Downtown Salt Lake has had an attraction even before the Olympics. Since January, 1994 Red Rock Brewing Company has been producing craftbeer for a very appreciative crowd. The setting for eating and drinking is very casual. Large windows to the front and rear combine with skylights to create a light and airy atmosphere. Redwood tables and chairs stand on a light wood floor and run along the raised right-hand side of the room along the tan brick wall. Mugs and staffs of grain decorate each dining table. The lounge area features a medium-sized redwood bar in front of an open kitchen. 15 feet overhead, redwood beams span the establishment and support tin ducting and tracklights. The stainless steel brewhouse lies visible at the rear of the room. Silent TVs and empty growlers populate the walls while a chalkboard displays the daily food specials.
With a standard state license, all brews are required to be no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight (abw). The Honey Wheat is clear amber with a full mouthfeel and crisp light wheat flavor that transitions to a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. The English Mild is a clear amber with a light dry maltiness but flavor balance tilted toward the hops. The Roggen Rock is also clear amber with an even flavor balance, and short finish. The Pale Ale begins with a hoppy aroma that is followed by a pleasant lingering hoppy finish. The Nut Brown Ale is a clear mahogany with a dry malty flavor with hints of chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. The Brown Porter is a clear red with a dry, dark malt character that runs throughout the flavor and into the finish. The Raspberry Wheat boasts a fruity aroma with an even tart/sweet flavor balance and very clean wheat flavor. The Oatmeal Stout features a creamy head with a slightly roasted flavor. The Hefe-Weizen is a hazy dark straw color and comes served with a lemon. This American style wheat comes across very clean, with a very light wheat flavor. All beers are light-bodied, regardless of the style. A sample runs 99¢, a glass $1.95, pints $2.95, pitchers $8.50, and growlers $8.50.
The food menu encompasses more than standard pub grub. Appetizers such as Shrimp run $5 to $8; Soups are $3.50 to $4; Salads are $3.50 to $11 and include specialties such as Heart of Palm; Wood-fired Pizzas are $8 to $9 and offer choices like smoked salmon; Fried Seafood is $8 to $9 and includes Fish & Chips; Entrées run $10 to $16 and revolve around Rotisserie Chicken, Shrimp and Halibut; Italian Entrées are $6 to $11; Sides $1 to $2.50; and Deserts such as Hagen Daz $2.50 to $4.
The air through the building is very breathable and combined with Red Rock's food and beer lineup, makes a great place to satisfy some of your sensory desires in the heart of Salt Lake. The merchandise booth offers more long-lasting products from this bastion of craft beer in a politically hostile environment.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April,
RedRock Brewing Company
254 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Tel. 801-521-7446 Fax 801-521-0908