We had the good fortune of connecting with Ting Su and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ting, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Humility. It’s all a learning process, and everyone along the way is able to teach you something. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from not just mentors within the industry, but also peers, staff, patrons, and vendors. When you’re open to learning, it’s incredible how much you can learn. Naturally, there’s advice out there that isn’t as helpful and at times just wrong. That said, I still believe that being open-minded about it generally works out way better.
What should our readers know about your business?
Both Eagle Rock Brewery and Eagle Rock Public House were concepts that stemmed from our (mine and my business partners’) collective passions about quality beer and amazing food created from locally sourced produce and sustainably raised proteins. I’m very proud of the product we create at both establishments. It’s taken an incredible amount of work and has been far from easy. That said, there’s a lot of talent, brains, and elbow grease involved in these businesses and we’ve been able to push through the harder times, even if we’re butting heads initially. We believe in community and try to support and collaborate with other small independent farmers, breweries, and businesses. And it’s led to so many amazing friendships along the way. Our businesses are small family-owned businesses built on an incredible amount of passion for what we do and countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears because we believe that our community deserves that sort of commitment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming there wasn’t a pandemic going on… Sites: Hikes in Griffith Park and the San Gabriel Mountains, bike ride on Venice Boardwalk, Huntington Library, Broad Museum, Disney Concert Hall, show at the Greek Theater. Eats and drinks: Sushi Gen, sake and snacks at Ototo, Son of a Gun, Din Tai Fung, Bestia, beers and burgers on the patio at Oinkster, Guerilla Taco, cocktails at Blind Donkey, Pine & Crane, brewery tour to a bunch of local breweries, La Cabanita. And nights in with bottles of wine, a giant cheese board from Milkfarm, microwaved popcorn and watching movies.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family! They’ve put up with the worst of me to help me get to my best. And there’s no one like family to put you in your place when you need it, and to give you a boost when you just can’t quite reach your goal. Among my family are my business partners, Jeremy Raub (also my husband), Jerry Su (my brother), and Steven Raub (my father-in-law). Additionally, I’ve been so inspired and supported by countless friends in the beer industry, food & beverage, and hospitality industries that have influenced me and helped me along the way! The wonderful friends who have stuck by me as the businesses took over almost all aspects of my life and my availability to spend quality time with them diminished. And of course I can’t neglect to mention my teams at both Eagle Rock Brewery and Eagle Rock Public House – without them all, there’s no way that any of this could have happened.
Website: http://eaglerockbrewery.com ; http://eaglerockpublichouse.com
Instagram: @eaglerockbrew ; @erbpublichouse ; @tingsu
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Twitter: @eaglerockbrew ; @erbpublichouse
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