Saturday on the 27th of October in 2012, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant’s had a grand opening celebration for its first Baltimore location at 1000 Lancaster Street in the Harbor East community of Baltimore, Maryland. Gordon Biersch is such an everyday Joe pub on the edge of the harbor, just a few footsteps from the water neighboring Fells Point.
The grand opening celebration took place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. serving complimentary appetizers as well as beer, martinis, wine and cocktails which were offered for $1. The layout of the establishment seems to be typical sports bar which includes a patio front for outdoor dining and drinking, indoor bar in the front of the establishment and restaurant style sitting in the rear of the building which includes booth and table style sitting. The surround sound included easy listening tunes by Phil Collins.
Guests were given the opportunity to sign up on-site via iPad for a GB Passport Rewards card program whereas, a $10 welcome value was uploaded to the Passport Rewards card after card registration. The value is valid for 30 days. Guests were also given a coupon for free GB signature garlic fries on their next visit.
Gordon Biersch has their own on-site brewery offers six different flavors of their handcrafted award winning beer. They include Golden Export (crisp finish), Hefeweizen (wheat beer), Czech Pilsner (boldly bittered and spicy), Marzen (sweet Munich malt), Schwarzbier (black coffee finish) and Seasonal (special seasonal brew). While mingling through the crowd, I noticed beer and mojitos seems to be the picks of the evening for most consumers.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant’s features a made-from-scratch American menu with bold international flavors. The guests were gratified with appetizers to include the following food. There was garlic and sweet potato fries, lobster and jumbo lump crab balls, fried artichoke hearts, pork and burger sliders, tapas on flatbread, chicken potstickers, southwest egg rolls, and hummus. A must taste were the GB signature garlic fries. The desserts were a pre-packaged disaster to include mini chocolate cake, cheesecake and bread pudding samples.
On the hospitality side, the staff was semi-friendly however, drinks took over 10 minutes to arrive. They even ran out of the ingredients for several cocktails listed on the menu. The atmosphere at the grand opening celebration at Gordon Biersch had a packed house literally in your face guests from every inch of the establishment. I hope they will be more prepared to handle such a packed house during normal business operations hours especially with official opening day scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2012.