I’m afraid I must apologize in advance for the terrible quality of my photos. I really should have anticipated poor lighting at a place named Rockbottom Brewpub, but my old iPhone isn’t equipped with a flash, so I had to struggle through with the mere light from a candle… It may be time to invest in the new iPhone, but I’m afraid that as soon as I buy one, they’ll unveil an even better! Damn you, Apple! *shakes fist*
I’d been to Rockbottom a few times before with friends, and really enjoyed myself. It’s a brewpub (read: brewery + pub) where they create craft beer. I’m not normally a big beer drinker (I’m more apt to order a nice glass of gewurtz or an unoaked Chardonnay) , but I occasionally crave a wobbly pop. :)
Rockbottom DOES offer one of my favourite things: a beer taster, six mini-glasses of all of their craft beers. This concept is great for someone like me, who isn’t really a big beer drinker normally… It allows you to try a few sips of each, and figure out what you really like (and what you really don’t).
In my case, I like 50% of the taster: I really enjoyed their brown, wheat and BPA, but wasn’t a fan of the stout, RIS or IPA (the IPA tasted kind of like perfume; blech. An acquired taste, to be sure.)
Nonetheless, I managed to polish off all six samplers!
For dinner, I ordered the BBQ Chicken Burger (smothered in house made, draught infused BBQ sauce, and topped with lettuce, tomato & grilled onion; $9.75). I loved the sauce, to be sure, but it was really the only thing that made this a BBQ burger: the chicken did not taste grilled, at all. In fact, it was kind of soft… It was still tasty, but not exactly what I was expecting. The grilled onions added a nice touch of sweetness that complemented the tangy sauce, without making the whole thing too cloyingly sweet. All in all, it was decent, but one of those dishes that you kind of felt you could have made at home without too much trouble, you know?
(See what I mean about the photos? I’m sorry!) :*(
Kevin actually broke ranks and ordered something other than a club sandwich! I’d converted him to the whole peanut butter burger thing when he first arrived in Halifax, when I dragged him to Darryls, so he was keen to try Rockbottom’s version of the dish: the Peanutbutter Bottom Burger (topped with rich peanut butter cream cheese, Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle, on a sourdough kaiser; $11.95). He inhaled his dinner, and drank a pint of their non-perfumey pale ale with a satisfied smile (hey, bacon + beer makes just about any guy smile).
I actually really like Rockbottom Brewpub, but more for their craft beer and atmosphere (I dig their digs). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as a destination for dinner; more for nachos or other snacks, and a few pints with friends!