In this week’s beer conversation, I get pretty long-winded about Belgian beers and Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena.
Every serious craft beer drinker has that “A ha!” moment, where the pints align and the world is made different. Instead of low-ABV “lawnmower beers” that come in can packs of 30, some unique local pint or bottle of never-before-tasted brew from far away changed the way they thought about beer, forever. For me, it was Belgian beers.
Then, I went backpacking in Europe. First to Germany, where my hosts had me saying “Prost!” with every pilsner I tried to suck down. Still nothing. I went to Munich and sat with a stein in the Hofbräuhaus, trying to understand a culture that I was inexplicably on the other side of. And then I went to Belgium. Sitting in a café off the Grote Markt in central Brussels, I ordered an abbey beer from the bar menu, and immediately understood. I had my “A ha!” moment.
Now you can have your Belgian beer moment too, thanks to Lucky Baldwins Pub in Pasadena. The fifteen-year-old craft beer bar has long been at the forefront of delivering inspired beers to discerning customers in Southern California, and the culture that has come up around them, leading more and more drinkers through the Lucky Baldwins doors over the years, simply because they were the only real game in town.
To help celebrate their successes and push further down the road in their love and admiration for Belgian beer styles, Lucky Baldwins is dedicating their taps and bottle program to the abbey ales over the next two weeks.
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