Posted on 2 Apr
The best places to sip in Pasadena.
STONE BREW TAP ROOM - Founded in 1996, this popular brewery has been lauded as the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate Magazine twice. The ninth-largest craft brewer in the country, with locations from Napa to Shanghai, Stone Brew’s Pasadena tap room, located in the Del Mar Metro Station Complex (formerly the historic Santa Fe train depot) features rotating taps, one-time releases and archived vintages that are sure to delight any beer lover.
CONGREGATION ALE HOUSE - This monastic-themed chain of beer bars, with “chapters” in Pasadena, Azusa and Long Beach, is geared toward beer devotees and newbies alike. Religious undertones aside (a collection plate beside the cash register doubles as a tip jar, while late night happy hour is dubbed Midnight Mass), the beers are downright tasty—and even better paired with an order of truffle fries or sausage sandwich from their equally strong restaurant.
MT. LOWE BREWING CO. - Founded by a group of diehard beer fans who brewed their own at home, Mt. Lowe has since grown into a bustling destination for beer lovers seeking fresh, balanced sips. Enjoy refreshing brews like the Bungalow Blonde and Honeygton Hef, and a family-friendly vibe featuring cozy booth seating, games and performances to keep the kids entertained. Thought technically in Arcadia, this microbrewery is the perfect excuse to step outside the city limits.
FIRST WATER BREWING - Founded by longtime Pasadena local and beer devotee David Isaac, this small taproom operates off a ten-barrel system, keeping about 75% of the beer it brews onsite. Sourcing from local ingredients, varietals range from a true west coast style-India Pale Ale to a fragrant Sage & Rye IPA made with local sage, hops and pine from Angeles National Forest.
LUCKY BALDWIN’S - This authentic British pub boasts a friendly, family environment and full kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to enjoy alongside an ample selection of bottled and draft beers. A local favorite, the bar hosts a variety of European drinking festivals throughout the year, including their renowned Belgian Beer Festival, IPA Festivals and Oktoberfest.