Hands down the best part about working in a brewery is the free beer. Yesterday (2/28/2016) I stopped by Gordon Biersch (McLean, Virginia, USA) in Tysons Corner Center where I work as Assistant Brewer to take a hydrometer reading on a recently brewed Maibock and to grab a growler of Märzen from the Brite Tank.
Gordon Biersch’s Märzen is a 5.7% alcohol by volume (ABV) Bavarian lager exhibiting 18 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) according to their website. As far as beer styles, Gordon Biersch’s Märzen is considered a Märzen / Oktoberfest by BeerAdvocate, a Oktoberfest/Märzen by RateBeer, and a Märzen by UNTAPPD.
Working as an Assistant Brewer for Gordon Biersch has been awesome and I feel I am gaining a lot of experience. It is a lot of cleaning (kegs, fermenters, brite tanks, beer lines, etc.) but I’ve also helped out on brew days, transferring beer from fermenter to brite tank, taking hydrometer and CO2 readings, and dry hopping. The Head Brewer, Justin Damadio, at the Gordon Biersch in Tysons Corner Center is making some great lagers and ales and even has some specialty projects in the works.
“An extremely smooth, auburn colored Bavarian lager with a mildly sweet, Munich malt finish. Our most popular beer, it was originally brewed in March (“März” in German) and stored in caves to be drunk during warmer weather when lager brewing was outlawed.” – Gordon Biersch
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