Red Robin to debut a burger-inspired ale

Going into this year, the folks at headquarters decided to make a subtle but meaningful change in the restaurant group's name to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. Now, as part of ongoing modifications to its bar program, Red Robin is about to release its first-ever burger-inspired beer, in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing.

It's called Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale, inspired by Red Robin's Banzai Burger, and will make its debut in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival on October 6-8. The burger recipe features a fresh, fire-grilled patty glazed in teriyaki, topped with grilled pineapple, Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo on a sesame seed bun.

To accurately capture the components of the burger, New Belgium developed the beer to complement the burger's teriyaki and pineapple flavor profile. Says the Red Robin announcement:

"New Belgium's brewmasters used ginger, brown sugar and black malt to build up the soy and umami notes, followed by a dose of pineapple chunks and a touch of applewood-smoked malt to give the beer a recognizable Banzai Burger finish."

There are more than 540 Red Robin restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. In the Capital Region, there are Red Robin restaurants at 880 Loudon Road in Latham at the Route 9 entrance to the Latham Farms shopping complex, and at 1 Crossing Boulevard in Halfmoon.

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