Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Gotta Stop

I have a habit of ending a blog post with a hint of what's coming in the next installment. Those promises never seem to come to fruition. Here I go again. I promised that this edition would be about my second trip to North San Diego County to visits breweries but that's not what this is about.

I was waylaid by a spur of the moment beer and cheese tasting event hosted by Marian the Foodie at The Bruery Provisions in Old Towne Orange. Spur of the moment for me, not for Marian, who had planned this event for some time. She had a couple of last minute cancellations and through the power of Twitter and SMS, I was able to snag a spot at this private event. I had not discovered Marian's popularity on the Interweb but now know all about her blog, YouTube channel, Facebook fan page and her Twitter feed. She did a great job with this event. I had a great time!

This was not my first time to The Bruery Provisions so I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Great beer & cheese are always on the menu and tonight was no exception. Special tasting menus were printed just for use with thorough descriptions of each beer and cheese.

Beer Flight (All by The Bruery)

  • Orchard White - A very light witbier, perfect if you're new to craft beers. 5.7% ABV
  • Saison De Lente - A nice Spring Saison brew with that wonderful Brettanomyces yeast. 6.5% ABV
  • Loakal Red - A wonderful blend available only in The OC. My favorite. 6.9% ABV
  • Rugbrod - A very tasty strong brown ale. 8% ABV
  • Old Richland - A nice hoopy barley wine. 9% ABV
Cheese Plate
  • Ibores - A spicy Spanish goat cheese.
  • St. Agur - A creamy bleu cheese.
  • Geitost - Great caramel flavored cheese that doesn't look like cheese.
  • Pop Candy Pistachio Fire - Not cheese, but a wonderful brittle with a kick.
Did I stop there? No. My thirst was not quenched so I ordered a Stout and Porter flight and reveled in five wonderful dark beers with exquisite flavors. From right to left.
  • Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Coffee!
  • Taps Porter - A nice creamy porter.
  • Telegraph Stock Porter - Oak-barrel aged and delightful.
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2010 - A very black, slightly hoppy stout.
  • Flying Dog Wild Dog Coffee Stout - Coffee again with a wonderful dark rusty head. My favorite.
I also took home a nice loaf of bread. I have no idea what it's called or who made it. One of the very attentive staff told us that it's made mostly of crushed grapes. After the juice is extracted for wine, a bit of flour is added with some other spices, such as rosemary and fennel, to create a wonderful purple bread. It's a perfect accompaniment to the fantastic cheeses we sampled.

Thanks to Twitter, The Bruery Provisions and especially Marian the Foodie for a great time tasting new beers and new cheese. You can see all my beers posted on @Untappd

Next time? Well, I'll be at a Bootlegger's Brewery tasting tomorrow night at Versai Wine Bar...


  1. Good stuff and lots of great beers. Bootleggers is one place I want to go visit soon.

  2. Why do you post this stuff when I'm too busy to check it out? I've got to try The Bruery. I saw two of their beers on tap for the first time at the Commonwealth Lounge and Grill in Newport Beach. They may be everywhere for all I know, but that was the first time I had seen it. Commonwealth also has a location in Fullerton, but I don't know if it is served there.

  3. So let's plan a trip to The Bruery Provisions. I have an opening on March 23.