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Lucky Baldwin's To Buy A Brewpub
By Jay Sheveck

As of February 27, 2005, Lucky Baldwin’s British Pub and Café in Pasadena, Calif., gained a sibling. Proprietors "Sir" David Farnworth and Peggy Simonian announced that they are purchasing Sierra Madre Brewing Company in Sierra Madre, Calif. (five miles northeast of Pasadena). They plan to convert the 35-seat brewpub/alehouse into a Belgian-style pub and eatery.

“We’ve always been looking for a small place to expand into,” Farnworth said, “and many of Lucky Baldwin’s customers live in that area.”

The proposed Belgian pub will undoubtedly share some similarities with Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena. It is expected to offer unique brands of craft beer and to have a very large number of taps. It may even maintain the name.

“We might call it ‘Lucky Baldwin’s Trappist Abbey Beer Bar,’” Farnworth said. “It will definitely have a Belgian theme. We will feature Belgian beers, Craftsman’s beers, sticking with what we know. One of the main reasons we are buying Sierra Madre is because they have a ‘to-go’ alcohol license. That will allow us to sell our fantastic Belgian beers to go in both bottles and kegs!”

Sierra Madre Brewing Company opened in 1997. Owners Stephen Haydorff and Jim Moran relocated the brewpub to its downtown storefront two years ago. Although planned, a formal brewhouse was never installed. Sierra Madre’s five house beers were brewed under contract by Southern California Brewing Company. Farnworth has no immediate plans for the brand’s continuation.

The imminent closure of Sierra Madre Brewing Company may be sad news for its followers. Nonetheless, the welcoming in of a second Lucky Baldwin’s to Southern California should prove to be a positive affair. Farnworth said the Belgian pub’s official grand opening will be in the latter part of April 2005. Stay tuned…

Sierra Madre Brewing Co. Two
21 Kersting Ct.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Jay Sheveck, aka "the Beer Guppy, is the author of the destination guidebook The Beer Guppy’s Guide to Southern California. Preview it at BeerGuppy.com.


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