Golden Road Brewing is doing something right. In the blink of an eye the operation became LA's largest craft brewery, and the first in the area to put their brews in cans. The crew has colonized Los Angeles, garnering a reputation as the fastest growing craft brewery in the country. With SoCal on board, Golden Road is turning its eye to the Bay Area. Which, as it turns out, is a homecoming of sorts.
A good chunk of the brewery's key players spent their formative years in the beer industry right here in San Francisco. President Meg Gill got her start selling Oskar Blues beer in the Bay Area, eventually moving on to local mainstay Speakeasy, where she became the national sales manager. Brewmaster Jesse Houck cut his chops manning the kettle at local favorites 21st Amendment and Drake's.
While Golden Road will eventually see full-scale distribution throughout the Bay Area, the brewery is dipping its toe into the pool with a series of soft-launch events. For starters, the group has hand-picked a few local establishments to carry their products. Those watering holes include City Beer Store, Toronado, Whole Foods Market Potrero, Abbot's Cellar, Monk's Kettle, and Dark Horse Inn. Look for those locations to stock Golden Road's flagship Point the Way IPA and a smattering of other limited brews, including Wolf Among Weeds Double IPA, Golden Road Berliner Weisse, and It's Not Always Sunny in LA Black IPA.
Gill and Houck will be in the city for two preview events where you can try an extended lineup of beers. See below for details on where you can meet the team. For bonus brownie points, be sure to congratulate Gill on her recent appearance on the Steve Harvey Show.
Brewmaster's Banquet with Golden Road Brewing
Where: Abbot's Cellar, 742 Valencia St. (at 18th)
When: May 5, 6 p.m.
Cost: $75, or $95 for the brewer's table. Reserve a spot at email@example.com.
What: Four courses of Chef Adam Dulye's cuisine paired with Golden Road brews. A limited number of seats are available at the brewmaster's table, where you can dine with Gill and Houck.
Golden Road at Whole Foods Potrero Steep Brew
Where: Steep Brew, 450 Rhode Island St. (at 17th)
When: May 6, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: pay per drink
What: Ten Golden Road beers on draft, and 3 canned selections available in the market for takeaway.