Monday 27 July 2015

Beer of the Week- The IPA's of Rock Bottom Brewing

This afternoon Teena and I arrived in Chicago. We took the transit (the "L") from the airport and got off at Grand station, and lo and behold on the opposite corner was Rock Bottom Brewery.

In the late '80's and early '90's, there was a popular slogan by a large insurance company: "Get a Piece of the Rock." One brewer and one entrepreneur got together to open one of the nation's first brewery restaurants at the bottom of the insurance building...the year was 1991...the place was Denver, CO...and so it began, the birth of Rock Bottom. For almost twenty five years, we have been pioneering the craft beer revolution! Our brewers have been awarded over two hundred national awards for their unique brewing styles. Our menus have received numerous accolades. The tradition continues today at each Rock Bottom with local brewers and local chefs coming together to create bold local flavors both in our beers we brew and the food we serve.

I asked what the Belgo Megazord was and found out it was an IPA. Bring it on!

Here is my Megazord and Teena's Lakeshore Drive Light.

The Megazord was nice. Lots of citrus hops in this. It starts with a nice citrus hop bite and finished the same way. I was hot and a little tired and this suited me just fine. Then it was time to try their other IPA, the Finnish Me.

Well, this one was an excellent layered IPA. There was enough malt in this to balance the hops but had an excellent hoppy bitterness to it. So good that I had another.

The food?

I had the Bacon and Chicken Mac n Cheese.

It was eve better than it looked. Full of cheese, large chucks of chicken, mushrooms and a little bit of heat.

Between the excellent beer and tasty food, it's going to be hard to keep me away from this place.

Beer of the Week Stats

Beers Profiled 285
Breweries 255
Countries 45

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