Friday, January 27, 2012

L.A's Brewery: Golden Road Brewery (Grand Opening)

Golden Road Brewing company opened October 16th , 2011 with a grand opening open to the public. About 1,000 craft beer loving Angelenos visited the Atwater Village based brewery on that day to celebrate this grand occasion. Golden Road Brewing is owned by Tony Yanow and Meg Gill with Jon Carpenter heading up the brewing operations. Tony Yanow is the man behind Tony's Darts Away in Burbank and Mohawk Bend in Echo park, two highly regarded beer establishments. Prior to founding Golden Road Meg Gill was a regional sales manager at Oskar Blues Brewery based in Lyons, Colorado. Gill's founding of Golden Road has made her the youngest female brewery owner in America. Jon Carpenter comes to Golden Road with brewing experience from both Dogfish Head Brewing and Anheuser-Busch (heard of them?).

Attending Golden Road's grand opening was definitely an exciting experience. Having a real independently owned brewery in my hometown is definitely refreshing. Also refreshing is the beer that this young brewery produces. Golden Road's Hefeweizen and their Point The Way IPA has quickly become some of my favorite beers. While the grand opening allowed craft beer lovers to enjoy the brand new offerings from Golden Road, those in attendence also had the opportunity to sample beers produced by friends of the brewery including Meg Gill's former employer , Oskar Blues. In a world where businesses are constantly trying to battle each other for market share, the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry is as refreshing as the beers that they produce. Being a tiny ( but growing) part of the beer industry , craft breweries realize they are better off working together rather than against each other.

Golden Road's opening was inspiring especially since it opened during an economic recession. It's nice to see that people can still take an idea and turn it into a functioning business, especially a manufacturing type business like brewing. It will be interesting to see what Golden Road has in store for Los Angeles...I am predicting that they will be IN stores all across the city. The forecast for Golden Road's future is very hoppy.

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