It hasn’t even been two years since Patrick Rue and Famille Rue launched their full-tilt Belgian-style brewery, yet they’ve already outgrown their Placentia warehouse. On February 25, Orange County Register reporter Adam Townsend broke the news that The Bruery is planning an “ale house” in Placentia’s Old Town. Patrick Rue shared more details about the “craft beer café,” which is still pending final approval from the city.
If Placentia’s power brokers like what they hear, Rue will open an 1800-square-foot café at 128 West Santa Fe Avenue in Placentia. This will allow The Bruery to install more tanks in the brewery and move the tasting room. So far, their tasting room has just been open on weekends, but a retail space would allow them to open seven days a week. They plan to stay in Placentia because locals have been so supportive of the tasting room, and due to the town’s impending revival. Downtown redevelopment is gearing up, and a Metrolink stop should debut in 2015.
They’ll feature 16 Bruery beers on tap, plus 12-16 “guest craft beers.” After opening for a few months, Rue hopes to accumulate 200 different bottles. You should be able to buy bottles to take home. The café will also offer wine, “higher end French cheeses and local California cheeses like Cowgirl Creamery.” Liege waffles, which were offered at The Bruery’s first anniversary party, will be available one day per week, either Saturday or Sunday. They’ll even start pickling vegetables. The snacks aren’t designed to amount to a meal. “There are a lot of restaurants in the area who will hopefully see some business from us,” says Rue.
“We hope to be open by May,” says Rue. “Easier said than done, but that’s our plan.” If all goes well, the beer café could debut as part of The Bruery’s second anniversary celebration.
The brewery would remain open to the public on Saturdays for tours.