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The Pint Pedaler: Bike Map of Tacoma’s Craft Breweries

4 Jun

As June sets upon us, we bid farewell to yet another Bike Month here in Pierce County. Every year, with the help of our pals, we set out to unleash some sort of zaniness for a Bike Month event. This year was no different.

We present The Pint Pedaler: A Bike Map to Tacoma’s Craft Breweries

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This is a project put together with the help of Matt Newport over at Tacoma Bike Ranch, Kris Nystrom at Nystrom Design, and local pals at Rite In The Rain.

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This map is a simplified map of bike-friendly routes around town, with the locations of all the current breweries, as well as the Tacoma bike shops to help you on your way. It is printed on Rite In The Rain paper, so beer spills/rain/sweat need not ruin your copy. We even stress tested a copy at the release party for 2 hours in the rain, and then vigorous use as a coaster, with astonishing results in it’s durability.

You can pick up your free copy here at The Red Hot, or at any of the breweries or bike shops on the map: Wingman Brewers, Harmon Brewery, Tacoma Brewing Co., Harmon Tap Room, Engine House #9, RAM Brewing, 2nd Cycle, Defiance Bicycles, Old Town Bicycle, & both Tacoma Bike locations. There is even a map addendum on the back for neighboring Gig Harbor, listing 7 Seas Brewing & the other Old Town Bicycle location for the more adventurous cyclists.

We’ll be getting a downloadable file up on our website soon. We’re already thinking of new ideas for Pint Pedaler 2014, & thanks again to all involved. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you.

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Wed 10/5: Deschutes Reserve Night, 6pm

5 Oct

Wednesday is ripe with opportunity. Our Deschutes Reserve Night is merely a veil to help out our good pals at United Way Pierce County…and enjoy delicious rarities. $5 gets you an entry to win a complete Deschutes Brewing Longboard (trucks and wheels included), with ALL proceeds going to benefit The United Way of Pierce County. You can enter as often as you like, and you need NOT be present to win.

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There will be a ton of schwag for those in attendance, with more soo-prize prizes to be had. And why call it Reserve Night? Here’s the lineup:

2010 The Dissident; The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor. Deschutes first and only wild yeast beer, they use Brettanomyces to give this beer its characteristic sour taste. Their stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from all other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. Aged 1 year in our own cellar for your enjoyment. Approx 235 kegs produced. Unavailable.

2010 The Abyss; A deep, dark Imperial Stout. Hints of molasses & licorice. As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different beer with time. Aged in the TRH Cellar for over 10 months for you to decide. This vintage unavailable.

Hop Trip; Each year around Labor Day, the Deschutes brewers hightail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the hop harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, they hustle back & toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. The reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. Limited release.

Black Butte XXIII; The 23rd Anniversary Beer. With orange zest from Spanish (Seville) Oranges, chocolate nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo, & Pasilla Negro chiles. Quantities are limited (only 400 kegs produced) and coveted.

Kegs get tapped at 6pm! Come out and buy a chance for 4-wheeled greatness, and know you did it for a good cause! Good times shall ensue…

Wed 9/28: OktoBeerFest Night, 5pm

28 Sep

Harvest time makes us all a little bit giddy. Fresh Hop Beers, Harvest Beers, and Oktoberfest Beers all hit, and it is the time of year most people associate with Seasonal Beer changes. Tonight we mix it all up for a great time. We’ll spotlight some special beer, and some special food.

As many of you know, we’ve been growing and experimenting with our own hops for some time now. This year, with some help from our pals at 7 Seas Brewing, we’ve taken it another step forward…the birth of the TRH Estate Dry Hop Project IPA.

Here is what we’re putting on tap for tonight’s festivities:

Ayinger OktoberFest-Marzen
The Ayinger Brewery has been owned & operated by the same family since 1878. This award winning Marzen Lager has a rich, golden color, a slightly sweet, malty nose, with medium to big body & alcohol. The soft dryness is from the long maturation. World renowned Festival Beer.

Veltins Pilsner
Veltins Brauerei has been brewing since 1824. It is still independent & family owned, and still adheres to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law from 1516. In the North German tradition, Veltins uses a generous amount of hops from the Hallertau region of Bavaria. Regarded as one of the finest examples of a German Pilsner.

Bayreuther Bierbrauerei Zwick’l Kellerbier
The brewery was started in the small Franconian village of Bayreuth in North Bavaria in 1857. In 1872 the brewery went public and sold shares to the towns people. The town of Bayreuth owns Bayreuther and they are proud of it. The Bayreuther Zwick’l is a classic example of a Bavarian Kellerbier, a unfiltered lager that is aged with wood & lagered longer than a typical helles lager. Copper in color, the beer pours with a creamy white head and finishes clean & crisp. Traditionally saved & drank by the brewmaster only, the Zwick’l is one of the only beers of its kind being imported.

7 Seas Hop Prophet
A 100% ‘wet’ hop ale utilizing Amarillo and Centennial varieties that go from vine to kettle within hours. Exclusively brewed with wet hops at a rate of over 7 pounds per barrel (31gal) of beer, the Hop Prophet yields an aroma of fresh citrus zest followed by a delicate, yet pronounced juicy bitterness. A blend of domestic Pale Ale malt, British Marris Otter malt, and a touch of crystal malt, contribute a clean, off-dry mouthfeel with subtle notes of honey and melon fruit.

7 Seas / The Red Hot Estate Grown Hops dry-hop Project IPA
Literally grown right outside our backdoor, our own “Estate Grown” hops (Centennial & Chinook varities) were taken to 7 Seas Brewing on September 22nd and added to a keg of Rude Parrot IPA. This dry hopped version is the result. Only one keg exists, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

And in addition to our regular menu, you can try the following special treats:

The Bismarck: A 1/3 lb bratwurst sausage served in a pretzel roll, with your choice of stone ground mustard or curried ketchup, topped with our own cider braised sauerkraut.

Landjaeger: Meaning “country hunter”, this is a spicy, dried sausage, a popular snack in Southern Germany & Switzerland. Served with stone ground mustard.

Pretzel: Baked fresh this morning by our pals at Hess German Bakery, this is the best pretzel in the Northwest. Served with stone ground mustard.

The beers and special additional menu get the night started off at 5pm. We’ll have some prizes and giveaways throughout, and good time SHALL ensue. Specialty food items and beers are limited, and only available while supplies last! See you tonight!

Wed 8/10: Anchor Brewing Night, 6pm

10 Aug

The rich history of Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way back to the Gold Rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his wife Marie and infant son Frederick. Brekle applied for citizenship in 1854, and his brewing and business acumen would soon lead to his ownership of a little San Francisco brewery on Pacific, between Larkin and Hyde, which would one day become known as Anchor.
Anchor Brewery inherited a long tradition of brewing what had come to be known as “steam” beer, one of the quaint old nicknames for beer brewed along the West Coast under primitive conditions, and without ice. Steam beer is one of America’s only native beer styles.

Join us, as we welcome Anchor Brewing, and a collection of their best: Steam, Porter, and Liberty Ale.

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We’ll also be raffling off some tickets for this year’s 2011 Tacoma Craft Beer Fest, as well as tossing around some Anchor schwag.

Wed 5/25: Meet The Brewer w/Midnight Sun Brewing Co’s Barb Miller, 6pm!

25 May

Tonight, we’ll put on some not-common kegs, from Anchorage’s own Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Barb Miller, “La Femme de Beer” at Midnight Sun Brewing Company, will be on hand to shoot the breeze and enjoy her wares with all our TRH pals. On tap, we’ll feature 3 tasty treats from MSBC:

Sockeye Red IPA
5.7 % Alcohol By Volume
70 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.
Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass.
Availability:
AK – 22-oz bottles and draft (year-round)
WA, OR, CA – 22-oz bottles (year-round)

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter
5.0 % Alcohol By Volume
20 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Inspired by local artist & roaster Michael Allen’s eccentricly-named blend of coffee beans, Midnight Sun’s brewers designed a beer recipe and flavor infusion process that perfectly captures the alluring aroma, satisfying flavor and curious legend of Allen’s Arctic Rhino Coffee Blend.
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter combines two quintessential Pacific Northwest favorites: coffee and ale. The result is wonderfully romantic and robust–a duel-fueled porter that melds charismatic dark malt with freshly roasted coffee beans.
Availability:
AK – 22-oz bottles and draft (year-round)
WA, OR, CA – 22-oz bottles (year-round)

CoHoHo Imperial IPA
8.0 % Alcohol By Volume
85 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

CoHoHo begins with generous measures of pale two-row and specialty malts along with spirit-boosters like brown sugar and honey. Hefty doses of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops beautifully balance that outrageous malt bill while juniper berries heighten the festive character of this exuberant beer.
Availability:
AK – 22-oz bottles and draft (OCT thru DEC)
WA, OR, CA – 22-oz bottles (OCT thru DEC)

All Midnight Sun beers are on special, we’ll be giving away some TRH schwag, and having a hell of a time. Come hang with Barb and the TRH Crew, it goes down at 6pm!

Mon 5/23: Green Flash Rarities, 6pm (aka Growler Night!)

23 May

Some beers normally not in our marketplace will be rearing their delicious foamy heads tonight at TRH. Thanks to Seattle Beer Week going on up North, we find our local marketplace has been sprinkled with tasty kegs not usually in stock. We’ll be tapping the delicious West Coast IPA that is usually on our handles at least once a month, but then we’ll also be tapping 2 more Green Flash treats that are a bit harder to aquire.

Since we’re tapping these all on Monday, TRH Faithful will recognize this day of the week as TRH Growler Night.

Here’s what’s on deck for tonight, with some descriptors straight from the GF Crew:

Green Flash West Coast IPA
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma.
ABV: 7% | IBU’s:95

Green Flash 30th Street Pale
Our 6th Anniversary Ale pays homage to the local craft beer movement on 30th Street, in the North Park area of San Diego. A balanced American Pale Ale that is well hopped, but not overly bitter. ABV: 6%

Green Flash Fizzy Yellow Beer
Here’s a poke at domestic mass produced, mundane, lifeless, boring, bland, fizzy yellow, insipid swill. Brewmaster, Chuck Silva believes that “Fizzy Yellow Beer” can and should be full of life and flavor. Green Flash’s “Fizzy Yellow Beer” is just that, full of life and flavor from premium European Pilsner Malt and Noble Hops. A traditional Pilsner lager yeast ferments the beer and imparts a specific, clean flavor during the one month lagering period. Of course our “Fizzy Yellow Beer” has a bit more hop than even the best European examples which makes it truly a Green Flash Original. ABV: 5.4%

There will be plenty of Green Flash and TRH schwag going around, with tasty Green Flash treats to ease you into your work week. It all goes down starting at 6pm!

Thu 5/12: TRH & Schooner Exact’s Rad ReCYCLE The Bike Night, 6pm

11 May

For Bike Month, we pair up with PierceTrips.org to promote bikes on the big screen. This year, we also invited our pals Schooner Exact Brewing to the party. For our ReCYCLE The Bike Night, we’ll be giving away a bike crafted right here in Tacoma from bikey man of men, Matty News, and the folks at Tacoma’s Second Cycle. This is the TRH/SE Urban Assault Growler Getter:

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The par-tay gets going at 6pm, featuring Schooner Exact offerings of their 3-Grid IPA, Regrade Pale, Gateway Golden, King Street Brown, and Profanity Hill Porter. Drawing is around 8, as we prep for some VHS delight of Cru Jones and his wicked awesome bike dancing:

Wed 4/20: Victory Brewing Company Glassware Night, 6pm

19 Apr

Wednesday Eve, we’ll feature two of TRH’s favorite beers, made by fine purveyors of sticky-icky hop goodness: Victory Brewing Company.

Both brews will be served in their own appropriate glass that you can keep (if you’re one of the first 60 or so people to grab a pint). We will feature two of Victory’s beers, the equally amazing Hop Devil IPA (served in a Shaker Pint glass) and Prima Pils (served in a footed Pils glass).
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Keep the glass, and build that glassware collection! Glasses start going out at 6pm, good times and great brews shall ensue…

Wed 4/6: Chuckanut Brewing Meet the Brewers Night & “The Cowboy Dog” Special

5 Apr

Chuckanut Brewing, headed up by NW Brewing Pioneers/Legends Will and Mari Kemper, has in a short time amassed many medal-winning beers, but also snagged the “America’s Best Small Brew Pub” and “Best Small Brew Pub” titles at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, one short year after opening their doors.

Will has served as brewmaster for Thomas Kemper Brewing (Poulsbo, WA), Aviator Ales (Seattle, WA), Norwester Brewing (Portland, OR), Mile High Brewing (Denver, CO), and Dock Street Brewing (Philadelphia, PA). Internationally, Will and Mari started the first two Sierra Madre Brewpubs in Monterrey, Mexico, and also started the first brewpub/craft brewery in Istanbul, Turkey. The list of achievements could go on and on, but what sticks out in my mind is after meeting both of them a handful of times, they are, as we like to say, good people. On Wednesday night, we’ll have 4 of Chuckanut’s delicious offerings on tap; British IPA, Pilsner, Kolsch, and Export Stout. Will and Mari will be on hand to talk shop and enjoy a great night out in Tacoma with their amazing beers.

To further the awesomeness of the middle of the week, we are unleashing a one-day-only special hot dog, “The Cowboy Dog”. Take one of our all-beef hot dogs, top with onions, bacon, and BBQ Baked Beans infused with Big Sky’s Cowboy Coffee Porter. This one is available when we open the doors Wednesday morning, and goes until the chuck wagon runs dry.

Thu 3/24: Meet the Brewers-Foggy Noggin Brewing

23 Mar

A little over a year ago, Jim Jamison opened up one of Washington State’s smallest craft breweries. It’s called Foggy Noggin Brewing, and Jim makes some of the best English-styled ales going. Brewing on a half-barrel system, crafting small batches totaling 200 barrels a year, Jim is living the dream many have, brewing at his residence, and even hosting his own taproom out of his garage.

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We’ve served his two flagship beers at TRH before, the Bit O’ Beaver English Bitter, and the Christmas Duck Porter (both nods to Oregon collegiate mascots?). We’re very excited to host a night with Jim, pouring 4 selections from his brewery. We’ll have the Christmas Duck Porter, the Diablo del Sol English Pale, a bar-top cask of Bit O’ Beaver Bitter, and a keg of his very hard to get (he’s already sold out all of his bottles) Anniversary Olde English Ale, made in celebration for his first year of business.

Jim and the Fn Crew are headed down Thursday night, bringing along a bag of goodies (growlers, glasses, shirts, etc.), and is spreading the word of Foggy Noggin. All Fn beers go on at 6pm, bring your questions, and come find out just how truly delicious his small-batch beers are.