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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2012
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 Murrhey
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Murrhey, Jan 21, 2012
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 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 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 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 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
Photo of jminsc76
4.15/5  rDev -5%

The first thing I noticed is the smell of wood. Strong. New. Second thing is the large amount of space. This is no hole-in-the-wall. It's big, and it feels more like a wine-bar than a beer-bar; seeing as how it was a cheese-shop recently, I can see how the resemblance is not coincidental.

Let's see, shelves holding bottles of beers and wines on one side, multitudes of bottles in refrigerators on the other side. A whole lot of The Bruery paraphernalia in the middle. Beers on tap near the back corner, with plenty to choose from (more on that in a minute). A tasting/eating area is situated across from the taps, which is (agreed upon by the working cast) waaayyy too small for the amount of business that may be coming down the pipeline here. They need to expand it, and hopefully in due time.

Service personnel include a lot of the same faces I see at the hometown location in Placentia. Stef was nice enough to take me on a tour of the various products carried throughout the store (thank you as always Stef). Patrick Rue was also there, though at the time working more on logistics and "home-improvement" than serving customers. The service is good, though there are some fresh faces apparently learning the rounds.

The selection is excellent. Due to the size of the store, it doesn't appear overwhelming at first, but the selection, when you really think about it, is quite extensive. Not all-encompassing, but plenty to choose from, inluding the Bruery's own Provisions series, Midnight Sessions Brewing (a killer brewery out of Anchorage, Alaska), Haand Bryggeriat, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Nora Brewery, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, J.W. Lees various Barleywines, Harvieston, Pennepeut, etc., etc.

Foods include numerous meats (e.g., salami, Italian cuts), quality cheeses, salted nuts, and so forth.

Now we discuss the pairings, or flights, which do include wine flights, but we shan't talk about those: this is a beer discussion. There are six flights thus far, three of them The Bruery's own and three regional, the former including The Bruery's year-round beers, special draft releases/seasonals, and barrel-aged beers, and the latter from Orange County, San Diego, and Belgium. Without getting too much into it, it's a working flight list, but fairly innovative in helping to satisfy the initiated while hooking the newbies.

Each flight additionally has a recommended meat or cheese pairing, and the portions are hearty and well-presented.

Overall value: Good. I mean, it's The Bruery, right? And while Provisions is obviously in its infancy, and tending to cater to the real estate's previous clientele (very smart), it's a great place to go to in downtown Orange and indulge in a variety of delicious beer flights, pick up some bottles of things pedestrian and/or rare, and buy some apparel. Check it out peeps.

jminsc76, Oct 20, 2010
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 MayorsAssistant
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%

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!

MayorsAssistant, Apr 15, 2012
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 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 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 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 FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Stopped in here the other day to pick up the 3 French Hens myself and a few other bottles. Got a Prima pils and a Hades from GDBC. Luckily, I was able to find a parking spot right in the rear which would likely be a better choice than the crowded street.

There were beers kept in the cooler and some kept out on the shelves. The beers in the cooler lend themselves to be more American offerings that need the cold. There were other beers such as a handful of Belgians and quite a bit of Lambics and some Saisons. There is also a nice selection of wines and cheeses, as well as some specialty meats.

The tasting area in the back. I didn't have a chance to see what was out but found through Facebook they keep their flights pretty up to date. There is the standard Bruery flight, a seasonal Bruery flight, and a couple other miscellaneous flights (as well a couple wine tasting flights). They also offer some various cheese plates and the like.

The prices are actually pretty average on most beers.

The decor was just right, wasn't over powering the merchandise or to out there for there customer base. It had nice hardwood floors and a nice bright open floor plan.

FosterJM, Oct 30, 2010
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 DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

It's ironic how the brainchild of The Bruery decided to open a specialty store just a few blocks from where he went to school. I'm not complaining, it's another beer stop in Old Town Orange, and with little doubt the best one.

But what makes it so special? Is it the bottle selection where two-thirds are kept cold and include Belgian brands I've never heard of (and harder to find ones like Drie Fonteinen), several Italian brands like Le Baladin, some Germans, and a good mix of American brands and styles? The beers are organized according to style in the cooler, and with some empty spaces, the selection can only get better. While not the hugest selection, TBP provides a unique selection. If there's any doubt about the selection score I granted, let the 30 taps which includes San Diego IPA's, Belgian beer, and 10 Bruery beers (including Melange #3 and -bal aged Coton) change your mind.

Oh yes, I forgot to tell about the taps. Flights are offered from tap, and I was also told you can get a sample of any one beer without the flight. An ample part of the store hold a bar area, probably enough 20 people to sip and enjoy whatever goes on draught.

In addition to the beer, cheeses and meats are offered. To make it more classy, books about beer and beer/food pairing are sold here too.

The store itself is very clean, darkish, and very presentable. It's right up to par with the quality of The Bruery's beers, and that's saying something. A cynical type could also say that the prices are too, though I'll admit for the quality I'm getting, that's not going to stop me from stopping by again and again for my beer fix. And with the tempting meats and cheeses, I may become an easy victim of suggestive sales :p

DoubleJ, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

Stopped in here yesterday to pick up the Reserve Society allocations for myself and a few others. Luckily I was able to find a parking spot right across the street, but I think there might be some parking in the rear which would likely be a better choice.

There are some beers kept in the cooler and some kept out on the shelves. Beers in the cooler tend to be American offerings that are more "perishable" (IPAs, Pale Ales, Lagers, etc.) as well as some imports (namely Belgians). The usual suspects are here, but also some rarities for Southern California such as Midnight Sun, Drie Fonteinen (Schaerbeekse Kriek only on this occasion), Struise Pannepot and Black Albert, 50/50 Concentrated Evil, and a handful of others I can't remember.

There is also a nice selection of wines and cheeses, as well as some specialty meats.

There is a tasting area in the back. There is the standard Bruery flight, a seasonal Bruery flight, and a couple other miscellaneous flights (as well a couple wine tasting flights). They also offer some various cheese plates and the like.

The prices are actually pretty average on most beers, which was sort of surprising from the Bruery (who are generally on the higher side of pricing). But I guess when they're selling other people's beer too, they need to sell it at a competitive price. I won't comment on the wine or cheese prices, since I know very little about these.

As always with the Bruery, the service was top notch and very helpful and courteous. It's too bad that Orange is not quite as close as Placentia.

womencantsail, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

slander, Aug 17, 2012
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 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
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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.