Show 318, April 6, 2019: Mark Kamarauskas. General Manager, Golden Road Brewing Part One

Mark KamarauskasMark Kamarauskas is the seasoned and vastly experienced General Manager of Golden Road Brewing. He joined Golden Road just under two years ago after 15 years with Chicago’s giant craft beer success story, Goose Island. For most of his tenure there Mark was the Director of Operations. He worked with Goose Island’s founder, John Hall, and also orchestrated the transition after their purchase in 2011 by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Mark joins us to discuss the challenges of growing the Golden Road Brewing enterprise while maintaining the product quality and preserving the hard-to-duplicate, entrepreneurial corporate culture.

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Show 318, April 6, 2019: Mark Kamarauskas. General Manager, Golden Road Brewing Part Two

Mark KamarauskasMark Kamarauskas is the seasoned and vastly experienced General Manager of Golden Road Brewing. He joined Golden Road just under two years ago after 15 years with Chicago’s giant craft beer success story, Goose Island. For most of his tenure there Mark was the Director of Operations. He worked with Goose Island’s founder, John Hall, and also orchestrated the transition after their purchase in 2011 by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Mark continues with us to discuss the challenges of growing the Golden Road Brewing enterprise while maintaining the product quality and preserving the hard-to-duplicate, entrepreneurial corporate culture. Golden Road Brewing is now part of the Brewers Collective, whose corporate parent is Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Mark also talks about cause marketing and Golden Road’s long history of being part of the communities they serve. Since Heal the Bay IPA was created a portion of its sales are donated to Heal the Bay. The brand new Hazy Heal the Bay will follow the same course.

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Show 150, December 12, 2015: Meg Gill, Co-Founder & President, Golden Road Brewing Continues…

Meg Gill of Golden Road BrewingConstruction has started in Anaheim (across the street from the South entrance to Angel Stadium) of a new production brewery, 2-level restaurant with a view patio, and tasting room for Golden Road. The temporary tasting room is already serving thirsty guests. It’s open 7 days.

The rendering and layout of the impressive finished facility (due in late 2016) are hanging on the wall in the Tasting Room. It’s definitely worth a look…

The greatly respected brewmaster there, Victor Novak (ex-TAPS), is well-known to Orange County craft beer enthusiasts. He mentored most of the high profile crop of youthful and ambitious craft brewers now working in the OC.

The bigger news is that Golden Road Brewing was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev this year at the invitation of Golden Road. A-B InBev also owns craft brewer Goose Island in Chicago which has continued to thrive under AB InBev’s stewardship..

Meg retains her ownership interest as well as carries on as President with her business plan.

For Meg it’s a matter of having access to greater resources for growth while retaining the culture of Golden Road. They now can even plant their own hops which is a tremendous strategic advantage. There is a hops shortage in the US.

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