Have you ever scratched your head in the Trader Joe's beer aisle and wondered, "What are all those weird beers I never see anywhere else? Could they be any good?"
I have. So I tried them. All of them. Or as many as I could find. The notoriously secretive company declined to provide a list of their brews, nor was it helpful about the origin of those beers. However, in the beer community, anything under the "Josephsbrau Brewing Co." label is believed to be made by Gordon Biersch brewing, in San Jose, Calif. Mission St. beers are believed to be made by Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, Calif.