Eagle Rock Brewery
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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
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
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
4.16/5 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
4.14/5 rDev +7.3%
Great little tap room in Los Angeles's first gold medal winning brewery. Yep, you read that correctly. Eagle Rock Brewing is the first ever Los Angeles brewery to win a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
I went to the brewery a few days after it was announced and got to try some Red Velvet for myself, and I admit it was delicious.
The brewing team is a father and son duo that are way cool and easily approachable. I spent about 90 minutes there sampling some of their beers and tried one from another la brewer call Nibble Bit Tabby, yes that is an odd name.
This tasting room is bright and laid back and has a big picture window that overlooks the brew house.
It's out of the way and I had a little trouble finding it but it was worth the hunt. I will go back especially to try their new IPA called Populist that they were out of when I was there.
09-25-2010 21:47:13 | More by tothebrim
Eagle Rock Brewery in Los Angeles, CA
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.