Sunset Beer, Echo Park’s new beer store and tasting room, is scheduled to officially open Saturday but the retail portion of the Sunset Boulevard shop is expected to open for a few hours this afternoon. Instead of just a big room lined with shelves and stacked with cases of beer, Sunset Beer, whose ownership includes the founders of Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, features a lounge-like interior complete with upholstered chairs, original art and a faux fire place. Will this put people in a beer buying mood? The owners are counting on that since they plan to eventually offer up to 1,000 bottles of beer. Sunset Beer credits designer Rick Crane, who also designed the Colorado Wine Co. interior, for creating the Echo Park’s store’s clubby interior:
Rick is a wizard (not literally) when it comes to creating high-class on a budget. We told Rick, “we want an environment for beer that doesn’t feel stuffy but also takes the idea of beer and beer appreciation seriously.” We think he did a rather remarkable job.
Sunset Beer also plans to eventually sell boutique wine and sake, according to a press release. “Beer of the month clubs, guest brewer and chef tastings, and other pairing and food events are all part of the plan as well.”
Photos coutesy Sunset Beer