Adding local flavor to a national brewery
If you like brewpubs, you’ve surely been to Gordon Biersch. Let’s be honest, it’s kind of the first name in gastropubs. And with good reason — their food is delicious. I mean have you had those garlic fries? They’re not called “Legendary” for no reason. Fish and chips, burgers, or steak, if you’re hungry, Gordon Biersch does not disappoint.
But let’s keep it 100. You’re not going there just for the food. No, if you’re on this page, there’s a good chance you’re there for another reason — you love beer. And Gordon Biersch does great beer.
But here’s something you might not know: unlike some other national brewpub chains, Gordon Biersch doesn’t manufacture its beer at a central location and then distribute it. Instead, they brew the beer in each city, providing not only jobs in town, but also adding a bit of local flavor.
It’s part of an underlying philosophy that has lead to incredible success. That philosophy also includes a commitment to using natural ingredients, growing their own yeast and carbonating each style naturally, instead of pumping in carbon dioxide. Everything is done in accordance with German purity laws.
Maybe that’s why they brew one of the finest hefeweizens you’ll find this side of Bavaria. Hazy and golden with hints of fruit and toasted bread, its mild floral palate and clean mouth make it an easy-drinking delight.
If you want something a touch bolder, but still refreshing, the Maerzen is fantastic. This auburn lager balances a sweet aroma with a touch of hoppy bitterness for a lingering palate pleaser.
Or if you’re a dark beer lover, the Schwarzbier (my rudimentary German tells me that means black beer), is a dark and delicious brew with hints of coffee.
Gordon Biersch knows beer, and they have plenty of options to choose from, so you’re sure to find several you’ll love. So the next time you’re out on the town, thirsty and looking for a bite to eat, stop in the Gordon Biersch. You’ll be glad you did.