Founder and CEO of The Bruery, a brewery located in Placentia, Patrick Rue graduated from Chapman University Law School but decided upon graduation to start his hobby of home brewing into a business.
While attending Chapman, Rue brewed as a hobby and competed in many craft beer contests in Orange County and nationally.
Currently many of the craft beers offered to customers at The Bruery have been honored with awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.
“He wanted to do something he loves doing everyday. He encourages creativity and wants to provide value with customers and employees,” said The Bruery Director of Marketing Benjamin Weiss, “There’s new beers every week.”
According to Rue the first batch he ever made was in his kitchen an amberish ale with cascade hops.
When he finished law school he realized it wasn’t his life path so he wrote a business plan for The Bruery and decided that was his passion.
In 2007 Rue began building The Bruery in its’ current location of Placentia and in 2008 it became operational and has grown to be a local favorite with an original beer like the Saison Rue which has been offered since the microbrewery’s opening.
Rue aside from giving his passion into making craft beers for many to drink and enjoy, he gives back to the community by hosting at least one to two large scale events each year such as The Bruery’s anniversary party.
The charity events raise $20,000 or more and all proceeds are donated to the Orange County Boys and girls club and Lestonnac Free Clinic which provides medical and dental care to low income and no income families in Orange County.
The Bruery’s distribution has expanded to 24 states and internationally.
“Six years since it’s opening we’ve expanded to half the U.S and internationally to Europe, Japan and Brazil,” Weiss said.
“The next time you’re at your great beer spot try something you haven’t tried before. You’ll experience a whole new flavor of beer and hopefully become a connoisseur of it. Cheers.” Rue said.