There is something brewing in Pasadena. Loyal readers may recall that I briefly mentioned Haven Gastropub‘s Pasadena location would be brewing their own beer in addition to the tap lists that have popped up on the L.A. Beer Blast as of late. Now that has come to pass. I spoke with brewmaster David Larsen on Tuesday which unfortunately was a day too soon for their debut beer, Hello World pale ale.
Larsen has been homebrewing for 13 years. (He caught the homebrew bug from his father). Fortuitously, he was the sous chef at Haven’s City of Orange location, where many a craft beer is quaffed. When the newest location added a brewery to the gastropub, he was in the position to start their brewing program from scratch.
Now things are ramping up. In addition to the already mentioned pale ale, a double IPA is in the tank along with a stout and a breakfast stout that will show up on the menu in a few weeks. And that is not all. There are plans for a passion fruit wheat beer as a summer seasonal and there a rack of wine barrels just waiting for a beer to be aged inside. Maybe a smoky aged IPA or a sour beer.
Larsen will eventually be supplying the Pasadena Haven and the Orange location as well once the beer is ready and the kegs arrive and then from there beer dinners and other events will start to flow like beers from the taps
The Beer of the Week has a bit of an odd spelling but it is not entirely new. §ucaba is a big barley wine from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. You might remember it as Abacus. According to the brewery website, it is a “Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.” It is part of the proprietor’s reserve series and comes in a tan box. It might be a bit more expensive but that is the # 1 barley wine according to Beer Advocate last year.
Your Homework is to check out an Angels baseball game this year. Not for Albert Pujols or C.J. Wilson but because you will be able to get craft beer at the stadium. And what better way to support the home brewery team then by making the concessionaires run out of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Bootlegger’s Brewery brews. Plus, it probably goes great with Cracker Jacks.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.