Patrick Rue Is the Brue-master

From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California

Last year, the team opened the Bruery Provisions in downtown Orange, a specialty market stocked with craft beer from around the world, wine, cheese and other foods. It hosts special events pairing beer with various accompaniments, like cheese, desserts and sandwiches. "With wine, there are a lot of rules on what you should pair it with," Rue says. "You'd never go to a wine dinner and get, like, a slider or sausage. Beer is more casual. But beer can also be very elegant."

On the company's third anniversary, having recently finished his 300th batch, Rue has a few projects brewing. Earlier this year, he and Rachel had their first child, Charlotte, and to celebrate, they brewed "Charlotte's Beer," a bourbon beer to be aged in dark, charred barrels until 2032, when she turns 21. He's working on another collaboration, a Japanese-inspired beer with rice and schimi togarashi (a spice mixture) that's fermented with sake yeast. He's also fiddling with grapes.

"We source them from some wonderful vineyards, typically in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County," he says, making final preparations for the party this weekend, which has a brewery list of 18 and counting. "The flavors can be an incredible combination."

Patrick Rue holds a case of Marron acidifie at the Bruery in Placentia
Kate Kohl Fancher
Patrick Rue holds a case of Marron acidifie at the Bruery in Placentia
Beer samples at the Bruery Provisions
Kate Kohl Fancher
Beer samples at the Bruery Provisions

Location Info


The Bruery

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Placentia

Phoenix Club

1340 S. Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > European

Region: Anaheim

The Bruery Provisions

143 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Orange


The Bruery's Third-Anniversary celebration at the Phoenix Club, Sun. Session A, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Session B, 3:30-7 p.m. $35 (includes a souvenir glass and 10 4-ounce tasters); VIP, $50 (includes a souvenir glass, 10 4-ounce tasters and six tastings of the Bruery's limited-release beers).


SLIDESHOW: Check out this step-by-step slideshow of the homebrewing beer process with the Barley Bandits, the oldest homebrewers club in Orange County.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your own beer at home. ​Give a man a beer, and he'll barely have a buzz. Teach a man how to make beer, and he'll suddenly become awesome.

SLIDEHOW: See more images from our photo shoot with the Bruery.

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After that, he's not quite sure. He often turns to his customers for ideas, with no shame and no ego. For its second anniversary, the Bruery posted a question on its Facebook page asking fans what they'd like to see in the upcoming year. The suggestions flowed: Belgian Malt Liquor aged in tequila barrels, a pairing of Dirty Beaver Juice Weekend and barbecue.

Best was the commentator who stated, "A cure for cancer, hunger and health care that works. I mean, shoot, look what you've done in just two years."

This article appeared in print as "The Brue-master: From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and the Bruery have revolutionized craft beermaking in Southern California."

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Great article about a great brewery! Loved the Beer Club For Men mention. They have a kick-ass beer blog, and have reviewed many of The Bruery's beers. If you want a no-shit review of beers (1300 and counting) go to

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It depends on what you like...if you're a hophead The Bruery doesn't do IPAs and really only has a couple of hoppy beers. People that like Belgian style ales and stouts are the ones who see how special The Bruery's beers are. Even if their beer isn't up your alley it still is revolutionary from the stand point of the ingredients they use, which I think has encouraged other brewers to be more creative. Patrick Rue's beers are at the forefront of craft brewing and right now American brewers for the most part comprise the cutting edge of craft beer.


Really well-done article, Michelle. Good work.

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Would love to hear about Noble AleWorks in Anaheim too. Industrial park breweries + food trucks = unique, fulfilling and delicious night out in Orange County. Bootleggers is great too, but The Bruery really attempts to push the limits and has seen tremendous success in a short three years.


At Beers In Paradise/ we love the Bruery. We were fortunate enough to interview Patrick and his sales manager Jonas late last year. We'll be posting the show in the coming weeks on our site. We'll also be at the Phoenix Club on Sunday to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary. Cheers to the Bruery!

Jason StinnettPresidentBeers In Paradise/


Their beer is ok, not as good as Bootleggers and certainly not "revolutionary."


You're right, everyone makes a Belgian quadruple with agave syrup or a blended beer made of a sour ale and an imperial stout. However I can only get a hefeweizen or a rye IPA by going to Bootleggers. Those are two "revolutionary" beers found nowhere else.


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Now that's a typical exchange between a bootleggerian and bruerian. Beer butt-scratcher vs elitist snob.