Beer geeks rejoice! Bruery Terreux (pronounced brewery tur-roo) will finally open July 8! The Bruery’s second location is a virtual petri dish of wild and sour ales, with climate-controlled indoor and shady outdoor spaces to lead one’s palate on a journey of the unknown. Announced June 2014, the Terreux branch of beers was a way to effectively “lob off a big family tree branch that went crazy and plant a whole new tree.” That tree is now ripe for the picking.
Sour and funky beers have always been a major part of The Bruery’s lineage, but housing both types alongside traditional beers has proved to be problematic for the 8-year-old brewery. Yeast segregation is something we’ve seen from a few American breweries, such as Firestone Walker/Barrelworks, Wicked Weed/Funkatorium, and nearby Bottle Logic Brewing, which is in the planning stages of a second facility. Wild yeast and souring bacteria are invasive, causing unwanted flavor changes and premature spoilage of beer if not planned, thus the need to separate production of normal and wild beers.
Jeremy Grinkey, Terreux’s production manager, was plucked from the wine world, where he assisted production at Jason Stephens Winery in Santa Clara for three years. He’s no stranger to wine barrels, which are heavily used at the brewery. Wort (unfermented beer) is brewed at The Bruery’s facility in Placentia then trucked over a few miles down the 91 Freeway in stainless steel containers, where Jeremy and team manage fermentation, barrel aging, blending to taste, and packaging.
The tasting room is open to the barrel warehouse, where the smell of French and American oak swats you gently in the face like a white glove upon entry. White globe lights dangle overhead, and makeshift barrel tables are topped with tiny snifter tasting glasses and stemless teardrop pints. The staff is smiley, warm, and eager to answer questions. The use of wood throughout the tasting room enhances the rustic feel. Even when completely packed, I was pleased to note I could hear my friends, unlike the Placentia tasting room. Perhaps the barrels nearby help dampen the noise…and maybe, just maybe… they are eavesdropping on what we’re saying about them. I swear I heard one say, “Come by and pucker up after July 8.”
Bruery Terreux: 1174 N. Grove St., Anaheim
Noon to 10 p.m. every day, beginning July 8.
Tasters/Full Pours/Growler Fills (on select beer)/Bottles for sale