THE STORY OF GORDON BIERSH
A MATCH MADE IN BEER HEAVEN
Come back with us for a moment to 1987. Dan Gordon is one of the most sought-after brewers in the country, while Dean Biersch, an experienced restaurateur and beer lover, is searching for a partner to help open a brewery restaurant. A mutual friend arranges a meeting, so they sit down, start talking beer, and the rest is history.
From the get-go, Dan and Dean had a clear vision of what they wanted: a monument to beer, where people could come drink freshly-brewed beer and have a great meal simultaneously. The only beers served would be authentic, German-style lagers and ales, brewed in the tradition of the ones Dan brewed while attending The Technical University of Munich, or the most renowned brewing school in the world. Beer would be brewed according to Reinheitsgetbot (the age-old German Purity Law of beer) with only the finest ingredients: Hallertauer hops, two-row malted barley, a special yeast strain imported directly from Germany, and water.
Cold, fresh-brewed beer and hot food. What do you know? It worked. Together Dan and Dean opened the first Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Palo Alto in 1988.