Haven Brewing has announced the addition of Head Brewer Brian Thorson to its team, based at Haven Gastropub +Brewery in Pasadena. Thorson, who has produced many acclaimed beers at noted Northern California craft breweries, Drakeâ€™s and Trumer Pils, will now oversee all production of Haven Brewingâ€™s small-batch, house-crafted beers. Thorson will help define Haven Brewingâ€™s core brand by working to create base beers as a reference point for all future brews. He will be focusing on a range of styles, with emphasis on sessionable beers.
â€œHaven Brewingâ€™s unique set-up within a full-service restaurant really opens the door to so many ideas and possibilities,â€ commented Thorson, who resides in Arcadia with his family. â€œFor the majority of my career, Iâ€™ve been punching out beers at production facilities, now Iâ€™ll be able to better see how beers go with the foods they are served with. Iâ€™m already inspired to try different things.â€
Thorson has been involved in producing many noted craft beers still available and praised today. Over his five-year stint at Drakeâ€™s Brewing, he was responsible for creating Hopocalypse in 2008, an Imperial IPA (9.3% ABV, 100+ IBUs). Thorson created it to, in his words, â€œblow off some steamâ€ after the monotony of running the bottling line and toiling with all the brewing and cellar operations wore thin.
â€œYou’ve got to have those â€˜fly by the seat of your pantsâ€™ brews every once in a while to keep the blood pumping and also keep you from going insane,â€ Thorson explained. â€œAll of the barrel work kept me on my toes, but also allowed for a lot of creative flexibility. I was lucky enough to have a number of different projects going on, so I got to see a range of different beer scenarios at any given time.â€
â€œWe are optimistic about Haven Brewingâ€™s future with Brian at the helm. We have the utmost respect for Brianâ€™s accomplishments and contributions to the world of craft beer â€“ outside of Hopocalypse, he was responsible for the revamping of Drakeâ€™s Aroma Coma summer seasonal IPA in 2011,â€ commented Wil Dee, Partner at Haven Brewing. â€œWhat makes a brewer like Brian so valuable is his passion for the craft, supported by his tremendous industry experience in dealing with crisis situations, like the hop contract changes a few years ago, and being able to be flexible and remain focused.â€
Haven Brewing currently has 12 house-produced beers in its catalog, led by the very first beer released in March 2012, “Hello World,” an American Pale Ale (6.3% ABV). For more information, please visit www.havenbrewing.com.
About Haven Brewing
Haven Brewing produces small-batch, house-crafted beers in Pasadena. This is the first foray into brewing from haven collective, which includes Haven Gastropub +Brewery in Pasadena, Haven Gastropub in Orange, and taco asylum in Costa Mesa.
Haven Brewing is housed inside Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, a unique concept where â€œpub meets gourmet grub.â€ Gastropub, a British term blending gastronomy and pub, sprouted in the 1990s and has seen a revival as the idea behind the concept was to provide a place where friends and family could gather in a warm comfortable setting and enjoy good conversation with quality food and spirited libations. Haven boasts a selection of more than 100 bottled craft beers and an expansive selection of beers on draught, including its own house-produced brews. In addition, Haven serves more than 50 specialty single-malt whiskeys, scotches and bourbons; and a worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. Almost every dish on the menu has a beer or wine pairing suggestion.
The menu, created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist. The result is a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from around the world fused with familiar stateside staples.
Tours for Haven Brewing can be arranged in advance. Haven Gastropub +Brewery in Pasadena open daily. Walk-ins welcome for dining. For more information, including address and phone number, visit http://www.havenbrewing.com.