Driving along Sunset Boulevard, you’ve certainly got your choice of places to buy your beer. Heading towards downtown, Silversun Liquors flashes by through the driver’s side window. Further on, Mohawk Bend and The Gold Room whizz past, quietly imploring you to pull from the tap instead of pulling from the cooler rack. But if you can make it this far, just beyond Echo Park Avenue as the road slowly climbs towards Dodgers Stadium, there is an oasis of craft beer waiting to quench your thirst. This is Sunset Beer Company.
Opened in 2011 as the city’s first true craft beer bottle haven, Sunset Beer Company has become what it always imagined itself to be: A well-curated local spot for serious beer drinkers to talk shop, try product and generally relax. Walking in, the main room is littered with bottles, all full, waiting to be picked up, touched, read, and (hopefully) purchased. A few tables hold much of the day’s delivery; a scattering of assorted six packs that range from pedestrian to downright fussy. Great Divide Brewing’s Yeti stout rests large in its deep brown cardboard holster, while old-school Boddington cans sit wrapped in their signature yellow. Banana bread beers, saisons, triple IPAs all share table space - and each one catches the eye. It’s only when you look to the right, along the main wall, that you see row after row of stocked coolers. There are enough bottles and cans here to make Beck clap his hands, from just down the road in Eagle Rock, an hour away in Orange County, or around the globe in Belgium. The racks are stacked high and tight, for fear that excess room might prompt some beer aficionado to crawl inside and never come out.
I bought three bottles on Tuesday and drank three bottles on Tuesday.
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