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Gordon Biersch

Various locations

Gordon Biersch began as a single brewpub, grew into a chain, then split into two—a brewery in San Jose, and restaurant-breweries that produce a similar line of beers. The San Jose operation also brews private label brands for Trader Joe’s and Costco.

Brewing secret

Dan Gordon, who runs the stand-alone brewery, trained for five years in Bavaria.


beer style: Hefeweizen
alcohol content: 5.4% ABV

Banana and subdued bubblegum to start, with a pinch of spicy cloves. Refreshing, tart wheat flavors.


beer style: Märzen/Oktoberfest
alcohol content: 5.7% ABV

Smooth and malty; notes of crusty bread and caramel. Spice flavors add complexity. Clean, dry finish.

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