Now that we have officially embarked upon the new school season, you may find yourself back in work mode. However, we know that our warm summer weather probably isn’t going anywhere (at least not any time soon). And, we believe it’s our duty, as Southern California residents, to take full advantage of our extended summer, right? I mean, we don’t want to disappoint our country! As we prepare for the days to be shorter and the nights to get cooler Chapman Crafted is our new favorite spot to kick back with a cool, crisp beer.
We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz from the locals about the new brewery and tasting room that premiered in Old Towne Orange. News has quickly been traveling throughout the city as many heard that familiar and talented Will Dee, Director/Partner of Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market, is co-founder of OTO’s latest brewery. He teamed up with brewer and beer guru Brian Thorson to create the perfect beer destination in Old Towne.
Keep your eyes peeled for Chapman Crafted located on 123 N Cypress St, Orange, CA 92866. Situated one street over from Ruby’s Diner, you just may drive right past it if you’re not looking carefully. The entrance is next to a large garage door under a branded black tent. Once you walk inside you will enter an industrial lover’s dream. Every modern decor detail is on display from the exposed piping to the metal furnishings which complement the steel brewing tanks. String lights artfully hang above the seating area creating a relaxing and laid back ambiance. This intimate tasting room provides a perfect setting that seats around 40 with seven long tables. They are already planning on expanding the main area to make space for more seating!
The IHOTO team was anxious to visit the new addition to see what the hype was about. You may order any beer in an official Chapman Crafted glass or try multiple varieties in a flight of four. To no surprise, our team could not try just one beer, so we opted for the flights. If you’re an IPA lover like me, we highly recommend sampling Yes Chef, Personal Space, My Two Dollars, and Azacca to Me. Although Yes Chef and Personal Space are not IPA’s, there was still enough hop to satisfy my palate. Whichever of their 10 taps ranks as your #1 they offer a growler you can take home and enjoy.
Just in case you’re curious about all the beers brewing at Chapman Crafted today we listed all the information you need below:
Name: Hello Again
ABV: 4.8% IBU: 21
Described: Crisp, Refreshing, Friendly
Style: Black Lager
ABV: 5.6 IBU: 20
Described: Smooth, Roast, Opinionated
Name: Charles de Mar
ABV: 5.5% IBU: 20
Described: Dry, Citrus, Bodacious
Name: Yes Chef!
Style: Hoppy Lager
ABV: 6.1% IBU: 40
HOPS: El Dorado, Centennial
Described: Zesty, Lively, Revered
Name: Personal Space
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5% IBU: 45
HOPS: Amarillo, Mosaic, Galaxy, Chinook,
Described: Snappy, Stone Fruit, Understanding
Name: My Two Dollars
Style: California IPA
ABV: 6.75% IBU: 71
HOPS: Simcoe, Citra Bravo
Described: Dry, Quaffable, Collected
Name: Azacca to Me
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.6% IBU: 86
HOPS: Azacca, Simcoe, Amarillo
Described: Tropical, Balance, Dignified
Name: Slow Riser
Style: Red Ale w/ Coffee
Gas: Served on NITRO
ABV: 5.75% IBU: 15
Additions: Klatch Coffee
Described: Roasting, Smooth, Percolating
Name: UnRuly Coconut
Collaboration: The Bruery
Style: brown Ale w/ Coconut
ABV: 6.6% IBU: 20
Additions: Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Described: Tropical, Malty, Umbrella
Name: Vacuum Transport – Newest IPA not listed on the menu
Described: Simcoe and citra with notes of pineapple and tropical flavors
We’re very excited to welcome this new brewery to Old Towne and recommend stopping in to check out the the latest addition to the area. Chapman Crafted is open Monday – Wednesday 4-9PM, Thursday 4-10PM, Friday/ Saturday 12PM-12AM and Sunday 12-8PM. Snap some pictures while you’re there and be sure to tag us in any of our social media! Hoppy Tasting!