One of LA’s first craft brews is going away, and you can blame the obsession … – Los Angeles Times

The award-winning Solidarity, Eagle Rock Brewery’s first craft beer, is about to be relegated to a special seasonal release. 

The brewery was the first craft brewery to open in Los Angeles when it started making beer in 2009. And the first beer brewed was Solidarity. Known as the “black mild,” the beer is as unique now as it was back in the dark ages of L.A.’s beer scene. But after more than six years of continuously brewing Solidarity, slow sales have prompted the brewery to limit its production. 

Solidarity, based on the traditional English mild style, is a sub-4% alcohol ale filled with complex malt flavors, toasty bitterness and a touch of smoke. But it never caught on with the crowds of drinkers discovering craft beer in L.A., where an obsession with hop-driven brews and ever-increasing alcohol content is the norm. The low-alcohol and malt-forward brew seemed to get lost in the shuffle of rotating IPA handles and all the excitement over the next new brew.

“Sadly, there’s just not a huge demand for it,” said Eagle Rock Brewery founder Jeremy Raub.

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The beer earned a reputation for being a “brewer’s beer” — a pint that beer industry workers loved for its unique character and “sessionability” (meaning you can sit down and enjoy two or three pints without getting bored or overly sauced).