Ted Craig Park and The Bruery

Ted Craig Regional Park


From the issue Something's Brewing

Brue Ha Ha

"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 small tasting room opens only on weekends, inviting enthusiasts to sample smack in the middle of the production floor among barrels and fermenting tanks. Food trucks complement the 14 rotating drafts. Enjoy the newly released Smoking Wood, known for a big, dark bourbon flavor, or sample last year's World Beer Cup winner, Flemish Red. Take home your favorite brew 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 715 Dunn Way, Placentia. The tasting room is open Friday through Saturday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. No dogs.

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