Yes, that just happened. Eagle…Rock…Brewery. I don’t think I’d be this excited if the Farmer’s Market, inside an Amoeba Records, inside a new Getty villa was opening on the salted-dirt lot where Marty’s once stood. Inconspicuously tucked into a Times article on the growing craftsman beer trend in Los Angeles was mention of Eagle Rock father and son duo Jeremy and Steve Raub who plan on commercializing their award-winning homebrew operation in a warehouse off San Fernando Rd. I’m so excited I’ll even forgive them for not naming their business Glassell Park Brewery. They’re planning to focus on a pretty broad spectrum of beers from the English, Belgian, and German traditions, and visitors will be able to enjoy samples in their tasting room along with light snacks. The opening is set for December, but they still need an alcohol license, which can be a long process. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, but for now, consider us cemented in the corner of Eagle Rock Brewery.
Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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Conservative or Liberal, last night was one of those “do you remember where you were when” moments. I was in USC Medical Center for 9/11, on the 5 South at Basilone Rd. when I learned that my father had passed, and waiting outside Jitlada Thai when I heard that Obama was officially the 44th President of the United States. I don’t want to harp on this too much, Lord knows the internet might freeze up with all the bytes used to write about this election, but one can’t help but be filled with a certain excitement in the future and pride in our country. Too bad Oxy proved too difficult for the president elect, or our neighborhood could have some serious national influence.
Since this is a local blog, let’s focus for just a moment on the local wins and losses from last night. (Beyond a man who lived in NELA for two years being elected president). Almost no one in our area cared about the District 2 race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Nonetheless, I can’t help but take some pleasure in seeing Bernard Parks ground into political dust by Mark Ridley-Thomas. Remember this blog’s disgust with the Board of Sups and their anti-taco and anti-street art campaigns? While I doubt Mr. Ridley Thomas will radically change the entrenched interests on the board, he is certainly a preferable option to the Gloria Molina-endorsed Parks. Word to the wise Mr. Ridley-Thomas: Keep your hands off my tacos and we’ll get along just fine.
Also, how exciting is it to imagine what the county can do with $40 billion to be put into public transportation? Okay, let’s assume $20 billion gets siphoned off by GloMo to “gentrify” East LA, (Maybe with another supercool sign!) I’ll be thrilled with just a Metro extension into Westwood and a few dedicated bus lanes. Los Angeles needs mass transit like the Westside needs edible Mexican food. With the concurrent passage of Prop 1A, it’s amazing to think that I’ve spent longer on the road getting to Newport Beach than it will take for me to arrive at my sister’s doorstep in San Francisco without driving or flying.
Now, a few reasons I’m thrilled this election is finally over:
- No more terribly produced Yes/No on Prop 8 advertisements. One would imagine $60 million could buy you something that didn’t look like it belonged on public access.
- No more chanting at political rallies. “Drill Baby Drill”, “U.S.A.”, and ”Yes We Can” always feel more to me like a room of lobotomized fratboys pounding Natty Light than the world’s oldest democracy selecting its leader.
- We can shelve the term “Maverick”. John McCain is a lot of things, but he has been in the Navy or the Senate for over 50 years. If that isn’t part of the system, I don’t know what is.
- All those Shepard Fairey posters with the “Hope” and “Change” cliché can be relegated to the keepsakes in the attic. I don’t recall Goya taking input from campaign directors to make more politically effective Tshirts and bumper stickers.
- Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes are over 15 minutes too late.
- The Dems can stop complaining and start doing
- The “fiscally responsible” and “small government” Republicans get exactly what they deserve for betraying their campaign promises.