Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing, an upstart craft brewer that's managed to make waves in a town that sees them every single day, will release its latest canned beer, Burning Bush, in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival. But the beer -- and the one-year-old brewery -- won't be here for long since Golden Road only distributes in Los Angeles and parts of two surrounding counties. The release, at the Kitchen Denver, is part of a special three-day series of events for Golden Road.
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"We're focused on building a brewery in Los Angeles for Los Angeles," says brewery co-founder Meg Gill. "But we also understand the value and the legitimacy that the Great American Beer Festival places on craft beer, no matter what region you are from. So, with that in mind, we decided to do a few events while we were there."
But Gill's connections to Colorado go deeper than that. In 2008, she moved to Boulder and "discovered craft beer" at The Kitchen restaurant, which is why she's holding her main event at the Denver location. After that, she got a job as a sales rep at Oskar Blues, where she worked for more than a year before moving to California.
She quickly caught the attention of the rest of the craft beer world there after Golden Road established itself as L.A.'s largest craft brewer, at 8,000 barrels per year, in just a few months and secured shelf space in some major stores. Gill, who is 27, is also frequently described as the youngest female brewery owner in the world.
She's also friends with such Colorado craft beer luminaries as Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis, New Belgium owner Kim Jordan and Avery founder Adam Avery.
The beer is getting good buzz, too. Brewed under the direction of a former Dogfish Head assistant brewer, the lineup includes Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen, both of which are also packaged in sixteen-ounce cans, and Wolf Among Weeds, Lost Its Way IPA and Hudson Porter. For the draft release of Burning Bush, several hundred people lined up around the block to get a taste, Gill says.
Which means that Golden Road's biggest event in Colorado, at The Kitchen in Denver, could see a crowd as well; in addition to the Burning Bush cans -- which depicts a "pretty special photo" of a fire in the Hollywood Hills that was reproduced on the cans by the Ball manufacturing plan in Golden -- the restaurant will be pouring the Hefeweizen, Point the Way, Wolf Among Weeds and barrel-aged Hudson Porter.
That party takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Kitchen Denver, but Golden Road will also participate the night before that in events at the Lyon's Fork restaurant in Lyons, Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont and Oak at 14th in Boulder.
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