Outside the production facility at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, California

Outside the production facility at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, California

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company is an American brewery founded by Dan Gordon and Dean Biersch. Gordon, a graduate from the five-year brewing engineering program at Weihenstephan, Germany, and Biersch opened their first brewpub in Palo Alto, California, in July 1988. In 1999, the restaurants were sold to what ultimately became CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries.

In November 1995, the two founders and their original investors, wanting to expand their then $20 million business, accepted a $11.2 million investment from the Fertitta family of Las Vegas. Lorenzo Fertitta became the controlling owner.

Dan Gordon’s lifelong dream was realized in March of 1997 when the first batch of beer was brewed at a new state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility, located in San Jose, California. The 114,000 square foot facility was designed and engineered by Dan Gordon, who did not spare any detail. Although they recreate old world authentic recipes, they use modern day techniques and technology. The brewery operates 24/7 and uses the highest quality two-row malted barley, Hallertauer hops, and German yeast from Weihenstephan, to ensure that quality is never sacrificed.

As of June 2014, Gordon Biersch brews beer for Costco and Trader Joe’s under contract. The Gordon Biersch brewery and bottling plant is located in Japantown in San Jose, California. In 2016, Gordon Biersch released a dry-hopped red ale called “Chum” in honor of the San Jose Sharks.

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has won several American awards. At the Great American Beer Festival, they won gold in the category of Bohemian-style pilsner in 2004, and in the category of German Style Schwarzbier in 2007, and the Rauchbier brewed at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland, won gold in 2014. In 2018, Gordon Bierch at Tysons Corner, by brewer Justin Damadio, won a Gold Medal in the Bohemian Pilsner category at Great American Beer Festival. At the World Beer Cup 2002, they won gold in the category of sweet stout and bronze in the category of Vienna-Style Lager, and at the World Beer Cup 2006, they won gold in the German-Style Schwarzbier category.

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company is an independent craft brewer.

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Inside the production facility at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, California

Inside the production facility at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, California

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

  • 357 E Taylor St
  • San Jose, CA 95112-3105
  • United States
  • (408) 278-1008

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Beers

A selection of beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
1886 NY Lager Review American Pale Lager5.41623.19
All Of The Things Review American Double IPA8.52554.02
Alt Review Altbier3.68
American Kettle Soured Kriek Lambic Review American Wild Ale5.41623.86
American Pale Ale Review American Pale Ale5.51650
American Style Pale Ale Review American Pale Ale6.21863.69
Amerigo-Belg Review Belgian Pale Ale7.82344.04
Baltic Porter Review Baltic Porter6.72014.15
Belgian IPA Review Belgian IPA3.7
Belgian Quad Review Quadrupel8.52553.52

News

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in the News

Gordon Biersch to Auction Brewing Equipment Next Week

The brewing equipment from a shuttered Gordon Biersch brewpub in Atlanta’s Buckhead district is heading for auction next week. Read More