ATWATER VILLAGE — Anheuser-Busch, one of the world’s largest brewers, has agreed to buy craft beer maker Golden Road Brewing, which opened its brewery in North Atwater Village only four years ago. While the deal will allow Golden Road to bring more beer to market and expand its offerings, it also left many craft beer fans disappointed about seeing a local brewer gobbled up by a global giant.
The terms of the deals were not revealed, but a press release said the acquisition will “enable Golden Road to bring more of its fresh, canned beer to the brewery’s local market and to introduce its unique hop-forward beers to more consumers.”
Golden Road is L.A. County’s largest craft brewery and expects to sell approximately 45,000 barrels of beer this year. It was co-founded by Tony Yanow, who also opened Mohawk Bend restaurant in Echo Park.
The acquisition means that more beer drinkers will get more access to Golden Road brews. But many existing Golden Road customers expressed disappointment on social media, according to the Daily News. “This saddens me,” said one man.
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