Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant- San Diego (Mission Valley)
Only German-style beers brewed according to Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) are served at Gordon Biersch Brewery restaurants, and the San Diego site is no different. In keeping with the company’s vision of serving “cold, fresh-brewed beer and hot food,” I ordered a taster flight of 7 lagers and paired them with Mini Bratwurst Sliders when I visited the other day.
All seven brews I tasted were drinkable, especially when I interspersed bites of the brats between the beers, but the Czech Pilsner, 5.6 ABV/36 IBU, stood out among the others. Here is my evaluation of it:
Crystal clear golden color with a white, cloud-soft head that stuck beautifully to the glass. I got subtle aromas of spice and malt, some earthiness, with delicate flavors to match. Soft mouthfeel, nice oily texture, and a crisp finish. Quite refreshing. A nice Pilsner, overall.
As I mentioned above, I tasted this pale lager along with some delicious bratwurst sliders which made for a pleasant lunch. By the way, the brats were my favorite kind: meaty German-style red bratwursts. The pairing worked great due to the spiciness of the brats and Marzen mustard. On the Gordon Biersch website I found a cool page of suggested beer and food pairings which includes recipes. You can check them out here.
Gordon Biersch Brewery is located in the heart of Mission Valley in San Diego, between Interstate 8 and the San Diego River. The brewery is surrounded by shopping malls, convention hotels, and motels, so it is convenient for travelers. In my humble opinion, this brewpub lives up to its vision. In addition, Gordon Biersch has great service, which I really appreciate. At night you will find the place crowded with business travelers and young professionals, but during the day it is casual and mellow.