“Being a novelty in an organization is not a bad thing,” says Meg Gill. She should know: When Gill helped found Golden Road Brewing in 2011, she was not only one of craft beer’s few female brewery owners, but also one of the youngest. Fast forward five years, and Golden Road has since opened tasting rooms in Anaheim, Grand Central Market and LAX. For mentorship, Gill looked to other boss ladies. “Nobody had done what we set out do, male or female, so I had to look outside of beer to find bits and pieces of advice,” Gill explains, naming Gina Marie Lindsey, the former executive director of LAX, as one of her main sources of financial and management advice. Along the way, the challenges Gill faced helped to shape her growing business—and, like Lindsey, she worked hard to define her own success. “It was a female thing and a youth thing—I didn’t have a daddy who owned a business,” she says. “I felt like I needed to know everything about the business and the beer if I was going to be taken seriously. And now I think it’s paid off, because it’s a little bit of the unexpected.” Golden Road was bought by Anheuser-Busch at the end of 2015, but the brewery maintains its steadfast goal of serving locally-brewed craft beer to the L.A. masses.
Gill's go-to beer spots:
"It’s kind of a funny one, but the Tam O’Shanter. It’s the oldest pub in L.A. County."
Golden Road Brewing’s Back Home Gingerbread Stout. A bourbon barrel-aged version will be coming out in very small releases in early November.