Erick is the Head Brewer at Eagle Rock Brewery, and he talks about getting is start in the industry, and what he loves about beer in a short interview with the Brewers Association.
Erick has been taking on more and more responsibilities at ERB, and he’s now running the brewhouse and working hard to help Eagle Rock Brewery reach their production capacity in 2013. If you’ve been following beer in Los Angeles for any time you know that the whole crew at Eagle Rock Brewery have been instrumental in growing the craft beer scene here, and they are all known for their approachability and for helping new breweries get a start in LA.
Erick takes this attitude to heart, and he has always been happy to chat beer with us or even offer some pointers and advice for improving our home brew. Erick’s passion for not only craft beer, but for the people behind and involved with craft beer in LA is plain to see.
Erick taught the recent “Age of Not to Age” class at Eagle Rock Brewery, and while he seemed nervous to be leading the class at first he soon settled into the groove and his insights into the effects of time and storage on beer were more valuable than simply reading about how to cellar beer (though, that post is a great start if we do say so ourselves.) Erick’s enthusiasm for the craft of brewing was apparent throughout the class, and he was especially enthusiastic when talking about Belgian brews and the different approach that Belgian brewers (and drinkers) take to beer.
Check out the whole interview to read Erick’s thoughts on ERB, where the brewery is headed, and what his favorite beers are. We love his choice for “favorite beer of all-time”:
I’ve been drinking a lot of Daytime IPA from Lagunitas as of late. It’s pretty impressive how much juicy, tropical hop flavor and aroma they managed to pack into a beer that is only 4.65 percent ABV. My favorite beer of all time is still Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.