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31 Beers of December – Day 25: Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout


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During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer.

Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout

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Blogger:  Gregory Nagel
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Beer:   Back Home Gingerbread Stout
Brewery:  Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @goldenroadbrew
Beer Details:
– Style: Russian Imperial Stout brewed with co-owner Meg Gill’s grandma’s secret blend of holiday spices.
– ABV: 9.5%

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Commercial Description: 
This winter warmer is Golden Road’s ode to co-founder Meg Gill’s fond Christmas-time memories. Every year Meg’s brother would wait in line for a special holiday beer from a small brewery near their hometown in Virginia – the coveted centerpiece of family gatherings and celebration. After one such journey to the east coast, Meg returned to L.A. with a few bottles of her beloved brew (unavailable on the West Coast) to share with the Golden Road team. Inspired by Meg’s experience and the tasty stout, Brewmaster Jesse Houck and his team developed a holiday beer worthy of the same love and affection.

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Why I selected Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout:
Ever looked a gift four-pack in the mouth? I did with Golden Road’s winter release of Back Home Gingerbread Stout. Packaged in a gift box looking like wrapping paper, the box is complete with “To” and “From” boxes to fill in, making an easy $10 gift for your grandma, Meg Gill’s grandma, or even an electric grandma.

The beer drinks like holiday gingerbread cookies with ginger in the forefront and holiday spices rounding out the finish. Being in LA and currently 82F on Dec 23, the somewhat thinner than expected mouthfeel is not only appreciated, it’s festive. A big thick RIS is not what us Californians like to drink with flip flops, shorts and sunscreen. Back Home Gingerbread Stout is no slouch with the 9.5% ABV; it lets you know it’s in there with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down like a spiked nog. Without the warmth, this beer would be dangerously chuggable. If you’re around horribly annoying relatives or coworker, this beer can numb the pain and have you circling the mistletoe in no time.
I’m not going to ramble on with some insane review of Golden Road’s Back Home Gingerbread Stout. It’s a nice stout that you can gift to your old aunt Janet, or your grandpa Walter, or even Steve in accounting. It’s a great beer for people new to beer. It’s festive. People like festive.

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OCBeer golden road logoAbout Golden Road Brewing Co:
In 2011, beer enthusiasts Meg Gill and Tony Yanow founded Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible.  Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts. Brewed and canned in Los Angeles, Golden Road’s year-round offerings include Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Get Up Offa That Brown and Wolf Among Weeds IPA. Along with the core beers, Golden Road brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal and limited-edition brews including the Custom IPA Series, a line-up of diverse, hop-forward IPAs.

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