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Gordon Biersch Brewing
Last updated: August 30, 2000
4240 Hollis Street
Emeryville CA 94608
Phone: +1 510-596-8100
Brewer: Jason Drotar.
1,650 bbl annual capacity.
Early in 1995, Gordon Biersch built a distribution facility in Emeryville CA. They had some early problems with oxidation at the Emeryville facility - which explains the low scores during February and March - but Tom Davis got things under control. The beer is brewed in the San Francisco CA brewery and shipped by truck to Emeryville for fermentation and kegging. (See the August/September 1995 Celebrator Beer News for the story.) Once the equipment arrives from Germany and is installed, the beer will be brewed here in Emeryville.
Now that the microbrewery in San Jose is operational, they may have closed this Emeryville facility. If you have any news, please !
My Opinion Of The Beers That I've Tried:
12.5 points overall
Style 13 - German Dark Lager
- 8 points - Beer #11-809, The HopYard, Pleasanton CA, March 18, 1995
Red-brown, good brown head. Clear. Sharp oxidized aroma. VERY oxidized! Sherry flavors abound. This is NOT a representative pint.
- 14.5 points - Beer #11-764, The Depot, Concord CA, February 6, 1995
Brown, good head. Brown malt aroma. Reasonably thick and reasonably brown. Sweet.
Style 14 - German Light Lager
- 14.5 points - Beer #11-753, The HopYard, Pleasanton CA, February 5, 1995
Amber?!? Not at all yellow. Sulfury hop nose. Sulfury-malty mouthfeel. Bitter.
Style 19 - German-style Wheat Beer
- 15.5 points - Beer #14-1076, The HopYard, Pleasanton CA, July 3, 1995
Dark yellow opaque. OK head. Clove aroma. Clove flavor, some bananas, especially in finish.
Style 17 - Vienna / Märzen / Oktoberfest
- 11 points - Beer #11-788, The HopYard, Pleasanton CA, February 23, 1995
Red-amber. Thin head. Very sparse carbonation. Sour, sharp aroma. Sour flavor, with some caramel. This AIN'T what I'm used to. This keg is off.
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