Thursday, November 22, 2018

Red Rock Brewing Company

Red Rock Brewing Company has three brewpubs and a beer store in Utah. This blog post covers the spot on S 200 W in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

Before heading home, I hit one last brewery in Utah. I decided on Red Rock because I had yet to have any of their beers on the trip. You can pretty much park anywhere in downtown Salt Lake City on a Sunday for free; at least the spot I was at (maybe a block or two from the brewery) provided free parking.

Red Rock was bustling as my mom and I walked in. I saw the awards on the wall for their beers, and there were a bunch of them.

For a beer, I went with Elephino, an 8.5% Double IPA with a great background as to how they got the name. It was formerly known as "Elephant" before Red Rock got hit with a cease-and-desist for using the same name as a beer from another brewery. The staff was trying to figure out a new name and misheard a response "Hell if I know!" as "Elephino" (el-uh-fine-oh). The rest is history.

Elephino is tremendous. Excellent flavor, complementing malt (8.5%) and wonderful grapefruit/citrus. Loved the label. I had to take the bottle home, and it's currently with some of my other cans and bottles that I thought were super awesome.

As for food, my mom and I split the Chopped Salad ($8 for half portion). We got some chicken on the side, since my mom is trying to avoid meat for now. At least for me, it was way better with the poultry. Perhaps a few too many olives for me, but I liked the basil in this one.

I then tackled a Margherita wood-fired pizza ($13), a 10" pie with the usual basil, tomato, and fresh mozzarella over a San Marzano tomato sauce. Great crust, with a lovely crunch. Fresh toppings, quality pizza. Sure, the menu said I should have paired this with an Amber Ale, but the panda is a rebel. IPA for me today.

Great service here, and I would love to return. There are quite a few menu items and more beers to try next time.

Interesting bites include Blistered Shishito Peppers ($6) and Avocado Toast ($5); while the Red Rock Burger ($11) and Cuban sandwich ($12) could be future main item picks.

Red Rock Brewing has the ideal blend of delicious beer (with plenty of options) and a large menu of awesome food! 9/10

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