As part of my CA trip, I managed to find time to align my schedule with that of Patrick Rue, arguably the nicest uber-talent that anyone will meet within the industry. Navigating through the nexus of freeways that define Southern California, I eventually found myself in Placentia staring at one fine site:
Well, the cooperage was mighty impressive, but it only represented a fraction of what this fine man was doing to elevate the standards of beer drinkers all around.
(but it sure is a real sexy part of it…)
After some tippling in the tasting room, Patrick was kind enough show off his digs, which included a pit stop in the aforementioned barrel room to pull off samples from various barrels in multiple stages of aging – lucky day for my friend Eric and myself, indeed.
I sure had fun.