Fable

Whether you call them Mom & Pop, locals, or small business, times are tough. That is why I am highlighting The Fable, right close to me in Eagle Rock.

You can get a nice, little array of beverages from them. Cider, cocktails, kombucha and yes, beer. It may not be the tip of the beer curve, but if you need to support local. It should be an option.

Two new from ERB

Eagle Rock is dipping it’s toe into delivery and has two excellent options for you starting with the very real, Virtual Happy Hour.  A “rye IPA features Mosaic and Dr. Rudi hops..” 

2nd up is the intriguing Local Source which “is a Helles lager brewed with Local, Native Plants including Woolly Blue Curls, California Bay Laurel, and Black Sage from Theodore Payne’s Nursery.”

Cellar No More

I was vigilantly checking my credit card statement when I saw a strange name on a purchase. I looked at my calendar and saw that I was at the Eagle Rock branch of Craft Beer Cellar that night and not at some place called Talon. I dug a little more and found out that the Talon is now the new name of the bottle shop.

The only news that I can find was on Facebook saying that Tom & Nicki have taken over. Leads me to think that the franchising through Craft Beer Cellar is having problems over on the West Coast too or maybe some other answer is at the root of the sign change.

I made a quick stop and did not see any of the regular staff on hand but the shelves were stocked so let’s hope that the beer choices stay strong.

Oinksterade in IPA Form

Looks like Relentless is fitting into their Eagle Rock environs. They have teamed up with fellow Colorado Blvd. business, The Oinkster to create an IPA’d version of their Oinksterade citrus drink. Combining Citra, Loral, Calypso and Cryo Simcoe to mimic the orange lemonade goodness. They also added orange and lemon zest to add a little more zing.

1st Visit – Relentless / Eagle Rock

Temecula has come to Eagle Rock in the form of Relentless Brewing. I have spoken with the folks behind the bar, restaurant and distillery but here are my first impressions…

The corner space is a bit small with a reverse L shaped bar fronted by a few stools with crown cap seats (which I thought was a nice design touch).  There are a few tables in front with a garage door that can be opened onto Colorado Boulevard.  With the tables and stools filed, the place can get a bit loud.  That volume and the liquor bottles on shelves make this look on initial blush like a regular cocktail bar.

Beer wise it is primarily other local beers now.  Relentless soft opened during L.A. Beer Week so having options like Imperial Western, Lincoln, Indie, Smog City and Boomtown was a smart go since they did not have their own beers available in quantity yet.  They have around 18 taps and the beer menu is divided into light and refreshing, malty, hoppier and sours and funks. 

The only house beers were in the hoppy and sour categories.  I ordered Blitz Storm Hazy but it was out and bartender somewhat weirdly recommended an Offshoot Hazy instead of something from their own line. So I picked out an IPA and a sour to taste.  Below are my mini-reviews…

Dank You So Much – OK. Piney, West Coast.  Sticky.  Some citrus peel, a skosh bit of butter

Tequila My Vibe – quite tart. Guava forward.  Pretty cocktail color. Tequila barrel doesn’t really show. Maybe some apricot and really light peach

Relent

Temecula is coming to Eagle Rock in the form of Relentless Brewing that posted this signage on their social media….

The space will also house a distillery both of which should find ready taps and bars on the busy stretch of Colorado Boulevard.

An Old Chalet in Eagle Rock


The Black Boar is no more and it is back to being the Old Chalet. But this is not some retro throwback to old school suburban dive bars.

I visited the Black Boar when it made the switch and found it to be one of those, “hey, craft beer is cool, let’s sell that without really changing much inside” places. I didn’t need to go back what with the Oinkster just down the block one way and then Craft Beer Cellar opening much later further east.

Now it is in the capable hands of Clay Harding of 38 Degrees fame in his role as part of the Artisanal Brewers Collective. That means the beer will be better and it will be my closest bar from their group. Will it be of a theme with Tony’s and Mohawk Bend? And will I find Bell Marker beer on tap?

Only a first visit will tell.

Winners!


The craft beer business history followers will catch the meaning behind the name of a new beer release at Eagle Rock. The clue is that Temescal Brewing is involved in the trio.

The Winning Team will be on tap on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the ERB taproom. Brewers from all breweries involved will be there and also on tap will be beers from all three breweries involved in the collab (HenHouse Brewing Co. and Temescal Brewing). If you can’t make the event 16oz 4-pack cans will also be available.

Eagle Rock Distilled

Colorado Boulevard has grown into a cool food & bevarage boulevard from Eagle Rock to Figueroa. And perhaps there will be a distilling addition as well.

This is early stages yet and I would expect the City of L.A. might bury the project in paperwork and inertia but the team behind the Four Cafe is planning on a distillery for their new location, code name Relentless.

The future restaurant is basically across the street from where they are now.