Ten Questions: Eagle Rock Brewery

Steve and Jeremy Raub make some damn awesome brews at Eagle Rock Brewery under the slogan "Beer For the People," and, get this, they're father and son!! That's right, Steve is the senior and Jeremy the junior, working together tirelessly to bring fresh beer to Los Angeles. 

We love our dad's, but since one of them still keeps macro-brew in the fridge and the other's carbonated beverage of preference is diet coke, we can't imagine brewing with them.  So we truly admire the way that Steve and Jeremy share a vision for creating interesting beers. 

We love stopping in at their tasting room to sample some of their freshly made brews.  Two of our faves are Solidarity; a smoky, malty mild ale with great balance, and Red Velvet; an Imperial Red ale with chewy sweet caramel malt and a nice piney hop kick. Here are their answers, enjoy;

1) What did you do with your life before working in the beer world?

Jeremy:
I worked as a film music editor.

Steve:
I worked as a field service engineer for medical imaging.


2) What is most thrilling about the beer world right now; and where do you think the future of beer is going?


Jeremy:
The amount of creativity and variety in craft beer right now is really exciting.  I think the future of craft beer will have more, smaller brewers exploring more diverse styles…especially under-appreciated or forgotten styles.

Steve:
Craft beer continues to steadily grow, with an ever-widening appreciation of what good beer truly is.  Itʼs a renaissance of beer culture! The future?  Beer is returning to where it was a century ago; well- supported, locally-brewed and enjoyed.  Solid regional breweries creating craft-brewed beers, understanding and acknowledging their differences from other regionals without trying to homogenize the nation or world.


3) Beer Geek, Beer Lover, or Dangerously Beer-Obsessed?

Jeremy: Iʼd say giving up a well-paying, steady-working career and sacrificing my entire savings (as well as the savings of other loved ones) would qualify me as being Very Dangerously Beer-Obsessed.

Steve:
Beer Lover.


4) Hop Head, Funky Yeast Freak, or Barrel-aged Believer?

Jeremy:
All of the above….maybe even together…

Steve:
Barrel-aged Believer.


5) What is your fondest beer memory?

Jeremy:
Drinking my own first really good homebrew (a Bock my Dad & I brewed).

Steve:
My father allowing me my first sip of beer as a youngster.


6) Desert Island Question:  If you were trapped on a desert island, and could only have three beers, what would they be? (PS. Magically there is refrigeration on this island.)

Jeremy:
Brut du Falcon, Steve French, Jeremiahʼs Flanders Red (all homebrewed beers from friends.)

Steve:
A true world-class, classic Pilsner, a classic Hefeweizen, a clean but complex Dark Mild.


7) Neil Diamond, Journey, or Queen?

Jeremy: Journey
Steve:
Journey


8) What was the best beer and food pairing of your life?

Jeremy:
Speedway Stout with Hot Knivesʼ Smoked Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie with a Bleu Cheese crumble.

Steve:
Roast Beef on a Kimmelwick Bun with Ballantine Ale


9) What was the most extreme beer and food pairing of your life?

Jeremy:
Cool Hausʼ Brown Butter and Candied Bacon Ice Cream with Old Chub and Solidarity (50-50 beer blend).

Steve:
Wild Raspberries with a questionable homebrewed wheat beer.  The berries salvaged the beer and elevated it.


10) What do you want to say to the world with your beers? Or, if you were a beer, what beer would you be and why?

Jeremy:
Cheers!

Steve:
The world is a better place with good beer, so come together and salute your humanity.  Restrained and well balanced beers engender a deeper understanding of the vast and varied world of beer.

Allagash’s Rob Tod Rocks

Rob Tod. Besides having a truly efficient 6 letter name, Rob heads the brilliant brewery that is Allagash.  Located in Portland, Maine, which has been called one of the foodiest little cities in America, Allagash is a perfect place for Rob to hone his Belgian style and barrel-aged brews.  

Part of being a true foodie city with chops is having a local award-winning brewery like Allagash.  Rob made waves in the beer world with his flagship ale, Allagash White, a Belgian-style Witbier with notes of coriander, lemon peel, and clove (the actual mix of spices are top secret!).  At once the flavors of Allagash White are accessible to the neophyte beer drinker and refined enough for the beer snob. 

Rob has been a beer friend and sage for us for a while now, always up for sharing a few brews and offering his advice, (he even donated a brew recipe to our book!).  We were lucky enough to take a tour of his pristine operation in Portland this last year.  One of the highlights for us was the gorgeous barrel room, a temperature-controlled room full to the brim with barrels aging some of his most sought after brews.  We admit that the sight made us more than a little hot and bothered….  

If you have yet to sample Rob's barrel-aged creations, a taste of  Allagash Curieux will show you what the fuss is all about.  This Belgian style ale is aged in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels and is perfect as an after-dinner drink, or with your favorite cigar, or even with some vanilla bean gelato (trust us). 

The brewery also boasts the only open-fermentation room in the U.S.  Traditionally called a 'cool ship' in Belgium, this is a shallow tub of sorts where new beer is left to 'sponteneously ferment', meaning the brew meets with naturally occurring yeast in the air, typically creating a sour, funky, complex ale that is usually aged to perfection.  Allagash's cool ship is housed in a quaint tiny 'shed' in the back of the brewery, complete with beautiful stained glass that will make you feel as if you've been transported to Belgium. 

And if you're lucky, Rob will pop open a bottle of one of his rare aged-sours, (we sampled one with notes of Port and leather).  If you are in the Portland area (and lucky you) call the brewery to set up a tour and the friendly staff will start you with a sampling of the different beers and then lead you on an informative walk through the brewing operation.  Don't forget to get some bottles for your home beer cellar!

Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way
Portland, Maine 04103
phone: 207.878.5385 or 800.330.5385

Tours:  M-F: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Store:  M-F: 10am – 4pm

 

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