It’s pretty well established at this point that Chris Brown is no sage. When the frequently vilified entertainer sang about flashing “Deuces” (simultaneous middle finger and peace sign) in his hit song by the same name, I wasn’t exactly heartbroken to hear he was moving on. As I later learned at the Eagle Rock Brewery third anniversary party, so were Jeremy Raub, Ting Su and the rest of the ERB family. The family-run brewhouse called their second anniversary ale Deuces, and they culminated Year Three with a 20-tap salute at Verdugo Bar, upping the stakes with Threes.
At the jam packed party, ERB co-founder Jeremy Raub said they were inspired by rye whiskey barrels. Eagle Rock Brewery’s American Strong Ale, brewed with rye, will age in Templeton rye whiskey barrels for six months. In the meantime, the 9.5% ABV beer, which I drank on draught, had toasty flavor and a great hop finish. They bottled version that Raub was holding is apparently less hoppy, but I had to leave the party before finding out for sure.