Would You Drink a Burger-Inspired Beer?

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Burgers and beer are a classic combination, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a pairing that works. But now you don’t have to worry about finding a beer that will complement your burger. You can choose one that actually tastes like it. Red Robin has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing to create a one-of-a-kind brew: Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale.

The 5.5 percent ABV beer is brewed with ginger, brown sugar and black malt, plus pineapple chunks and applewood-smoked malt to mimic the umami sweetness of the restaurant chain’s teriyaki-glazed, pineapple-topped Banzai Burger. Though the beer is meant to mimic the meatiness of the burger, it doesn’t contain any actual beef.

The chain is experimenting with “new drinks that incorporate fresh ingredients and new, bold flavors,” says Jonathan Muhtar, a senior vice president at Red Robin. 

The beer will be making its debut at the Great American Beer Festival October 6 through 8 in Denver, where 100 lucky delegates will get a chance to sample the burger pairing. The beer will be on tap at Red Robin locations across Colorado while supplies last.

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