Fireworks went off in Placentia on July Fourth, but not in the way that you think. Rather, it was to celebrate the grand opening of The Bruery’s new Orange County tasting room.
Four years have gone by and due to the fantastic pace of growth that The Bruery has enjoyed a new space was necessary. This was partially to clear out space for an expanded fermentation cellar but also to create a bigger and better drinking environment for their beer. So instead of going to 715 Dunn Way, now you will head next door to 717, a brighter, bigger and more modern space with plenty of seating and a lovely L-shaped bar where you can see the brew kettles.
But there are two bigger pieces of news. Because of their “separation” from the actual brewing area, you can get pints and chalices full of Bruery offerings (like the beer of the week) seven days a week! And you will need all of those seven days because they have forty taps! That’s right, forty. All Bruery beers. Plus a hand pump for extra fun. And they will be kept full with a soon to be installed pilot system.
The rotating cast of food trucks will still be coming by and beer will be as good as it has ever been, but now you have a space that reflects the quality of what is in your glass.
The Beer of the Week is the latest Bruery collaboration. They have already collaborated with Eagle Rock and Bootlegger’s Brewery and A Stein’s Throw enlisted the help of Victor Novak and TAPS in nearby Brea. You can check out the video made by the Bruery HERE but suffice it to say, it involved heating some heavy rocks to a very, very hot temperature and some date sugar. It’s a barleywine style beer brewed in the old Stein way that adds a lot of caramelization.
Your Homework is to learn more about home brewing at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. $12 gets you a lecture and some home brewed beers including some from future brewery, Barley Forge, and its brewmaster Greg Nylen. (More on them next month). The Craft of Home Brewing begins on Sunday, July 15, starting at 5 p.m. and going until 8 p.m.
The poster told us to “Come learn about the history and process of brewing beer at home and taste amazing beers made by Greg and some of the finest homebrew clubs from the Westside and South Bay, including (maybe) Pacific Gravity, Strand Brewing, and Yeastside Brewers. DJ Wendell Pascual will be providing the music, and the museum galleries will also be open to attendees. Let’s Be Frank hot dog cart on site.”
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.