Los Angeles’ biggest craft brewery is about to go mainstream.
Golden Road Brewing will soon be acquired by beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to a statement released Wednesday.
Since opening in 2011, Golden Road has quickly grown to become the largest craft beer maker in the city, producing over 40,000 barrels (about 1.2 million gallons) of beer this year, reports the Los Angeles Times. Some of their most popular brews include Golden Road Hefe, Wolf Among Weeds IPA and 329 Days of Sun Lager sold at L.A. bars, grocery stores and concert venues.
The acquisition of Golden Road marks the latest in a series for the beer giant, which now owns former craft darlings like Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewery and Washington’s Elysian Brewery.
Though details of the new partnership have not been disclosed, fans of Golden Road have already started to express their disappointment across social media.
LA's Golden Road Brewing bought by Anheuser-Busch. Oh well, I can still find lots of indies at Sunset Beer Co.
— Carolyn Kellogg (@paperhaus) September 23, 2015
— Sarah Bennett (@thesarahbennett) September 23, 2015
— OC Beer Blog (@OCBeerBlog) September 23, 2015
For now, the LA Times reports that not much will change for Golden Road besides expanded distribution. But its status as “craft” is no longer. To qualify as craft or independent, “less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer,” according to the Brewers Association.
Anheuser-Busch came under fire earlier this year for running a Super Bowl ad that took a swipe at small time brewers for being too niche—even as it continues to snap up craft operations.
Golden Road recently announced plans to open a second production facility and pub in Anaheim slated to open in 2016.