Eagle Rock Brewery
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +7%
Hard to imagine the Eagle Rock is the grand daddy of all the Los Angeles breweries, it being only a few years old. But it is so, this little brewery (which by the way isn't actually in Eagle Rock - but then again Lagunitas isn't in Lagunitas either.... I digress) has become a staple on the LA beer scene.
Jeremy and Ting are lovely people who are passionate about their beer.
The vibe in the little tasting room is super chill and very friendly. All of the staff is great. A real family feeling throughout. A big glass wall in the bar area shows off the small but artfully laid our brewery. If you're lucky, they'll walk you through.
They don't have any food but sometimes have food trucks.
The house beers are always great but don't change too often. They also have a guest beer or two which is usually a great selection. They also have some bottles for sale.
Yearling and Solidarity are my faves but if they have Red Velvet, get it.
04-07-2013 06:06:21 | More by chugger14
2.52/5 rDev -34.7%
Stopped in this afternoon to give this brewery a chance. I wasn't impressed with their beer at all until I tried their Unity berliner weisse, which I quite liked. I live close to the brewery, so I figured it was worth a try.
Parking was poor. The brewery is in a poorly labelled industrial area at the end of an alley with plenty of no parking signs in spite of having clear curbs. I ended up parking on a distant side street.
I ordered their Deuce Imperial Stout on draught. The snifter was $6.00 - not bad.
I had to drive, so I got a growler to go and two bottles. My total? $48 with a tip expected. Their marked growler price (for 1 litre) was $7.00 for the beer I got. I'm no Archimedes, but I'm led to believe the bottles I got (Jubilation and Threes) were 17/18 dollars each. For a brewery of such mediocre quality, this is highway robbery. Pricing here is as awful as could possibly be. That or they don't honor their posted prices.
On the bright side, service was good. The servers were friendly and there was a free tour available. I decided not to take it; I generally only tour breweries that make really good beer. Eagle Rock doesn't fit the bill.
Fellow clientele were overwhelmingly annoying drunks from the L.A. beer hop bus (a sort of bastardized rip-off of the San Diego beer shuttles you run into while visiting Lost Abbey and Alesmith).
Overall, it wasn't a great visit. I might go back if they have a special release, but I'll call ahead to confirm pricing.
You can pay with either cash or credit card (Amex, Mastercard, Visa all accepted).
They had 6 taps plus a nitro (of an IPA....hmm). Limited bottle selection to go in the minifridge adjacent the bar.
They offer a flight of any four house beers for $7.00. But their house beers are pretty mundane.
They seem to have a good food truck schedule outside.
There are a few stools at the bar to sit on. At least they have that; I'm tired of tasting rooms without seating.
01-28-2013 01:06:16 | More by kojevergas
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Craftsman may have been the first truly great L.A. brewery, but Eagle Rock was the first good L.A. brewery that actually markets its beer. Eagle Rock has taken a deliberate approach, perfecting a few flagships (e.g. Populist IPA, Manifesto Witbier, Revolution Pale Ale) before they started bottling. And it seems to be working well for them, as the slow growth has meant that they can take their time on seasonal and experimental brews (e.g. Stimulus, a coffee-infused Belgian golden ale, and Yearling, a pretty wonderful Flanders red).
The Eagle Rock tap room is a small, brightly-lit space with a window into the brewhouse. You'll find friendly folks working there; often you can find the owners/brewers themselves manning the taps. You can fill your growler with one of ER's rotating draft selections, or choose from a small selection of guest taps or bottled brews from other breweries. That last fact's important. Eagle Rock could do just fine marketing its own beer and call it a day, but they actually seem to care about the growth of the LA beer community, so much so that they hold educational events and forums at the brewery. Their motto "Beer for the People" is pretty spot-on. This is the kind of brewery it feels good to support: solid product, clear love of beer, family run, healthy attitudes. Eagle Rock's definitely worth visiting for out-of-towners and locals alike.
01-06-2013 23:10:07 | More by Narfish
4.16/5 rDev +7.8%
I visited Eagle Rock Brewery today with my wife as we had a dinner planned in the same general area. Located in a slightly seedy industrial area, the outside of the building hides a very nice interior. There is a fairly smile tasting area with a glass partition that separates it from the brewing floor. They have a bunch of board games you can borrow to play while you drink. You can order samplers, pints, and growlers from staff behind the bar. Service was pretty good in that regard. There is also a cooler of beers for sale (both Eagle Rock and guest breweries). They have 6 of their own beers on tap and 2 guest brews. I was able to get a sampler of the 4 beers I hadn't tried for $7. Bottles of their beer were $15 for 750 ml sizes. They also have a bunch of merch you can buy (glasses, shirts, etc.). Prices were reasonable for everything. There is no food for sale but apparently they have food trucks that come out every so often. Definitely a cool little place and I will be back again in the future.
02-13-2012 05:45:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
No frills, just great local beer at a good price.
I like the various growler options that they have. I usually forget to bring mine and then buy a new one, so I have quite a selection at home.
Eagle Rock is on my way home from work, so I find myself there more often than my wife needs to know.
Jeremy and the whole gang there are super friendly and have a very very family like thing that only comes from a true family operation. His wife and father both work there with him and they are all super chill.
They have a couple of guest taps each day, but I stick with the house brands, especially Solidarity on the nitro, it's delish.
01-22-2012 04:40:36 | More by RexF
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
I'm not the creative type, so I'll just elaborate on my number scores.
Atmosphere - 5.0 - I'm what they call a "regular" at this place, and whether I go by myself or with some friends I've always enjoyed the atmosphere. It's relaxed even when it's crowded, and the guys (and Ting) running the joint are infinitely friendly.
Quality - 4.0 - By this I am sure they mean "quality of beer." I'd say Eagle Rock's offerings are solid if not always exceptional, but they seem to be branching out more and trying different things. I'm so happy to have a quality local brewer in LA that has good regular offerings in addition to tasty experiments. Overall, I think the 4/5 befits where they're at now, but they've really been hitting it out of the park lately with some of their smaller batches so I'm excited to try whatever is coming up next.
Service - 4.5 - Seriously, the guys and gal behind the taps are great. On the more crowded nights there's a bit of a wait, which is my only reason for docking a point, but they fill their pints, growlers, and tulips well and will answer any and all questions.
Selection - 4.5 - EDITED 9/7/12 - They are brewing much larger batches now, so their selection is much more consistent. They usually have their 4 year-rounds plus at least one seasonal.
Food - 3.0 - They don't have food. Other than pretzels. There are often food trucks outside, but then again, sometimes there aren't. And since Eagle Rock has afternoon-early night (ends at 10PM) hours, you're kind of hoping to eat at some point. Thankfully, if a truck is not around, they have menus in the back that you can call for delivery, and they have no issues with food coming into the tap room. So that's good. Overall, a more consistent truck schedule would benefit them, but I'm sure they already know that.
Overall - I'm a regular, so obviously I like the place. I think they're honest about where they're at, and what with them only being open for ~2 years I think they've definitely established themselves with the quality of their beer. Red Velvet, for instance, is just outstanding (and a GABF medal winner!) and their other brews are perhaps more subtle but with interesting personal touches; their wit (Manifesto) is brewed with rose, and it adds a great dimension to the typical wit profile without being overpowering.
If you're an LA beer geek, you need to come to Eagle Rock.
11-10-2011 06:59:59 | More by alwaysanswerb
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
I love this place. Wish I'd known about it in college as I went to school nearby, but sadly didn't learn of this little hidden gem until my sister took me there this year.
It's a small operation. The building front is nondescript; you probably would never know what it was unless you know what it was kind of thing. No big sign or anything. The interior is really small as well, lending to the family feel to the place (which is definitely well placed). The wood paneled room which houses 3 or 4 tables and the counter is populated by dozens of pillows, board games, signs for the different brews, and a window into the actual brewing portion of the brewery (they also give tours, walking you around and giving you the story of where everything came from, how they got started, the process, the whole shebang). My sister knows the owners (I believe it's a father/son operation, but I could be remembering wrong), so (at least until a college crowd packed into the tiny room) we sat and talked to them for a while. I had the Solidarity on nitro tap (wish I had taken notes so I could review it - it was delicious), and we played board games until the owner started the tour. They only had a couple of their own brews available at the time (did I mention it was a small place?), so that's really the closest I can come to a knock on the place. I've tried most of their selection, and they certainly make a tasty brew. The prices seemed fair, though I don't think we paid full price for everything since my sis and her bf are regulars and know everyone there. Definitely come check it out if you find yourself in the Pasadena area. WELL worth your time and money
08-30-2011 16:49:51 | More by kemoarps
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
I first was turned onto this place by my aunt and uncle, I guess one of their friends owns a very minor share in the brewery. At any rate, I stopped in one day when I was given an unexpected but needed day off. I came in tried a few of their beers. Nothing that I would say was amazing, but i finished my pints so that's always a plus.
The real drawback here is the place is tiny. The few times I have been here I ALWAYS have to stand, would be nice if there was like a patio or something for the excess people in there. Its annoying when all these people start playing board games and pretty much there are there for a long time.
My suggestion is go in grab a growler if you know what you like from them and get out, not a place to hangout in my opinion. There are bigger tasting rooms to visit.
07-15-2011 21:45:03 | More by GrumpyJunglist
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
The garagistes of Southern France, Southern California style.
You've always wanted to own a craft brewery. What do you do? If you're Jeremy Raub and his father, you chip in together, buy a tiny couple-barrel system, and...oh yeah, rent out a storage facility at the end of a dark alley in a decidedly ungentrified part of Eagle Rock.
The oddest part of all? It works. It works really well.
On nights when the taproom is pouring, there's a good mix of hipster and greybeard milling around the outside. No one will be holding a drink -- no beer outside the facility -- but most will be enjoying a cigarette or waiting in line at some of Southern California's finest food trucks.
After you navigate through the crowd, you make your way to the unmarked door and into the tasting room inside. Meant to hold 15, and usually holding 40, this small room with a few rickety tables and a window looking into the brewhouse contains some of the most convivial folks in the area. If you want one of those tables, get there early in the night. Otherwise, you'll have to be one of the folks who linger nearby, hovering like hawks, looking for the earliest sign you're ready to pack up and leave.
The beer is solid, if not remarkable. Middle of the road styles done very, very well. Textbook brewing. There are usually a few guest taps, as well.
All in all, a neat experience, and a regular haunt. Would that all breweries were both as fun to visit and contained as well-made beer. Salud.
06-06-2011 06:48:37 | More by ithacabaron
4.36/5 rDev +13%
I always check to see if there are any beer destinations to check out when I'm out and about, if I happen to have an hour or so to kill I'll go see what they have to offer. Well this brewery happened to be 2 blocks from the car dealership that I needed to go to, so in I went.
I drove around using my GPS, and actually drove past the place 2 times, it's in an older looking building with no sign on the front and no indication that you are at a brewery.
Once inside it's a really small bar area, maybe 6 seats at the bar itself and 20 or so at tables. The inside was very nice and new looking, the 2 guys working were very friendly and helpful when making our selections, I'm assuming they were the owners.
I had the Revolution Pale Ale, which was nice, and my girlfriend had the Stimulus which was really awesome. We enjoyed our beers as well as conversation with both the brewers and other patrons. A friend of the brewery's came in with Bacon trail mix and let us all sample it, that stuff was absolutely amazing!
They have some of the premier food trucks from the LA area come in and serve food on the weekends which is great, as the brewery doesn't offer food of it's own.
Overall this was one of the better beer destinations I've been to in LA. I only wish that there was some place half as cool in my neighborhood.
11-16-2010 18:09:05 | More by tjensen3618
Eagle Rock Brewery in Los Angeles, CA
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.