Big River buys Gordon Biersch pubs

GB will continue to operate large-scale brewery

Oct 8, 1999 - Big River Breweries Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., has purchased all 12 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. brewery restaurants.


Gordon Biersch will continue to own and operate its large-scale brewery and bottling facility in San Jose, Calif., where it brews and distributes authentic, German-style lager beer made with 16th century, traditional German brewing techniques.

The 12 brewery restaurants will continue to operate under the Gordon Biersch name and serve the brand's beer.

"It's great for us because we're able to continue expanding the restaurants and the bottled beer business," said Dan Gordon, one of the co-founders of the label. "The brands will continue to flourish."

Big River, which already operates nine brewpubs throughout the Southeast, plans to open as many as eight Gordon Biersch restaurants, including one in Atlanta.

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