Gallery: Behind the Scenes at The Bruery in Placentia, CA (Plus a Preview of Black Tuesday 2012)

Bottling The Bruery's Christmas Beer
Bottling The Bruery's Christmas Beer

Inside The Bruery, bottles are being filled with 5 Golden Rings: The Bruery's seasonal Strong Belgian-style golden ale brewed with pineapples.

Orange County
Orange County

The Bruery is located in a small industrial park in Placentia, CA.

Sealed in Black Wax
Sealed in Black Wax

Breaking through the wax seal on a 750 mL bottle of Black Tuesday. The beer will be released to the public on October 30, 2012.

"We age Black Tuesday in bourbon barrels for over a year," said Rue "It's 19.2% alcohol, so it's a single bottle that you could probably split between 8 people."

The Bruery's New Tasting Room
The Bruery's New Tasting Room

Gourmet food trucks park outside the tasting room most nights, providing food to be paired with the huge variety of beers inside.

41 Taps!
41 Taps!

With 41 of their own beers on tap, The Bruery has plenty of offerings for thirsty customers in their tasting room.

Featured Brews in The Tasting Room
Featured Brews in The Tasting Room

A giant chalk board inside The Bruery's Tasting Room highlights a selection of beers.

Bruery Growler
Bruery Growler

Although Black Tuesday is only available once a year, The Bruery's wide selection of year-round beers can provide a steady stream of suds for filling customers' growlers.

"We don't have any unifying approach to our beers," said Rue. "There's a huge diversity in what we make. We're also not stylistically driven, but we think about what flavors would be interesting in a beer and then we really go after it."

Black Tuesday in the Glass
Black Tuesday in the Glass

Out of the bottle, Black Tuesday pours pitch black with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma-wise, the deep black beer smells of molasses, caramel, bourbon, and roasted malt. The aromas are echoed in the taste, but there's also notes of chocolate, coffee, wood, and nuts. And even at a whopping 19.2% ABV, Black Tuesday still manages to be incredibly smooth and drinkable.