Gordon Biersch Brewing released the first brew of the seasonal "Maibock"
beer. Literally translated from German, Maibock means "the beer of May," and is
one of Gordon Biersch's four seasonal brews. The beer achieves a richy, malty
flavor from dark-roasted caramel malt, and was originally brewed in Einbeck,
Germany during the 14th century. It became such a favorite in Bavaria that a
brewer from Einbeck was persuaded to move to Bavaria to brew the beer, and it
was popularized from there.
Dan Gordon, co-founder, highlighted, "This Maibock beer style was the
inspirational beer behind my motivation to pursue becoming a German-trained
brewing engineer. It was when I was an exchange student drinking this beer in
Northern Germany that I made the decision to study brewing engineering at the
Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan. Without Maibock, there wouldn't
have been a Gordon Biersch."
Maibock's hearty flavor beautifully complements robust flavors, such as Gordon
Biersch's suggested Beer-Braised Beef Stew. Its rich flavor from the
dark-roasted caramel malt complements the moderate level of bitterness (25 IBU)
to create a perfectly balanced beer.
Maibock is available February through April in both 6-packs and as a part of the
Gordon Biersch Spring Variety 12- and 24-packs. It can be found in retailers in
California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida,
Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia.
Gordon Bierch Awards
Gordon Biersch brands have won several awards including the best Bohemian-style
pilsner with their Gordon Biersch Czech Lager. (Gold, 2004 and 2007 Great
American Beer Festival). They won the Bronze at the WorldBeer Cup 2002 with
their Gordon Biersch Vienna in the category of Vienna-Style Lager. Gordon
Biersch enjoyed quite a successful year in 2007, taking home 6 medals, including
2 gold medals; one for their Schwarzbier in the German Style Schwarzbier
category, and the other for their Czech Lager in the Bohemian Style Pilsner
category. Both of these beers were brewed at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in