The Red Cow has done it again. Quickly climbing to the top of the Minneapolis burger scene, the Red Cow continues to knock it out of the park with their inventive food and drink events. I have been fortunate enough to experience a few of these events, including the New Years Party and the one year anniversary of thier opening. Each time, the Red Cow offers an abounding assortment of new beers and great food.
This time around, Oskar Blues Brewery, based in Colorado, was featured in a one night event. Oskar Blues is a craft beer company that has the distinction of being one of the only craft brewers that exclusively can their beer rather than bottle it. From Dale’s Pale Ale to the Old Chub and Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues aims to please every beer lover’s palate.
Oskar Blues, in addition to their brewery, also owns a Hops to Heifers farm. Here they feed the cows brewers mash, consisting of malted grains leftover from the brewing process. This ensures that the all natural Angus beef will be lean and tasty!
Obviously, the Red Cow couldn’t find a better match. At the special event, the Red Cow offered all of Oskar Blues’ brews as well as a new burger featuring beef from the Oskar Blues’ farm. This burger was appropriately named “Oskar Blues Burger.” And you may have already guessed that it is a black and blue burger: Freshly seared Oskar Blues’ beef topped with fresh bleu cheese and smothered with a rosemary and cracked pepper infused apricot jam. Tyler and I both decided to grab this limited special burger.
The food, surprisingly, only took a few minutes before it arrived in front of us. The smell of the beef and fresh fries filled the air. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the taste of the beef. The beef was buttery and left a smooth feel on the tongue. The apricot jam was straight forward in its flavor profile: the sweetness of the jam paired excellently with the rosemary and cracked pepper. The bleu cheese was a bit overpowering for me. I am not a huge fan of bleu cheese to begin with. Tyler, however, was not let down with the cheese whatsoever.
Since I am not a huge beer fan I did not try any of Oskar Blues’ beer selections. Instead, I left that up to Tyler. Here’s what he has to say:
“I have tried a few brews from Oskar Blue in the past. The brewery had never really stood out to me until I tried the new and different beers that were offered at The Red Cow during the Oskar Blues event. I enjoyed two brews that evening: the Maker’s Mark Dale’s Pale and the G’Knight. Both were fantastic!”
“Of the two, I really enjoyed the G’Knight. It has a strong peach aroma and flavor to it, along with its dark red color. It is a smooth drinking beer with little to no bitter notes. It is somewhat reminiscent to the Shiner Holiday Cheer, but the overall tones are more developed and the peach flavor is less of a punch in the face. Definitely give this beer a try if you can find it. The G’Knight was a perfect pairing with the Oskar Blues Burger.”
Hats off again to the Red Cow and owner Luke Shimp. If you have not yet been to the Red Cow, what are you waiting for?! Get up and get there ASAP! Your mouth can’t miss out on this amazing food. Even if you are not in the mood for a burger, there is plenty of great selections to please any person! My non-burger recommendations include the cheese curds with triple berry sauce, the pork belly sliders, or the shrimp tacos. Spread the word about one of the new best restaurants in Minneapolis!
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