Mark 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.
In 2011, beer enthusiasts Meg Gill (ex-Dale’s Pale Ale) and Tony Yanow founded Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible. “Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts.”
In a stellar example of private industry supporting worthy truly causes in a meaningful way Golden Road Brewing created Heal the Bay IPAas a seasonal style (May to July) for one season to celebrate the non-profits 30th Anniversary. It’s an incredible success story and is now an annuity for Golden Road. Of course water quality is of prime importance to Golden Road!