While breweries have existed in Orange County for decades, most people will say that the craft beer boom occurred within the last decade. Within that last decade, we have a few of, what I refer to as, today’s Orange County pioneers that helped kick off the craft beer boom, one of which includes The Bruery. Unlike many of the other breweries of its kind, The Bruery made their products a little different. I guess you could call them the Black Sheep of OC breweries, and I also compare them to Port/Lost Abbey of San Diego County because of how different the beers of Port/Los Abbey taste compared to the rest of the county. Instead of your standard ale styles, The Bruery likes to experiment and make creative unique flavors, including a lot of sour ales. For example, The Bruery makes a Thai Tea beer called Tai Kao that tastes like an alcoholic Thai Tea, something you do not find very often. However, experimenting with different styles, especially sour ales, could not occur side by side with regular brewing processes because of the potential for cross contamination. As a result, The Bruery needed a separate location for which they could run this different program without worry of interfering with regular brewing, and thus they now have Bruery Terreux.
Located a few miles east from The Bruery’s original spot, Bruery Terreux represents everything that they wanted to experiment with at the original location, but now at an isolated location without worry of ruining their regular ales. At Bruery Terreux, they do not like to call their products “sour beers” for the word sour has a negative connotation in the eyes & ears of normal consumers, so instead they refer to their products as wild ales. Long-time fans of The Bruery will find many of their old favorites here, along with an extended amount of variations of wild ales. The tasting room features an outdoor patio with an outdoor walk-up order counter, a tasting room with a rustic wooden theme, and a fridge for customers to take bottles home from. Customers can also get their usual growler fills here of the ales designated on the menu.
Fortunately, I received the gracious opportunity to tour the back area of Bruery Terreux to witness their operations up close. Virtually all products at Bruery Terreux spends time aging in wood – most age in wine barrels, while some age in the towering oak foeders, which hold thousands of gallons (pictured below). The Bruery brought on Jeremy to oversee operations here, as he has an extensive background in the wine industry. Along with all of the wood aging, Bruery Terreux also sports some of the traditional fermenters and brite tanks that regular breweries possess, and these range in volume from three barrels up to 90 barrels.
Interested to see and learn more about Bruery Terreux? They open everyday until 10pm, so swing on by to check them out. You can also preview what they have going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Also check out what The Bruery has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.