As craft beer continues to develop the reputation of being a sophisticated beverage worthy of pairing with the finest cuisines, more and more restaurants are modifying their beverage menus to accommodate the trend.
In an effort to support local breweries, Bonefish Grill recently announced that it is now featuring over 300 regional craft beers on its beverage menu. Varying by location, the extensive list includes beers from breweries such as Stone Brewing Company, Rogue Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Red Hook Brewery, Full Sail Brewing Company, SweetWater Brewing, and many others. The craft beer selections at each Bonefish Grill locations are currently available in both bottles and cans, as well as on draft.
One small step for the restaurant industry, one giant leap for the craft beer industry.
In slightly related news, Bonefish Grill announced its “Search for the Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit“. Mixologists from all over the country are being challenged to create an original cocktail using a new spirit. The official competition will take place during Tales of the Cocktail on Saturday, July 24, 2010, from 3:00-5:00 P.M., at Le Cafe in the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA.
Each participant will have one audition to pitch their spirit and present an accompanying cocktail to a panel of judges, including Leigh Merritt, Director of Bar Innovation for Bonefish Grill, and Dale DeGroff, aka ‘King Cocktail’ — the renowned mixologist featured in Issue 12 of Mutineer Magazine, which is currently on newsstands. The winners will have their cocktail featured on the bar menu at select Bonefish Grill locations, with potential for inclusion in all restaurants.