Golden Road Brewery

Bartender Sara Hildebrandt serves up a beer at Golden Road Brewing in Glendale. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer / March 22, 2012)

Situated in a former Southern Pacific Railroad switching station in Atwater Village, the 18-month old Golden Road Brewery has been aggressively expanding both the distribution of its beers in Southern California markets and the capacity of its production facility.

Golden Road has finally opened the doors of its brewery for tours, and you can now see what it takes to turn sacks of grain and bags of hops into cans of Point the Way IPA and Get Up Offa That Brown Ale.

Aimed at demystifying the brewing process, the tours at Golden Road are given three times a day Fridays through Sundays, and you can sign up for a time slot in the brewery-adjacent pub.

The process of making beer is a fairly simple one, but whether you're a devoted craft beer nerd or just curious about what it takes to get from grain to glass, there is no better way to learn about brewing than by seeing it in person while having the steps explained by an enthusiastic guide.

While Golden Road is the largest craft brewery offering tours in Los Angeles, there are many other breweries where you can get a glimpse behind the curtain.

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