Eagle Rock Brewery to Fight for its Rights Once More

Written by Todd Martens for latimesblogs.latimes.com

In just 18 months, Eagle Rock Brewery has leapt to the forefront of the still-burgeoning Los Angeles craft-beer scene. The home-grown company’s handcrafted beers are now distributed by San Diego’s acclaimed Stone Brewing, and Eagle Rock’s Red Velvet Ale last year brought home a gold medal from Denver’s Great American Brewfest, a trophy that instantly put the tiny operation on the national beer map.

Yet Eagle Rock Brewery might still have a few locals to win over. Despite its quick growth, the brewery could be on the verge of suffering a serious hit to its operations.

Owners on Tuesday will go before City Hall in an effort to prove that the brewery has been in full compliance with its conditional-use permit, the license that allows the company to serve beer in the brewery’s tasting room.

Though the company’s president and brewer Jeremy Raub said he is confident the city will rule in the brewery’s favor, he stressed this hearing should not be taken lightly. “It certainly is paperwork and procedural in nature, but I don’t feel like we can just assume we’ll coast through it,” Raub said. He runs the brewery with his father, Steve.
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