Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
Eagle Rock Brewery
- Neighborhood: Eagle Rock / Glassel Park View Larger Map
- Type: Tap Room
- Yelp Page
- Selection: 3/5 Price: 4/5 Staff: 5/5
Eagle Rock Brewery has only been on the scene for two years, but they have a devoted following and they are a bunch of great people making some great beer. The small taproom attached to the brewery in the hinterlands of Los Angeles feels more like a club-house than a bar, and it has become a landmark of the nascent LA craft beer scene.
When Eagle Rock Brewery began production in 2010 it was the first brewery operating within Los Angeles city limits in sixty-some years. The father and son team has created a core line-up of solid craft beer offerings ranging from a hop-bomb west cost style IPA to a unique black mild , and they supplement these with creative specialty releases.
The brewery is located in an industrial park just north of where the 5 and the 2 freeways meet. West of Eagle Rock and south of Glendale the brewery is tucked away but remarkably close to the teeming neighborhoods that house the bars where Eagle Rock’s beer is poured. The brewery has tap-handles all over town, but the best place to go to get your fill of Eagle Rock’s beers is their taproom!
The taproom has a short bar, a short counter, a handful of tables, and a big window that looks into the brew house. There are eight taps, and a couple of those are usually dedicated to guest-taps from other breweries. The others serve up the Eagle Rock beers, and often includes their excellent Solidary dark mild on nitro. Growler fills are available for both the 1L and 2L glass that they sell on-stie.
There is no kitchen at the taproom, and no food is served beyond bowls of pretzels and popcorn, but food trucks are regularly scheduled to serve the crowds that gather at the tap room. And it’s often crowded; go early if you want to snag a table. The taproom opens at 4pm Wednesday – Saturday and at Noon on Sundays. They also stock one fridge-case with an assorted selection of bottles, and often with some good finds.
Eagle Rock Brewery offers a variety of events, from a monthly Women in Beer forum to weekly Trivia Nights and even the occasional home-brew demo. It is a great place to meet other craft-beer loving Angelenos, and the guys that run the brewery are down-to-earth and easy-going and want nothing more than to pour you a delicious beer. The taproom is one of our favorite beer spots in LA, and if you live in town and love craft beer you really have to check it out! Tell ‘em Beer of Tomorrow sent ya!