As the Eastside continues its white-hot run as a destination for youngish types to escape the urban core, there’s been an increasing need for things like high-quality coffee, great restaurants and, yes, craft beer. Thanks to Craft Beer Cellar, a loose franchise of beer stores spread across the country, the latter need is being met in Eagle Rock.
Run by Gabe Paredes and his wife Corissa Hernandez, Craft Beer Cellar Eagle Rock is currently in the construction phase, building out what was formerly two retail storefronts in the same new Colorado Blvd plaza as Found Coffee.
The plan is for one side to act as a de facto bottle shop, where customers can swing in and grab their favorite beers, either from shelves and tables or the long row coolers, before heading home or to a party. Better still, the coolers are a full eight feet deep, which means they can also accommodate keg sales.
The taproom side of Craft Beer Cellar is 21+ only, and will act as a tasting room for many of the bottles on site, as well as newer, rarer stuff available by the keg only. The room is lined in wood, with a long bar for the eight draft lines, plus arrangements for communal seating and a bit of standing over some whiskey barrels. There will also be a small patio out front for those warm Eagle Rock evenings.
Currently, the bottle shop and taproom is in the finishing stages of permitting and build-out, and is hoping for a late summer arrival (they've also got an Indiegogo campaign in the works). So far, they’ve gotten support from Councilman Huizar’s office and much of the local community, which should help to expedite the process.
And, thanks to some redrawn legislation that previously meant Colorado Boulevard restaurant and bar tenants were supposed to close by 9 p.m. (it’s since been amended to 11 p.m.), Craft Beer Cellar should be able to serve until at least the summer sun goes down.
Craft Beer Cellar Eagle Rock
1353 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA