A brewing controversy over the definition of craft beer didn't seem to have much of an effect on Golden Road Brewing Co., which opened Thursday at the corner of L and 19th streets to a sizable crowd.
People could be seen sipping pints in the sunlight before noon, and Golden Road posted a photo to Instagram of dozens of customers gathered around fire pits on the outdoor patio. The newest watering hole in town seemed to have plenty of fans, judging from other posts on the channel.
Many small-scale Sacramento breweries have vocally opposed the local arrival of Golden Road, which sprouted in Los Angeles before being purchased by mega-corporation Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2015. The Sacramento Area Brewers Guild distributed a statement Tuesday calling on drinkers to "vote" with their dollars and avoid Golden Road.
"Our local craft beer scene is where it is today because of the passion, creativity and ingenuity of small, independently owned and operated breweries," the statement read in part. "Golden Road, and their parent company, Anheuser Busch (InBev), owners of Budweiser and other 'Big Beer' brands, is the antithesis of local, slow, craft and independent."
Several beer fans without a stake in a particular brewery also took to social media urging others not to visit Golden Road.
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