(Los Angeles, CA) – Here is the continuation of a write-up of the Brewbound Craft Beer Session from yesterday. Gill had a lot to say so I broke it out into a separate post.
Meg Gill, President/Co-Owner, Golden Road Brewing:
- Had a dozen letters of support from independent AB wholesalers in Northern California for a different project but was told by an investor to start something in L.A. instead due to more investment dollars…and Golden Road eventually came to fruition.
- Six weeks into sales and has 150 placements on draft. Praised distribution partner, Mission Beverage Co., for its efforts.
- Will launch cans in a month (Point the Way IPA and Hefeweizen are first two styles) and already has orders from retailers for the first month’s supply.
- Brewing at a 4,500 “barrel capacity level” and hopes to brew more than 5,600 barrels by end of first year. I’m assuming this means they plan to brew more than 5,600 barrels in their first 12 months. For more insight on why Gill cares about that number, read here.
- On that note, Gill revealed that she is only 26 years old. Baxter Brewing President, Luke Livingston, is only 27. Amazingly young leadership considering these breweries will be among top 100 in craft segment before we know it.
- Raised a second round of funds for a 50-barrel brewhouse that will give the brewery 60,000 barrel annual capacity. The 50-barrel brewhouse will arrive next summer. Currently brewing on a 15-barrel system.
- Will focus on hyperlocal model of serving just Southern California (presumably at the beginning…long term, who knows? those are my words, not Gill’s)