Okay, it’s not that far away—it’s in Pasadena. And what’s brewing... is beer.
Welcome to Haven, a new gastropub and brewery offering rivers of beer, wine on tap and feasts of whole suckling pig, opening Thursday.
Both architecturally and spiritually, the axis of this place is the sturdy bar. You’ll see 52 tap handles behind it—they’ll be brewing several beers in-house here (an IPA, a Hefeweizen and some seasonal hops), and eight of those handles are for wine.
So after you and a friend start there with a beer or a Revolver (it’s whiskey, cherry vanilla and a smoking ice cube—you’ll see), pivot right or pivot left. You can get your lamb burger, duo of quail or pheasant pot pie in either of the two dining rooms, both heavy on concrete, exposed beams and copper. But if you’re on a date, go right for a chocolate leather booth by the fireplace. (Obvious, yes. Classic... also yes.)
Or if you’ve got a dozen relatives crashing into town for the holidays—and let’s just say they’re descended from Vikings—call up Haven a week in advance, and they’ll prep you a whole roasted suckling pig, served family-style with plenty of sides.
The helmets with the horns are up to you.