Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Columbus will tap Blonde Bock -- one of the company's original beers -- on Tuesday (July 9) to help celebrate the brewer's 25th anniversary. Gordon Biersch, known for its German-style lagers and garlic fries, opened in Palo Alto, Calif., in July 1988. (The Columbus location opened in 2001.)
The tapping party will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the tapping at 6:30. There also will be a big anniversary cake and customers will receive a free piece. Ten percent of the proceeds from the party will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
Brewer Keith Jackson described the Blonde Bock as having a "rich maltiness" and smoothness that belies its 7 percent alcohol by volume.
"It is a fairly strong beer," he said. "It's full bodied with a golden color, unlike most bocks that are darker and more bitter."
He He added that it's been at least eight years since the Columbus brewpub offered the Blonde Bock, which will be available for about six weeks.
As part of its anniversary celebration, Gordon Biersch locations also will host $2.50 Tuesdays, with $2.50 pricing on all Gordon Biersch craft beers every Tuesday from July 9 through July 23.