Crown City Brewery

Brewery, Eatery

300 S. Raymond
Pasadena, California, 91105
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Closed as of May 31, 2008; lost lease.
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Brewlore from California

2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Ok, first things first. This was my first time visiting this place and it's due to close in about 2 weeks. This fact may have had something to do with the way my first visit went but who knows...onto the review.

Horrid. Absolutely horrid experience. My buddy and I arrived and literally waited in the front for about 10-15 minutes before anyone said anything to us about seating. There was a group ahead of us who were seated after waiting around the same amount of time.

When we were finally seated the waiter (who, I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, was possibly new?) was horrendous. The first 3-4 brews we asked for were either out or the waiter was "going to check". He promptly disappeared for 15 minutes before we saw him again...with no beer.

Once the ball got rolling and other friends arrived we all placed our orders. We ordered a pitcher of Lagunitas Maximus and 4 pints of Pyramid Hefeweizens....The Hefeweizens for some reason or another refused to show up until rather late, when we finally had to ask for them.

The food...well, the food was grossly substandard. A friend ordered a tri-tip steak which contained a large amount of fat that was not trimmed from the steak.

I don't know if this place just gave up or we came on an off night...needless to say, based on my first impression I'll gladly wave goodbye to this pub.

May 18, 2008
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charlzm from California

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited on a weekday just after lunch (about 1:15pm) to check out their own beers. Turns out they no longer brew on the premises: their ONE unique beer was made for them by Craftsman. Their other draft choices were solid, if not outstanding. Plenty of import and microbrew bottles available. My friend and I split a plate of agreeably homemade nachos and got good service. Ambiance is 100% sports bar. Nothing special here, although there are far worse places. On the other hand, Lucky Baldwin's is only two blocks away, so why in the world would you go here?

Mar 10, 2008
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PuckLSHS from Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Crown City is a Pasadena staple and is about 3 blocks away from Colorado Blvd and Lucky Baldwin's. The beer there is fairly decent, but I think they put less emphasis on their own brews than the brews that they stock from around the world. They usually have a few guest beers and they have plenty of bottles. The bartender's are really nice and they stay of top of the service. They are fairly good at helping you out and sometimes you might even run into the brewer. He is a great source of knowledge for the place and for the area.

The food looked good, but I was on my way to another location so I did not partake. I had an one of their Oatmeal Stouts and enjoyed it. I ended up talking to the brewer about good beer places and about this site in particular.

I really did enjoy my visit and would go back there as the parking is easier than on Colorado. It can get a little loud and they have tons of tv's for the games that are on tv. If you are looking for a good place to watch an event and grab a good beer, this would be a great place to go.

Apr 20, 2006
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Rumrunner from California

3.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We stopped in here for lunch and to give it a look see.

Overall this is a pretty decent pub. Overly lit and it has two levels. The bar is down a flight of stairs. Tables and chairs on both levels. Booths here and there. A bright wooden quality is the main feel of the place. There are plenty of t.v.s to view what ever sports are happening at the time. Beer pariphanailia is plentiful along the walls. Not a bad atmoshphere, just too normal and overlit.

The service was very good. We were seated quickly and our waitress was doing her job. She checked with us frequently and was very pleasant.

The food is better than average bar food but pretty standard. No signiture dishes to bring a person back again. Pretty average but well prepared.

They only had two of their own beers on tap the day we were there. They were fair. Nothing special. The beer list is nice and they do have a decent selection of beers. Nothing spectacular but enough diversity for every beer lover to find one or two beers they would like.

All in all, this is a clean, well run establishment to have some food, watch sports and drink a couple of pints. This is also a place the family could enjoy a meal and not feel like they are in a beer hall. Recommended but not highly.

May 22, 2004
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Gusler from Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

While attending the 5th Annual Lucky Baldwin’s Belgian beer Fest, I was able to visit this brewpub. They have a great bottle collection, a fair to middling tap line, but with only two In House brews, wheat and an amber, I had the amber, (see review).

The beer selection is adequate, a mixture of macros and micros, 15 if I counted correctly, plus the two in house beers, a decent bottled beer selection that includes domestic and imports, a fine food menu, which I sampled, reasonable in price and the quality good, staff was friendly and courteous, and overall I’d say not a bad place to visit if you’re in Pasadena.

Feb 23, 2004
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DrewBeechum from California

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Crown City, one of the few bright spots in Los Angeles, er Pasadena.

Before I discovered Lucky Baldwin's and Lucky's discovered me, you'd find me at the Crown every Wednesday sucking back a beer, talking with the bartender's and just generally hanging out getting my ass kicked by the staff in Golden Tee.

This is a big bright two level joint with the bar on the second lower level. Plenty of TV's for your football watching pleasure. (The sound is usually kept off.) The staff is friendly, but yes they do have their rules that have been in place for quite a while (including snifters for strong beers and pints for just about everything else.)

The brewery is at the moment defunct, but the beer is being brewed local by Craftsman. The new 3 barrel system is due to be set shortly with Mike L. resuming brewing duties as it was at the start of the brewery's ops.

So stop by and have pint at LA's oldest active brewpub. The staff there are generally good eggs to the regulars. There's plenty of guest beer and their beer on tap and in bottles, so enjoy.

Dec 19, 2003
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mickeymac from California

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was our first stop on the Pasadena pub crawl. It's a pretty big place with a lot of tables but relatively few beers on tap, considering the large selection of bottled beers. Although it's a brewpub, it's not my idea of a brewpub. It a bit to sanitary and spread out to really feel comfortable. The only CC brew I tried (the wheat) was not so great. Others in our group said the oatmeal stout was good. I had a chicken sandwich and fries, and they were passable for bar food. Based on what I'd heard about CC Brewing, I was a bit disappointed.

Jan 26, 2003
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Hmm. Promised so much & never delivered. I went for the first time last night (1/23/03), and well, how can I put this? I was far from impressed to be honest. I hesitated to write this BeerFly – but “I say it, as I see it”, so here it is. Maybe a bad visit?!
Firstly, walked in, no staff – what do I do? Sit at a Table, or try & locate the Bar. I was thirsty, so hesitantly walked through to the left, past a lot of empty Tables & down the stairs to the Bar area on the right. I was with a work colleague, both first timers here. We sat at the Bar & it took nearly 5 minutes before we got served – even with eye contact & an “excuse me”. Service-SHITMark #1. Then when we did get served we were never offered a beer menu, just a “what do you guys want” – I HATE this. All these beers on offer & they make no effort to promote them. BeerInfo-SHITMark #2. Then we tried a few local brews. They were your batch brewed ‘run-of-the-mill’ average quality usual style beers. The Black Stout was very good, but the Mt.Wilson Wheat was disgustingly weak/insipid & some of the house beers had a very similar taste trademark that reminded me of diacetyl. HouseBeers-SHITMark #3. OK, so we’ll try the Bottled Beers I said to my colleague. I finally got a beer menu then, a big list – looks great – but it has very little “depth” to it, under the Belgium’s, they had Maes Pils??? Come On Guys!!! Get Real. This is Belgium “Bud”. Only 2 or 3 Belgium beers were actually worth it. I spied Duvel, so ordered one. It arrived, with what appeared to be a small Brandy Glass. WTF!!!! I inquired – where is the Duvel Glass & what is this dwarf receptacle. “That’s it Sir, we don’t carry special glasses” in a condescending manner. Service-SHITMark#4, Attitude-SHITMark #5. HORROR OF HORRORS, no proper Glass!!. In the end, after much complaining – they found a Leffe Glass. Quality-SHITMark#6. Come ON!! – How much can it cost to buy a couple of Duvel Glasses, for F**ks Sake. These guys need to sort this out, and it lets the place down badly. It’s “All Fur Coat & No Knickers” as my Dad would say.
3 or more “ShitMarks” from the Bum (pardon the pun) & I normally never return. Well I will make an exception to this rule, but only for the BA Crawl tomorrow. This Bar has a lot to learn, maybe I am just a tough SOB Bastard when it comes to this sort of thing. If you want to sell Foreign Beers, at least get the right friggin’ Glasses Guys. Stay in Lucky Baldwin’s & drink in a proper Beer Bar. Rant Over!

Jan 24, 2003
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stoutlove77 from Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My visit to this place is close having the world at your fingertips, I mean really, having to debate on what the next beer you want is not an easy task. The selection is up to their slogan of becoming a world travler and that is good news for people with an endless pursuit for world domination. The place is good to watch your favorite sports and enjoy some good eats. In addition to the beers available on tap, they have some good tasting beer of their own. My favs being the Black Cloud Oatmeal Stout and the somewhat milky taste of The Half and Half having one of the richest tastes for me by far. One interesting feature is that you create a file that checks off the amount of beers (by bartender) you drink to earn your name on the 100 plus drinkers list plaque (heavenly goals). Good place to visit when having a feel for imported brews.

Jan 06, 2003
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