Here at Drink Music City HQ we get a lot of press releases sharing the latest booze news. We try to cull through them all and choose some of the choicest nuggets to share with y’all, but after awhile trends start to appear. One item that has pinged on my radar of late is how often Red Robin, the upscale casual hamburger chain with 475 locations across the U.S. and Canada, shows up with news about their cocktail or beer program.
I’m still pissed that nobody told me about the fact that Red Robin places a real emphasis on their bar until the location at Nashville West had been open for a couple of years. When I think of all the time I spent eating at Arby’s or holding a shopping bag at TJ Maxx when I could have been boozing it up with a burger at RR, I just seethe. Compared to similar chains like O’Charley’s (aka Shoney’s with a bar), Red Robin really is much more innovative when it comes to introducing new drinks and special deals.
For example, they’ve come up with two new beer cocktails that go far beyond your typical Michelada. This is some real craft bar stuff. Served in limited-edition, reusable beer cans through summertime, the exclusive Can-Crafted Cocktails feature a mix of beer and liquor. Red Robin will serve two styles—the Coors Light Can-Crafted Cocktail features a blend of Coors Light, ginger liqueur and lemonade, topped with fresh-squeezed lemon; and the Blue Moon Can-Crafted Cocktail features a combination of Blue Moon Belgian White, Svedka Clementine vodka, orange juice and fresh lime juice.
They both sound delicious to me, and it’s great to see the mass market being introduced to new types of cocktails. It’s enough to make me want to brave a trip to Costco.
So how about you all, DMC readers? Where is your favorite place to drink that isn’t a traditional bar? Is there a chain located in or near shopping malls that you find better than others? It won’t be too long until it’s time to start my holiday shopping, so it’s never too early to start planning where to acquire my liquid courage to brave the crowds.