The San Gabriel Valley has no shortage of hop stops.
BY: Austin Hall
There’s a certain sensation when you wander down the drab wine aisle at the grocery store and your eyes gravitate toward the vibrant display of colorful craft beer cans. Even those that don’t drink can appreciate the artistry of the labels. Au contraire. Some connoisseurs couldn’t care less about the label, with their sights set on the attributes of the beer itself instead. But no matter your preference, everyone (21 and older, of course) can appreciate the skill and know-how required to make small batches of unique, quality brews. Below are three standout indie breweries in the Pasadena area—hop on over!
When in search of a tropical experience, forget the mai tais and piña coladas. Catering to those fond of the island lifestyle, Ohana Brewing has gained a somewhat cult following thanks to its tasting room’s ever-rotating selection of beer on tap.
7 S. First St., Alhambra, ohanabrew.com
Craftsman Brewing beers, much like the iconic Pasadena Craftsman houses, are made with integrity—from the Triple White Sage, with handpicked white sage from the local foothills, to the Smoked Black Lager. Owner Mark Jilg has been perfecting his craft since his stint at JPL. The brewery itself isn’t open to the public, so stop by one of the local watering holes, like Lucky Baldwin’s, where the brews are stocked.
1260 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, craftsmanbrewing.com
Mt. Lowe Brewing Co.
Celebrating the rich heritage of the San Gabriel Valley, Mt. Lowe Brewing Co. offers an eclectic selection of craft beer, ranging from the light Bungalow Blonde to the dark Thaddeus (named after Pasadena inventor and Mount Lowe Railway namesake Thaddeus Lowe). The brewery is also family-friendly, stocked with games for all ages. 150 E. St. Joseph St., Arcadia, mtlowebrewing.com