Bootlegger’s Turns 10

One of the old school Orange County breweries, Bootlegger’s is hitting the big 10 year mark and will be celebrating at a special location, The Fullerton Arboretum.

There will be flowers and foliage and also special releases, barrel aged, & archived beers from Bootlegger’s as well as guest brews from Bottle Logic, Barleyforge, Cismontane, Hoparazzi, Green Cheek Beer Co., Left Coast Brew Co, Stereo
and MORE..)

Food will come from two trucks Dos Chinos and Luna’s Catering

Tickets for the April 7th event can be purchased for $50 or at the door for $60 (while tickets last) and Designated Driver tickets will be available for $15.

Proceeds from this event will go towards The Orange County Brewer’s Guild

The NEW Bootlegger’s

Bootlegger’s Brewery has closed down their Richman location after five years of brewing. And now the page turns to the….

“Bootlegger’s is proud to finally announce the opening of our brand new tasting room and pilot brewery in Downtown Fullerton. After a long wait and many late nights of hard work, the tasting room will be open…
…. at 130 S. Highland, Fullerton , CA (on the corner of Santa Fe and Highland). It has 40 taps, improved restrooms, more seating, a large outdoor patio, and will be the home of our pilot brewery. Parking is just a short walk and is available at the Opus Bank parking lot at the other end of the alley, or at the large parking structure on Santa Fe. We are now open 7 days a week, and after this weekend our regular hours will be from 11a.m. to 10p.m. Sunday through Thursday and will stay open ’til midnight on Friday and Saturday.”

So take down the coming soon part of the banner!

photo courtesy of Rich Rosen
photo courtesy of Rich Rosen

from the cellar – Review # 3 Black Phoenix from Bootlegger’s

This is a younger aged cellar bottle. I purchased this back in October of last year and stashed it away to see what a “little” aging caused. Here is what I said back in October about Black Phoenix from Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, California.

“I was worried about the chipotle. usually pepper beers have too much of a heavy hand. This one is mild with some good coffee notes to it. Middle of the road but solid.” I gave it a 2.8 rating out of 5.

Now the review 3+ months later……


Yesterday, beer buddy Richard and I headed to Orange County ostensibly to pick up a bottle of the famed Black Tuesday that he had purchased but also to hit up Cismontane for some saisons. (Including a Nelson Sauvin version that was excellent).

But we also wanted to check out Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton for the first time.

I was mightily impressed by the amount of offerings on their board. It was a hard decision to finally settle on the Eliminator IPA.

The space is industrial with a bunch of folding chairs and tables in amongst the brewing equipment and barrels.

I really like the canning jar as beer receptacle. It is a homey sort of touch. I just wish that my IPA was better. I like their Knuckle Sandwich brew but the Eliminator (even though it earned me another Untappd badge) was too harsh and and a bit metallic. And Richard wasn’t overly fond of the Mint Chocolate porter either.

I did pick up a bottle of Black Phoenix to use as a cellaring experiment. I want to see how the pepper and coffee flavors hold up after a year.

Museum quality beer

Thanks to the Celebrator magazine, I saw a great to expand anyone’s beer horizons.

A museum exhibit on BEER!

Here is what the City of Fullerton (in the OC) has to say about it:
Kegged, Casked, Bottled or Canned: 10,000 Years of Beer
Open to the public through October 10, 2010

This exhibition tells the story of beer with with advertising material, tap handles, metal signs, prints, beer steins, and fixtures from the home brewing industry.

Bottle Cap Treasures: Art Workshop for Adults!
Tuesday, September 14

Turn old beer bottle caps into fun magnets and jewelry! Bring your own bottle caps or use some of ours for no additional charge.”

$12 general/ $8 museum members