Golden Road

When it comes to beer, simply tasting great is not enough for Golden Road Brewing. Launched in 2011 by co-founders Meg Gill and Tony Yanow, the brewery was built to bring fresh craft brew to beer lovers in the most sustainable, socially-minded way possible. And doing good while brewing great has turned out to be a winning combination for this do-gooder brewery.

Based on Golden Road’s explosive growth and successful bid to transform LA into a booming beer town, we’d say that approach has worked out pretty well…both for the brewery and legions of beer lovers who prize the brewery’s fresh, clean West Coast flavors. And there’s no Golden Road beer that’s done more to save the world than Heal the Bay IPA – the ultimate, summery IPA brewed to help the Heal the Bay foundation protect California’s waterways.

The Ultimate Summer IPA, Two Ways to Brew


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA

According to Golden Road co-founder and avid surfer Meg Gill, the inspiration for Heal the Bay IPA was born on her board.  “I saw a Heal the Bay beach cleanup after surfing one Saturday in Santa Monica and was immediately drawn to the organization.”

For 30 years, Heal the Bay has been working to protect the Southern California watersheds. And since 2013, Golden Road has helped in that effort by donating a portion of the proceeds from brewery sales to the foundation.

In Meg’s mind, it’s a natural fit on so many fronts. Golden Road was built around the idea of fostering a community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Plus, Heal the Bay IPA is brewed to be clean, bright and fresh, and that’s exactly what the Heal the Bay foundation has been working so hard to achieve – fresh clean local waterways in Southern California.

Best of all, though Heal the Bay IPA started out as a seasonal summer beer, it quickly became a crowd favorite in the burgeoning LA beer scene. A perfectly balanced symphony of juicy, fruity hops and simple malt profile with a crisp, dry finish, it’s the ultimate year-round IPA for LA’s endless summer. Not to mention, the perfect way add a splash of California sunshine to any locale lucky enough to carry it.

And now, the beer famous for being crafted in Los Angeles can be crafted in your home. Authentically, deliciously, repeatedly. Because, for the first time ever, Golden Road’s finest brewmasters have shared the recipe in a kit crafted especially for homebrewers.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 3.5

IBUs: 65

ABV: 6.8%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.063

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Light in body · Bright · Citrusy · Juicy · Clean · Fresh · Summertime

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Burgers · Fish and Chips · Salads with Fresh Fruit (Mangoes, Pomegranate Seeds, Citrus)

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Pours a pale straw color with a brilliant white head. Nose is bright, citrusy, juicy with loads of tropical hop aromas. On the palate, it is light in body with subtle malt notes and explosive flavors of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and a delightfully dry finish. The perfect summertime IPA that appeals to both craft beer lovers and any beer drinker craving a bright, refreshing brew.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with beach or poolside fare like the ultimate burger, fresh off the grill, or fish tacos with a squeeze of lime. The citrus character of the IPA also complements fish and chips, as well as salad greens topped with fresh fruit like juicy mangoes or pomegranate seeds. Pair it with a hand-tossed pizza sprinkled with cilantro and roasted peppers to play off the caramel notes.

More Exclusive Golden Road Recipes!


Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA

Golden in color and light to medium in body, this classic West Coast IPA is a celebration of the majestic hop species, Humulus Lupulus, to which it owes its name. In Latin, this phrase translates roughly as “Wolf Among Weeds,” after Romans observed hops’ tendency to overtake other plants in the wild.

At 8%, this silent and seductive Wolf will sneak up on you with tropical, citrusy, dank hop notes and a hint of rye. Golden Road’s goal was to  showcase the bright, tropical notes of Simcoe, the pine of Chinook, and the slight dankness of CTZ. The result is a complex layering of abundant hop flavors and aromas with an aggressive but pleasantly dry finish.

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 2.5

IBUs: 75

ABV: 8.0%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.071

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Light to medium body · Tropical · Citrusy · Dank Hop Notes · Hint of Rye

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Burgers fresh off the grill · Fish Tacos · Samosas


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road  Get Up Offa That Brown Ale All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale

A rich English-style Brown Ale with a great malt character, toasty complexity, rich notes of caramel and chocolate…and just enough hops to keep everything in balance.

Golden Road added trace amounts of smoked malt to this recipe, in order to emphasize the roast, while keeping malt sweetness from lingering. The darker malt qualities come forward while you drink, as the smoke continues to slowly surface.

One of the most important aspects of becoming a great homebrewer is to know your ingredients. This beer is a classic example of how an intimate knowledge of specific malts can turn what some might consider a pedestrian style into something truly exceptional.

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 20.0

IBUs: 20

ABV: 5.5%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.056

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Complex toastiness · Rich notes of Caramel · Biscuits · Chocolate · Well balanced

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Richly Marbled Steaks · Short Ribs · Barbecued Pork


Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout

The beer is built upon a solid foundation of the classic British heirloom malt, Maris Otter. The supporting malts, oats, and lactose all serve to keep everything in harmonious balance.

Golden Road wanted to marry the silkiness of an Oatmeal Stout with the subtle sweetness of a Milk Stout, all the while creating an extremely drinkable dark beer at 5.5% ABV. The idea was to create a beautifully balanced stout that would surprise even those who never thought they would enjoy one.

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 30.0

IBUs: 17

ABV: 5.5%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.062

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Medium in body · Roasty · Hints of Dark Chocolate · Extremely smooth finish

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Burgers · Barbecue · Virtually any dessert

Meet the Brewmaster

When young beer lover and So-Cal transplant Victor Novak found himself on the other side of the country, cruelly cut off from his beloved Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, he did what the most intrepid beer lovers would do…he homebrewed a clone.

Good thing for the rest of us that he did. That first homesick-curing batch set the stage for one of the most esteemed careers in the brewing world…a 20+ year journey that would lead Victor from Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewing all the way back to the West Coast, where he helped shape the Orange County beer scene before ultimately taking the wheel as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing.

In a town overflowing with great breweries, Victor has garnered praise and scores of GABF medals for brewing clean, classic, traditional European-style beers…occasionally highlighted with a thoughtful, surprising twist. His take on a barrel-aged Imperial Russian Stout — Remy, aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels…maybe you’ve heard of it? — became one of the most coveted annual bottle releases in history.

But when an opportunity arose to start brewing his passion projects on a larger scale for Golden Road Brewing, Victor decided to step out of his comfort zone and meet the challenge head-on. Now, instead of brewing 15 barrels, it’s 200-300 a day. But the exploration and creative process leading up to brew day is the same, and that’s what helps shape Golden Road’s world-famous beers.

“We have a very collaborative atmosphere, so regardless of who comes up with an idea for a new IPA, classic lager or barrel-aged beer, we all get to chime in and add something of value. We truly get the best beer possible this way,” says Victor.

In many ways, Victor is never too far away from his homebrewing roots, though you could say he’s upgraded a bit from the homebrewing kit he received as a Christmas present from his girlfriend in 1992. His first batch of homebrew was inspired by a beer and style he loved. And since then, he’s traveled the world to better study and understand the roots, science and methods behind classical brewing styles in Belgium, Germany, Britain, France and the Czech Republic.

That research has contributed to a skill set that’s made made him one of the most decorated brewers in Southern California. But no matter how refined his palate, Victor always appreciates beers that appeal to both die-hard beer geeks and flip-flop-wearing beach-goers alike.

“You have to be able to do a wide variety because everyone has a short attention span when it comes to style,” says Victor. “People always want something new.”

The same guidelines apply when it comes to homebrewing. When Victor selected the recipes for Golden Road’s first-ever homebrew recipe kits, he chose a mix of the brewery’s most celebrated styles. “Our reputation right now is very IPA focused. We do IPAs and classic styles, but still touch on other really interesting beers as well.”

The result is an expertly curated selection of Golden Road’s greatest hits: Heal the Bay IPA, Wolf Among Weeds IPA, Get Up Offa That Brown Ale and Oatmeal Milk Stout. All famously crafted in California…now available freshly brewed in your own home.


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit


Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale All-Grain Recipe Kit


Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout All-Grain Recipe Kit

Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA

When it comes to beer, simply tasting great is not enough for Golden Road Brewing. Launched in 2011 by co-founders Meg Gill and Tony Yanow, the brewery was built to bring fresh craft brew to beer lovers in the most sustainable, socially-minded way possible. And doing good while brewing great has turned out to be a winning combination for this do-gooder brewery.

Based on Golden Road’s explosive growth and successful bid to transform LA into a booming beer town, we’d say that approach has worked out pretty well…both for the brewery and legions of beer lovers who prize the brewery’s fresh, clean West Coast flavors. And there’s no Golden Road beer that’s done more to save the world than Heal the Bay IPA – the ultimate, summery IPA brewed to help the Heal the Bay foundation protect California’s waterways.

The Ultimate Summer IPA, Two Ways to Brew


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA

According to Golden Road co-founder and avid surfer Meg Gill, the inspiration for Heal the Bay IPA was born on her board.  “I saw a Heal the Bay beach cleanup after surfing one Saturday in Santa Monica and was immediately drawn to the organization.”

For 30 years, Heal the Bay has been working to protect the Southern California watersheds. And since 2013, Golden Road has helped in that effort by donating a portion of the proceeds from brewery sales to the foundation.

In Meg’s mind, it’s a natural fit on so many fronts. Golden Road was built around the idea of fostering a community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Plus, Heal the Bay IPA is brewed to be clean, bright and fresh, and that’s exactly what the Heal the Bay foundation has been working so hard to achieve – fresh clean local waterways in Southern California.

Best of all, though Heal the Bay IPA started out as a seasonal summer beer, it quickly became a crowd favorite in the burgeoning LA beer scene. A perfectly balanced symphony of juicy, fruity hops and simple malt profile with a crisp, dry finish, it’s the ultimate year-round IPA for LA’s endless summer. Not to mention, the perfect way add a splash of California sunshine to any locale lucky enough to carry it.

And now, the beer famous for being crafted in Los Angeles can be crafted in your home. Authentically, deliciously, repeatedly. Because, for the first time ever, Golden Road’s finest brewmasters have shared the recipe in a kit crafted especially for homebrewers.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 3.5

IBUs: 65

ABV: 6.8%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.063

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Light in body · Bright · Citrusy · Juicy · Clean · Fresh · Summertime

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Burgers · Fish and Chips · Salads with Fresh Fruit (Mangoes, Pomegranate Seeds, Citrus)

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Pours a pale straw color with a brilliant white head. Nose is bright, citrusy, juicy with loads of tropical hop aromas. On the palate, it is light in body with subtle malt notes and explosive flavors of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and a delightfully dry finish. The perfect summertime IPA that appeals to both craft beer lovers and any beer drinker craving a bright, refreshing brew.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with beach or poolside fare like the ultimate burger, fresh off the grill, or fish tacos with a squeeze of lime. The citrus character of the IPA also complements fish and chips, as well as salad greens topped with fresh fruit like juicy mangoes or pomegranate seeds. Pair it with a hand-tossed pizza sprinkled with cilantro and roasted peppers to play off the caramel notes.

PLUS Another Exclusive Golden Road Recipe!


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road  Get Up Offa That Brown Ale All-Grain Recipe Kit

The BREW: Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale

A rich English-style Brown Ale with a great malt character, toasty complexity, rich notes of caramel and chocolate…and just enough hops to keep everything in balance.

Golden Road added trace amounts of smoked malt to this recipe, in order to emphasize the roast, while keeping malt sweetness from lingering. The darker malt qualities come forward while you drink, as the smoke continues to slowly surface.

One of the most important aspects of becoming a great homebrewer is to know your ingredients. This beer is a classic example of how an intimate knowledge of specific malts can turn what some might consider a pedestrian style into something truly exceptional.

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 20.0

IBUs: 20

ABV: 5.5%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 68F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.056

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Complex toastiness · Rich notes of Caramel · Biscuits · Chocolate · Well balanced

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Richly Marbled Steaks · Short Ribs · Barbecued Pork

Meet the Brewmaster

When young beer lover and So-Cal transplant Victor Novak found himself on the other side of the country, cruelly cut off from his beloved Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, he did what the most intrepid beer lovers would do…he homebrewed a clone.

Good thing for the rest of us that he did. That first homesick-curing batch set the stage for one of the most esteemed careers in the brewing world…a 20+ year journey that would lead Victor from Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewing all the way back to the West Coast, where he helped shape the Orange County beer scene before ultimately taking the wheel as Brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing.

In a town overflowing with great breweries, Victor has garnered praise and scores of GABF medals for brewing clean, classic, traditional European-style beers…occasionally highlighted with a thoughtful, surprising twist. His take on a barrel-aged Imperial Russian Stout — Remy, aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels…maybe you’ve heard of it? — became one of the most coveted annual bottle releases in history.

But when an opportunity arose to start brewing his passion projects on a larger scale for Golden Road Brewing, Victor decided to step out of his comfort zone and meet the challenge head-on. Now, instead of brewing 15 barrels, it’s 200-300 a day. But the exploration and creative process leading up to brew day is the same, and that’s what helps shape Golden Road’s world-famous beers.

“We have a very collaborative atmosphere, so regardless of who comes up with an idea for a new IPA, classic lager or barrel-aged beer, we all get to chime in and add something of value. We truly get the best beer possible this way,” says Victor.

In many ways, Victor is never too far away from his homebrewing roots, though you could say he’s upgraded a bit from the homebrewing kit he received as a Christmas present from his girlfriend in 1992. His first batch of homebrew was inspired by a beer and style he loved. And since then, he’s traveled the world to better study and understand the roots, science and methods behind classical brewing styles in Belgium, Germany, Britain, France and the Czech Republic.

That research has contributed to a skill set that’s made made him one of the most decorated brewers in Southern California. But no matter how refined his palate, Victor always appreciates beers that appeal to both die-hard beer geeks and flip-flop-wearing beach-goers alike.

“You have to be able to do a wide variety because everyone has a short attention span when it comes to style,” says Victor. “People always want something new.”

The same guidelines apply when it comes to homebrewing. When Victor selected the recipes for Golden Road’s first-ever homebrew recipe kits, he chose a mix of the brewery’s most celebrated styles. “Our reputation right now is very IPA focused. We do IPAs and classic styles, but still touch on other really interesting beers as well.”

The result is an expertly curated selection of Golden Road’s greatest hits: Heal the Bay IPA, Wolf Among Weeds IPA, Get Up Offa That Brown Ale and Oatmeal Milk Stout. All famously crafted in California…now available freshly brewed in your own home.

Inside Golden Road Brewing

Amazing, right? With the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, you may not have sunny SoCal skies overhead, but you’ll have the next best thing to an all-access brew day at Golden Road itself, because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brewmaster Victor Novak to get each recipe just right and perfectly scaled for homebrewing, so you’ll be able to tap into Golden Road’s world-class beers with every batch.


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Heal the Bay IPA All-Grain Recipe Kit


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale Extract Recipe Kit


Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown Ale All-Grain Recipe Kit

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Elysian The Wise ESB

Elysian The Wise ESB holds a place of honor as Batch 0001 in the Elysian Brewing Company brewing books. And the tributes don’t stop there. This uniquely Pacific Northwest take on a traditional ESB has won three Great American Beer Fest gold medals and ranks as one of the highest-rated ESBs in beer circles around the world.

But this flagship beer is notoriously hard to find anywhere other than its natural habitat – in the heart of the Seattle beer scene where it grew up. That’s why we collaborated with Elysian Head Brewer Josh Waldman to bring homebrewers everywhere the exclusive recipe that launched 20+ years of Elysian Brewing.

One Flagship Beer, Two Ways to Brew

The BREW: Elysian The Wise ESB

In classical mythology, Elysian Fields was the paradise reserved for the heroes immortalized by the gods. In Elysian speak, it’s where the gods took their favorite heroes when they died. You’d go the The Elysian Fields and during the day you’d hack each other to bits with swords then at night your bodies would come back together and toast to beer all night long. And when the co-founders were naming their now 20+ year old brewery, Elysian stuck. So when it came time to name its first beer, the brewery decided that The Wise — a reference to Athena, goddess of wisdom and craft – would be the perfect fit.

The Wise ESB is also a perfect fit for the Pacific Northwest hops country it calls home. Its hops-forward take on a classic ESB leans heavily on some local favorites to provide its signature character – Chinook for bittering, Cascade and Centennial for finishing. The result is a delicate citrus and floral hop profile that perfectly balances this ESB’s complex, malty depths.

To capture the essence of The Wise ESB, we paired up with Elysian’s Head Brewer, Josh Waldman, and brewed a recipe specially scaled for homebrewers. From there, we tweaked and tested, added and experimented until we came up with the perfect combination of malty, hoppy, bitter and crisp.

Your Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Recipe Kit produces a Wise ESB that pours a brilliant copper-red, with a creamy, lacy head and notes of caramel, honey, citrus and a touch of pine, as well as pronounced hoppiness and a crisp, bitter finish.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 12.5

IBUs: 60

ABV: 6.2%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 65F – 67F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.060

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Caramel · Honey · Citrus · Delicate, Floral Hops · Complex Malts · Well-balanced and Delicious

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Roasted Chicken · Fish and Chips · English-Style Cheeses · Maple Bread Pudding

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Reddish-copper ale that pours with a thin, creamy beige head. There are sweet, subtle aromas of caramel and honey, with notes of citrus and a hint of pine. Pleasantly bold hop flavors (bittered with Chinook, finished with Cascade and Centennial) against complex, malty depths. Well-balanced and delicious.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with traditional English dishes like Fish and Chips, or a sharp British cheddar. Also pairs well with anything from Roasted Chicken to Game Hens and spicy Barbecue. With well-rounded malts and a crisp, satisfyingly bitter finish, it complements just about any meal. And because it’s medium-bodied, but relatively lower on the ABV scale, it won’t leave you feeling full before the main course.

Meet the Brewmaster

Head Brewer Josh Waldman is no stranger to off-beat breweries known for challenging the norm and brewing on the wild side. His first pro-brewing gig was with Magic Hat in 2002. After Magic Hat, Josh made his way west to Seattle, brewing with Georgetown and then ultimately joing the Elysian crew in 2012. 

Notorious for irreverent beers and innovative ingredients, Elysian has allowed Josh to explore exciting, eccentric flavors to his heart’s content. Here’s his take on everything from beer crushes to life choices.

Who developed the recipe for Elysian The Wise and what makes it so special?

The Wise was Elysian’s first batch of beer…Batch 0001, brewed 21 years ago by Founder and First Head Brewer, Dick Cantwell. It stands up as a strong version of the style and really was an early example of an American, or Northwest, take on a style.

What’s your favorite food to pair with The Wise?

Soft pretzel and mustard. Fish and Chips.

What’s a typical day like at Elysian?

Like a day in any other brewery (sort of). Clean. Brew. Fix the stuff that broke. Clean again. Beyond that, just figuring out how best to get more into (and out of) every beer you’re making, be it Blood Orange, Cold Brewed Coffee, or just more hops.

What was the first beer you fell in love with?

I was first fascinated with Guinness. Then I met the beers from Magic Hat. I loved them so much, I just had to work there.

What are your favorite beers in the world?

The signature beauties of the world, the beers all brewers covet, like Orval. Saison DuPont. And then, and then, there’s Anchor Porter.

If you could brew anything, and budget, sales and feasibility weren’t an issue, what would you brew?

I’ve been toying with a Shiso Leaf Pilsner, and MAN! is Shiso expensive for a commercial size batch.

Do you have a guilty pleasure beer?

Nah, no shame here. Although, I was caught grabbing a second Lemon/Rosemary Shandy in South Africa by a hop grower. That was tough. The beer was nice though.

With so much great beer in the market (especially in Seattle) how do keep your brews different, unique?

You have to work to stay relevant, and you have to work harder to stay ahead. Looking to other industries, culinary trends, checking in with home brewing circles, and just taking chances when brewing are what helps us. Talk to farmers, growers, and suppliers to better understand the ingredients you’re working with.

If you weren’t a brewer, what would you be doing?

That does not compute.

The Inside Scoop on Elysian Brewing Company

There are classic brew styles and there are experimental brew styles. Few breweries excel at both. But that sweet spot of intersection is where Elysian Brewing Company has made its name…and made it in an undisputed, award-winning, world-class kind of way.

Whether it’s golden beets, pumpkin or yerba mate, Elysian is constantly seeking ways to make great beer even better. And that’s why they got so excited about helping homebrewers do the same with the beer that started it all — Elysian The Wise ESB.

According to Elysian, innovation and collaboration are the cornerstones of the brewing world – for both pros and homebrewers. So here’s your chance to collaborate with one of the world’s most experimental brewers!

Brewery Edition Kits

The Brew. Share. Enjoy.

Brewery Edition

These ARE the beers you’re looking for.

The Brewery Edition is unlike anything we have ever created before. For the first time ever, homebrewers like you will have exclusive access to the most sought-after, limited-release beers in the world, complete with first-hand insight from the world-class pro brewmasters who created them.

With these kits, you’ll be able to brew the beers that even the most passionate beer lovers in the world can only dream about…tap room exclusives, discontinued recipes and experimental batches that have become the stuff of rare beer legends.

It’s the most intimate brewing experience possible, because you get to appreciate the beer, its history and character, from the inside out. The only thing better would be an all-access brew day at the brewery itself!

Ready to brew with the greats? We created the Brew. Share. Enjoy. Brewery Edition just for you. Cheers!

Brewery Edition #3 Golden Road Heal The Bay IPA

Get ready to make waves. Now you can brew Golden Road’s Heal the Bay IPA – the ultimate SoCal summertime IPA, famous for being crafted in Los Angeles – right in your home!

This authentic beer kit recipe straight from Golden Road’s own award-winning brewmasters has been specially scaled for homebrewing, to retain every heady, hoppy, tropical note of the original, along with the subtle malt signature and distinctive dry, crisp finish that has made Heal the Bay one of Golden Road’s most celebrated beers.

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Brewery Edition #4 Golden Road Wolf Among The Weeds

At 8%, this silent and seductive Wolf will sneak up on you with tropical, citrusy, dank hop notes and a hint of rye. Golden Road’s goal was to showcase the bright, tropical notes of Simcoe, the pine of Chinook, and the slight dankness of CTZ. The result is a complex layering of abundant hop flavors and aromas with an aggressive but pleasantly dry finish.

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Brewery Edition #5 Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown

A rich English-style Brown Ale with a great malt character, toasty complexity, rich notes of caramel and chocolate…and just enough hops to keep everything in balance.

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Brewery Edition #6 Golden Road Oatmeal Milk Stout

Golden Road wanted to marry the silkiness of an Oatmeal Stout with the subtle sweetness of a Milk Stout, all the while creating an extremely drinkable dark beer at 5.5% ABV. The idea was to create a beautifully balanced stout that would surprise even those who never thought they would enjoy one.

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Brewery Edition #2 Elysian The Wise ESB

In one bold stroke, Elysian both resurrected the traditional English Extra Special Bitter style and reimagined it with a flavor profile born in the heart of America’s Pacific Northwest hops country.

Now – 20 years and three Great American Beer Fest gold medals later — homebrewers everywhere can brew a piece of this history themselves, with Elysian The Wise ESB Brewery Edition Recipe Kit.

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Brewery Edition #1 Goose Island Milk Porter

We’re kicking off the Brew. Share. Enjoy. Brewery Edition with a true original. Until now, Goose Island’s legendary Milk Porter has been available exclusively to lucky patrons of the Fulton & Wood Street Tasting Room. But now, you can be among the first to brew this Chicago house favorite at your house.

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Goose Island Beer

For years, beers from Goose Island’s Fulton and Wood series have been an extremely limited draft-only offering. Each beer in the series gives Goose Island employees from throughout the company the chance to work with our brewers to concept new and exciting beers from scratch.

Enjoying one of these beers was a privilege shared by a lucky few at either the Chicago Taproom or establishments in the surrounding area. The barrel aged porter, A Real Nice Surprise, was one such beer that only a lucky few got to enjoy.

That is, until now. Northern Brewer and Goose Island collaborated to bring you a non barrel aged version of A Real Nice Surprise that you can brew at home. Working closely with R&D brewers from Goose Island, we scaled this recipe perfect for home brewers while retaining the decadent, deep chocolate hue. 

Ready to taste it for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know to get started. Cheers!

One Taproom Legend, Two Ways to Brew

The BREW: Goose Island Milk Porter

This unforgettable Milk Porter actually has its roots in a Goose Island brewing throwdown. Every year, Goose Island employees from throughout the company get the chance to dream up and brew up experimental beers alongside Goose brewers. Out of several entries, only four winning recipe are selected to be brewed and offered in limited release as part of the brewery’s Fulton & Wood series.

As part of their research, the Fulton & Wood team went to Miller’s pub during Christmas time to try their famed Tom & Gerry Cocktail. When they sat in their booth sipping on the infamous, and high-octane, Tom & Gerry the team knew the flavors of eggnog, rum and bourbon needed to find a home in a holiday beer. A Real Nice Surprise started it’s life as a rich porter brewed with chocolate malts that was then aged in a combination of rum, bourbon, and brandy barrels for two months resulting in a smooth, creamy beer that was an instant favorite.  

The brewing team continued to perfect the profile, adding warm and spicy notes, along with a toasted, creamy character. The result is a Milk Porter that has become a favorite among Goose Island employees.

Our brewmasters partnered with Goose Island Research and Development brewer Tim Faith to craft a homebrewing recipe that perfectly captures the complex flavors and character of the Goose Island original.

The result of that collaboration is an unbelievably memorable brew that evokes the creamy essence of the eggnog cocktail that inspired it, along with notes of milk chocolate, nutmeg and a big, toasty malt backbone. It also conveys the complex flavors of barrel aging that have become a Goose Island trademark…without the barrel aging.

Brew plenty, because this is one beer that tends to acquire a following, and you’ll want to savor it as long as you can.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 31

IBUs: 22

ABV: 6.6%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 65F – 69F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.079

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Milk Chocolate • Approachable Roast • Smooth Body • Complex Creaminess • Malted Milk Balls

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Brie • Sirloin Steak • Spicy Chicago Dog • Swiss Cheese

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Dark chocolate porter with creamy tan-colored head. There is an aroma of milk chocolate and approachable roast. The flavor is amplified by a noticeable mouth coating smoothness and a lingering wood-like aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and a lactose backbone further encourage a uniquely inspired porter that sips oh-so-smoothly. Think Malted Milk Balls with a crisp, delicious finish.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with creamy baked brie or a nicely-seared sirloin. But it’s got the character to stand up to a spicy Chicago dog, too. Its crisp finish makes it ideal for foodies who want their brew to complement the meal instead of weighing it down. And its warm notes make it the perfect match for anything chocolate. Also, smoked brisket, Stilton cheese, beef stew and vanilla ice cream.

Meet the Brewmaster

Tim Faith is Goose Island’s Research and development brewer – meaning he gets to experiment and trial some of Goose Island’s craziest ideas. His passion for brewing started in college when he started homebrewing with friends in college. Tim’s involvement with this beer began a few years back when he was on the Fulton & Wood team that came. The inspiration for Goose Island’s sweet Porter is the Tom & Gerry, a holiday cocktail often mixed with rum/bourbon, sugar, warm milk and nutmeg. “This beer was made to impress many of these flavors without actually utilizing them.”

“Similarly, the recipe takes the most desirable characteristics from the many stouts I’ve made in my past and combines them for the ultimate experience. Lactose and oats for mouthfeel and flavor, and a massive dark malt backbone.”

Beer Lovers: Brew Your Heart Out

The Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kit is unlike anything we have ever created before.

For the first time ever, homebrewers will have exclusive access to the most sought-after flagship and limited-release beers in the world, complete with first-hand insight from the world-class pro brewmasters who created them. Here’s a peek at how we worked with Goose Island brewmasters to make that vision come true.

Brew Day at Goose Island

Amazing, right? With the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, your brew day won’t be anywhere near this complex. But, after exhaustive testing and tasting, we can tell you the results are spot on. Our kit is the next best thing to an all-access brew day at Goose Island itself, because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to get it just right.

The Milk Porter recipe and brewing process has been perfectly scaled for homebrewing, so you’ll be able to tap into nearly 30 years of Goose Island brewing innovation behind each kit.

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