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Gordon Biersch Brewing
(CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc.)
640 Emerson Street
Palo Alto CA 94301

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Visited: March 31, 2007

Opened: 1988

Closed: 2015

Annual Production: 1,936 bbl

One of my favorites. The best time to visit is a weekday afternoon. Excellent beer, excellent food, excellent service, high prices on the menu. A controlling interest in the company was sold to a Las Vegas casino in November 1995; the new team opened Barley's Casino and Brewing in Henderson NV in early 1996.

Directions: 101 to the University Avenue exit. Go west on University to downtown Palo Alto, turn left on Emerson. Gordon Biersch is two blocks along on the right.

Updated: September 16, 2015


Beer List

  • 7.00% abv.
    • Date: March 31, 2007 (#6455)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Shiny gold. Moderate head.
      Aroma (3)
      Mild grainy malt with just a hint of fruitiness.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Fairly big body, low carbonation. Smooth sweet malt with dark-fruity esters — blackberries: tasty, but unexpected.
      Overall Impression (2)

    • Date: (Date unknown) (#2534)
      Package: draught
      Place: Gordon Biersch Brewer's Lunch #1, Palo Alto CA
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Hazy. VERY good head. Thick, not sweet.

  • Bohemian-Style Pilsener
    • Date: March 31, 2007 (#6453)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden. Moderate head.
      Aroma (3)
      Very mild grainy malt.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Medium body, smooth and malty. Big resiny-floral bitterness. Resiny-bitter finish.
      Overall Impression (1½)

  • European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
    • Date: September 14, 1994 (#444)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Brown opaque, thick brown head. Malty (black) aroma. Black malt and carbonation bite. Long burnt finish. Not particularly clean. Young batch?

  • Dortmunder/European-Style Export

  • Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    5.50% abv.

  • Märzen
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
    5.70% abv.

  • Pilsner
    German-Style Pilsener
    5.30% abv.

  • Schwarzbier
    German-Style Schwarzbier
    4.30% abv.