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Golden Road Offering Growler Fills of Berliner Weisse

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by UnknownKoger, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. ...and their other beers, but whatever

    From their facebook:

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  2. vacax

    vacax Advocate (620) California Jun 3, 2008

    Weren't they already doing that like 9 months ago?
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  3. Finally a Golden Road post that is relevant to my interests/10

    Still waiting on cans.
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  4. kotayk

    kotayk Aficionado (180) California Feb 22, 2011

    Now they need to start making beer ppl wanna drink
    Maybe Meg can cancel her next photo shoot and take a tour at el segundo to see how it's done
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  5. I've never seen a brewery have such great distritubion skills and such low brewing acumen. I've been to a couple bars that have a taplist like this: BMC, newcastle, heineken, guinness, and point the way. They even sell Golden Road stuff at Ralphs supermarket.
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  6. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (620) California Jun 12, 2009

    I liked the hef.
  7. LA deserves a better vanguard
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  8. I really wish Craftsman offered some sort of growler pick fill up. :(
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  9. Wowcoolman

    Wowcoolman Savant (480) California Sep 25, 2010

    Golden Road cans are fun - they show specific LA locations and they are easy to drink out of and recycle. With a growler all you get is a lot of GR beer.
  10. queens1130

    queens1130 Savant (320) California Nov 21, 2008

    THIS, very much so this! I have a friend that gets their kegs, but I'm looking for something smaller than a keg lol
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  11. It would seem that the opposite of your observation is actually true.
    There's a reason for this and Golden Road recognizes, and is capitalizing on it.

    My hope is that Golden Road will become a New Belgium type of brewer. You won't have a tap handle in every bar or a six pack in every liquor store if your flagship is a 100ibu Citra Nelson face-melter.
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  12. You make a valid argument there. Their flagships are different enough and tasty enough to be considered that gateway beer for those just getting off PBR and Coors. I just wish their special offerings were better. Besides the berliner, there hasn't been much stand outs in a positive way. How bad was that tequila hef? yeeesh
  13. JGates

    JGates Zealot (90) California May 18, 2011

    I'm dissapointed in this brewery. I was there 3 days ago and they would not fill my growler of berliner weiss. They were also out of the syrups for their weisse's even though they had just listed on their website that day that they had them. Spontaneously decided to drive an hour to grab a refreshing drink with my girlfriend and instead sipped on a white rascal and left. Also their draft list said "Dogfish Head--Imperial Ale" as one of the beers.
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  14. I had their hef over a year ago... Man, what a disappointment. Hopefully Jesse will turn things around.
  15. I think that with the new brewer coming in, coupled with their willingness to make more extreme beers (barrel aged, 10% barleywine, etc.), we will start seeing things going up and getting better with Golden Road.
  16. vacax

    vacax Advocate (620) California Jun 3, 2008

    We don't need extreme beers we need them to get the basics right first
  17. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (360) California Jul 1, 2009

    Better beers please. The name is all over, but the beers are sub par. Maybe their new brewer will do some good to the name Golden!
  18. God damnit I couldn't agree more.

    And you can cast any hopes of their beers improving with a new brewer at the helm. The previous brewer resigned because he wasn't given free reign to improve the beers they were making. That's what happens when distribution deals are cut before good beer is made.
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  19. kotayk

    kotayk Aficionado (180) California Feb 22, 2011

    good point
    i figured he was axed ...but u seem to have inside info that he was the one who quit.
    hope the new guy puts his foot down and says if u hired me this is how it will be ..maybe that will help.
  20. vacax

    vacax Advocate (620) California Jun 3, 2008

    I think this raises a critical issue that is going to arise more and more with the exploding craft beer industry. Just because a brewery isn't owned by AB-InBev or MillerCoors doesn't mean it is a paragon of beer. If a company believes more in how much they sell instead of what they sell, are they really a craft brewer? I'm going to say no. I don't know the source of your statement, but if that is the case then there are plenty of local brewers here that deserve our support instead of Golden Road. Given their excessively rapid expansion and lack of brewing quality, this is certainly very believable.
  21. vurt

    vurt Savant (495) Oregon Apr 11, 2004

    Golden Road Tumbledown Shack is the blandest 10% barley wine I have ever encountered.
  22. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Savant (305) California Apr 16, 2005

    I'm not really seeing what Golden Road's incentive would be to do this. Like it or not, PtW tap handles are everywhere, and the shelf presence of GR cans is monstrous. I don't have access to their sales figures, but it seems intuitive that they're clearly hitting their mark.

    Like most BAs, I don't find their beers terribly exciting but it seems rather clear by now that Golden Road is not making beers for us. Their niche is with the Whole Foods/Buy Local crowd, and they appear to be terribly successful at tapping into it at the moment. I have my doubts as to whether courting that market is a viable business strategy five, ten, twelve years from now, but it's okay guys, really: there's allowed to be one or two breweries whose demographic isn't entirely extreme, -bal aged, uberhopped-triple IPA-obsessed beer geeks.
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  23. I couldn't agree more about breweries not going for the extreme. I speak for myself here, but I think the problem a lot of beer drinkers have with them is that they've identified a target market instead of letting the market find them.
  24. reminds me of what was said in the Brewer's Association article Craft vs. Crafty. I'm inclined to agree
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  25. The fact remains that almost all of Golden Road's beers are 3.5 or above, and that is based on ratings on a craft beer website from those of us who actually review beers. It's hard to argue (other than your personal taste of course) that they are making bad beer when the reviews actually show a different trend.
  26. vacax

    vacax Advocate (620) California Jun 3, 2008

    3.5 on BA isn't really saying a lot. Check out the percentiles on RB.
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  27. kotayk

    kotayk Aficionado (180) California Feb 22, 2011

    From GRB -
    You might want to keep an eye on The Pub at Golden Road in the coming weeks! "Inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive." (description from BeerAdvocate)

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