Eagle Rock Brewery has earned quite a name for itself in the local craft beer scene and its taproom has become a popular hangout spot for its ever-growing legion of thirsty fans. Now, just as its fourth anniversary is upon us, co-owners Ting Su and Jeremy Raub have secured an additional location—which they’re going to call Eagle Rock Brewery Public House—that will serve not only beer, but also food.
“We always wanted to have a brewpub, even before we opened the brewery on Roswell,” explains Ting. “But we decided it was best to just start with the taproom and see if we could revisit the food side once we’d gotten the brewery established.”
The new brewpub will be located at 1627 Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, where the recently shuttered vegetarian cafe Fatty’s once stood. “We started looking for a space about a year ago,” Jeremy reveals. “We shopped around a lot, but when we saw this on the market, we jumped on it. It really is ideal for us.”
The 4,500 sq. ft. brick building is a marvel; it’s designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 692!) recognized for its art deco styling that dates back to 1931. Though it looks more akin to an airplane hangar with its bowed wooden ceiling, it was originally a car mechanic’s shop.
The team is hoping for a spring 2014 opening, though it will be in stages. “We’re going to get the dining portion open first,” says Ting. “Then we’ll bring the brewery equipment on board. With all the additional permitting there, that could be anywhere from six months to a year later.”
The menu direction isn’t quite nailed down yet, but there will be a focus on small plates. “And not your typical pub fare,” adds Ting. “Why would we do burgers? The Oinkster is right down the street and they already make a great burger. We’ll definitely be looking to do something unique.”
Besides the dining and bar section, which Ting estimates will seat around 50 people, there’s also a connected warehouse 2,000 sq. ft. warehouse space, which is where they will install a 15-barrel brewhouse to complement their existing 15-barrel brewhouse back at the original taproom, which will be staying in operation. Eagle Rock Brewery co-owner Steve Raub will continue to oversee production at the taproom, with Erick Garcia managing the brewing. Brewer Lee Bakofsky will be shifting over to brewing at the new brewpub once it has been installed, though Jeremy says you can expect to see people splitting their time between locations. Ting estimates that an additional 10-12 jobs will be created thanks to the new addition.
“It’s going to be really nice to have a little more flexibility,” Ting declares. “We’ll be able to do more experimental beers rather than just trying to keep up with meeting production demands.”