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Rockslide Brewery

Rockslide Brewery
By no means is Rockslide Brewery a hole in the wall. Well-established, they have served the downtown Grand Junction area quality beer and food for twenty years and counting. They are highly committed to sourcing excellent, local products when available–both for their menu and their beers!

From the minute you walk in, there is a laid back, welcoming environment. The restaurant is open and airy, never empty no matter what time of day. There are two patios, one on the main street and the other in an enclosed area on the side of the building. In the lounge, there are windows looking into a part of the brewing operation–various stainless steel tanks and equipment.

On tap are seven standard beers and three seasonal. Raspberry Wheat is quite popular–it is a fruity spin on their Widowmaker Wheat, a mild beer with a blend of pale and wheat malts. Horsethief IPA has a borderline citrus but rounded hop flavor which is sure to linger. For a darker brew, there is the Big Bear Oatmeal Stout, perfect to enjoy with a hot pretzel on a rainy day. this beer is heavy and full flavored, tasting of barley and oats–it certainly doesn’t hold back.

Open for lunch and dinner, their menu has a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, pasta, calzones and pizzas. Because they are not afraid of creativity, nothing is simply standard–everything has a unique touch that it makes it their own, including their salads with homemade dressings. If you want a great appetizer, I recommend either the seared ahi tuna or calamari served with a Sriracha aioli and chili glaze. The Bison Burger particularly is delicious–a wholly different range of flavor–or their Big Bear BBQ burger featuring a Stout barbeque sauce. They offer a different take on the classic Fish n Chips with battered salmon. Over the years, they have expanded their selection of calzones and personal pizzas and are constantly playing with flavors and combinations. Gourmet tacos are served with rice and guacamole. Its apparent they spend nearly as much time on their menu as they do their brewing operation.

To top it off, their beer is completely exclusive–their brewery is the only location their beer can be purchased. Either it’s a shame if you’re just passing through town or just a reason to stop every time you do.

Rockslide Brewery | | 401 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado
11-10pm, 7 days a week,
Bar 11-12am Sun-Wed, 11-2am Thurs-Sat

Diana Reiter

A Colorado native, Diana is based on the Western Slope. Much of her free time is spent outdoors exploring the unique landscapes of Colorado or enjoying good food and drink with friends. She is an avid photographer and has been writing for ten years.

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