Haven Gastropub Finally Debuts Its House-Crafted Beer In OC

Back in May, Haven Gastropub released its first batches of house-crafted beer--a double IPA and a pale ale--but to our sadness, the restaurant was only pouring the brews at its Pasadena location, where the micro-production was taking place.   

Finally, we'll get a taste. Haven Brewing will debut at Haven Gastropub Orange on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. as part of the restaurant's three-year anniversary celebration. Guests can sample 10 signature beers (listed below), each available as a five-ounce taster priced at $2 to $4. Brewmaster David Larsen will be on hand to discuss each beer, and the brewery's plans for distribution in Orange County.  

As for food, executive chef Greg Daniels is creating a special menu of original Haven Gastropub, Taco Asylum and Burger Haven items.

The party starts at 6 p.m. After that night, tasters will only be served in flights of four beers. 

For details, call (714) 221-0680.

Haven Brewing Beers

Hello World ($2 taster)
American Pale Ale | ABV - 6.3% | IBU - 73 | SRM - 14.4
Hops - Centennial, Warrior, Cascade and Columbus
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
Hello World is a well-balanced pale ale done in west coast fashion.  This beer starts off with a slight hoppy nose and has a shiny copper color. The mouth feel is well rounded, and the finish is smooth and easy drinking.  This is the first beer brewed by Haven Brewing. The name comes from computer programming.  When a new program is written the first line displayed is "Hello World." We at Haven Brewing thought it was pretty fitting for our very first beer.  HELLO WORLD!

upRYEsing ($2 taster)
Rye IPA | ABV - 6.5% | IBU - 81 | SRM - 17
Hops - Columbus, Centennial and Cascade
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
upRYEsing is made with 21% rye and is an IPA.  It has a bready, hoppy finish and has a reddish tint. This beer will please any hophead out there.

Hafen Hefe ($2 taster)
Bavarian Wheat Beer | ABV - 5% | IBU - 13.5 | SRM - 3.9
Hops - Hallertau
Yeast - Weihenstephan
A Bavarian-style hefeweizen, with just the smallest hint of banana, and a clove and citrus backbone.  It is a hazy hay-colored hue, and the finish is clean.  It is with Bohemian floor-malted grains in one of the last Czech Republic Bohemian-style malting plants; floor malting is an old world process of germinating and drying malts.  This process is done by hand and takes 3 to 4 days longer than newer, more industrial methods, giving you a pronounced robust and traditional feel and taste. Simply put, this is a great summer beer.  The Germans would say "fur den Sommer" which means "for summer."  Enjoy with friends, on a grassy hill, all day long.

Gross National Happiness ($2 taster)
Cream Ale | ABV - 5% | IBU - 20 | SRM - 5.2
Hops - Summit and Tettnager
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
Gross National Happiness, or GNH, as we like to call it, is made with 110 Pounds of Heirloom Bhutanese Red Rice.  This beer has a golden wheat hue and is an easy drinking beer - perfect for the hot days of summer.  The name "Gross National Happiness" comes from the kingdom of Bhutan.  It is one of the last countries where the monarch ruled, and the kingdom has remained blissfully untouched by the outside world. This has very recently given way smoothly to a democratic government, when the ruling king himself asked for this change.  This and many such anecdotes show the very different thinking of the people of this exquisite county where GNH (Gross National Happiness) is considered more important than the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Diana Brown ($2 taster)
American Brown Ale | ABV - 6.5% | IBU - 28.3 | SRM - 22
Hops - Columbus, Nugget, and Willamette
Yeast - American Ale Yeast 
A malty American brown ale with notes of hazelnut, cocoa powder, and finishing dry with flavors reminiscent of old fashioned root beer barrel candies.

Brewmaster's Breakfast ($2 taster)
Breakfast Stout/Oatmeal Stout | ABV - 7.5% | IBU - 86.5 | SRM - 35
Hops - Centennial and Cascade
Yeast - American Ale
This stout is every thing breakfast; Oatmeal, Coffee bitterness, chocolate, toasty, roasty and a little smokey. This beer will stain your teeth like a cup of black coffee in the morning. Brewmaster's Breakfast starts off with a thick, brown, smokey head, that you could scoop out with a spoon.  The body is complex and robust, just enough to wake up your senses. The beer finishes dry and crisp, with west coast hops leaving you wanting more.

100 Rubles ($3 taster or 10 oz pour for $6)
Imperial Russian Stout | ABV - 12% | IBU - 75 | SRM - 37
Hops - Galena, Northern Brewer and Centennial
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
This Russian imperial stout is extremely balanced, boasts a whopping 12% ABV, and has notesof bitter cocoa and coffee.  The name comes from a law that Peter the Great enacted, in which you were allowed to keep your beard if you paid a beard tax of up to "100 Rubles." Most brewers have beards at one point or another, including ours.

Sosigenes ($3 taster or 16 oz pour for $7)
Double IPA | ABV - 8.2 | IBU - 248 | SRM - 9.6
Hops - Warrior, Glacier, Galena, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
Sosigenes is most definitely a west coast style double IPA using all American malts and generously hopping with Warrior, Glacier, Galena, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial.   The name Sosigenes comes from Sosigenes of Alexandria, who was credited by Pliny the Elder, as the astronomer consulted by Julius Caesar for the design of the Julian calendar (Leap Year).  This occurred in 45 BC, the very first Leap Year.  This beer was made on leap year day, February 29th 2012, hence the name.  Also, we at Haven Brewing would like to point out that we think it's pretty cool that Pliny the Elder named him.  RESPECT

Brewmaster's Breakfast on Oak ($4 taster or 10 oz pour for $8)
The Lion's Share - Barrel Aged Beer Program
Breakfast Stout/Oatmeal Stout | ABV - 9.5% | IBU - 86.5 | SRM - 50
Hops - Centennial and Cascade
Yeast - American Ale
This robust stout has been aged in a American white oak barrels for 42 days.  This is a bitter, smokey beer with oak and roasted vanilla and marshmallows.

100 Rubles on Oak ($4 taster or 10 oz pour for $8)
The Lion's Share - Barrel Aged Beer Program
Imperial Russian Stout
ABV - 14%
IBU - 75
SRM - 50
Hops - Galena, Northern Brewer and Centennial
Yeast - American Ale Yeast
This imperial stout has been aged in a American white oak barrels for 42 days.  It is boozy, oaky, and you will be lucky if you get some!

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