Is the future of Los Angeles's craft beer movement headed east? There are certainly a few indicators pointing in that direction, including the recent news of Homage Brewing's arrival right in the thick of Pomona's Downtown scene.
The partially-crowdfunded taproom and nano-brewery won't officially open until May 14, but the company has already been working through some limited preview nights (mostly for early investors / Kickstarter backers). The space itself sits right in the heart of Pomona, around the corner from the Fox Theater and several other nightlife and music venues in what is quietly becoming a thriving dining and drinking scene.
The taproom itself is small but comfortable, rocking white walls and an L-shaped light wood bar. There are two and four-tops running along the far wall, and just enough greenery inside to keep the place feeling warm. In all, it's a sort of Dinosaur Coffee-esque take on a taproom, dropped right down in Pomona.
The plan for Homage Brewing, says co-founder Lauren Ochoa, is to run the company's full slate of beers (a stout, IPAs, the like) as well as a few smaller sour and wild ale options. There will also be some barrel-aging happening, and they're looking to introduce some housemade cold brew down the line as well.
Homage is of course not the first easterly craft beer destination these days. Lagunitas is in the thick of a massive build-out in Azusa at the moment, while Progress Brewing and Alosta Brewing continue to do their thing. That's to say nothing of longtime options like Hangar 24 in Redland as well, which has been holding down the craft beer scene out that way for many years. If all goes well, look for Homage Brewing to debut on or around May 14.
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