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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 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 BeerShman
4.85/5  rDev +11%

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.

BeerShman, Jan 19, 2012
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

ehammond1, Feb 02, 2012
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 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 Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Visited 3 times since it opened. The Bruery Provisions is located just north of the Champman/Glassell traffic circle in Old Town Orange. Walking in, the store is very clean and well organized. There is a beer cooler to the left and beers at room temperature to the right. Lots of books about brewing are available and cheese/charcuterie are for sale as well as various flights of beers, I recommend the barrel aged flight. The IPA flight is a good deal too, but there's nothing there a SoCal BA hasn't had before.

The beer selection is more high end then an average shop ala BevMo. Nothing is super cheap, though I saw Obsidian and Prima Pils there. They have regular The Bruery stuff along with selections from Cantillon, 3F, Midnight Sun, Odonata, Glazen Toren, JW Lees, De Molen, Dieu du Ciel, HaandBryggeriet among a lot of others. The imports certainly stand out here, and there geared more to a Belgo-Franco-Scandanavian feel. This gives you a snippet of the outstanding and eclectic mix at the Provisions store.

Service is excellent. I've encountered mostly Bruery personnel that I've met previously at the tasting room (Jarrod, Kendra, Stef, Joe), so they know what they're talking about. All and all a very good store, not too far from the Orange Crush. I like what they're doing here (obviously I've been here 3 times already, and it's a 15 mile drive), a nice complement to The Bruery itself. The fact that it's very close to Hollingshead's is also a plus.

Halcyondays, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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.

TurdFurgison, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

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?

DOA

Drinkerofales, May 04, 2012
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The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.