Do you like beers from The Bruery? I know that I sure do. That’s why I decided to visit The Bruery Provisions store while I was passing through Orange California. I’ve heard a great deal about this store and had stopped there last year briefly. I had to visit it again and really take my time while there this visit.
The Bruery Provisions store was opened a couple years ago and as imagined, is owned by The Bruery from Placentina. It’s located on North Glassell Street in Orange near Plaza Square Park. The streets surrounding the Provisions Store consist mostly of coffee shops, restaurants, antique shops and bars. The store fits right in with its surroundings and I nearly walked right past it when visiting.
When I first walked into the store, the first thing that caught my eye was the display of Provision Series exclusive beers which are sold exclusively at the Provisions Store. The Bruery releases a number of releases every year which you won’t see anywhere else besides in their store or if you join their Reserve Society. I was able to pick up Sour In The Rye, Oude Tart, Melange 3, Chocosaurus Rye, Run BMC, Mischief Gone Wild, Surly Gourd and a few others.
After calming down from my buying frenzy, I decided to look at the other beers offered there. Aside from their Provisions Series beers, they also offer a really great selection of other craft beers from all over the world. I saw beers from De Struise, Dogfish Head, Stone, Russian River, Deschutes, Bootleggers etc. Although it was temping to buy some non-Bruery beers, I had to limit myself since I had a pretty finite amount of room in my suitcase.
Along with beers, they also offer a large array of other gourmet products. They had cheeses, coffees, wines and chocolates for sale. One thing which was notable was that they sold Inteligentsia Coffee, which I rarely see outside of Chicago. Inteligentsia is the same brand of coffee used in Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout. The chocolates that they offer are all from craft chocolatiers located in California and the cheese are from local farms. Pretty much, you have everything you could possibly want in this store to have a real tasty experience.
The back of the store is one of my favorite parts – the tasting area. This is the area where you can order flights and sample over 30 different beers and around 15-20 different types of wine. You can find regular releases from The Bruery in flights along with Provisions Series beers as well. The store frequently features tap takeovers from other local breweries and will offer those beers in flights until they’re all tapped out. While I was there, I decided to try the “Special Bruery Flight” and the “Hangar 24” flight. They were each $6 for the flight and came with a really generous sized flight. There were 5 beers, and must have been at least a 4oz pour of each. I tasted 10 new beers within one stop. Since some of the bottles I purchased were in this flight, I was able to confirm that I made a good purchase as well.
After finishing the flights, I decided it was about time to head out. I’ll definitely be visiting this place again for their one of a kind beers and awesome tasting room. My one regret is that I didn’t pick up any of the Bruery merchandise or Inteligentsia coffee while I was there. However, there’s always next time.
The Bruery Provisions
143 North Glassell Street