Eagle Rock Brewery & Brouwerij West Find New Homes, Firestone Walker Brewing Hits Venice, and More!

Three more breweries are getting into the L.A. restaurant game, and L.A. cleans up on DRAFT Magazine’s annual list of “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars”

Eagle Rock Brewery announced plans to open a new brewpub on Colorado St. (in the former Fatty’s vegetarian cafe spot) called Eagle Rock Brewery Public House. The 4,500 sq. ft. building will house a tasting room and a restaurant, which owners Ting Su and Jeremy Raub hope to have open as soon as spring 2014. Six to twelve months later, they will be installing a 15-barrel brewhouse, which will complement their existing 15-barrel brewhouse at their original taproom location on Roswell St., which will remain in operation.

Brouwerij West has finally found a permanent home, snagging up a space at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. The three-year-old business has been contract brewing its beer out of other locations, but its own “brewery, tasting room, and full-service restaurant plus patio dining area” will be opening in the newly expanded CRAFTED marketplace as soon as summer 2014.

Dry River Brewing is still searching for a space to call home, but it has put in a proposal for a potential location, and it’s secured Naga Reshi as its brewmaster. Per their latest Kickstarter backer update:

“Naga Reshi comes to us from Wynwood Brewing in Miami, but he’s been brewing professionally all over the world since 2007. […] He designed, built, managed and sold a production brewery in Brazil that ran entirely off of solar power! Plus his recipes are super creative and he’s awesome at using local ingredients, like he did with his barrel-aged jungle-fruit Lambic series in Brazil…”

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s proposed Venice expansion continues to progress. Take a close look at renderings for the new space, above and below. Proprietor Adam Firestone will be hosting a meet-and-greet on Tuesday to introduce locals to their plans, which include a brewhouse, tasting room, restaurant, retail operation, and event space. Per an email alert from the company:

“In the weeks following the meet-and-greet, Firestone Walker will present its plans to the Venice Neighborhood Planning Committee.  Subsequent presentations will be made to the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Los Angeles City Zoning Administrator. This process will allow for guiding input and pave the way for the build out of the new facilities.”

Venice residents are invited to the free presentation; beer and light appetizers will be served and no RSVP is necessary. Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m., 3205 W. Washington Blvd.

→  DRAFT Magazine released its annual list of “America’s 100 best beer bars” and L.A. was all over it! While my list would’ve looked a little different, it’s great to see six local watering holes make the cut: The Daily Pint, El Prado, Father’s Office (Santa Monica), Little Bear, Surly Goat, and Tony’s Darts Away.