As you may have heard yesterday, news was broken by LA Magazine (and then flooded across the social networks) about turn-over at the top-spot in the Golden Road Brewhouse. Jon Carpenter, who’s been Brewmaster since the inception of Golden Road in 2011, is leaving the brewery while Jesse Houck, formerly of the Bay Area operations Drakes Brewing and 21st Amendment Brewing, will take the reigns.
According to the Randy Clemens, writing for the new Digest Blog at LA Magazine, Houck was formerly the head brewer at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco before moving to Drakes as their production manager. He’ll be stepping into Golden Road right after Carpenter and his team had ironed out all the kinks in the new brewhouse that we told you about over the summer.
Jon will be “moving on to explore other as-yet-unknown projects”. He did a great job helping Golden Road get off the ground and building-out their brewery, he’s done a lot for craft beer in LA, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.
Chris Furnari from Brewbound.com has more details, including the full press-release and a quote from Golden Road President Meg Gill:
Golden Road co-founder Meg Gill said she hoped to have Carpenter on board for the long term but “in the startup world, you never know.”
“We were a little surprised at the announcement but we wish Jon the best of luck going forward,” she said.
This was certainly an unexpected shake-up in the LA craft beer world, and we are very interested to see how the Golden Road beers change going forward.
What do you think about the changes at Golden Road Brewing?