“We make wort, God makes beer.” These are words to brew by for dedicated beer makers who rely on barley to transform from a hot bowl of oatmeal—called wort—into a refreshing ale. From humble beginnings as a homebrew operation, The Bruery does not conform to the demand of aggressive IPAs hop-slammed the American way.
Combining the founder’s family name “Rue” with “brewery,” the resulting Orange County mainstay instead gained awards for unfiltered, unpasteurized and balanced beers produced in small batches. But first, work up some thirst and get your fill of fresh air on a stroll or bike ride through rolling Ted Craig Regional Park (pictured). It’s got a 3.5-mile paved loop around a 3-acre lake. This Fullerton open space—hidden a stone’s throw from bustling city life—offers a tranquil water respite and pristine preserves that attract snowy egrets, great blue herons and North American coots.
Afterwards, The Bruery offers a different kind of watering hole, nestled in the depths of a neighboring industrial park. The tasting room invites enthusiasts to meet the brewers and try beers (their summer seasonal is a Belgian-style Golden Ale). Take home your favorite in a refillable growler. Brue-yeah!
To reach Ted Craig Regional Park: Take CA-90 W toward Brea and exit right onto Imperial Highway. Take the first left at State College Blvd. and pay close attention to the signs for Ted Craig Park. The entrance is .4-mile away on the left. The Bruery is at 717 Dunn Way, Placentia. No dogs.