We had an informal Q & A with The Bruery to get answers to questions many of us might be wondering from the 4 year old brewery in Placentia, CA. Topics include Black Tuesday distribution, future collaborations, tap room folklore and more. Cheers!
TFP: Will there be any new beers being added to The Bruery’s lineup, taken out of retirement, or promoted from the Provisions Series?
TB: Lots of new beers coming next year, but we never really know if they will be great enough or popular enough to add to a yearly rotation. We’ll be bringing back Sans Pagaie next year as we really like that beer and it earned an award this past weekend.
As for the Provisions Series, we are not currently planning on bringing back any Provisions beers, but if there is time in the brew schedule, that could change (as it did with Old Richland.)
TFP: Any collaborations in the pipeline, whether it be local, national or a repeat of a previous collaboration?
TB: We are working on some collab ideas, but nothing is ready to announce yet. Hopefully we’ll do some more local collaborations as well as at least one national collaboration for a wider release.
TFP: We’d love to see a variation on your signature bottling format. Any chance of smaller bottles or magnums?
TB: We will not be changing bottles.
TFP: Last year, we heard rumors that Black Tuesday would have a high enough yield to make it to distribution. While we’ve confirmed that is not the case, could we expect it to hit distribution in 2013?
TB: Black Tuesday will not be hitting distribution in 2013.
TFP: Will you be expanding your operations further in your business parkway off of Dunn Way?
TB: No more expansion at Dunn besides finishing up the pilot system (should be online in November and the first beer will be a red ale split into 5 3bbl batches, each spiked with a different coffee bean).
TFP: Are you guys in the works, or consider making an iPhone app for your Society members?
TB: An iPhone app would be great, but our first step is a brand new eCommerce site that actually works how we want it to. That will be ready for the first orders in January 2013.
TFP: For those who may not have heard, there has been a longstanding proclamation that The Bruery will simply not make an IPA. We ask if that stance has changed.
TB: Definitely no IPA.
TFP: What was it like being recognized by the industry at GABF Awards this past weekend in Denver?
TB: It’s amazing! This is the fifth major awards in a row (GABF and WBC) that we have taken home a medal and that is really really cool. Something like 4300 beers were entered into the competition this year and 2 out of our 10 were recognized as being among the best of their style in all of America. That is just really really cool. It’s also amazing how many other California breweries took home medals. We live in a great state for beer.
TFP: When do memberships for Reserve Society 2013 go on sale to the general public?