Pasadena Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Eatery

42 S. De Lacey Ave.
Pasadena, California, 91105
United States

(626) 405-0404

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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.15/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I spotted this brewpub while on a stop in Old Town Pasadena after work. I decided to run in quick, check it out and get a brew or two before heading on to my stop. On entering, a large racetrack bar dominated the front of the L-shaped building. The interior had a lot of exposed dark wood beams and large rivets and old-style lighting to give the place a "turn of the last century" kind of look. There were lots of tables for dining off to either side.
Taking a seat at the bar, I noticed that there were only a couple patrons already at the bar. The bartender was pleasant in greeting me, as was the manager. I was shown the list of beers (a hefeweizen, Irish Red, IPA, and lager) and told they were out of the hefe and Red. Um, it's 4:30 in the afternoon, there's no one here, and you don't have half the beers on the list?! Oh boy...
I will say the bartender and (new) manager were apologetic. So I ordered the IPA and checked out the menu. I didn't order anything but the menu was varied and looked reasonably priced. The IPA was pretty decent, with a slightly different spin to it that gave it a tangerine-infused citric taste.
PBC runs a M-F 3:00-6:00p.m. happy hour with pints going for $2.45. I'll have to go back to check out the menu and see if they've figured out that they should have the advertised beers up and running before the first customers show up.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

I visited this establishment in my So Cal hometown when they first opened back in 2003. Since that time they have changed owners - and hence, brewers - but the place and beer have gone from bad to worse.

I recently ventured back into the place alone on a balmy Friday evening in late August. There were about three people at the bar and another two people sitting at a table. I informed one of two hostesses that I would be having dinner, and inquired about the availability of a taster round, since on my first visit, there were only about three of their beers on tap.

The hostess - when she finally broke away from her conversation long enough to engage me - insisted on steering me to the bar. "If you want a taster round, you can sit at the bar," she said, pointing, and she turned to resume her conversation. It took two more tries - the last with a different hostess - before I was finally seated at a table.

My server was polite, accommodated my questions about the taster round, which was nicely presented in small hexagonal glasses, nested and stacked by style from light to dark.

Sadly, this turned out to be the only highlight of the evening.

All of the beers in the taster round were warmish - a little warmer than say the cellar temperature at which ales are often served. With the exception of the hefe and the lager, the PBC beers were overwhelmingly bad.

The Vienna Lager, at 4.6% ABV, was refreshing and palatable, with a hint of toasted malt.

The Hefe, at 4.0% ABV, was somewhat typical, but strangely absent the characteristic cloudy, "chewy" consistency usually present in a true hefe, but the banana and clove bouquet was detectable.

The ESB, an “English styled amber ale” was dark and musty, tasted more skunky than bitter, and smelled like bad cologne. No balance of flavors at all. ABV 5.4%.

Stout – The menu said freshly ground French roast coffee was added to the mix to achieve this stout’s distinctive flavor. There were also supposed to be hints of bittersweet chocolate, but the whole composition tasted of weak, watered-down coffee with beer thrown in for good measure. Sorry. It was just that bad. ABV 4.4%.

I eventually ordered a pint of the hefe to enjoy with my meal – a bland, overpriced, burger with fries. Strangely enough, a worker from the kitchen first came to my table with a completely different dish than what I’d ordered. When I said that the meal he set before me was not mine, he asked, “Are you sure you didn’t order this?” Then, after looking at the ticket again, he picked up the plate and went to another table and served it to the person that ordered it.

Good thing I didn’t sneeze.

When I finally got my food, my original server had long since disappeared. I had to ask another server for my hefe, and instead of taking a minute to get it, she went to go find someone else to get it for me, and then went back to the conversation she was busily having with another employee. By then my meal was half gone, and my patience was shot.

I eventually had the hefe, and it was mostly good. However, as I was sitting there with my notebook (which, as you can imagine, drew considerable attention), one of the new owners escorted in a party of four and began talking loudly about how the place was empty because happy hour had ended and the party crowd hadn’t shown up yet. He spoke of their plans for sports gimmicks and the like to draw more customers, but never once did he mention the beer or the brewer. I got out of there as soon as I could.

Why oh why is this place called a “brewing company?”

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Photo of jsmurphy
1.13/5  rDev -55.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Checked out PBC last night, 8/4/04, to see how things were looking since ownership and brewmaster changes.
They clearly aren't up to speed yet. I walked in about 8:00pm, and there were 4 other people at the bar and a couple others at tables. The place was fairly empty.
I was greeted at the bar and got a beer menu. The selection is pretty slim, about 4 house beers, some imports and AB and SAB/Miller products on tap.
With such a small selection I made up my mind quickly, opting for their HefeWeissen. So I sat waiting for the bar girl to return. And I sat, and I waited...

I could see the servers over in the corner yacking it up, but decided to just sit there and see if she came back. I waited 12 minutes while 2 other servers walked down the bar, right past me, without even acknowledging me. The girl who gave me the menu never came back. Finally a guy came over and took my order. It happened to be the mgr. and I told him what had happened. He said he'd talk to her. OK whatever, on to the beer.

He brings the Hefe, and it looks flat. He says "that'll be 1.89". I say, "a dollar eight nine, really?" "Yep, until Sep. all our house beers are 1.75 + tax". Cool...
So I pay and take a whiff of the brew. Smells weak, no spicey nose like a true Hefe should have. Take a drink, whoa... that sucks, really awful. The beer was very watery, thin, with absolutely no body and just the slightest hint of banana esters. Carbonation was non-existent. No head, no lace on the glass.
I had 2 more sips, left a tip and walked over to Lucky Baldwins.

The mgr. said that they wouldn't have any of the new brewers beers until mid Sep., so I think they are trying to blow-out the old brews at 1.75/ pint. But trust me, they are no bargain even at that price. I'd wait until Sep. and try again.
PBC seems like a yuppy bar that happens to brew beer. I hope they turn things around with the new guys, but at this point, they have a looong way to go.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.55/5  rDev +39.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

New kid on the block in the LA Brewing Scene. Located in Pasadena, one block south of Colorado Blvd, 2 blocks west of Lucky Baldwins.

On my visit there (a Saturday evening) I was greeted by a doorman opening the door for me. A giant bar is immediately in front of you. Interior of the joint is high dark wood beams, chrome and interior lit white marble for the bar. The place is dark, but strategically lit with small warm white spots and reflected light.

The brewing system is directly behind the oval shaped bar, but when we were there the system wasn't lit up. (Seems like a lost focal point to me)

Service was attentive and I enjoyed a sampler of the house beers before scooting on home. (Couldn't stay long.. just had a couple over at Baldwin's)

So I've spent a lot of time describing the decor of the joint, but none on the beer. Why? It was bland. Not just brewpub bland, but double mega bland. Their IPA had no hops, their main selling beer is their light Pils beer, which all things considered wasn't bad, but it's not something to scream about. They seem to have several 10-15 tap stations on their bar and only 5 house beers and a few guests. That's a lot of empty taps and I can only hope that they're bringing more of their own product, something sexy online in those free slots or at the very least serve some damn fine micros in them.

Now granted this place has only been open for a short period of time, but here's to hoping that they stay open and do something interesting with their brews, cause if they did it would be killer. Until then, I'll give them a checkup pint, but if I'm in Pasadena, it's Lucky Baldwin's time.

ETA - Visited this establishment again on 2/14 after spending several hours at Lucky Baldwin's. The place is coming along and the beers have become more adventurous and the ownership seems to be more receptive to the knowledgable beer crowd. I've adjusted my scores accordingly.

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Pasadena Brewing Company in Pasadena, CA
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