Origin – United States of America
Style- English Brown Ale
Get up offa that thing, And shake ’till you feel better, Get up offa that thing, And try to release that pressure! The late great Godfather of Soul and LA’s most successful craft brewer seem to have more in common than just a song lyric becoming beer name. Both were born from somewhat humble beginnings, James Brown in 1911 in a shack in Barnwell, South Carolina and Golden Road in 2011 in an old factory in Los Angles, California. Both went on to accumulate significant wealth, James was estimated to be worth over $100M USD and Meg Gill and Tony Yanow, the founders of Golden Road in 2015 sold approx 45,000 barrels of beer. AND the death of both was followed by significant dissension. Due to family in-fighting over the estate, Brown’s body remained on ice for almost three months following his death in 1993. While the sale of GR in 2015 to the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev resulted in a social media meltdown with ‘#say goodbye to craft beer as you know it’ trending solidly on Twitter for days. Fortunately, they both also have something else in common, their amazing product. Who could forget ‘Get Up Sex Machine’, ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ or of course ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’. And I’m confident that once you try this signature brown ale from Golden Road, it won’t quickly be forgotten either. The sass starts with the look of the can, which features a distinctive image of the famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood. However, pull the ring and pour a glass and you’ll quickly realise it’s not just the packaging’s visual that reflects the Los Angeles shade of brown and orange sunset. Based on the sweet and full flavoured traditional English-style browns (think Newcastle Brown Ale) your nose instantly fills with hints of smoke, caramel, chocolate, and a touch of something slightly floral. The taste follows the nose, starting with a nice caramel malt, some biscuit and bready malts in the middle and a finish of light toffee mingled with hints of chocolate. For a complex ale, it’s well balanced and goes down remarkably easily. Though at 5.5%, it won’t take too many of them before you’ll be singing out loud ‘I feeeeeeeeel good’!