Monthly Archives: December 2010

Atypical Brewery Is Claremont’s Main Event

It has been awhile since we’ve posted, and Marisa was in Claremont on a day trip this weekend, so she decided to pay a visit to the Back Abbey Brewery on Oberlin Avenue. The Back Abbey is a unique pub located in the Village Expansion area of Claremont. The pub, which opened in the summer of 2008, is located in a small California mission style building next to the Hotel Casa 425. When you first walk up to the brewery, it doesn’t look like much, but this place is packed almost every night of the week, according to the locals. The interior exudes warmth with natural dark wood flooring, reconditioned leather bar stools and matching bench-style seats that line the sides of the bar. Outdoors, you’ll find a more casual setting that consists of low couches and coffee tables, retro automobile chairs, and soft lantern lighting. Many of the patrons are faculty and students from the Claremont Colleges swinging by for a study break or an after class night cap with friends. If you’re planning on going Saturday night, get there before 6pm, otherwise you’ll be waiting for at least 30 mins, and you don’t want to delay on sampling this tap list!

From what I can remember, here it is:

St. Bernardus Abt 12, St. Bernardus Wit, Saison Dupont, Moinette Brune, Moinette Blond, Foret, Glazen Toren Saison, Glazen Toren Tripel, Scaldis, La Chouffe Golden Ale (delicious!), Leffe Brune, Delirium Tremens, Tripel Karmeliet, Lindeman’s Framboise, Chimay tripel, Stella Artois, Kwak, Piraat, Augustijn, Spaten Pils, Ayinger Celebrator, Unibroue Maudite and Trois Pistoles, Aventinus Weizenbock, and Fuller’s London Pride.
The Back Abbey’s website link doesn’t work, so we can’t direct you there for a menu, but Marisa had the most delicious burger there called the Winter Banana (incidentally, no banana is present) with her La Chouffe Golden Ale. On the Winter Banana were havarti cheese, bacon, sauteed apples, and field greens all nestled between two halves of a warm brioche bun. Be sure to try the pommes frites as well, which are double fried in duck fat, crunchy on the outside but warm and soft on the inside; the perfect combination.

Parking for the Back Abbey is on the street outside, which is metered, or in the free parking garage across the street in the square. As we mentioned earlier, the place fills up by 6pm on the weekends, so if you want to park for free, get there early. Whether you’re in Claremont for business or pleasure, this little place is worth the trip, and you’d better believe I’ll be returning! 🙂