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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.

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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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