On a recent trip to Cincinnati I stumbled on Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, a surprisingly good chain brewery in the heart of Fountain Square in Downtown.
The Cincinnati location is one of more than 30 Rock Bottom breweries across the nation. It’s owned by CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., a multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Chattanooga. It’s North America’s largest operator of brewery restaurants and also owns Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants.
As a chain, I wasn’t sure what to expect at Rock Bottom, but the beer was great, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food was excellent.
The entrance to Rock Bottom in Cincinnati. The first Rock Bottom opened in 1991 in Denver, Colo. It was on the first floor of Denver’s Prudential Building, also known as “The Rock,” which is where the Rock Bottom name came from.
Rock Bottom’s head brewer is Mitchell Dougherty, who began his career as an assistant brewer for the Rock Bottom Phoenix, Desert Ridge and Arrowhead locations. Each brewer adds his or her own touches to the beer line-up at Rock Bottom locations.