The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping will be the 10th release in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Series.
A decade ago, Placentia, California based The Bruery debuted the first in a line of 12 Beers brewed in honor of nearly 250-year-old “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. The first beer should be obvious – A Partridge in a Pear Tree, a Belgian strong dark brewed with spices.
Each year, the style has varied, from Two Turtle Doves to this year’s coming release – The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping.
In lieu of 10 Lords, the brewery has 10 spices “leaping” into this seasonal release. The lineup includes coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace, anise, dried apples, and cloves.
Wassail is known for warmth and spices. The tenth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas™ saga goes leaps and bounds beyond a traditional winter warmer, drawing inspiration from the dark, spiced ales from Belgium and our love for experimental brewing in SoCal. 10 Lords-A-Leaping is a dark imperial wit ale featuring 10 different spices… which complement the spiced notes imparted from the yeast and prance upon the rich, dark-fruited character of the specialty malts.
The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping will be a 750-milliliter release.
9 Ladies Dancing – Tiramisu Inspired Strong Ale (2016)
8 Maids-A-Milking – Imperial Milk Stout (2015)
7 Swans-A-Swimming – Belgian-style quadrupel (2014)
6 Geese-A-Laying – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with cape gooseberries (2013)
5 Golden Rings – Golden Ale, with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pineapple (2012)
4 Calling Birds – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with gingerbread spices (2011)
3 French Hens – Belgian-style Dark Ale, partial French oak aged (2010)
2 Turtles Doves – Belgian-style Dark/Porter Blend, with pecans and cocoa nibs (2009)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian-style dark ale with candi sugar (2008)
One of California’s most decadent dessert beers is getting a cherry on top. The Bruery White Chocolate with Cherries is on the horizon.
A bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine serves as a boozy canvas for the waves of chocolate and vanilla introduced into this beer. The end result is wash of chocolate, vanilla oak, and vanilla beans, finishing in with a warming alcoholic heat.
Taking things a step further, the brewery has added a blend of tart and sweet cherries.
If you closed your eyes in our barrel house, you might think our brewers become chocolatiers. They dipped cherries into this limited edition of our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale. With white chocolate flavors thanks to fresh vanilla beans, cacao nibs and extensive oak-aging, this treat for the senses has been enhanced with the addition of tart, sweet, juicy cherries.
The Bruery White Chocolate with Cherries will be a 750 milliliter bottle release. Release details are currently not available.
The Bruery Mash & Coconut was once only available to those individuals in the brewery's "Reserve Society" and those lucky friends they shared it with. This latest batch of the coconut heavy barleywine now available to the public. Because good beer is meant to be shared.
In the process of upscaling this recipe, the brewing team was blown away at how much more coconut flavor and depth came from toasted coconut instead of flaked coconut. The next step? Renting commercial ovens to toast 1000s of pounds of the tasty, tropical flakes.
All in all, 400 pounds of in-house roasted coconut went into each batch of Mash & Coconut. Beer Street Journal was on site in Placentia, California when the barrels were emptied in July. You'll see bits of the barrel char and even some coconut chunks on the floor of the brewery in the images below. The smell of coconut and oaky bourbon was delightfully inescapable. Every breath made your mouth water. Back in the taproom, our clothes still had faint hints coconutty oak on them.
The Bruery Mash & Coconut is a limited release, in 750-milliliter bottles.
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Later this year, The Bruery has a collaborative release slated for later this year, with Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery. Until today, we thought there might only be one, but in actuality, there might be two. The first – Guava Libre!. A second potential has surfaced – The Bruery Pink Snow.
Both creations are slated to be cream ales. Guava Libre is inspired by a Cuban guava pastry. The Bruery Pink Snow also carries a dessert vibe, resulting in something more fitting for the SoCal and Florida mild winters – a tropical snow cone.
This imperial cream ale features guava, dragonfruit, coconut, and vanilla beans, turned creamy smooth with the addition of lactose.
The result is so damn tropical. Vanilla and coconut subtley dominate the beer, which is creamy and quite unique. It’s a fruity tropical dessert that would be just a fantastic over shaved ice at a carnival. Probably one of the most unique beers we’ve tasted in a long, long while.
Since our collective exposure to the wet wintry elements is minimal, we at The Bruery® and Funky Buddha decided to create our own version of snow – something pink and tropical -that we can play in as temperatures start to arm. Championing the big, bold flavors our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, then added lactose and vanilla for sweetness, and guava, dragonfruit and coconut for a vibrant, tropical vibe.
The Bruery Pink Snow is slated for 750 milliliter bottles, debuting in the brewery’s taproom starting June 6th. No distribution.
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The Bruery’s Andrew Bell calls this an oddball beer. The ice cream inspired Raspberry Sundae Ale is standout in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World box. To the point where you’re not sure whether you want to drink it first or last.
Raspberry Sundae Ale is brewed with raspberries, cacao nibs, and vanilla plus a touch of lactose for a bit of creaminess. You’ll every one of those flavors, but nicely retrained. A beer like this is supposed to bring a raspberry sundae to mind while drinking, even compliment the actual dessert. Not be a substitute for it.
Sierra Nevada and The Bruery’s Raspberry Sundae Ale creation is just one of 12 tasting adventures you’ll find in the Beer Camp Around the World box. Hitting shelves now.
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Today Placentia, California based The Bruery announced that they are partnering with Newton, Massachusetts based Castanea Partners.
The Bruery is still a relatively small operation after 9 years. A few years ago The Bruery split into two units, with the wild and sour arm of the brewery now known as Bruery Terreux. Then just this year, the brewery started releasing India pale ales as Offshoot Beer Co. According to founder Patrick Rue there are still unrealized ideas.
That being said, Rue is going the private equity route. Castanea Partners have already invested in a few notable brands like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Urban Decay cosmetics, Essentia Water, and Drybar. According to the Castanea Partners website, this is their first foray into the alcohol industry.
Going forward Patrick Rue will remain CEO and his father Mike Rue will still own a significant portion of The Bruery, Bruery Terreux, and Offshoot Beer Co.
Castanea Partners is going to assist the brewery financially and operationally, exploring new options across their 29 state footprint.
We are still an independent craft brewery.
The amount of the investment has not been disclosed, nor the new ownership split. The deal is expect to close by month’s end.
California based The Bruery is finally doing something they said they’d never do. Releasing India pale ales. So as not to be called liars, they are doing it in their own unique way – under their own label Offshoot Beer Co. Among the first – Offshoot Beer Fashionably Late IPA.
Considering the India pale ale style continues to reign across craft beer, and The Bruery has basically avoided making them like the plague, the name ‘Fashionably Late IPA‘ is fitting. Since hazy, juicy “New England Style” IPAs are hot right now, that’s exactly where Offshoot Beer Co. is starting their journey.
Offshoot Beer Fashionably Late IPA is a hazy, juice bomb, featuring juicy hops like Citra, El Dorado, and Mandarina Bavaria.
They killed it with this one. It pours like orange juice, and smells like tangerines and oranges. The flavor follows suit. The beer is very juicy, slightly bitter, and very bright. “Late” just begs for you to drink it in the sun. The Bruery/Offshoot Beer Co. really did wait for the prefect time to release an IPA. Sure, dropping a hoppy can would have made a splash. But waiting nearly a decade to do it and popping out a hip new “New England Style” IPA? Absolute fire.
Don’t look for distribution for this or any of the Offshoot lineup anytime time soon. This new hoppy lineup will be made available to those that have signed up on the brewery’s interest list for pickup at the brewery only. The Bruery tells Beer Street Journal that there might be a time that California will see some distribution, but for now, the brewery’s receiving dock in Placentia, California is the only place you’ll get them.
Fashionably Late IPA will be one of the first canned releases in late April, 2017.
Hops: Citra, El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria
Malts: 2 Row, Pale Wheat, Rolled Oats
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery only.
Debut: Late April, 2017
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