Food Lover: Tony Yanow

A day in the life of the craft beer Tycoon

Tony Yanow, co-owner of Golden Road Brewing and owner of Mohawk Bend and Tony’s Darts Away, is a tireless promoter of small California craft breweries. Here’s what a typical day looks like for one of beer’s biggest fans:

6 a.m.-ish Try to get up before the three-year-old twins and sneak in a workout.

8 a.m. Wednesdays I always grab a bite with three friends at Alcove Cafe & Bakery. We’ve done it for ten years; it’s our “dude breakfast.”

10 a.m. Check in at Golden Road Brewing, my main office, for back-to-back meetings.

10:45 a.m. Cris Carter from the lab brings beer samples for feedback—not as glamorous as it sounds. It’s usually beers we’ve aged too long or stored in a hot car.

1 p.m. Lunch meeting with Golden Road co-owner Meg Gill, brewmaster Jesse Houck, CFO and COO Paul Burgis, and VP of sales Phil Jamison. I’m the only vegan, so we pick places with choices for everyone. Today it’s Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater Village.

4:30 p.m. Go to the Doll Factory and watch my daughter Marley practice with the L.A. Junior Derby Dolls.

5:45 p.m. Check in at Mohawk Bend and pick up dinner to bring home.

9 p.m. Kids are in bed, so I head to Tony’s Darts Away to try a new beer or grab an old favorite. Maybe both.

12:30 a.m. Home—in bed—dreading the 6 a.m. wake-up.

Tony Yanow is one of 25 L.A. “Food Lovers” featured in our November, 2014 Food Lovers Guide on newsstands now