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Gordon Biersch Brewing
(CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc.)
(Closed)
4240 Hollis Street
Emeryville CA 94608
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Notes

Annual Production: 1,650 bbl

Contributor: Diane Crawford

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 have closed this Emeryville facility.

Updated: November 30, 2010

Beer List

    • Date: March 18, 1995 (#809)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 8 points
      Overall Impression (1½)
      Red-brown, good brown head. Clear. Sharp oxidized aroma. VERY oxidized! Sherry flavors abound. This is NOT a representative pint.
    • Date: February 6, 1995 (#764)
      Package: draught
      Place: The Depot, Concord CA
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Brown, good head. Brown malt aroma. Reasonably thick and reasonably brown. Sweet.

    • Date: February 5, 1995 (#753)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber?!? Not at all yellow. Sulfury hop nose. Sulfury-malty mouthfeel. Bitter.

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    • Date: July 3, 1995 (#1076)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Dark yellow opaque. OK head. Clove aroma. Clove flavor, some bananas, especially in finish.

  • German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    • Date: February 23, 1995 (#788)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 11 points
      Overall Impression (2)
      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.