Brooke Williamson, owner of Playa Provisions and The Tripel released a new beer called Girl Grey this month. The collaboration is between Williamson and the Orange County-based independent craft brewers, The Bruery.
Eater spoke with the Top Chef season 14 winner about the process, which began when The Bruery reached out to Willamson in 2017. “The process was really foreign, but really comfortable,” says Williamson. “I deal with flavors on a daily basis, but this is a different thing for me. I felt like my priority was to make an interesting beer, something The Bruery had never done before, and something that would work well with food.”
Williamson’s personal favorites are sour and Belgian beers. She started with 150 flavors, but started with one of her favorite drinks: Earl Grey tea with almond milk. Williamson suggests pairing Girl Grey with sweet and rich foods, or spices like mole and curry.
Williamson and The Bruery will release another beer in March called the Kyuri Dragon. This one sits more on the sour side of the brewing spectrum, with notes of keffir, lychee, dragon fruit, and cucumber, which Williamson describes as, “Really refreshing, floral, and light on the fruit.” This one is only available to members of The Bruery Reserve Society.
Girl Grey is available in 30 states, and on draft at Playa Provisions, and The Tripel. The Bruery is based in Placentia, California, and was founded by Patrick Rue.