ECHO PARK — Beer fans rejoice: Echo Park now has its very own brewery. Sage Vegan Bistro has opened its brewpub in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center. The micro-brewery and full bar, connected to the restaurant next door, will be making and serving specialty beers — such as a habanero pilsner and a rosemary-beet amber — under The Sage’s Brew label, said owner Mollie Engelhart.
Some of the shiny stainless steel brewery tanks and equipment is visible from the bar, which has 36 beers on tap. It will be a few weeks, however, before the first batch of Echo Park-brewed beer is ready, since the fermenting process just began. In the meantime, the brewpub will be serving beers from other brewers as well as cocktails, including a Kombucha Mule and a Ginger Mint Julip. Customers can also order vegan pizza and pretzels as well as other items from the Sage menu.
“You can come get a cocktail, get a beer, get a kombucha on draft, pizza and pretzel,” Engelhart said.
Expect a late-night menu as the the brew pub extends its evening hours in a few weeks, Engelhart said.
The brewery at Sage may soon have some competition when it comes to neighborhood-made brews. The owners of a building a few blocks east on Sunset are seeking city permits to open a combination brewery and bike shop across from Guisados tacos.
Sage is located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street.
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