Red Robin's new beer milkshakes are sweet, but you'll have to look elsewhere for Colorado beer
Greenwood Village-based Red Robin has introduced a beer milkshake, just in time for, um, winter. Luckily, this state's hottest summer isn't over yet. But rather than go with a Colorado brewery, as Smashburger -- another Colorado-based fast-casual chain -- did for its new beer-and-burger pairing menu, Red Robin is using Sam Adams's Octoberfest in its milkshake, which looks delicious...even if the beer hails from Boston.
Sam Adams has been pushing beer milkshakes for a while. In fact, I wrote about them (with a recipe) way back in April 2010. The one that Red Robin unveiled today comes with soft-serve vanilla ice cream, vanilla syrup and caramel. It is part of an Octoberfest menu that runs through November 11.
And there might be other versions after that. "Red Robin will continue to innovate in the milkshake category in the future," says spokesman Peter MacKellar. "We recently added master mixologist Donna Ruch to the Red Robin culinary team in a role that includes the development of innovative alcohol- and non-alcohol beverages, including milkshakes."
As for Colorado breweries, like New Belgium or Breckenridge, which could have handled the demands of milkshake lovers as well, MacKellar says, "We have featured the Sam Adams Octoberfest as a seasonal beer choice over the past few years so using Octoberfest in the milkshake was a natural fit. Looking at the flavor profile, we thought the great malt and caramel notes from the beer would be pair perfectly with creamy vanilla ice cream."
But if you prefer your milkshake served with altitude rather than a bad attitude (hello, Boston mayor Tom Menino, who bashed on Colorado beer but has since redeemed himself in other ways), check out our 2010 list of local spots that use local beers in beer milkshakes, floats or other desserts.
One place that's not on that list: Freshcraft, where you can get a couple scoops of ice cream dropped into just about any beer on its constantly rotating tap wall. I recommend stouts like Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout or Great Divide's Chocolate Yeti, or something fruity, with raspberries or apricots.
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