Assemblyman Mike Gatto honored local business owner Meg Gill and Atwater Village’s Golden Road Brewery at the California Small Business Day Awards ceremony in Sacramento. The annual awards ceremony honors the contributions of small businesses to the State of California.
“Meg Gill and Golden Road Brewery are an inspiration to us all,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “Her entrepreneurship creates jobs and helps other young women to believe that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.”
Gill, the co-founder of the Golden Road Brewery, was nominated by Assemblyman Gatto for her tireless dedication to building a successful small business that gives back to the community as much as it takes. At 28 years old, Gill is the youngest female brewery owner in the country, was recently named to Forbes magazine’s 30-under-30, and her brewery is the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County. In addition to building a vibrant small business, Gill and Golden Road co-founder Tony Yanow have also remained focused on building a vibrant Los Angeles.
“We’re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from Assemblyman Gatto and the city of Los Angeles to help us, and fellow breweries, cultivate and drive demand for craft beer and its community-driven culture,” said Gill. “In under three years, Golden Road has grown to more than 150 employees and brings 20,000-plus visitors a week to our restaurant and pub. Being recognized as the Small Business of the Year will help us continue to foster our commitment to local organizations such as Heal the Bay and the Greenway 2020 project.”
Founded in 2011, Golden Road Brewery produces and distributes its beers using environmentally sustainable production methods, and utilizes its restaurant and brewery to create meaningful contributions to the community. It has partnered with local nonprofit organizations, including Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, to help support socially- and environmentally-minded projects such as producing a specific craft beer called the Greenway IPA to support the Los Angeles River Greenway 2020 project.