ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | November 30, 2015
Nobody I know likes this place. Golden Road beer is notoriously mediocre - itís brewed by wealthy opportunists, not beer lovers. I canít think of a food item on the menu that I like. Has all the ambiance of a Costco food court - itís blatant that the place was designed to herd people into and sell, sell, sell. And of course they foster the notion that itís a family place so there are awful children running around everywhere. Nobody who knows any better ever picks this place - itís always your visiting aunt or non-beer friend from NYC. If Golden Road is their plan for the night, I make other plans.
Kinda cool place with a nice patio. Close to a railway and you did not miss the trains passing. Apart from that it was a nice ambiance and service was good. Flights were available, but you were not allowed to choose the beers you wanted for the flight. Did not try the food, but enjoyed the beers on the patio.
Hmmm, a tricky one for me. Huge place, very busy and noisy on a Sunday afternoon. Loads of kids, loads of sports fans. Not exactly my kind of place, but I was prepared to give it a go. Decent selection of their own beers which I didnít get to try for reasons soon to be stated. The two I had were average (in my opinion). My big problem, and for me this is a huge problem, is that I ordered the vegan pulled pork and they served me with a real pulled pork sandwich. Quite a significant difference for me. Thankfully I am not veggie for allergy reasons, but I still felt pretty sick afterwards. It was a real hassle getting the waitress to come to us when we noticed this. I think she was avoiding us for this reason. Finally got the manager and he apologised, gave me his business card and told me to email him if I got sick. The price for this item was removed from our bill. In such a litigious country, Iím surprised they didnít try a bit harder to make us happier. I know mistakes happen, but I was very specific when ordering and I didnít like the way we were ignored when (I presume) they had worked out what had happened. Ambiance and selection scores are as would have been without the cock-up, service and overall reflect my experience. I never want to go here again and I donít think Iíll be missing that much.
Stopped in on a Monday for lunch on a brilliant sunny warm SoCal day. Had the family with me. Was happy to see lots of booster chairs and a small kids menu. Wide variety of beer on tap. This time I stuck to their sours and a saison since Iíve had a few of their IPAs in cans previously. Good but certainly not great. However, big props for having a nice diversity of brews on tap. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Will certainly be heading back again. Nice outdoor patio area. Right near a fairly active railway (over an hour there were 3 passenger trains that were pretty loud). Still, ambiance was very nice. Comfortable, breezy, good music playing not too loud. Nice flat panel tvs.
Really enjoyed everything about this place...solid year round beers and a few great seasonals, WAY better than average pub food, and lots of room with a great friendly atmosphere. The neighborhood is boring, but this place rocks.
Cant believe I missed this one. They were very gracious hosts of ours for RBSG LA. Since then theyíve switched brewers (Viktor Novak from Taps is now there) and the beer has changed a bit. Itís a cool venue for a number of reasons. First off itís large and holds a lot of people, as it needs to because its very busy. Second, they have no less than a dozen taps going so you can try all kinds of stuff including the occasional experiments and barrel aged variants. Also, the drive in is comical. On this street are a brewery, a strip club, and a plumbing supply store. Quality.
The beers all around are decent to good. Minus the one tequila barrel beer I havenít had any really bad ones. Certainly the IPAs are improving and Iím past due for a return visit to see what theyíve been up to (beyond what get distributed around town).
Big brewery and pub area. Mostly GR taps with a few guests. 2 sample flights available, rest on full pours. pretty tasty food, good fries, pulled pork, tostada salad. grapefruit saison, gingerbread stout were cool. small cooler for cans to go.