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The Bruery Provisions

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The Bruery ProvisionsThe Bruery Provisions
BA SCORE
96
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 5.72%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 116
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

143 N. Glassell
Orange, California, 92866
United States
phone: (714) 997-2337
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(Place added by: womencantsail on 10-05-2010)
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Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped by Provisions during a recent trip to Orange County. Located on the main shopping district/street that runs through the center of town. Very clean with room temperature bottles on the right, coolers on the left and a deli case/bar counter straight ahead.

This is pretty much the perfect retail space with a combination of rare bottles, an amazing draft selection(with flights available), merch and cheese/charcuterie. The selection of bottles outside of the Bruery beers isn't that impressive but the draft list is excellent.. They have a variety of different flights to choose from or you can make up your own. There's a small seating area for you to eat/sample beers. Lots of rare one offs on draft and cool guest beers. I tried Smoking Wood, Burly Gourd, Knuckle Sandwich, Telegraph obscura Vieja and Loakal Red. Quite an impressive selection and there were many more to choose from. They had lots of rare Bruery bottles that don't see distribution and a few other nice choices. Also, they sell some cool glassware and other Bruery merchandise.

We didn't try the food because we had just eaten but it looked delicious. Lots of artisan meats and cheeses. I've been to plenty of other shops with better selections but the combination of bottles, merchandise, food and quality drafts made this place one of the best retail spaces I've seen. If I lived anywhere near this place I would be there all of the time.

corby112, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

I love this place. Which is a good thing due to the need to pick up all of my orders here. But as far as a beer store goes, they do a great job of carrying an eclectic range of interesting, and even precious beers. Yes they could probably rearrange their sales floor to increase the space to offer more variety, but I think it would undercut the classy, yet earthy ambience. I have yet to walk into this store inthe midst of a "sausage fest". You know what I mean, a bunch of guys standing around trying to outbeer each other over minute details or facts about beer. Can you talk beer in detail here, yes. There always seems to be a true beergeek around--but it remains inviting and approachable here.

And they have a good rotation of beer, as well as wine, here too. They are quite well tapped in to the industry and have developed some very fruitful relationships; so they get some "goods" from other brewers that you won't find at the big boxes (BevMo).

The food pairings are well done, and well presented, albeit a bit pricey at times. But hey they gotta pay the rent!!! And they can't sell full glasses so I'm not complaining about an extra $ or two for some great pairings of meat/cheese.

This place is a must go, for any beer lover, as well as anybody who likes to check out food/drink pairings as well as accessories.

2beerdogs, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of rtaps
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

this place was great, stopped by for the first time to just pick up some beer. great bottle selection reasonably price, and you can get pretty much any Bruery bottle already, and cool swag. they have a separate little section for sampling beer. you can only buy flights but good beer is on tap and the price is great. same goes with the food to pair with you brew.
i will be going back anytime i'm down in anaheim, luckily im an angels fan and have a disneyland pass so i can con people into getting down in the general area.
-cheers

rtaps, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Catchy_Name
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

I love this place. I live about 30 minutes away and there hasn't been a time I've gone that my drive wasn't worth it. My only gripe about it ever has been parking. Sometimes it's tough to find it when they do events so walking may be a must. But they have great selection both on tap and in bottles. Wine isn't my thing but they do have that and I've yet to try the food short of some bread. Overall great vibe, good beer, and cool people that provide good service. My friends and I were drinking a lot of heavier stouts and they provided us with some bread on the house so we could drive home safely. Very cool if you ask me.

Catchy_Name, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

I love this place, I was glad my friend told me about it last year. It has been downhill since, in respects to how much i drive to the OC just to hang out there. Its perfect because if you cant find a spot at the tasting area for flights i just take a walk down old town orange and admire the old style buildings and come back and find a spot. I am looking forward to being a 2012 RS member so I can come in to pick up my allocations. With the bruery's rapid growth they may need to expand that store or relocate to a larger facility.

GrumpyJunglist, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of sweethome
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%

Storefront in downtown Orange - just north of the square. A feel of an old general store...for great beer! A number of beers from belgium in the cooler which I had never seen. Interesting local and regional selection - plus the huge variety of Bruery beers.

The tasting area is in the back. Very comfortable tall chairs - creates a convivial feel. I ordered a classic tasting of Bruery beers - cost was $5 plus tax - hard to beat. Also ordered a salami plate that was excellent. Cost was $10 for a relatively small amount of salami, two types of cheese - some bread and olives. You get what you pay for - this was high quality and paired with the complex beers perfectly.

Service was a bit slow for buying the bottled beers and a line developed when I was there - otherwise good service.

I really loved the experience - high quality beer and food in a comfortable setting.

sweethome, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%

I visited this place before a bottleshare with Ehammond1 and NoSignsOfPain to pick up our allotment of Black Tuesday.

The area where you can actually drink is quite small and actually creates a better atmosphere because everyone is interacting with everyone. The on tap selection is good and of course all Bruery beers and you can only get 4oz pours so it is a good way to sample most of their products. I got to try Black Tuesday on draft and it was Phenomenal. But what makes this place a must stop is the bottle selection. They of course have a great selection of their own bottles but they have a pretty good selection of hard to find beers from all the world.

If I lived closer to this spot I would visit it quite often. Highly recommended

DarthKostrizer, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

First stop after picking up a friend at the SNA airport. We got there early afternoon.

Nice atmosphere. Mellow at that time of the day. Very cool looking. Lots of french words for things (cause apparently they speak that in Orange).

Service was friendly. You're only about 50% waited on, so I don't know what you'd expect.

Selection was quite good. Lots of different flights, maybe 20ish taps? Not interested in the guest taps, as I remember some being average. But the bottle selection more than made up for it.

Food was good, but expensive. 11 dollars for a cheese plate with a few wedges on it. The flights were reasonably priced, except for the fancy pants flight, which was like twice the price of the other ones.

Money is my only real complaint. Quality was top notch, and a lot of those beers are incredible. Wouldn't make this a regular haunt, but definitely would come here a few times a year, if I didn't almost an hour away.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Hands22
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

When I first walked in I was blown away by the bottles stocked in the store and the refrigerated case. They had cases of great Bruery beers waiting to be bought. Wish I had more room in my suitcase but did grab an Oude Tart to take home.

The back half of the store has a tasting area. The standard Bruery flights (5 glasses with ~2-3 oz) were around $5, but they were also serving a flight of GABF medal winners for $12. I had a sampler tray with assorted meats, olives, nuts, and bread for $13. Everything tasted great and I really liked being able to sample a the different beers. It was a bit of a drive from LA but if I lived here I would definitely visit once a month to pick up Bruery beers that can't be found in other stores.

Hands22, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Just went up to this place for the first time a few weekends ago and I was really impressed. The space is divided between the tasting room and the bottle shop. I was really impressed by the selection that the bottle shop had of both beers from The Bruery and harder to find beers from around the world.

I was a little surprised to find that they didn't offer larger sized samplings of The Bruery's beers, but the tasters were exceptional and I probably left happier than if I had just gotten a pint or two. You can also make your own sampler (so you could potentially fill all five sample glasses with nothing but one beer that you really like if that's the route you wanted to go) which I thought was definitely a good idea.

If you go, I would definitely recommend getting some of the food there. It's bomb and goes perfectly with the beers offered. We got a salami plate that was unbelievable and the bread they serve it with is the perfect palette cleanser. I will definitely be returning here soon.

notchucknorris, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%

Okay, this place is just amazing for many reasons. I was very fortunate that my girlfriend was touring Chapman University which is within walking distance. (I really hope she goes there!!!) We stopped in after a tour late afternoon.

I didn't like that this place only served sample sized beers, however that turned out to be a blessing as i got to try many many amazing beers.

Atmosphere: In the front there is a wonderful store full of Bruery gifts, as well souvenirs from other breweries as well. They had SO MANY rare beers from both the Bruery and many other breweries as well. it was a place one can spend a lot of time in. There is a small tasting section in the back.

Selection/Quality: They have tons of amazing world class beers here from the Bruery and other breweries on tap. The only catch is that you can only order sample platters of 5 beers at a time.

Value: I felt like i was stealing...each sample flight was so cheap...honestly i've never spent so little on such high quality beer in my life.

I felt so blessed to get to visit this place. If you're in the LA area, come here...it'll make you feel satisfied for days...with out putting a dent in your wallet.

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Jackskeleton
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%

The provision store should be considered an illegal substance. You know the moment you walk in there you're going to be handing over your wallet and hooked for life to coming here.

The atmosphere of the interior matches the exterior. It has a sort of 1960's sort of land-that-time-forgot feel to it. You expect Mister sandman to start playing.

It's clean, high brow for what you think of the beer establishments and liquor store and most of all, it's very appealing to non-beer drinkers.The tasting area is closed off but the ability to try five different beers at 2oz samples is great for trying new beers without a bottle commitment.

They also have wine for those who aren't into beer for some reason. With cheese and meat plates, you really can have a nice evening out here as a sort of stop on date night.

The thing that shines here is the fridge and bottle shop selection. You will lose so much money and get so many great beers from here.

Bruery provision series beers seem to only pop up here and at the tasting/brewery room. Besides the bruery bottles, you have a lot of other breweries getting great representation on the shelf.

Great for rare/hard to find beers and a great atmosphere all around.

Jackskeleton, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

123th beerfly review, and BA post which puts me into the next level of Beer Geekdom, so I have that going for me!

Located on the north end of the historic circle in Old Town Orange, this offshoot of the Placentia based Bruery presents an entirely new (at least to me) concept in beer merchandising. The beer selection features what appears to be approximately 500-600 beers, with 10 doors of temperature controlled coolers on one side of the room, and a like amount of shelf space for warm beers on the other. Two cooler doors are dedicated to The Bruery products, and this is the *only* retail spot where you will find Bruery Provision Series. I grabbed a couple of bottles (Snicklefritz, Tart of Darkness) to share with The Usual Suspects back home, along with a bottle of Mischief Gone Wild. I saw a number of interesting SoCal brewery products, Bootleggers, Telegraph etc., but decided in the name of limited suitcase space (with a trip to San Diego scheduled for the next day) to limit my purchase to those bottles. There are some wines available, but the real non-beer related highlight was the world class charcuterie selection, featuring a number of renowned purveyers, Fra Mani, Cypress Grove, etc. I didn't check the prices on the meats and cheeses but was duly impressed.

We spent our time doing some perusing but enjoying sample trays, the Classic Flight of Bruery products, 714, Salt of the Earth (a nice gose), Humulus ( a very hoppy lager), Iniquitious (10% Golden Ale) and the monstrous and tasty Cuir. We also had a cheese plate which paired nicely with our beers. The entire tasting tray was only $5, a great value, and while the beers were supposed to be limited to 2 oz. samples, most (except for the Cuir, which was still a bargain priced sample given the $20 price tag on a bottle) were closed to 3.5-4 oz. Note that beverages had to be consumed in the rear portion of the establishment, re you can't take your beer with you and you peruse the shelves.

The help was extremely nice, they seemed to be an extension of Patrick's friendly and outgoing personality. Any requests were met with a nice smile. All in all, this is a world class tasting room, which my buddy observed had the feel of a classy wine bar (which they also offered sample trays of). In fact, he said he was going to bring his wife by here for a before dinner libation. That's high praise indeed. I will certainly make it a point to visit here every time I'm in the OC, and you should too. Very Highly Recommended.

jdense, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of s1ckboy
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%

Was able to stop by on a visit out to cali, just at the right time as they had some rare bottles for sale (100% Cuir). Pretty cool little shop. They have a ton of Bruery beers (obviously) and a great selection of other bottles as well, wine too. Cool that you can get food and flights of beer, wish I had time to do that! Not that big of a shop but they make good use of the space. Staff was very helpful. Picked up some Bruery swag and some great beers not distributed back home. I'll definitely go back next time I'm in the area.

s1ckboy, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

This place is one-of-a-kind (from my experiences at least). A really cool bottle shop with over 500 bottles, but more importantly, a really cool tasting room that offers beer flights as well as excellent food pairings such as high-end cheeses and cured meats.

The flights were really cool - I ordered two different flights - and really showcased a wide variety of styles and breweries. The staff was quick, friendly, and knowledgeable and the food was excellent as well.

To top it off, when we left, I picked up a few awesome bottles, some of which were unique to Provisions. If I was a local, I would be here all the time. A must visit for out-of-towners and a short cab ride from Anaheim ($15).

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%

I stopped by here on two separate occasions last week. Both were very enjoyable.

The atmosphere is quite nice. The setup is a very upscale craft beer and cheese shop with a tasting area in the back with tables very conducive to sharing beer and socializing. The afternoon that I came was empty, but the evening was quite crowded, though very manageable.

The service was excellent. The workers were extremely knowledgeable and were willing to discuss beer and provide suggestions with all products (I knew about the beer, but needed help with the cheese).

The beer selection was quite nice. The bottles to go are very well thought out and they have many limited Bruery offerings (among other breweries). It fell just short of amazing, as I was hoping for more limited Bruery beers on tap. However, this is a small complaint.

The food selection is geared towards cheese and meat pairings for the wine and beer. It is certainly not meant to be a place for a meal, and I rated accordingly. Although I do not know much about specialty charcuterie and cheese, the pairing was quite nice.

I highly recommend this place. Don't come expecting extremely limited Bruery beers, but expect at least a few interesting beers you've never tried (assuming you aren't a Bruery enthusiast), and nice meats and cheeses with which to pair the beers.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of pollox87
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

I really enjoy coming here as a one stop shop. First, Provisions offers a good selection of great beers. They really do not dabble with the average. They get some good rarities from time to time as well, and instead of announcing to the world their release or keeping them in the back, they place a bottle by the register so everyone who is there that day can buy them. Most bottles here go for close to what is at Total Wine but often just a tad lower. However sometimes you find great deals, like TenFidy for 10.50 instead of the usual 15-16 bucks you find at even TW. Another plus: Prima Pils in 6 packs IN THE FRIDGE! Score. TW only has warm singles. All beer styles that should be served cold (IPA, Saison, Sours, APAs) are kept in the fridge, while others (Old Ales, Dark Belgians, Big Stouts, Barleywines) are kept on the shelves. The selection is not Huge, but it is all quality.

Oh yeah they serve beer tasters and cheese/charcuterie (sp?) plates and beer tasters too. The cheese plates are fantastic. they do cost a bit, but it is a good price for the quality served. The beer list continually rotates, and always has a few interesting things I have not tried before. They really have a lot of buying power here because they pull in some rare kegs. Best of all the Kegs do not sell out super quick because they go 3-4 oz at a time. They also have a good selection of Bruery Beers for those who are visiting from out of town, and are not able to get to the Bruery Brewery during its limited hours.

Overall, this is a must frequent for locals and a must stop for visitors.

pollox87, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

I have a real liking for old town Orange. I usually have some lunch and brews at The Haven on the other side of the circle and the other day I decided to see what The Bruery Provisions had to offer.

Definately a cool spot to check out. Looks alot like a nice gallery except the shelves are lined with some nice Belgian beers and they have a refrigerated side with Bruery and other craft offerings. Theres a nice collection of Bruery bottle labels very nicely framed lining the walls. Bench style tables are in the tasting area and it has a cool community vibe.

I opted for the Seasonal Bruery flight and for $6 I got to try 5 Bruery beers I probably wouldn't have found anywhere else including Cornballer which was by far my favorite. They also have a year round flight of their year round releases thats only $3. I have to say the flight prices are pretty awesome. At the time they also had an Allagash flight, a hoppy beer flight, and a malty beer flight that had some nice names on them. I also ordered their country pate which was very delicious and came with some olives that were nice palate cleansers between my tastings.

I will definately be coming back everytime I am in Orange to check out what new stuff they have going on.

snpub540, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

On a small busy street in Orange. A couple of public parking lots nearby so if have a while it would pay to stop there and walk. I was lucky finding a spot on the street nearby as I was in a hurry.

Nice frontage and layout inside. Plenty of beer arranged by style (though I would like to see the styles written up somewhere) along the right wall and in the fridges on the left. Tasting area at the back right.

Found a few things I haven't seen in other shops around, but in several cases what I did see elsewhere was a bit more here. Would like to go back and do some tasting as it looks likes cool relaxing place to hang out, though be careful with the credit card.

Edit: need to mention seeing some New Zealand beer here (8 Wired) that doesn't get to Hobart yet. Doesnt quite up the selection overall but honorable mention for getting some oddities.

joecast, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of oldsailor
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%

My wife and I decided to stop by after we had seen it on BA. Funny thing is that we had passed by it a bunch of times and never really noticed it.

Overall the selections were good, but nothing i saw there was amazing. As we're always on a sour quest we were let down as they had nothing available when we stopped in.

The staff was very friendly though and they were trying to see if they could find something to spark our interest. We ended up leaving empty handed so that was slightly disappointing.

oldsailor, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Rjhami
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

I like the location, very nice looking store on the inside with hardwood floors and a great layout separating the tasting area from the bottle shop. Caught myself staring at the cheese and meat counter longer than I anticipated but they were so busy with tasters no one could help me.

Checked out their selection at first and found it to be quite good with a lot of newly released beers and some interesting styles that I had not seen from top notch brewers

Finally i made it over for some tasters and was helped quickly. Tasted the IPA and Seasonal flights, both were good values. The Seasonal taster offered the Cuadruple which I was pleased to try along with the Old Richland which was fantastic.

I went through my tasters quickly and then selected a couple bottles to go. It had become so packed at that point I was ready to get out of there. The place definitely has a nice business plan, it almost seems too small for its demand (at least on a weekend). The shop has a great feel to it, will definitely go back and try some of the food flights.

Rjhami, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev -5%

The shop is not too far from my place so me and my roomate go there every once in a while. They have alot of good beers and a bunch of stuff you won't find anywhere else. Their beer prices are a little higher than average I would say. Though I live right by a total wine and their the cheapest. Alot of their beer is in coolers and most of the belgians and beers that can age well are on shelves. Looks like they have a decent wine selection along with trinkets and Bruery merchandise in the middle of the shop.

The way they serve beers is a little odd but it works. It's cool to be able to have 5 different beers for only $6 or so but their only like a sip and a half worth of the beer. The cheese plates and meat plates are awesome. Get a plate with the prochuto. Awesome stuff. Looks like a decent selection of cheeses but I don't know enough about cheese. One thing about the bar/taster section is it's pretty small. It gets crowded fast and they really need to expand already. Overall it's a cool place to go but not something I would make a regular stop to. Too small and gets crowded and I would only really use them if they had something awesome on tap or if they had some different beers in stock that I can't get at Total Wine or something.

PeprSprYoFace, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev -5%

This is like in downtown or old town main street like Orange. Pretty easy to find, parking wasn't an issue.

Walk in, its like a little boutique shop. . . with tasters! Good amount of wine and just a hodgepodge of different beers here. Was surprised they didn't have a better selection of Bruery stuff, although I did find a bottle of the saison de lente, which I can't find in Reno, so that was cool I guess. Memorabilia, cool artwork with the bottle caps and bottle labels. Chocolate and cheese plates to pair with your beer. A little quirky, would just like to see more of their own stuff in here, growler fills, bottle service, drink em there, etc. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Stopped in here on Saturday right before the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Party (my good friend and roommate, JustinA1, recently joined and I got to be his guest).

The Bruery Provisions store is a pretty classy joint. It feels a lot like an antique store, except swap the lamps and trinkets for beer, mustard, glassware, and Bruery swag. I wasn't interested in anything but the beer though; I paid little to no attention to the rest.

The beer selection is very solid; pretty much an even split between west coast micro-brews and European artisan ales. The selection is also split into a refrigerated section and a non-refrigerated section. (The hoppier ales are all kept chilled - no need to worry about that.) I was surprised to not see a whole lot of Bruery beers; I spotted Saison de Lente, Rugbrød, White Orchard, and possibly Loakal Red - that was it!

When I stepped to the register with my one bottle of GD Hibernation Ale, the cashier was very friendly and conversational. She bagged my beer and wished us a good time at the Reserve Society Festival.

All in all, I was impressed by this little shop. It was very clean and had a beer selection that was lots of fun to look at. If you're in the Orange area, check it out!

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Stopped in here real quick after the bruery RS party to pick up a few bottles I had waiting for me. Quality was pretty good. Lots of different beers and wines. Nothing overly rare or anything like that, just plenty of solid offerings. The place truly is a one stop shop if you are looking to get everything you need for a tasting. Grab a beer, some cheese, and you are good to go.

Service was a bit spotty but the place was pretty packed so no big deal. The girls at the register could have used a bit more help but they still moved the line pretty quickly. The selection was good, not great. I noticed quite a few tasty offerings but when you are from PA and have access to most of the things from out there you really have to be wowed to impress me. I just wish we could have stayed a bit longer but we had places to be. Next time I am out there for a party I will have to spend a bit more time here.

orangesol, Jan 12, 2011
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The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA
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