We'll celebrate 3/29/16 with some 329 Lager and a lot of sunshine!
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In case you missed the big news, we're expanding our distribution to The Grand Canyon State...Arizona! We are excited to forge this new partnership with the latest addition to our Golden Road family, Golden Eagle Distributors Inc.. You can read more about this new endeavor via CraftBeer.com...but for now, let's talk about how you can meet our team and have the first Golden Road beers in AZ.
If you have visited our Pub in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a new beer on the board. 329 Lager is one of our newest brews here at Golden Road, and we're happy to announce that it will be joining our core lineup year-round in draught and in cans.
Named after the average number of sunny days in southern California, 329 Lager [pronounced three twenty-nine], is an American-style lager that is easy-drinking yet maintains the full-flavor we have come to expect in a well-crafted brew. When developing the recipe for our first-ever lager, Brewmaster Jesse Houck buckled down with our team to explore different approaches to this classic style. From yeast strains to hop varietals, our goal was to respect the lager and showcase delicate nuances that have since been forgotten in the world of macro brews.
The resulting product brings to table something familiar; a beer synonymous with summer barbecues with your family, hanging with your friends at the beach, and cracking open a cold one during the game -- a sessionable 4.8% lager that is sure to please beer drinkers and those searching for a dependable every-day brew.
329 Lager is medium-bodied, light, crisp, and refreshing. A balanced combination of Bravo, Tradition, and Opal hops lend character to the aroma and the beer's delicate floral finish with notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. Look for 329 Lager on draught at select Golden Road accounts in the coming weeks and for 6-pack, 12-ounce cans to hit the market in mid-April.
Stay tuned for #329lager events happening all over California this season and join us for summertime all the time!
El Hefe Anejo returns to Golden Road with an updated twist. Check out the latest from our barrel-aging program led by Head Brewer Cole Hackbarth.
If you've been following along with us these past two years, then you may be familiar with a special one-off brew we experimented with in the earliest of our days as a brewery. El Hefe Anejo was one of the first specialty beers Golden Road brewed and was the unofficial launch of what would eventually develop into our in-house Barrel-Aged Program.
While the El Hefe Anejo of year's past now seems like a distant memory, we are excited to announce the re-release of this rare brew in its latest incarnation. Much like the original El Hefe, this year's batch uses a Hefeweizen base and is aged in Tequila barrels for nine months.
So what's different? Head Brewer and Barrel Program Director Cole Hackbarth decided to brew an Imperial Hefeweizen base (at about 8-9%abv) before aging the beer in barrel. This caused the alcohol level to go much higher; finishing out at 11.1%abv.
The results were exciting to us as El Hefe Anejo developed more into a luxurious wheat wine. After barrels were blended, the final result was a complex Hefeweizen full of candied banana, soft agave, and mellow white oak. A structured malt backbone and a touch of lingering heat from the Tequila is complimented by the beer's fruity esters. Flavorful and dangerously drinkable.
El Hefe Anejo is currently available at The Pub at Golden Road and in limited distribution to select Golden Road accounts. Stay tuned via our social media channels to find out when El Hefe may pop up at an event or beer festival near you!
The latest brand in our Custom IPA series releases this week
This week we are eager to announce the release of our 2020 IPA, the latest brand in our custom IPA series. Brewed with the Greenway 2020 river project in mind, this red IPA clocks in at 7.4% abv and is a unique offering in our hop-forward custom lineup. 2020 IPA features an interesting combination of hops including Warrior, Palisade, Cascade, Chinook, Simcoe and Ahtanum. This is our first beer featuring the relatively unknown Ahtanum hop varietal which has characteristics that mimic the citrus and floral notes of Cascade and the piney, earthiness of Chinook. The result is a medium-malt bodied red IPA with citrus and pine notes, a slightly tropical twist, and a west coast-style bitterness.
This beer was created in partnership with the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corportation (LA River Corp) to help raise awareness for their Greenway 2020 Project. Greenway 2020 will breathe life back into a 51-mile stretch of the LA River by revitalizing public spaces, encouraging local businesses, and maintaining the waterway. Seeing as though the river is practically in our back yard, our team was excited to collaborate with this organization which hopes to complete their project by the year 2020. The art on our can design was created by our friends at Lean Arch and is a representation of the project’s futuristic renderings.
Cans of 2020 IPA will hit retail locations starting February 1st and will be available in cans and on draught at The Pub at Golden Road starting Thursday, January 30th at 5p.m. $1 of every pint and 4-pack sold at The Pub will directly benefit the LA River Corp. For more information on the Greenway 2020 Project, click here.