Here’s today’s Best Eats and Drinks, World Series 2012 Fan Find of the Day.
By Kaylyn Thornal, Ballpark Food & Beverage Connoisseur
The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series last night. Having had only 12 home runs all season, Pablo Sandoval (King Fu Panda?? What, what?!) joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit 3 homers in a World Series game. Barry Zito, after not making the rotation in the 2010 World Series, proved his Cy Young status going into the 6th inning with no runs against a unusually fragile Justin Verlander. Game 2 is tonight in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner will face Doug Fister in tonight’s match up.
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If you’re heading to the game or looking for a place to watch it in San Francisco, here’s our World Series Fan Find of the Day: Gordon Biersch Brewery
Yeah, we know that Gordon Biersh is now a chain brewery, but it didn’t start that way. The German-style brewery began in Palo Alto, CA in 1988 with the intention of making great local beer accompanied by great food. According to the GB website; “Only authentic, German-style beers would be served, and in the tradition of the ones (brewer) Dan Gordon brewed while attending The Technical University of Munich, or the most renowned brewing school in the world. Beer would be brewed according to Reinheitsgebot (the age-old German Purity Law of beer) with only the finest ingredients: Hallertauer hops, two-row malted barley, and a special yeast strain imported directly from Germany.”
We’re fans simply because of one thing – the beer is really really good, the food is above average for bar food, and GB’s cater to sports fans. In any direction there is a large flat screen for easy game watching. Guaranteed this will be the place to watch the Giants game if you’re not at AT&T Park. Stop here before or after if you’re heading to AT&T park. It’s a great place to get your game face on.
Recommended Beer: MARZEN. Historically brewed in Bavaria from March through the end of October. According to the website “It was also the beer served at the Original Oktoberfest celebration, which originated as a wedding reception for the King Ludwig I and Maria Theresa. Gordon Biersch Märzen accentuates the flavors of the dark roasted imported malted barley and exhibits a caramel malt aftertaste, while downplaying the hop level.” It’s easy to drink, very smooth but flavorful, and is the closest thing to an Ale style beer that Gordon Biersch makes.
Recommeded Food: You gotta try the garlic fries if for no other reason, everyone else around you will be eating them so that’s the only way to tolerate the smell. Can’t beat ‘em… Gordon Biersch is a short walk to AT&T park, but the atmosphere in the ‘hood today is going to be electric.
Gordon Biersch Brewery
2 Harrison Street
San Francisco, California
Hours of Operation:
Sun -Thur 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM
Fri and Sat: 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM
$5 apps, $1 off Gordon Biershc Lager and Ales, $2 off Wines, $5 Cocktails
Food: Starting off we like the Kobe Sliders, the Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. For salad as a meal can’t ever pass up anything called Southern Fried Chicken Salad, or the Steak Frites, and House specialty Lobster and Shrimp Mac ‘N Cheese.
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Fans Say: It’s just a fifteen minute walk down The Embarcadero to AT&T Park. In can get crowded before the game, but it’s worth it – the views from the patio are unforgettable. For beers try the Märzen or the seasonal special.