Overview of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Gordon Biersch Brewing company was founded in 1987 by two guys named Dan Gordon & Dean Biersch in Palo Alto, California. Their goal was to have good quality beer pared with equally good quality food.
Now I made the decision to have a Gordon Biersch Brewing review, fully realizing that they are not a true local brewery, but my philosophy is that they do brew beer locally and it’s not Bud Light, Miller Lite or <fill in the blank> mass produced beer found in every commercial break during football season.
Types of beers
- Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen – Bavarian Style Unfiltered Wheat
- Gordon Biersch Marzen – Auburn Lager
- Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock – Golden Bock Style
- Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner – Hopped Lager
- Gordon Biersch Maibock – Einbecker Style Bock
- Gordon Biersch SommerBrau – Kolsch Style Beer
- Gordon Biersch WinterBock – Dark Double Bock Lager
- Gordon Biersch FestBier – Oktoberfest Style Lager
Rating Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Parking can be a bit of a pain since Gordon Biersch is located on the corner of Mill and 5th Ave. If you want to park close, cross your fingers that one of the parking meters is open. Otherwise you will have to resort to one of the parking lots or parking garages that are a couple of blocks to the west of it and walk to the restaurant.
The inside of the place is quite large. I’ve never really sat in the strictly dining section. Typically, I’m opting for a seat or table in the bar area which is very large and open. From fall until early spring another option is to sit out in the patio area which is really nice for people watching while enjoying a beer and some food.
When you walk into the place, it seems very quiet and appears to not have many people. I sometimes get the feeling that its very stuffy in there and not very welcoming, but that could be due to how wide open it feels when you get in there.
The service has been hit or miss for me the times that I’ve gone. There have been times when I’m greeted by a friendly hostess, seated and greeted by my server very quickly and I have a very enjoyable experience. At times there have been experiences there when its not busy at all and I find myself waiting to be seated; only to then ponder whether I’ve been placed in a section where there is no server.
The food is a huge draw for me here at Gordon’s. I’ve always found it to be very good and high quality, whether it’s an appetizer or an entree. My only request and/or complaint would be for them to add to their menu a paring of the beers with the dishes. This is not really a huge issue since the servers that I have had always are knowledgeable about the beer and the food and have been a great resource for paring them together.
Appetizers & Salads
If you just want a quick bit of food with your beer than you can’t go wrong with their calamari, pot stickers, the southwest eggrolls or the Kobe sliders. I’ve tried all of them and liked them. The Kobe sliders aren’t the most flavorful but I don’t think they’re bland either.
Gordon’s has two pizzas that I love, their Fresh Mozzarella pizza and their BBQ chicken pizza.
They have quite the selection of main entrees that you can choose from at Gordon Biersch’s. Whether you want a steak, are more in the mood for some seafood or just some type of pasta, you will find a good listing of food.
Most recently, I tried the Pasta Jambalaya. I was a little disappointed in it because when I think of jambalaya, I think spicy cajun dish with a lot of flavor. There is flavor but not much spice at all. If they’re worried about it being too spicy, don’t! That’s what the beer is for; to cool your palate!