Okay, went to “The City” (Oklahoma City) for one of my Kid’s events. It was up on the North side of the city and near where some old friends live. Of course we let them know were in town and after the event my buddy, son, & I went to Rock & Brews out on Memorial Rd.
In their own words:
“Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your dog. Really!
Rock & Brews is rockin’ Oklahoma City with its quality American comfort food, local favorites and one of the area’s best selections of international and craft beers. The family-friendly restaurant’s two-story, 7,700 sq. ft., rock-inspired environment is a celebration of everything rock and roll. Guests are immersed in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of being a VIP at a great music event with an elevated truss system with concert lighting and sound, multiple screens with videos of the best concerts in music history, iconic rock art and a Great Wall of Rock that pays tribute to classic rock icons.
Located in the Quail Springs retail corridor, Rock & Brews in Oklahoma City is owned and operated by multi-unit franchise partner Kirk Williams. The restaurant features four full service bars with more than 52 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and premium wines; and, the ability to section off space for private dining and events. Both indoor and al fresco dining are available. And, with something for everyone, Rock & Brews offers a lively play area for children and the patio area is dog-friendly. Ample free parking is available.”
To me the interior is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame kitsch meets TGIFriday’s atmosphere with a bunch of beer on the menu. Lots of rock videos, playing on lots of TV’s, and sound just about too loud, but not.
They may have 52 beers on tap, or at least a facility to have that many on tap, but they didn’t have my first 3 picks off of their menus. UGH!!!! We sat down and first thing we did was review main full the beer menu. First I picked the Tallgrass‘ Buffalo Sweat, did not have it. Next I ordered Great Divide‘ Denver Pale Ale, also on the main beer menu… DID NOT HAVE. Ugh!!! Then we were assured that ordering from the paper monthly menu would be the way to go. Those were printed for what they currently had on tap. I looked it over and ordered Black Mesa‘s ESB. It is served in a pint. A very dark heavy beer served in a an 8 oz glass shows up. It is Black Mesa’s Los Naranjos (click here for review). I did call the waitress over to return it and let her know it was not the right beer. I took a sip anyway and liked it a lot, as I figured I would, so at this point I was thirsty and just went with it. Something was said about the ESB actually being out of stock and the Los Naranjos was put in its place on the order menu. Hmmm… They were both listed on the paper menu. You can draw your own conclusions about that statement.
Unfortunately I only got pictures of 2 of the 3 Beer menus at our table. I do question some of the classifications of the beers. On the third menu they had Rogue’s Dead Guy, a Miabock and a beer I have reviewed, listed as Malty & Dark. I guess it could have been listed as that, but I wouldn’t have.
I did like that they had a range of local and regional craft beers on their menus. That was probably the biggest plus to the beer menu that I saw. If I was a regular I would probably like that they changed the menu often or maybe as often as they ran out of a pony kegs (joke) that they were ordering. Even as a regular I still would not like that the menu is not updated daily or at least more frequent than it seems. We gave them a hard time about knowing what a printer was and how that a printer may be kept in an office. They might even have one there. It prints out words on paper and all…
Overall the experience ended up being good. Once we decided to just get enough tastes of beers they did have on-site so that we could make up our mind on the next beer to order. Yes, tastes were delivered easily and willingly to our table so we could make up our minds on the next round. Many tastes were given and that helped to lighten the mood a lot. On the next round I went with a Coop DNR (click here for review) and my buddy had a flight.
Kalli the waitress took a lot of grief from us for the beer menu mix ups and we just fell into a routine of giving her a hard time. All good natured and she took it like a trooper. Yes, we even apologized to her about doing it all in good fun. She said she liked it and was sorry about the mix up early.
Food: My buddy had some chicken wings off of the app menu that he liked. My son and I split an order of fish & chips. The fish could have been cooked a little longer to give the ample breading more crunch, fries were good, overall it was fair.
If we are up in that area it is a nice place to stop in and get a couple of brews. It is definitely not a dive bar atmosphere with good beers that I like most.
As always… Relax, Don’t Worry, and have ABigBeer.