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The BrueryThe Bruery

Type: Brewery, Bar

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, California, 92870
United States

(714) 996-6258 | map

Tasting Room hours of operation are now 12pm - 10pm 7 days per week.

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Photo of JamLand
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

On a recent visit to San Diego, we drove up to The Bruery to check it out. We showed up at about 4:30, we thought the tasting room opened at 5:00, but the parking lot had plenty of cars in it, so we went up to the door to check it out and there was a line inside. I heard they sometimes have special hours for the Reserve and Hoarders Societies, but I asked if they were open already and they said they were having a special release that day and decided to open early. The first example of the great service we would encounter while at The Bruery. Typical outdoor setting from The Bruery, in an industrial park, but with plenty of parking, which is always a bonus.

Fairly standard bar seating around the perimeter of tasting room, with high top tables and barrels to sit at in the middle. Even though we were there early, it was pretty busy. I'm guessing because of the special release of Cuir.

You can buy either full beers, individual tasters (although not every beer on tap is eligible for a taster) or flights of tasters. As for the tasters, they have a few preset flights or you can create your own. Additionally, I believe they have special tasters for some of their Hoarder and Reserve society members. When we were there it was their five year anniversary, so they had a flight of their five anniversary beers, which was amazing. They also offer multiple bottles for purchase.

Although there was a fairly significant line when we got there, their service was very quick. When I explained to the server we were from Austin, TX, he was over the top helpful. He explained how the tasting room worked, how the bottles were set up a particular way and when we checked out, he threw in free coasters and a key chain with our purchase.

There was not a food truck when we were there, but it is my understanding that is unusual. There is typically one there with some various local trailers that have a rotating schedule with them.

Although we loved our experience, beers, service, etc. The Bruery and their beers are expensive. I would consider this a must stop if in the area, but come prepared to spend some money.

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This phenomenal little tasting room is way back at the end of an industrial complex (two cab drivers got lost trying to find it). High ceiling room with glass windows behind the large, L-shaped bar showcasing the brewhouse proper. An overwhelming selection, between the tap and bottle choices (they pour from bottle for on-site consumption, separate bottle selection to-go though), I think they have 35-40 options plus a Chronology flight available when we visited.

Some of the staff were very friendly, helpful and amusing. One guy, however, couldn't be bothered to discuss anything with us, even though it was relatively dead while we were there.

The beer in general is world class, of course (and if it isn't, it's certainly interesting!). The coffee BA barleywine and Chronology flight were highlights. Glad they distribute to us now, but man oh man do I wish this tasting room was in my backyard.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice and open, cool layout and nice selection of brew. Open windows so you can see the fermenting tanks. I could imagine it gets pretty crowded in here on the weekends. Love their beer and would definetly come back.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Huge amount of beers and merchandise for sale. Great beers on tap. When they found out I came there all the way from Canada, I was given a bunch of free stickers and coasters :) Amazing staff, even better beer!

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Smaller taproom, but very large selection. Able to purchase growlers & bottles too. Awesome beer!

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Photo of PBRandJ
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SmokingWood
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dexterk1
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The place was alive with happy people taking flight to another place. The Bruery tap room is smaller than I expected. In the background was the heart of operation. The servers were very nice and helpful. I enjoyed my visit and the beers.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DaltonCastle
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

I stop by here for a flight about 1-2 times a month. I really would love to go to the Bruery tasting room more often but there are a few annoying things that prevent me from doing so.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DWolf
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Bruery Tasting Room outside of Anaheim is a great place for lovers of their style of beer. It's very casual and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. Unlike some craft breweries I've visited, who appear to be bothered that you even visited, these folks seem to care that you enjoy their beers as much as they do. (Particular thank you to Karina, who was super pleasant and helpful.) And, you cannot beat the selection! Between taps and bottles, there must have been 28-35 beers to sample. Only downside - no food of any kind. There is a food truck, which didn't come, and you can bring in outside food (again very casual vibe), but just so you're forewarned. This is truly a tasting room and not a brew pub. :)

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Photo of mcantu
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ohiou84
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

They had an amazing tap list. And bottles for sale. There was a lot of room. And the service was pretty good. The place was crowded, but didn't feel packed. Food available outside. If you enjoy their beers you should definitely visit.

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Photo of ebin6
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.75

The space itself is nothing special. Some tables and barrels slapped together. If you go on the weekend, it's going to be jam packed. As in you probably won't be able to find a table and will have to awkwardly balance your giant taster (because going through that line again is the last thing you'll want to do) on whatever space you can find. They're a pretty big deal and just don't have the space. Hopefully that changes.

As for the beer...if you REALLY like bourbon/rum/scotch/etc. beers, then this is the place for you. I like them, but I also like to sip on a nice 5-7% beer, especially at a brewery. It can be hard to do here, depending on the lineup. I mean, it's some of the highest quality brew to be found, but a lot of it is north of 10%. Their Society stuff seems to be taking over. Again, if that's your thing, then you'll be a kid in a candy store. But if you like beers in the typical ABV range, then you may have a harder time finding something you like.

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Photo of Camillo
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of MachIPA
4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

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