Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews partnered with New Belgium to create the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale.! The first special release beer inspired by Red Robin's famous Banzai Burger will make its debut at the Great American Beer Festival on October 6—8 in Denver. The recipe for the Banzai Burger 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 unique components of the burger, New Belgium developed the beer to complement the burger's teriyaki and pineapple flavor profile.
"Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews continues to build its bar program by exploring craft beers, 'Burger and Brew' pairings and new drinks that incorporate fresh ingredients and new, bold flavors," says Jonathan Muhtar, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin. "Our collaboration with New Belgium to create the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale showcases our creative approach to innovation. We are excited to tap into beer lovers' craving for unique beer offerings and complement the Banzai burger, one of our most popular burgers, in an entirely new and refreshing way."
The Golden Ale style beer checks in at 5.5 percent alcohol by volume. New Belgium 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. After its unveiling at the nation's largest beer festival, the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale will be served on-tap at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants throughout Colorado. while supplies last.
"From inspiration to innovation, New Belgium shares a lot of the same passion and commitment as Red Robin," adds New Belgium Brewer, Dave Glor. "Partnering with Red Robin to create Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale is a great fit because they feel the same way about their world-class burgers as we do about our world-class beers."
In addition to releasing the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale at the Great American Beer Festival, Red Robin will showcase the art of beer and food pairings in two, hour-long sessions at the festival's Beer & Food Pavilion. Admission to each "Burgers and Brews" pairing session is limited to 100 Great American Beer Festival attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
October 7 at 8:30 p.m.: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews' Culinary Manager Karen Kaehler, and Samuel Adams' Brewer and Director of Brewery Programs Jennifer Glanville, will treat attendees to a burger and brew pairing that showcases Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews' Smoke & Pepper burger alongside Samuel Adams Hoppy Red Ale
October 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews' Culinary Manager Karen Kaehler, and New Belgium Innovation Brewer Dave Glor, will introduce attendees to the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale and Banzai burger, the signature burger that served as the inspiration for the first-of-its-kind brew