This is the first microbrewery licensed in Los Angeles in 60 years!
This is the first microbrewery licensed in Los Angeles in 60 years! I had heard, maybe a year ago, that there was possibly an Eagle Rock Brewery planning to open in our corner of Los Angeles, but never knew exactly where it was or when it was really going to open. Eagle Rock Talk mentioned it a few months back, but nothing more. Maybe if I were truly a beer aficionado I would have tracked it down sooner, but I finally took action when some friends of ours told us that the opening was imminent a couple of weeks ago. The first public pouring of their brew happened at the Verdugo Bar in mid-December.Â
So far, their licensing only allows them to sell beer in their onsite tasting area by reservation, so we made ours and adventured off to the industrial warehouse area between San Fernando Road and Irving Middle School. The tasting room has very clean, contemporary lines, high ceilings, a wall filled with shelves containing the Eagle Rock Brewery product line which includes glasses and T-shirts, and several other blank white walls perfect for hosting an art exhibit. A long bench along one end is filled with comfy brightly-colored pillows and there are tables and chairs to accommodate several parties of folks. Eagle Rock Brewery President Jeremy, or his father, Vice President Steve, are happy to give a guided tour of the facility.Â
They are now brewing three different beers, each one highlighting one of the three main ingredients of beer. The Solidarity Black Mild accentuates the malt, the Manifesto is the whit type featuring the grain, and Revolution highlights the yeast. The namesÂ imply the idea of beer for the people by the people (my interpretation). Steve chatted with us about his hope that people would come to the public tasting room to have a beer, maybe bring in some food and share in some good conversation. Weâ€™ve done that a couple of times now, and are looking forward to many more fun times there.
I perused their website, www.EagleRockBrewery.com, Â and found a very interesting history of what it takes to open a business in the City of Los Angeles these days. These folks had conceived the plan and begun the business legal structure back in 2006, spent the next couple of years really refining and researching and writing and deciding they seriously wanted to commit to their business plan. They rented their warehouse space back in June, 2008, and it took them over a year to navigate and successfully complete the process of permits and approvals from the City of Los Angeles! And if you read their blog or talk to them in person,Â you can tell that these are intelligent, knowledgeable people who had the sense to hire good professional help to expedite the process.Â
Anyway, thatâ€™s water under the bridge and now Eagle Rock Brewery is open and suddenly in an online controversy over why itâ€™s located in Glassell Park and calling itself Eagle Rock Brewery. Thereâ€™s a good answer for that, so go to their website and find out. And then, get over it and make your reservation to go have some yummy artisanal brew. They plan more varieties of beers soon.Â Â
By the way, when you go there, you won't see a sign on the building. You can park on the street or in the parking spaces in front of the building if there's room.
Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell Street
Los Angeles, 90065