Sunset Beer Co., a staple of the Los Angeles beer scene and one of the first craft beer bars in the area, announced their closure on Thursday afternoon, after opening on Sunset Boulevard in 2011.
Sunset Beer was one of the first places in the area to dedicate itself fully to craft beer, and even as Echo Park quickly became a small bastion of craft beer bars (Mohawk Bend, Sage Brewery, and The Semi-Tropic are all within walking distance), Sunset Beer was well-known for their staff’s knowledge and their wide selection of bottles and draft beers.
Unlike many of the closures recently, Sunset Beer said that the closure wasn’t due to the pandemic – instead, it’s rising rent prices, as the result of a new building owner, they say.
According to a Sunset Beer Instagram post announcing the news, the owners of the building – Red Car Ltd./Industry Partners, who acquired the property in 2018 – “showed no interest in negotiating leases,” evidenced, the beer bar says, by three of the businesses in their strip mall walking away, leaving the building mostly vacant.
Though no official closing date has been announced, they say they were given 60 day notice last week, and encourage patrons to come say their goodbyes in April.
Read the closing announcement, in full, on Sunset Beer Co.’s Instagram.
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