixtels & bottles in between, plus 2 more ‘round the bend. The coolers are lined above with horizontal blackboards, listing specials and Brueryisms they want you to know about. On the opposite wall, a length of shelving racks holding warm beer, and some of the aforementioned provisions. Out across the floor, a large Bruery beer display, racks of wines, and clothed tables holding more of the dry goods; marmalades & jams, honeys, crackers, breadsticks, Stone hot sauces, Sierra Nevada mustards, olive oils, coffee from bean players Intelligentsia & Kean, tea, chocolate, etc.; quality select representations of each.
To the rear, meat & cheeses on the front side of the counter (They do cheese & charcuterie plates, but I just wasn’t feeling it). I can see a row of 10 Bruery handles back behind the counter, and then there are 2 rows of 10 nondescript handles behind them on each side. Order your food and drink, and hit one of the 2 longish communal hightop tables seating 8 each shared, or the bar counter space running an ‘L’ around it, seating for another 8 or so on backed stools. The seating area penned by a half wall; its sills lined with bulbed candleholders.
Beigey walls, wood slat floorings, and pressed tin ceiling with drop pan lamps. A most impressive large bottle cap logo mosaic on the far rear wall framed, and 2 dozen mounted & framed beer labels to the rear around a cork & cap logo piece that is also really quite excellent. I will mention that the bathrooms are pasted with colorful Bruery stickers, as well. Large windows over North Glassell Street with sprawling hoppiness lined barrels over the hang, and baby trees & other plants atop the shelving units.
8 house beers on tap; Nottenroth (Berliner), Mischief (Belgian Strong Golden), Humulus Lager, (Imperial Pale Lager), White Oak (Wheat Wine/Strong Golden blend), Loakal Red (Oak aged American Red Ale), Saison De Lente (Spring Saison), Filmishmish (barrel aged sour with apricot), Sour in the Rye (sour rye in oak), + 20 guest taps; ½ of them Westish coast craft (Green Flash Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA & Double Stout, Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout & Smoke Screen Lager, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Stone Smoked Porter, Logsdon Kili Wit, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Cismontane Smokin’ Santiago Scotch Ale, Epic Smoked & Oaked Belgian Style Ale), and the other ½ a split between craft beyond (Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA, Allagash White & Tripel, DogFishHead Aprihop & Chicory Stout), and import play (Evil Twin Freudian Slip Barleywine & Biscotti Break Porter, Drie Fonteinen Zwet.Be Porter, Bockor Bellegems Bruin, Blanche De Bruxelles).
They do a pair of preset house beer flights which we no thank you’d, and just went with what we wanted (Nottenroth, a Berliner wannabe, or more likely a wouldabeen, had it soured up, which it did not, still, it was nicely tart; Humulus Lager, citrusy, piney, and very hoppy, more like an IPA than an impy lager; Filmishmish, love, amazingly quaffably pleasant; Sour in the Rye, funk & fruit, also one of the does not suck varietals; and then guest offerings Evil Twin Biscotti Break, just stellar, licorice, an imperial porter of fucking awesome; and the Bockor Bellegems Bruin, on the recommendation from the cooler kid, a nicely done Oud Bruin).
Easily more than 100 bottled offerings in all, including a good number of Bruery beers selections. Ben grabbed some Bruery/Lawson’s maple crazy collaboration (Acer Quercus), and later we wondered why we didn’t snag a Black Tuesday instead (serious duh). Yes, there were other goods I would not have minded putting my drink on. And in retrospect, a meat plate of spicy things would have been perfect (it had been a long day). Great tunes, we dig it here and are slightly bent that we wasted our time at the brewery tasting room instead of hitting this much earlier. It’s a neat, clean place; someone knew what they were doing.
08-17-2012 18:19:25 | More by slander
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Beautiful, clean, roomy. A bottle shop, with a huge tasting room in the back, and a patio out the back door. Very relaxing, and comfortable.
Can't complain about the quality, everything is clean and well done, selection is quite diverse, with some stuff only available in store, guest brews in the bottle, and on tap, with Bruery only stuff as well.
The food choices are high quality as well, if only lacking in diversity. Meats, cold cuts, cheeses, nuts, breads, and olives, all snacking foods, not really a place for a meal.
Pricing for bottles is on par, or more, and the on tap brews are all priced similary, but the higher the abv, the smaller the pour.
A great experience was had here, the snacks are high quality, the beer is stellar, what else could you want?
05-04-2012 21:36:30 | More by Drinkerofales
Trinidad & Tobago
4.23/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have a lot of fun when I come here. If your not waiting for allocations (which has recently gotten a bit more organized) then you have time and room to browse. I really enjoy the bruery's style and imagination when it comes to brewing,and they offer a great selection of other brewery's best. The flights are reasonable with a large variety to try. The artwork is awesome! And the staff is very helpful with suggestions and descriptions. Overall its a great way to spend an afternoon in the enthralling, historic downtown Orange district. Cheers!
04-15-2012 20:38:24 | More by MayorsAssistant
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is traditional - I actually prefer the tasting room vibe more but not real complaints either.
The staff is always gracious if not always totally knowledgeable (no biggie in my book). I commend them for the excellent job they did getting the Reserve Society allocation ready on the initiation celebration day. All around friendly.
Stop by a few times a year to pick up bruery releases - have quite a wide selection of beers from other breweries too - sometimes harder to find selections. In the past they have put out limited release bruery beers for short periods and of course they have the provision series beers.
They do have cheese and wine also - but have never tried any.
In the front is like a regular store, the back half is the tasting area. I tried the tasting area for my first time the other day - got a tasting flight of specialty bruery beers. Nice to be able to try some of the beers before buying. This area is 21 and over only (ie not kid friendly). They are currently only doing flight of Bruery beers and just started doing full pours. Also a Patio in back is set to open any day.
Prices on beer to go are with in the norm or sometimes on the lower end. The tasting flight was $8 for 5 tasters (I think you get a slight better deal at the tasting room - but a different selection).
All in all totally worth a stop.
03-19-2012 04:58:02 | More by drewone
4.5/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
What to add that hasn't been said before about this place. Not only is it a top notch bottle shop bit it also offers slightly upscale meats and flights of beer (not only Bruery beers, not that I would complain if that was the case).
The bottle shop is well laid out, with Bruery stock placed roughly in the middle of the store as well as in coolers. Reasonable prices pm everything, and although the house beers can get a little pricy you certainly won't find many of them elsewhere.
The flights were all $6, which includes 5 pours. The girl at the taps let me substitute from the pre-selected flights which was cool.
No question that I'll be back, just wish I travelled to LA more often.
02-08-2012 05:05:35 | More by TurdFurgison
4.53/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Bruery Provisions is designed much like a deli, with service counters to order smoked meats, cheeses, and beer flights. There's a barstool seating area adjacent to the ordering counter, and then a large, open bottle shop taking up about half of the floor plan. All bottles, whether Bruery beers or otherwise, are available for single bottle purchase. The atmosphere is clean, classy, and sophisticated.
The quality of everything available is top-notch. The beers, foods, and cheeses served at the counter are all world-class, with rotating guest beers available each month. The bottleshop has a fantastic selection of American craft beers, Belgians, and other European bottles.
The service is better than average, and I believe every employee sincerely wants every customer to have the best experience possible. That being said, Bruery Provisions is getting more and more popular (and crowded) by the day, and sometimes I feel the employees are stretched a bit thin. The customer service suffers slightly, but as individuals, they're always working as hard as can be expected of anyone. Sometimes, there just aren't enough faces to feed and nourish the growing crowd.
The selection is incredible. Provisions serves as a world-class bottle shop, Bruery storefront, smoked meat and cheese deli, and craft beer bar.
In a perfect world, Provisions would serve full pours of beer (as opposed to 5oz. sample glasses) and fill growlers. Hoping this is in the works, as I know Patrick and team would like this to be the case as well. Fingers crossed.
The food is high quality and delicious. The meats and cheeses I have sampled pair very well with the beers, and the employees are more than happy to answer any questions.
02-02-2012 18:27:51 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I visited Provisions yesterday with NoSignsOfPain and DarthKostrizer. Walking in it reminded me of a small bistro market. They have an area for sales of beer, cider, and I believe wine along with stuff like food items and shirts. There is also a food and tasting area that has tables for people to sit at. Provisions offers a wide selection of Bruery and guest beers along with wine. They also have food items like meats and cheeses for you to snack on if you desire. I was able to try a lot of Bruery beers and some from Beachwood, Evil Twin, and Telegraph as well. Everything was of really good quality. Service was very friendly and helpful. Overall, this is an awesome little spot and I really want to make it back sometime soon.
01-22-2012 20:21:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Been here a couple of times in my tenure at Chapman U., right down the street.
A- Neo-rustic atmosphere, savvy beer crowd and pleasing lighting. Hard not to like this place.
Q- Good beer is good beer. Can't deny that.
S- Friendly staff (on most days) and prompt service.
Selection- Could be better. But they go for quality beers over quantity. I think.
F- Got cheese/nuts here for a review I was writing. Good pairs, that's for sure.
V- Can range from $$-$$$$ in bottle store. Fairly reasonably $$ in the tasting area though.
01-21-2012 22:23:43 | More by Murrhey
4.85/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I am lucky that I can call Bruery Provisions my one-stop-shop or my local store.
This place has a great selection of beers, some that you can't find other places, actually a lot that you can't find at other stores; especially the Provisions series and Bruery beers.
Really friendly staff, always greeting you and making sure they are available to help you choose whatever it is your looking for, wether it is beer, cheese, wine, coffee or some gift items. They are really easy going people and love to make small talk with you, even when it is a little busy.
The only thing I can say bad about this place is it's too small, I wish it was bigger so they could accommodate more people, have a bigger tasting area or even stock more great beer! That would really put this place over the edge.
Great location in the Orange Circle, they fit in well. Great hours and really clean establishment.
01-19-2012 17:39:40 | More by BeerShman
3.8/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Near the Bruery, about a half hour drive from LAX airport. A good selection of Bruery bottles, with a few differences from what they had at the brewery's tasting room. A pretty good bottle selection, at reasonable prices for Southern California. Not the best bottle store I visited on the trip, as it included Pizza Port's and Texas Liquor in Carlsbad. The outstanding feature is the tasting room where a quarter pint of many South Cal well rated books are served. My one complaint that detracted from this vacation stop, was that I settled up in cash on one of my trips for bottles and a flight, but was approached later with my Visa number. Its very possibly just a one-off error, but I would recommend people keep their purchases on their cards to keep records in any case. People were doing their own thing here, tons of couples and small groups of friends. service: One has to get up and get their flights and bottles. Still very much worth a stop.
01-18-2012 06:00:58 | More by Sammy
The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.