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Eating Out - October 7, 2011

Born to brew

Beer is a blend of art and science for brewmaster Jeff Held of Gordon Biersch Palo Alto

by Tyler Hanley

Jeff Held cradled a glass of auburn-colored beer — Gordon Biersch's popular Marzen lager — as massive cylindrical machines hummed beside him. The brewing area in the rear of Gordon Biersch's downtown Palo Alto restaurant sounded akin to a large laundry room on a recent Monday, its machinery churning feverishly. Held was cleaning one of the stainless-steel brew tanks using an organic-eating caustic.

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