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Old 08-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Bad weather in Chicago forced a huge change in my travel plans today, so I decided to hang at the Gordon Biersch while waiting for my flight (Dulles). Tried several of their brews and they all taste the same - color and hops slightly different, but backbone of the malt and aftertaste exactly the same.

My opinion, so-so extract brew.

Anyone else?

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While I have never been a fan of Gordon Biersch beers I recently had the opportunity to tour their production facility and learned a lot about how they make their beer. First and foremost when they shifted to a full production brewery they had to sell off the brew pub side of the business to Craftworks(sp?) for licensing issues. The pubs still produce beer according to their recipes but are all now part of the same family as rock bottom, bj's etc. Their bottled and keg'd beers all use the same malt backbone which is a Wetermann pilsner malt for base plus other German grains as recipe requires. Similar story with all German hops and brewed in accordance with German Purity Law. No extract unless the brewpubs cheat on the recipes! They also naturally carbonate in the fermenters! The most important part, I tasted a beer straight out of their massive fermenters and it was awesome pre-filtered but I haven't ever liked their finished product.

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I try not to judge any brewpub based on their airport location... There are some that are decent (i.e. flying through Denver is awesome!), but generally it's not indicative of the food or beer you'd be served at a standard location.

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I try not to judge any brewpub based on their airport location... There are some that are decent (i.e. flying through Denver is awesome!), but generally it's not indicative of the food or beer you'd be served at a standard location.
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Especially to the Denver airport location. Haven't had a bad beer there yet. Other airports... well, some quality is lacking.
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My opinion, so-so extract brew.
Don't be so quick to pass off extract brew as "sub-par" and "poor quality". I have had plenty of amazing extract beers and plenty of terrible all-grain beers.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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I had the ipa and something blonde in the dc pub. I enjoyed both.. The ipa was crisply hopped. I enjoyed it. The dc gb is pretty nice all around. Nice facility with outdoor street seating, great location. ... Even the food was good. Ditto on airport quality being poor in general.

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I can't speak to the airport location, but GB makes world class Vienna Lager, Bo Pils (American style), Marzen etc.

Maybe give those a try. They definitely know what they are doing....

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I would have to agree it's at the bottom of my "craft beer" list. Might even take a Coors over it.

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I had it from a safe source (that's 2 years ago) that ALL of their beers are lagered, including the hefe.

I find their brewpub beers to be quite decent. Their marzen and their oktoberfest are very good.

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I've been to one a couple times and I agree that a lot of their beers taste very similar. It's been a long time since I've been there, but nothing really stands out too much for me. I think the food was good though.

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