- Saison de Lente: “Our Spring Saison is light blonde in color with a fresh hoppiness and a wild and rustic Brettanomyces character. Lighter in color and alcohol than our Saison Rue, yet equally complex in its own way. Perfect for warmer weather and Spring celebrations." Mild barnyard, grassy hops, and citrus.
- Sour in the Rye: “This American Wild Rye Ale was brewed with a substantial portion of rye malt, and the spicy character of the grain asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor. Add in sour cherry notes from our special blend of micro-organisms and vanilla from the red wine barrels and you’ve got a mouthful!" Definitely sour—not tart! The spicy rye, cherry, and oak meld together seamlessly. My favorite of the day!
- Smoking Wood (Bourbon Barrel Aged version): "Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile." Easily one of the most unique beers I've tasted. I'm not a huge fan of heavy smoke in beers, but the wood flavor combined with bourbon, sweet caramel, and vanilla made this one memorable.
- Trade Winds: "Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening. Definitely lighter bodied than most tripels, which was nice. But I couldn't taste the basil. In fairness, it was getting late in the session.
- White Oak: "W" Light bourbon flavor, and surprisingly drinkable for an 11.5% ABV beer. Again, note that it's the end of my session.hite Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
Then I finished my Fruet...
I was totally impressed by the wide variety and quality of The Bruery's beer. It's quite a credit to them considering they're only 4 years old! Their taproom is a beer geek's dream. With so many unique and limited releases, there's always something new to taste. If I lived in the Anaheim area, I would definitely join their Reserve Society.
I expect I'll be bringing my kids to Disneyland next summer. When I do, I'll make a return trip to The Bruery. Until then, I'll be on the lookout for their uniquely shaped labels and 750 ml bottles when I return to Portland!
Have you tasted anything from The Bruery? What are your favorites?