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Pasadena Brewing Company - Pasadena, CA
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Pasadena Brewing Company
Overall: Good    Score: 69.3 / 100
42 South Delacey Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States
(626) 405-0404
Listed Since: October 2003
Last Updated: January 2004
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hours of operation
Sun 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Mon 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Tue 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Wed 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Thu 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Fri 11:00AM - 02:00AM
Sat 11:00AM - 02:00AM

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Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mike Mike, Long Beach, CA

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Lousy So So So So Good So So
Went here with friends for the first time a few weeks ago. Let's just say we weren't too impressed. The establishment itself is very nice, with a fantastic oak circular bar and lots of TV's. That's about where the positives stop. We tried every beer they had, and all of them were disappointing. The Hef tasted stale, the pale ale tasted like mold and their "dark beer" (the waitress couldn't think of the name) was downright nasty. None of us finished a single pint, and that's saying a lot! The food was so so at best. This place is about 5 minutes away from my home and I can honestly say I will never be going back. With Gordon Biersch and Lucky Baldwin's within walking distance of this place, seriously, don't waste your time or taste buds.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from David David, Pasadena, CA

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
I've notice that it's under ownership. I had a awesome experience at PBC. The service now is great. The in house brew beer taste good and cheap for like $1.75. Steve is a cool. I like the saturday karaoke night. It's really fun!!!!!!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Kaydee Kaydee, 206 N. Mariposa Ave, CA

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Awesome! So So So So Awesome! Great
Okay I have been crusing the MicroBrew Circut of Los Angeles lately and this place has come across as a great mini corporate place.

The Atmosphere was good. The old wearhouse look with the open ceilings. Parking is across the street in a public parking area. The Patio is positioned wierd in an alley way but thats how old town Pasadena is set up.

The Food was way over priced for what it was. I think they over charge on the food to make up for the Happy Hour beer prices. I had the Smoked Salmone with Cream Cheese. It should have been served with rice as sushi instead of salad. I had to ask for wasabi to give it some flavor.

Ok Now the Beers which is what I normally go for. They had Four MicroBrews on the Menu but only Three on tap. They don't have Pale Ale's so if thats what your into don't bother coming down to this pub. They were out of the ESB so I had the Amber and the Stout. I am not into Heifewiez. The Amber was Excellent. The Happy Hour Prices were great only $1.75 per beer.

The Service Was Great. I got there at 4:00P.M. and the bar was ebpty. I got everyone helping me personally. The Bartender was great guy. The Host even pitched in to get my food mostly cause I think he was bored. The place started to fill up around 5:00P.M. but the waitresses seemed nice.

It needs something really special to atract more people. Like maybe a band. But it defenitly needs a Pale Ale for me to hang out here.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Steven S. Steven S., Los Angeles, CA

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Awesome! Great N/A Great Awesome!
Did the sampler tour, and it was wonderful. One of the new places I liked every beer they had. The Maibock is spectacular. Great location, the interior of the bar is beautiful- loved the lighted marble on the bar. Bartended was fantastic. I recommened making a trip here if your in the SoCal area. I will definately be back.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mandy Mandy, Westlake Village, CA

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Good So So Great Awesome! Good
great location in old pasadena. great service food was great but the only ale i did want to check out was the scottish but was off line. the esb was nice would like to check out the IPA next time its up.lose the hefe.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from O'B jr. O'B jr., torrance, CA

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Good So So Good Good Good
Went there on a Sunday afternoon, nice clean place. They had 4 beers on tap, the best imho was what they called their "Scotch Ale". Not as strong or heavy as most traditional Scotch Ales, but very well balanced with hops and malt. A good session beer. The food was tasty and the staff was friendly and attentive, but being a sunday afternoon, it wasn't very crowded, will have to come back at a bussier time.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Ed Kochanowski Ed Kochanowski, Woodland Hills, CA

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Good So So N/A Great Good
Bennett Ponder, the brewer, has departed for the Pacific Northwest. As a result of this move, somebody else is brewing and it shows. The ESB had a malt character that was too strong for the style. No pale, no stout. They did have a bock, but I really don't know enough about the style to comment. It may be that the new brewer is still trying to 'beat the brewhouse into a state of cooperation' but I hope that everything settles down and that a pale can be put on tap. Great staff and the food looked great, but the beer has suffered.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from John Gezelius John Gezelius, Orange, CA

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Awesome! Good Great Great Great
They only had three beers on line, but all were excellent. First, no off flavors which is an immediate sign of strict cleanliness. Next, the beers: I'm not a "lite" drinker, but Bennet's lite was delicious--an excellent thirst-quencher on a hot day (it was in the 90's); the coffee/vanilla stout was rich, well-balanced, different, and delightfully drinkable; the IPA had a hint of citrus (grapefruit?) and was in full character as an IPA, also delicious. My qualifications as a beer critic: I lived in Germany for two years and learned to appreciate the best beers in the world there. I'm also a home brewer. We were there for lunch and had the slightly spicey ahi 'salad'/California roll which was amazing--a great combination of tastes. We were the third party in at lunch time, and not many came in after us, so the service was prompt and yet we never felt rushed. Our beers were served quickly (we started with small tasters for which we weren't charged). The food was also served on time, was the right temp, and the presentation was appealing. Oh....the decor and atmosphere were beautiful. We're going back on one of their beer nights.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from B. Cummins B. Cummins, West Covina, CA

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Great Good Good Great Great
I attended the special beer tasting on the 26th and enjoyed most of the selected imported beers. The house beers were great. I even made a black & tan with the house coffee stout and the house IPA, It's worth trying again.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tim Thompson Tim Thompson, Pasadena, CA

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Lousy Lousy So So Lousy Lousy
lousy service, apathetic waiters and waitreses. Hosteses more interested in talking to each other than serving the clients. cold food (wanted hot) & Flat beer.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from jimmy altus jimmy altus, El Monte, CA

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Lousy Lousy Good Lousy Lousy
So disappointed-beautiful decor, but got a weird waiter who told us right away that people had been sending back the hefeweizen. We tried both other kinds, each like something mixed w/dishsoap/diesel. Though the food was good, we wondered, how could they spend so much and not have had their brews down???? I am a big Pasadena booster and again, am so disappointed. May try again in a few months, but can't help but think this place is doomed.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Pasadena, CA

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Lousy Lousy Lousy Lousy Lousy
What a waste of time and money. I can buy better beer out of a bottle and the place and service sucked.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Pasadena, CA

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Great Good N/A Great Good
Pasadena has recently changed brewers and I wanted to stop by and see what Bennet had on tap (NB: He came from Rockbottom @ the Irvine Spectrum). He had an IPA on tap that was on the mark for an IPA; not overly hopped and not as high gravity as some. Very nice. I also sampled the red and the stout. I'm really not a fan of reds so I can't give an honest comment on that style. The stout had a coffee / vanilla flavor to it. It clearly is an after dinner stout. I didn't sample the food as i was there mid-afternoon. The place is upscale with a beautiful alabaster (no fooling) bar top and plenty of cherry wood to set the tone. Worth another visit? Yes. Any downside would be the location as it is off on a side-street to Colorado Blvd. But once you find it, stop and enjoy the surroundings as well as the IPA.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from John Gezelius John Gezelius, Orange, CA

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So So Lousy N/A Lousy Lousy
After being to 400 brewpubs, this place may rank as the worst I have ever been to. Let’s start with the service – slow, inattentive, angry, employees, who seemed far more interested in talking to each other than ever serving a customer. If these same people ran a hospital - we’d all be dead by now. 13 employees on the floor, 5 customers, that shouldn’t be a problem right? To get my only beer of the night, it took over ½ hour, and that was after I had to raise my voice to the bartender, who kept racing by my empty sampler glass.

The TVs – well my associate and I came in to watch the college football game. It was on when we arrived. But it appeared as if some idiot savant had gotten ahold of the remotes. The TV we were watching got turned off, turned back on, to the World Series, to our football game, turned back off, and finally to the World Series again. When we objected (not one other of the five customers was watching TV) they refused to change it. It amazes me how a packed Gordon Biersch, with lots of TV watchers found a way to get the game on for me after I walked out of this place, but these clowns couldn’t and wouldn’t do anything.

But we are here to discuss beer. And I think the lousy service may have been superior to the beer. If I were the brewmaster, I would refuse to work here – as the owners must dictate to make something like Bud Lite (Light) something like Heineken (Pale – yuk!) something like Killian’s (Red) and Hefeweizen (that lemon thing makes it stylish doesn’t it). These beers were painfully inferior, and were so formulaic, it wasn’t funny. For you Mr. Brewmaster, I will tell the three owners (Larry, Moe, and Curley?) “Let this guy brew!”. Thank God they had Craftsman IPA on tap – at least they know that their customers may not like their beer.

It pains me to write a negative review on a new brewpub. But brewpubs are often about attitude – friendly, collegial, fun places to be, with people that enjoy their work and customers who are brought into the “family”. This place is about attitude too – some of the worst attitude I have ever seen.

There is a name for a place where everyone just hangs around, talks among themselves, ignores outsiders, and serves bad beer – it’s called a frat party! So to the three owners – great move – you’ve flushed your money down the toilet. And to all of you reading this review – don’t waste your time here. Lucky Baldwin’s and Crown City have great beer and atmosphere.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tim Tomlinson Tim Tomlinson, Southlake, TX

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Great Great Great Great Great
Just opened last month. There are 4 beers on tap ( light lager, pale, marzen, munich hefe) all good! The food is not average pub fare and is awsome. Happy Hour on the patio 24/7. Really unique atmosphere.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Andrea Whitemaine Andrea Whitemaine, Newport Beach, CA

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