Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.
People warned me that Eagle Rock Brewery wasn’t a normal happy hour venue. If I hadn’t known to look for the bright orange door, I would have thought I was being lead down a dark alley for an ambush. Open that door with a now emblematic “e” on it and you travel to a whole new world, a beer heaven. Teachers gather in the quiet opening hours of 4pm, soon making way for all kinds of regulars: rocket scientists from NASA JPL, creative designers of stage and themed entertainment, professors, and more. Pleasant bright lights, warm greetings and open arms bearing casks of delicious home brew made Eagle Rock Brewery a local Northeast L.A. success story.
That story started for the public in 2009 when Ting Su, her husband Jeremy Raub and his father Steven Raub opened their taproom off the much trafficked San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. They strove to combine high quality ingredients with approachable flavors and company, to make the experience of drinking beer enjoyable no matter how much you know -- or don’t -- about brewing. From the beginning, it was clear that Ting would lead the hospitality and business end, Jeremy ran the brewery and Steven’s specialty is in the operations. What began as a bonding experience for father and son grew into a standing room only destination for Trivia Night, food trucks, and a Women’s Beer Forum.
It didn’t take long for Eagle Rock Brewery (ERB)’s selection to appear in well known neighborhood pubs across town like Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank and Golden Road Brewery (its own diamond in the rough of North Atwater Village’s industrial area). Flagships such as Solidarity and their American IPA Populist soon began popping up in local store’s refrigerators, always a welcome housewarming gift for your friend’s new home in Silver Lake, or to bring a taste of the Northeast LA to Orange County.
During an arduous series of permit hearings before the City of L.A., the community that Eagle Rock Brewery carefully nurtured showed up. Hundreds of them. Their community supported not only the extension of ERB’s conditional permit, but also the small business’s growth into a restaurant that goes beyond your typical burgers and beers.
Eagle Rock Brewery was the first to open its doors within Los Angeles since Prohibition, possible because of all the red tape and costly public hearings to do so. Their love and commitment to the people of L.A. manifests in every single brew, every event, every growler. A regular patron even went so far as to gift the owners and employees original portraits that are now showcased on their walls. “Beer for the People” is the slogan of this local booming business, and with every step they take, the family behind it shows loyalty to their neighborhood nook.
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