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Dan Gordon has earned a reputation for being one of America's premier brewing engineers during his 20-year tenure at Gordon Biersch Brewery. Dan personally supervises the 114,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility built in 1997 in San Jose, California.

Dan is the first American in more than 40 years to graduate from the prestigious five-year brewing program at the world-renowned Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan, West Germany. As part of his training, Dan interned at the famed Spaten Brewery in Munich and Anheuser Busch.

Following graduation, Dan returned to his native California and joined forces with restaurateur Dean Biersch to open the first Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Palo Alto in 1988. In addition to his brewing resume, Dan is also a talented chef and is the creator of the trademarked and wildly popular Gordon Biersch Garlic Fries™.

In over 20 years since its inception, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has expanded dramatically and continues to move actively towards national distribution. While supervising this growth, Dan personally ensures that his beloved beers– Märzen, Czech Style Pilsner, Hefeweizen and Blonde Bock, as well as his seasonal WinterBock, Maibock, SommerBrau and FestBier brews – are crafted in strict adherence to the German Purity Law known as Reinheitsgebot. Dan uses only the highest-quality ingredients imported from Germany, including Hallertauer hops, malted barley and a pure strain yeast culture supplied sourced exclusively from the Weihenstephan Yeast Bank.

Dan frequently lectures at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Anderson School of management at UCLA and the University of San Francisco. His hobbies include cooking, playing jazz trombone and trap shooting.