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What makes a bar truly amazing? Is it the atmosphere or the huge pool table? The great DJ or the glowing dance floor? For most, it’s probably a combination of these. But what really sets a bar apart is the combination of fantastic food and even better beer.

Rock Bottom serves up a classy sports bar atmosphere featuring hand-crafted beers.

Rock Bottom serves up a classy sports bar atmosphere featuring hand-crafted beers.

Hidden just off of University Avenue is Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. Here patrons find what they search for in a bar: fabulous food and delicious beer. Rock Bottom has won more than 35 awards for its outstanding beer, including Brewpub Brewer of the Year in 2013.

The rustic, lively and man cave-esque atmosphere accompanied by great service make Rock Bottom a place customers visit again and again. The menu is large and varied, from pasta to Mexican food to classic Ball Park Pretzels. Equally important is the drink menu.

Rock Bottom makes and brews its own beer, which isn’t sent to the bar until it’s approved by the “brewmasters,” also known as beer scientists. The main ingredient in Rock Bottom’s house-made beer is malted barley. After the barley is roasted it is sent to the mill where the brewmaster selects the recipe and puts the grains into the grain mill, which crushes them. From there, the ground grain (in the beer world it’s called “grist”) is stored in the grist hopper, which drains them. It’s then sent to the mash tun where the strained grains have water added to them to form a liquid. From there the hops are added to create the beer type in the brew kettle. The beer then gets cooled in the plate heat exchanger and fermented in the fermentation vessel. Finally, the beer is ready to drink — an easy eight-step process to create Rock Bottom’s signature and delicious beers.


Once everything is approved, guests can choose between six house beers: Brewmaster’s choice (a creative combination of all things beer, allowing the brewmasters to create something unique and delicious); India Pale Ale (made with Yakima hops and has a citrus flavor); Kolsch (suggested for new beer drinkers, as it has a mild hop taste); Red Ale (a crystal hop and toasted malt flavor); Specialty Dark (a range of porters and stouts — specialty dark is the boldest beer that Rock Bottom brews); and White Ale (a mixture of citrus spice and sourness). With any of Rock Bottom’s signature in-house beers, you can’t pick a bad one.

Don’t like beer? No worries. Rock Bottom has all the martinis, mojitos, mixed drinks and sangrias the heart could ever desire. For something a little softer, choose from about eight different types and brands of wine. For an evening of great foods and even better drinks, one can’t go wrong with Rock Bottom. CV


Rock Bottom
4508 University Ave.
Sun. – Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Happy Hour
3-6 p.m. weekdays
Late Night
Sun. – Thurs. 9 p.m. – close
Fri. – Sat. 10 p.m. – close

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