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Golden Road Brewing is open for growler fills

October 20, 2011 |  5:15 pm

Golden_road_growler_3_Those who want to enjoy the first two offerings from the new-on-the-scene Golden Road Brewing at home won't have to wait for the outfit to start offering cans, which won't be available until late November or early December. This weekend the brewery will open one of its three warehouses to start selling 32-oz. growlers for $10 apiece. The growlers can be filled with the company's Point the Way IPA or its namesake Golden Road Hefeweizen at no extra cost. 

Refills of the Atwater Village company's brews will run customers $4. Specialty beers may cost a few dollars more, when they become available. Those interested in a beer-to-go jug can pick one up between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Additional dates for growler pickups will be announced soon and unveiled on the company's Facebook page. 

The nearby Eagle Rock Brewing in Glassell Park recently added 32-oz. growlers to complement its 64-oz. offering. Similarly, Eagle Rock's 32-oz. growler can be had for $10, with refills running between $7 and $8, depending on the beer.

Those unfamiliar with California's regulations regarding growler fills should know that one cannot arrive with a homebrew growler and expect to get it filled. Growlers must be purchased from the brewer and branded with the company's logo. While growlers offer beer at its freshest, the catch is that contents should be consumed in less than 48 hours after opening. 

Golden Road's Point the Way IPA carries a 5.2% ABV, an attempt to capture the bitter hoppiness of a West Coast-styled IPA but with a lower, more session-friendly alcohol content. Additionally, for this car-obsessed city, the company's Hefeweizen lands with an even lower ABV at 4.6%. It's a more traditional, German-styled Hefeweizen, aiming for balance and accessibility rather than putting the emphasis on more fruity flourishes.


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