The Bruery (the spelling is a nod to the founding Rue family) is quite difficult to describe. On one hand, it is similar to many warehouse brewery conversions, with picnic type seating and no table service, or food (outside of the nightly gourmet food trucks). On the other, the beers, are somewhere between magnificent and mind blowing.
The days selections are listed on a board, and beer flight cheat sheets help you figure out just where to start.
Lady E starts with the "Classic" Flight:
Tradewinds 8% spiced triple - a hard to place bubble gum tutti fruitiness greets you at the front door and welcomes you in, with its lovely golden sunshine glow. Each sip changes your perception as it warms. Mischeif 8.5% hoppy belgium - oh yum yum yum, the initial hoppiness dissapates quickly and lets the belgo shine. Rugbrod 8% Rye Brown - hold your horses! HUGE roastiness eminates from the humble goblet. Highly malted and sweetly warming, its like hugging grandma (without that soapy smell). Lokal Red 6.9% Pretty copper red, the dense head forming into a walruses' mustache, which means it's going to be a good night. Hop forward, without going agro, and slight smoke, as if unpacking your tent from last summer, and yet the malty sweetness persists.
Onward, to the "Provision Series" flight! Ichigo Highway uh-oh... it smells like some one let the goat bake a cherry pie in the solar oven, and left it there! And the taste? Lets just say it made me miss the smell! Lawdy Lawd! I wouldn't even put this on my salad. (this is a collaboration with Hangar 24, and was actually strawberries (not cherries) and aged in wine barrels). Premier Hello, sweet baby jesus, you been listenin' to my prayers! The scent alone gives me goosebumps. From what barrel do you cometh? Thank you for bringing me to, uh, 'full attention'. Gunga Gunga did I mention this place makes it impossible to classify their beers? The brewer is more like a happy chef, who does as he (or she) pleases. Well roasted with a beautiful balance and herbal nose, well carbonated, and over all pleasing (this is made with Kaffir limes and galanga root, started out as a black lager). Burly Gourd um... I don't know what is going on here, I feel like I'm taking crazy Pils! I feel a burn from the high alcohol (but just sipped a Habi infused Humulus Lager) strong with cloves and cinnamon - oh is this a pumpkin beer? that makes more sense. Mother Funker No!!!! Oh God! What did I ever do to deserve this punishment? My taste buds have imploded, receding from the Atomic Sour Blast (how do you people drink this???). Melange #3 Holy funkin' sheet mengh! This is... Euphoric! Orgasmic! Epiphanous even. Hell No, I ain't sharin. The complexity is up there with Firestone Walker's Parabola.