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Category: Brewery Visit

Quite Some Time Ago

Shortly after I reached the age of 21, (quite some time ago) I moved to CO – a state known for skiing, mountains and beer. Until that point, Budweiser, Coors and Miller High Life (the proverbial Champaign of beers) was all I knew of beer. I didn’t much care what it was when I was 21; I was just excited to drink anything legally. But, after I moved Fort Collins, CO, home to New Belgium and O’Dell’s, I experienced the complexity and adventure of craft beer and the Champaign of Beers kind of lost its celebratory appeal.

Since then, I’ve moved a few more times. Each time, I worried that I may not be able to get the beer I had grown so fond of in CO. Fortunately, the craft beer scene has been rapidly expanding, and so I was able to get New Belgium beers as well as a variety of other microbrew delights in my new respective cities.

A year ago, we moved to a relatively small city of 30,000 in central TN for my husband’s job. Having spent most of my life in the West and in relatively large cities, I was completely ignorant to what living in Cookeville, TN (part of the Bible belt) would be like. I worried, again, that the only beer that would be available would be the High Life.
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The Setup

Standing in line is not one of my favorite things to do. And as I get older it takes a lot for me to even consider doing such a horrible thing. So it was pretty rare when Nate asked me to drive a few thousand miles and stand in line for a beer release, that I actually said yes. Especially given the fact that I have missed several local AZ Wilderness can releases which is practically down the road from me. But, after a long but fun road trip and night out at a few other breweries there I was. Standing in line, waiting for a beer. If you have never stood in a line for beer release, you should give it a try. Since you are randomly paired with those around you in line you do tend to start talking with other beer minded people and gleam some good info. One such thing was we should check out Phantom Carriage if we planned on heading toward Monkish. Continue reading

Which One?

During our drive to California what started out as a simple can release trip turned into so much more. Over the course of five hours we talked about where we would like to go, and a game plan started to develop. We would first stop at a bottle shop close to our friends parents house and grab whatever caught our eye. Let me saw this. We should have waited. What caught our eye was a shopping cart full of beers. Anyways, we then wanted to stop at our friends parents house, and get ready for the evenings festivities. We made our first stop at Bottle Logic, then went to sushi for dinner, and then it was on to The Bruery. “But, wait which one ?” I was asked. “Umm you mean there is more than one close by?” was my reply back. “Yup.” So the internal struggle began. Do I head to the original Bruery or to the Bruery Terreux. It was up to me, which made it even that much harder. In the end, I have been on sour kick so the Terreux it is.

 The Place

Like most of the breweries I have been to, this tasting room was no much different as far as the location goes. It was surprise, surprise in a warehouse district. How ever the parking was very good. It had two sides and both had a few spots open.

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We noticed later in the evening that most of the places we went to were not that busy. So either we got lucky or the weather was keeping people inside. Either way you did not hear us complaining. The inside was very well done. The had a system of paper and pencil beer lists, so you could choose your flight before you got to the front of the line. The hard part is always choosing what beers so this made it some what better. Your flight was poured right then are there and was given to you in this neat little wooden toolbox looking holder. The seating was pretty ample and most of the tables where high tops made out of old barrels. The looking deep in to the rest of the place your were just surrounded by barrel after barrel of aging beer. It was pretty damn impressive to say the least.

The Brews

Of the six beers I tasted I purchased two of  them from the cooler inside. Believe me, I wanted to take them all. There were bottles I have never seen in California bottle shops, let alone ones in Arizona. But, I was trying to remind myself we had other places to go to.  The two bottles I decided on was Tart of Darkness, and Melange 01. The Tart of Darkness is a sour stout age in oak barrels, this variation was with cherries and vanilla. Let me say that a sour stout is an amazing style of beer. They have this rich, bitter body but it has hints of tartness to the finish. To me they are like someone dipped a sour candy in some dark chocolate. So having cherries and vanilla added to the mix was just icing on the cake.

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Barrel aged heaven!

The Melange 01 was a 70/30 blend of a Flemish red ale aged in oak barrels and an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. Again the sour was very predominate in this but the rich stout and bourbon shown thru as well. After that it was the Hoppy Obligations which was a pale ale. Wait? A pale ale from the Bruery!? Right, I had to try it. It was a very pale straw color with not a great taste to it. I was not impressed. But Nate also got this beer, but as a full pour. It ended up that Dave and I both got poured the wrong beer. His real Hoppy Obligations was a lot better than the beer we were drinking, so much so that I can not even remember  what the name of that beer was. Moving along I tasted the Frambulous which is a Belgian-style Framboise that is an oak-aged sour ale with raspberries. It was pinkish colored and very bubbly. It was good, but like the Hoppy Obligations more of a curiosity then anything. The last beer on the list I was some what surprised to see, the 2016 Black Tuesday. But, with the recent public sale of this beer it was not unconceivable. Like the one I had before this Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels did not disappoint. I’ll let the description from the Bruery say it all, but 20.3 percent need I say more. My recent purchase of three these bottles during the online sale was just that much more satisfying.

Overall

If you love some sour beers, or some Belgian style beers, or really just want some very big barrel aged beers you can not go wrong with the Bruery Terreux. And even though at one point in the night, after a few beers were drank, and before a debit card was misplaced; we made plans to go the original Bruery, but we never made it. And I was sort’ve glad we did not make it to both. If there was one thing that I think we did right that night. It would have to be that we went to the right number of breweries. We tasted a lot of great beers, and saw some very cool places. Also, I do not think that our wallets or aging bodies could have taken much more.

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The Bruery

717 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870

The Bruery Terreux

1174 N. Grove St., Anaheim, CA 92806

info@thebruery.com

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