Going for great food and great beer in Salt Lake City is never an easy proposition, one because there are so many great restaurants to choose from, and two, laws in the State of Utah limit beer taps to 4.0% ABV or less.
So leave it up to the chefs at Red Rock Brewery to outdo the competition on the food part, and their brewers to make beer so awesome, you’d have to check your GPS to make sure you’re not in another state.
Red Rock Brewery opened its doors on March 14, 1994. From the very beginning, they set out to brew high-quality craft beers and serve delicious food.
A fixture in downtown since 1994, Red Rock Brewery has earned a national reputation as one of the most creative breweries in the country. It has won more than 100 regional and national awards and their restaurant has been named ‘Brew Pub of the Year’ by Brewpub Magazine and ‘Large Brewpub of the Year’ by the Great American Beer Festival.
Since then, Red Rock Brewery has opened up locations in Kimball Junction (near the resort community of Park City) and in Fashion Place (located in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley).
Sash and I had been to Red Rock Brewery on a number of occasions, and it’s been my favorite hangout in Salt Lake City since I can’t remember when. And it’s not just because I’m a craft beer snob. The food is amazingly good!
Red Rock Brewery is known for taking favorite American classics, and making them of this world.
Most folks who dine at the Brewery like to kick it off with Mussels a la Red Rock, fresh mussels steamed in coconut, red curry and wheat beer served with bread, cilantro and lime. But Sash and I were particularly hungry for the Roasted Brussells Sprouts, mixed in with chunks of thick cut bacon and bleu cheese, big enough for two.
I had the Rotisserie Chicken, a slow roasted half chicken, lightly marinated in herbs, that rotates around a brick oven fire for hours, leaving the skin seasoned crispy, but juicy and tender on the inside. Sash had the Deep Fried Shrimp, which were HUGE shrimp, lightly breaded and fried golden brown, leaving them moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
For beer, definitely ask for their 20th Anniversary Ale, an Imperial Red Ale, which I found made a great pairing with the Rotisserie Chicken. It comes only in a bottle, which escapes the state’s 4.00% law.
But Red Rock Brewery is a great place for that urban vibe, that lively atmosphere that captures the heartbeat of a city.
Red Rock Brewery
254 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101