Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gordon Biersch

I needed to travel to New Orleans for a convention. Since neither hubby nor I had been there before, I dragged him along. I stretched the trip out a bit so we could some time on either end of the conference to partake in the wonders of the Big Easy.

After spending half the day travelling we were both tired, cranky, and in need of sustenance.

We wanted some place close to where we were staying - stumbling distance, as it were.

A quick search showed a brewpub - Gordon Biersch -was just a couple of blocks away. Beer and food! Close enough to stumble there and back!

Gordon Biersch is a chain of brewpubs with locations all over the United States. Their focus is on in-house brewed handcrafted beer and fine food.

We started out with a flight of their standard brews - Golden Export, Hefeweizen, Czech Pilsner, Marzen, Schwarzbier, Mai Bock (seasonal).

Without exception, all the beers in the flight were true to style. And, equally unremarkable. That's not to say they were bad. They were all good - my favorites from the flight were the Schwarzbier and the Hefeweizen - there was just nothing spectacular about any of them. They were decent, drinkable, middle-of-the-road beers.

There were other beers on the board that were promising.

After finishing up the flight, I ordered up a Rightous Red Ale. Typically, I wouldn't be inclined to order a red or amber ale but it came highly recommended by our server.  It was wicked good. It had a big hoppy bite and was very flavorful. Yum!

Then I moved on to the Big Easy Rye Ale. Again, I typically wouldn't order a Rye, but when in the Big Easy do as the Big Easy does.  Also, a good hoppy beer that didn't disappoint.

I also sampled the Hefeweizen on Nitro. That was an odd but pleasant experience. Tasty and creamy smooth.

Of course, I ordered some food, as well. I went with the chopped salad and a crab cake.  Both of which were quite good.

The overall experience at Gordon Biersch was a pleasant one. The beer was good, the food was delicious, and the service was prompt & courteous.

Good times!

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