While we’ve heard of plenty beer-inspired burgers from fast-casual spots, this might be the first time a restaurant went the other way and turned one of their popular burgers into a beer.
Red Robin just created a new alcoholic beverage inspired by their Banzai Burger.
The Golden Ale-style beer, called the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale, boasts a 5.5% alcohol by volume. The New Belgium brewmasters used ginger, brown sugar, and black malt to build up the Umami notes found in the Banzai Burger. The burger itself features a teriyaki-glazed beef patty topped with grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese, lettuce tomatoes, and mayo.
It’s pretty interesting to see brands draw inspiration for craft beers straight from the burgers on the menu. If a success, Red Robin and other restaurant chains, could potentially tap into a vast resource of inspiration for new brews. Though we draw the line at anything with chunks of meat in it.
The Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale will make its debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Oct. 6-8.
Photos: Red Robin