Dean Biersch has worked in the restaurant business since he was 15, starting as a cook, waiter and Food and Beverage Manager. He worked as a cook at Mammoth Mountain ski resorts and in several restaurants in the Santa Cruz area before taking a job as the food and beverage manager at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, where he also managed corporate events. Biersch later returned to San Francisco, where he spent three years as food and beverage manager for Hornblower Yachts.
In 1987, he teamed with brewing engineer Dan Gordon to open their first Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, a still-thriving location on Emerson Street in Palo Alto, CA. The longtime restaurateur also developed the contemporary and sophisticated yet warm and casual atmosphere that makes each Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant so inviting.
Biersch, like his co-founder, is a California native. He was raised in Chico and attended high school in Los Angeles. He earned a degree in international relations, with a minor in international business, from San Francisco State University.