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Old 05-06-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Does anyone know who does the contract brewing for Trader Joe's? I just tried one of their "Josephsbrau Pilznr". It was actually pretty decent. Have not had anything else but I would drink this one again.

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Old 05-06-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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I don't recall which of their store brand beers I've had, but I've always thought they were always decent. Never spectacular, but decent.

I found this: http://frenchoaktv.com/2010/10/the-b...te-label-beer/

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I've had the Mission St. IPA and I would have to say I would buy it again. Just like everything else from Trader Joes it was good.

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Gordon Biersch does the JosephsBrau brand, Firestone Walker does the Mission Street, Unibroue does their Vintage Ale, not sure who does the Mexican line...

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Nice to see it is not contracted out to BMC. Based on the fact they're pretty good I wouldn't think that they were.

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Yes, Gordon Biersch contract brews some Trader Joe's beers (JosephsBrau, San Jose, CA). They also brew the Costco's Kirkland Signature beers on the West coast (Sam Adams Brews for the East coast, from what I've heard).

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Gordon Biersch does the JosephsBrau brand, Firestone Walker does the Mission Street, Unibroue does their Vintage Ale, not sure who does the Mexican line...
According to the link I posted, it seems Gordon Biersch also does the "Trader Jose's" Mexican line. Albeit I haven't verified that page's info, but it seems to jive with what everyone else is saying.
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Yes, Gordon Biersch contract brews some Trader Joe's beers (JosephsBrau, San Jose, CA). They also brew the Costco's Kirkland Signature beers on the West coast (Sam Adams Brews for the East coast, from what I've heard).
Gordon Biersch is owned by CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries.

http://www.craftworksrestaurants.com/#
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Gordon Biersch is owned by CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries.

http://www.craftworksrestaurants.com/#
The brewery and restaurants are now separate entities. Dan Gordon still operates the brewery; Dean Biersch handles (or used to handle) the restaurant side ...
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The brewery and restaurants are now separate entities. Dan Gordon still operates the brewery; Dean Biersch handles (or used to handle) the restaurant side ...
I guess the merger didn't last long because according to their website:

"On Monday, November 15, 2010, Rock Bottom Restaurants and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Inc. merged to become CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc."

http://www.craftworksrestaurants.com/history.html
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