Businessman and beer aficionado Tony Yanow has not even opened up his giant new Echo Park restaurant, Mohawk Bend, but is already involved in the start up of an even more ambitious project in North Atwater Village: a 100,000-barrel a year brewery and 150 seat restaurant. Last month, Yanow spoke about the project, located in an industrial strip off San Fernando Road and the 134 Freeway, before the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, and his name appears on a state license application to operate a “small beer manufacturer.” “We are very supportive of this particular project,” said Luis Lopez, board secretary for the Atwater chamber. “We think it will be an added bonus to our community.”
There is a lot of beer business brewing across the Eastside. Eagle Rock Brewery, which is located in Glassell Park about three miles south of Yanow’s planned beer factory and restaurant, started production of craft beers in late 2009. In Echo Park, the owners of Eagle Rock’s Colorado Wine Co. plan to open Sunset Beer, stocked with about 1,000 bottles of beer, this year. Last month, a supply store for home brewers opened in Eagle Rock.
What does Yanow and partners have planned for their brewing and restaurant, which would be part of a trio of large industrial sheds now painted in primary yellow, red and blue? The Eastsider is seeking comment. But there’s a hint in some of the job postings on homebrewer.com:
There will be an onsite production building and restaurant where your most creative beers will be sent. A 15 bbl system will accommodate the rare beers, many of which have the ability to be aged in what will become one of the largest temperature controlled barrel rooms in the country. The two high-volume SKUs will be brewed on a separate, larger system, to be built by the brewer and our engineering team with the ability to get us to 100,000 bbls in the current facility, if needed.
*Update: Yanow in an email said that “the owners and management of the brewery are not ready to make an announcement yet.”