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The Bruery Provisions

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The Bruery ProvisionsThe Bruery Provisions
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The Bruery ProvisionsThe Bruery Provisions

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

143 N. Glassell
Orange, California, 92866
United States

(714) 997-2337

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Added by womencantsail on 10-05-2010

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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