This month we had the pleasure of Peggy Simonian, owner of Lucky Baldwin’s locations, come out and share her favorite Belgian-style beers in a flight of five. In case you’ve never been by one of the Lucky’s locations here’s a bit of information…
Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners David Farnworth and Peggy Simonian, who turned a run down business into the beer haven it is today. it is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, in one of the oldest buildings in town. Lucky Baldwins Delirium Pub was opened in 2005, in the quaint village-like town of Sierra Madre up in the foothills.
With 63 beers on tap in Pasadena Old Town and 46 beers on tap in Sierra Madre, the pub offers an array of unique beers, both bottled and tap. Throughout the year Lucky Baldwins also celebrates European drinking festivals, such as our renowned Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, Octoberfest and the list goes on, placing Lucky Baldwins in the top five Belgian beer bars in the US.
And now onto the main event!
We started the night off with Tripel Karmeliet from Bouwerij Bosteels. At 8.4% this recipe uses three kinds of grain and was a great kick off for our night!
The second pleasure on our flight was Biere de Beloeil from Brasserie Dupont. This strong Belgian Pale Ale is composed of FIVE different malts and has a substantial hop character for a Belgian-style beer. It rolls in on the charts at 8.5% which was just a touch higher than our first taste.
Third in line for the tasty divine, was Grand Cru by Brasserie St. Fuillen. As one of the more recognizable beers on the flight, Cru is an extra-blond Belgian Ale that has no spice added and intense hop bitterness compared to the other Belgians in our list. At 9.5% ABV you can definitely ensure us ladies were feeling happy by this point in our night.
After the enjoyment of the Cru we moved onward in order to delight in the fourth beer of choice. Gulden Draak by Brouwerij van Steenberge when translated, means, Golden Dragon, and was named for a gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent. This dark triple has flavors of caramel, roasted malt, and coffee and rolls in at 10.5%.
And finally we’ve reached the end of our Belgian beer journey with a sweet final finish. Fruitesse by Brouwerij Liefmans is a Belgian fruit beer: beer blended with cherry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry and raspberry juices. It is then aged for 18 months on cherries. At just 4.2%, it was the perfect final note to our flight and had just the right touch of fruity with a hint of sweetness.
It was such a fantastic night with so much great insight from the lovely Peggy Simonian. Thanks again to the ladies from Lucky’s for coming out, drinking with us and sharing your awesome company/knowledge. And again thanks also to Taylor from Steel City Sandwiches for feeding us despite truck challenges earlier in the week. You rock!
Ting Su and Peggy Simonian.
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