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The Bruery Provisions

Not Rated.
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 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 09, 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
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -8.5%

This location was hard to find. I'm just glad I was with womencantsail as I would have never been able to find this spot without him. Stopped in after the Bruery RS Party to pick up a few things that he said they had there that were on my Wants list. There is a front and back entrance depending on where you park that makes access pretty easy. Upon walking in this seemed like a really nice hangout spot for beer enthusiasts. They offer quite a few brews on tap. We only came to buy bottles so we did not partake in any beer there. They had a pretty good selection here, but it was not what I was expecting if I'm honest. They had Alesmith, HOTD, The Bruery, and a few other things. Nothing too rare while I was there that I noticed. The prices were pretty good as well. I picked up a few things and a Bruery tulip while I was there and headed out. I would suggest this as a must stop while you are in the area.

thagr81us, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of newk340
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

A nice little stop while down in Orange County. Pretty quaint from the outside, but once inside, was a nice line-up of beers and a tasting area and bar. Didn't have time to try anything on tap, but I was satisfied with the bottles I walked away with. Prices weren't too bad, but not the cheapest I saw around. Staff was extremely helpful when asked about 50/50 Eclipse, Abyss, and Dissident. While they sold out of the other 2, I was able to walk away with a bottle of Abyss. But I had to ask as they did not have these brews on their shelves. Would love to come back!

newk340, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Skuter
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Bruery Provisions is a great store located in a great area of downtown Orange. They have a wide selection of bottles, one row of coolers and another row of beers at room temperature. This is one of the few places you can get Loakal Red and the only place you can get the "Provision Series" Bruery beers.

They have a tasting bar with rotating taps. You can either select from the pre-arranged tastings (along with suggested light food pairings (cheese, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits)) or get individual tastings for $1-$2 per 2 oz pour. Only complaint is there is very few seats available (only 3 or 4 I believe), so you have to lean on the waist high table or countertops while enjoying your beer.

They regularly update the tasting flights on their Facebook page under the "menu" tab.

Employees are knowledgeable and always willing to help out.

Also if you are a Reserve Society Member, don't forget to ask for your discount.

Skuter, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of eopacich
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Nice little shop. One row of coolers, one row of beers. Bruery stuff plus great craft beers. Has kinda a gift shop look to it with stuff for sale. Can get 2 oz flights only - kinda weird but interesting. They carry flights of Bruery stuff plus other predesigned flights. Meat and cheese plates are the only food for sale. Not much seating but maybe room for about 25 people or so. One dude and a cute chick working the place. Both were knowledgeable. Nice way to try a lot of beers. Good selection of beers that I didnt see at other top stores in SoCal.

eopacich, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of pword9d8
4.5/5  rDev +3%

This is an excellent store. Lots of great bottled beers to choose from as well as Bruery and local beers on tap. Recently got to taste the Bruery barrel aged and Ballast Point flight. Excellent!

Flights run from $3-$18 and everything in between. From olive oils, chocolates, cheeses, coffees, and kitchen wares, the specialty shop in Provisions is a great place to procure different items. The cheese selection is especially fantastic and they are constantly updating their tasting menus.

If you're in the area you definitely need to stop by and check out this amazing store!

pword9d8, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

A tasting room/ bottle shop located in downtown Orange, an offshoot of The Bruery.

Located just north of the roundabout in beautiful downtown Orange. The decor and ambience is really nice. Along the left side of the shop are several coolers housing an outstanding selection of craft brews. Along the right side of the room are shelves with un- refrigerated beers and a small selection of wines. The back left of the shop is a very impressive case housing a large selection of cheese and cured meats. It's very well decorated.

The back right of the shop has several tables and seats for enjoying their current offering of beer and wine flights as well as cheese and charcuterie. The beer flights are 5 samplings of 3 oz pours. When I was there they had the following flights: Bruery year round offerings, Bruery seasonal offerings, Ballast Point, IPA's, Stouts, Christmas, and Fruit and Spice. The flights are very well prices with most in the $5 to $8 range. They also have a few wine flights. There are several cheese and charcuterie plates to choose from as well, also very reasonably priced.

I would highly recommend this place. It's a great place to come hang out with friends and enjoy some great beer, wine, and snacks. A few things I'd like to see added: growler fills of Bruery beer, pours of full glasses or pints, and the ability to consume the bottles they sell on premise as you can at City Beer in SF. My guess is they are working on these things and are restricted by their license. In the meantime, it's still a great place to visit.

willjschmidt, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Visited the store on 11/20. That was the day the Bruery was having their barrel-aged Reserve Society event at the brewery. Lots of members were at the store around noon, so it was pretty hectic and understaffed for awhile.

Nice selection of beers are avilable, presented in a refrigerated wall of about 9 glass doors and a wall on the other side of the store with many more beers at room temperature. The presentation is selective with many pretty good if not excellent beers to choose from.

But first, this is a place to taste the beers and they provide several good beer flights at reasonable prices. I had the Stout flight, and shared an IPA flight with friends. Also got the classic cheese plate to go with the stouts, which is Stilton Colston Basset Blue and Beamster XO 26 MTH served with dried figs, peaches, and pears. The cheese plate was awesome, as were the beers.

I also like having the option for wine flights. I would do the German wine flight (3 Rieslings and a Gewurz), but would also do the Pinot flight, alas, I only had a limited amount of time.

After my flights, I chose a bunch of beers to take home. They are strong on SoCal brews, but they have interesting beers from around the planet.

It is quite pleasant to spend a few leisurely hours here.

Beerenauslese, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Retsinis
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Have been down to The Bruery Provisions twice now, and had a great experience both times.

First the area. Old Town orange, and speically N. Glassel, just off the roundabout, have the look and feel of a main street in a small town. With an old style movie theatre marquis across the street, the cupcake store next door, the novelty shops nearby (the candy shop across the street has some rare stuff that you don't see much of anymore) all add to the appeal of the Bruery provisions, since there are things to do within walking distance both before and after a visit.

Now for the store. They have a few coolers, well stocked with a great selection of craft brews. Not the largest bottleshop I've seen, but they carry some great stuff, both of their own beers of course, as well as many others. The tasting flight menu's are clear & resonably priced, and recomended cheese and or choclate plates go well with the flight you choose. The staff is attentive, friendly, but overall the store has that casual cafe feel, which to me is something that both matches the neighborhood, but also makes you feel welcome.

If your in the area, whether you like Bruery beers or not, it is worth a visit.

Retsinis, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of UnknownKoger
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Finally made it down to Orange to check out The Bruery Provisions. Really neat little store. It has several refrigerator windows stocked with quite a good variety of beers and in differing styles. Scattered throughout the room are several stands with differing products. On the opposite side of the room is a modest wine rack, and against the wall there are several shelves of un-chilled beers. Again, a great selection of singles and several I've never heard of.

I decided to partake in a flight. I just did The Bruery flight which was only $3 and a cheese/bread plate which was $10. The service was nice, the beers were good, and the overall atmosphere reminded me of a store from an old mining town or someplace down south. Really neat vibe

It's kind of hard to see it as you drive down Glassell street. If you're coming from the 22, right after you pass the traffic circle and go onto N Glassell street, it'll be on your right across from the Knot Knews store

great place and would definitely hit up again if I'm in the area

UnknownKoger, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -5%

My wife and I popped in here before the Black Tuesday release party. The place is brand new. Its basically a beer / wine store with a bar attached. At the time they could only serve 2 ounce samples so they were only selling flights. It was very cool overall.

We had a cheese plate and a meat plate. It was pretty good but the place was slow and only one person was working so it took a while. In the middle of our experience the county started inspecting the premises. None of this bothered me.

The quality was good. We got our 2 ounce pours, about 15 of them a piece from the bar in a reasonable amount of time, had a nice time talking to a few other beeradvocates and ate some decent food.

Ended up buying a few bottles of beer as well. Couldn't drink them on premises yet but that's OK. I would definitely go back to this place.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
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The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA
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