We love our share of dining out and despite knowing about Rock Bottom Brewery, I’ve never dined there until recently. My initial thought after visiting the Chicago location was what took me so long?!
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Breweries are polished casual dining establishments featuring excellent service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers served in a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere. The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items ranging from classic favorites like Ball Park Pretzels and Brewery Nachos, to innovative dishes like Classic Mac ‘N Chicken, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and Bacon Cheddar Burger. Rock Bottom operates in 18 states from coast to coast.
They often have great promotions running at any given time on top of their amazing menu offerings. So I’m already looking forward to my next visit to check out what fun dishes they will be featuring soon. On our recent visit, we were in between menu promotions but that didn’t matter as their standard menu was full of so many amazing dishes to be had…
We kicked off our weekend lunch with a flight of their brews… which they do exceptionally well. We enjoyed 6-7 different beers that each had a distinct flavor with something for everyone:
Brewmaster’s Choice – Equal parts mad scientist, renaissance artist and beer geek, each of our Brewmasters imparts his or her own signature into every beer we brew. Sometimes that means crafting our core line up of flavor profiles with remarkable consistency and precision. And sometimes, that means giving them the freedom to create outstanding, unique flavors that you just won’t find anywhere else. That’s where the Brewmaster’s Choice comes in. Straight from the imagination of your local Rock Bottom Brewmaster, you’ll find anything from hefeweizens to oatmeal stouts to pilsners and everything in-between, all expertly crafted and intended both to meet your expectations of excellence and challenge your assumptions about what a great beer can be.
India Pale Ale – India Pale Ale came to prominence in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, as the East India Company managed exports throughout the British Empire and the bold flavor became a favorite of merchants and sailors. Our Rock Bottom IPA is brewed from hand-selected Yakima hops, and carries a bold, citrus flavor for dedicated beer lovers.
White Ale – For this award-winning witbier, we use coriander and orange peel instead of straight hops to impart a unique citrus spice over a slightly sour body. The technique stretches all the way back to Medieval time, and the orange and coriander gruit has become the standard identifier for a Belgian White. Rock Bottom’s award-winning White Ale is handcrafted on-site by each restaurant’s expert brewmaster to his or her exacting tolerance and preference. OG: 12° Plato ABV: 5.3% BU: 11
Specialty Dark – The boldest beers we brew, often based on seasonal or hard-to-find ingredients. Expect a range of porters and stouts, even the occasional dark English brown ale. While the selection varies, we’ll always have something on tap to knock the socks off of dark beer lovers at every location.
Chorizo Stuffed Pretzel Bites – These pretzel bites are stuffed with a mild chorizo and garnished with cotija cheese, served with a chipotle cheese sauce.
RB Sangrita and Mexican Mojito – They’re not shy about the fact that the Rock Bottom experience begins with our expert Brewmasters and their hand-crafted beers. But believe you-me, their bartenders are experts in their own right, and their always putting their mixological skills on display with a selection of custom cocktails and specialty mixers to surprise and challenge you.
Raspberry & Chocolate Mousse Mason Jar – Brownie bits and raspberry coulis layred into a mason jar then topped with our housemade chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce, fresh whipped cream, chocolate shavings and fresh mint.