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SAT 8/16: 7 Years, Delicious Beers, & a Beer Breakfast

15 Aug

So we’re finally in our new space, and it’s time for our 7th Birthday.

To celebrate, we’ll start things off by opening early (9am!) for our 7th Anniversary Beer Breakfast on Saturday August 16th. We’ll have a special breakfast menu, and offering Wa-Made coffee beer flights (Two Beers Sour Barrel-Aged Jive Espresso Stout, Bainbridge Brewing Imperial Coffee Stout, and Brickyard Brewing Momma Hoopah’s Coffee IPA).

Opening Tap List will be some of our greatest hits. Here’s what it will look like:

•7 Seas/TRH Sesh IPA
•Port Townsend Hop Diggidy IPA
•Elysian Dayglow IPA
•Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
•Firestone Walker Pale 31
•Seattle CIder Co. Semi Sweet Cider
•Tieton Ciderworks Apricot Cider
•Breakside Brewing Liquid Sunshine Pilsner
•Two Beers Brewing Fresh Hop
•Duvel Single
•Midnight Sun 9Teen Saison
•Ommegang Abbey
•Blanche de Bruxelles Wit
•Pike Brewing XXXXX Stout
•Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter
•Bainbridge Brewing Imperial Coffee Stout
•Big Sky Summer Honey
•10 Barrell Apricot Crush
•Brickyard Brewing Momma Hoopah’s Coffee IPA
•Elysian Brewing Woo-Tang Kettle Sour
•Sour Barrel-Aged Jive Espresso Stout
•Everybody’s Brewing Local Logger Lager
•Lagunitas Sucks

There’s lots of things going on Saturday, so hopefully we get to see all of you who help make this tavern happen. Thanks again for all the kind words and well wishes! We couldn’t do it without you.

THE NEW TRH FAQ

26 Mar

If you haven’t heard, we are slightly expanding. We are currently renovating the space next door to our current space. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:

How much bigger will TRH be?
Right now we are in 1052 sq ft. We are moving to 3000 sq ft.  360 of those square feet will be storage. 355 of those feet will be cold storage. 300 of those feet will be for kitchen & mechanical. That leaves about 1985 square feet for the bathrooms and bar room. The idea behind the new space was to make it more comfortable for our patrons, to provide some more elbow room, and to create more seating space. We are raising our capacity from 49 to 75. We never wanted to be a big unfeeling mega-bar with seating for hundreds, and are trying to make the new space feel familiar to our pals.

What will the new TRH look like?
You will see a lot of the same colors, design elements, and finishes in our new space as you do now. We are also adding new elements that we’ve always wanted, but could not do for lack of physical space.

So you’re just going to knock down a wall?
No. We will be leaving our old space entirely. 

Are you going to allow kids?
No. We are a 21+ Tavern. 

Are you getting more handles?
Yes. We will go from 15 to 25-ish. We could go more, but for us, that number seems just right to keep different beers fresh, and to increase our selection. Look for a House IPA handle, more dedicated Belgian style handles, a second dedicated cider handle, and some cool surprises. Look for more style-specific glassware as well.

Are you expanding the bottle list?
Yes. We are literally bursting at the seams with cellared bottles, and will offer some very cool bottle flights. We’ll post a preview bottle list before we open up the new space.

Are you going to have hard alcohol?
No.

Are you expanding the food menu?
Yes. Slightly. We’re still serving up what we know best, but are adding some new sides, bringing back some old favorites, and adding some cool new things. Some of our cooking methods will be different. Some the same. No, we are not putting in a fryer. We’ll post a preview food menu before we open up the new space.

When will the new space be open?
Right now…the best we can say is May sometime. We incurred many delays during the permitting process, and had to upgrade the building before we could start on our space. We are working as fast as we can…and apologies for the noise/mess.

Will you have pinball?
No. We will have more board games, and will be working with our neighbors at Tacoma Games to build a larger game library.

Are you hiring?
We currently have most shifts filled, but people are always welcome to drop off resumes at the bar.

Sat 8/17: TRH 6th Anniversary Beer Garden (also: Ch-ch-ch-changes v2.0)

16 Aug

Today is our 6th Anniversary. On August 16th of 2007, we opened our doors to Tacoma and beyond.

THE SPACE WHEN WE GOT IT
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BAR BEGINNINGS
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THE ORIGINAL BAR LAYOUT. THIS IS BEFORE OUR ‘EXPANSION’ FROM 955 SQ FT TO A WHOPPING 1003 SQ FT!!!
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ORIGINAL BACK BAR
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On August 17th of 2013, we will celebrate this milestone with all of our pals who helped us get here. Huge tent, great beers, and familiar faces make our anniversary party a staff and regular favorite.

On Saturday, we’ll have the tent going from 11am to 8am with an outdoor bar. Between the outside bar & inside bar, we’ll be putting on some of our customers faves, kegs that usually last mere hours, as well as some pub-only kegs from our pals who make the stuff. Black Raven Trickster IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Backwoods Brewing Bumble Bee Imperial Honey IPA, Elysian Space Dust IPA, Everybodys Brewing Good Luck Chuck IRA, Georgetown Brewing Rogers Pils, Airways Brewing Cascade Smash Ale, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, Black Raven Krystallweizen…these are half the offerings starting out the day.

We’ll have our full menu available all day. Due to the huge influx of extra people for these outdoor events, we usually put on a special limited menu. This party, we’re doing the full menu, because this will be the last outdoor party we do with our current kitchen space.
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For the past few months, we have been working with our landlords, in conjunction with our neighbors at The Wedding Bell, and in less than 6 months, we will be moving this whole shebang next door to a larger space with a initial target date of February 1 to reopen the new TRH.

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We think we’ve found the perfect space to add a few extra seats, add some extra ‘breathing room’ between tables, add some new handles, upgrade the kitchen, adding a few amenities, all without creating a huge cavernous space that we feel is not what TRH is about.

We’ll keep you updated as we go, as always. Thanks to all of you for helping us make TRH what it is!

TUE 7/23: National Hot Dog Day: The Red Hot

23 Jul

Long have we been in love with the hot dog. From Homer’s The Odyssey (“As when a man besides a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted. . .”) to present day, no finer invention has been made.

The name and it’s origins have eluded all of us, to where no single origin point can be decided on (Frankfurters from Frankfurt, Germany? Wieners from Vienna, Austria? Dachshund sausages/red hots/hot dogs from vendors at The Colombian Exposition in Chicago, or carts in NYC’s Bowery or The Polo Grounds, at St. Louis Browns baseball games, or from “dog carts” on the campus of Yale? Whatever the case may be, putting sausage to bread was an achievement unmatched in culinary history.

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I’ve long associated the basic hot dog from it’s ballpark inception as a red hot (“get yer red hots!”). Bread, sausage, swath of mustard, some onion, and old-fashioned sweet relish. To this day, still my favorite combination. So much did I believe in the name, I named our tavern after it. It was the first thing on the menu.

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So for today, National Hot Dog Day, you can grab yourself a piece of culinary history for $3…The Red Hot. All-beef natural casing hot dog, schmear of old-school spicy brown mustard, some fresh onions, and old-fashioned sweet relish in a steamed poppyseed roll. There really is no better baseline red hot.

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SAT 4/20: Specials @ TRH / Serving Food @ Wingman Brewers!

19 Apr

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On Saturday, we’ll be unleashing the 420 Dog upon an unsuspecting public.

All-beef dog with bacon, peanut butter, strawberry jam, and topped with crunch berry crumbles. Yes, this is for real. No additions, substitutions, or to-go. It will be available when we open at 11am.

To aid in the thirst quenching side of things, we’re doing $1 off pint specials on Beer Valley Leafer Madness IIPA & Mt. Shasta Mountain High Weed IPA as well.

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If that was not enough to get your Saturday planned, we are heading down to Wingman Brewers (509 1/2 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 253-651-4832) to help celebrate their 2nd Anniversary! We’re bringing along a special batch of sausages & mustards to feed their hungry masses!

SAUSAGES: Pork Hot Link, Beef & Potato, Italian w/Pepperjack. All sausages were ground locally for this event.

MUSTARDS: Ace IPA Bavarian Mustard, P-51 Porter Brown Mustard, Stratofortress Honey Mustard. All mustards were made by us with Wingmans beers. For extra tasty delight, we made a P-51 Strat BBQ Sauce as well.

We will start serving food at noon, and go until we sell out.

THU 3/14 TRH Test Kitchen: The DS/DC

13 Mar

The DS/DC: The Dirty South Destiny City. This is one of our most popular menu items, but even dirtier. This version is an all-beef dog on a poppy seed roll, our own Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce (mustard base bbq sauce, family recipe), onion, all-meat chili, cole slaw, and topped with sweet pickle slices & and our TRH Spice Blend.

This special is available when we open at 11am, and is available until close or supplies are exhausted. No substitutions/additions/to-go.

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THU 2/21 TRH Test Kitchen Special: The Big Smooth

20 Feb

This Thursday’s TRH Test Kitchen Special is:

The Big Smooth: all-beef dog, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a poppy-seed bun.

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Our own secret Big Smooth Sauce hits it from downtown on this TRH Test Kitchen Special to pay homage to the Foward/Center that served the Supersonics from 1993 to 1998, the best team player the game has ever known.

This special is available when we open at 11am, and is available until close or supplies are exhausted. It is vegetarian friendly when paired with one of our vegi-dogs. No substitutions/additions/to-go.

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Murray Morgan Bridge Week; Mon 2/11-Fri 2/15

11 Feb

This week is the Centennial Celebration of one of this city’s most iconic landmarks, The Murray Morgan Bridge.

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Some may know it as The 11th Street Bridge. To celebrate, our bratwurst, named for this awesome piece of Tacoma lore, will be on special.

The Murray Morgan Bridge Brat will be 11% off from Monday, February 11th to Friday, February 15th. That comes out to $3.56 + the governor’s share. Bratwurst on steamed poppyseed bun topped with German stone-ground mustard & apple cider braised sauerkraut. No substitutions.

TRH Test Kitchen Thursdays

8 Feb

Starting February 14th, Thursdays will now be “TRH Test Kitchen Thursdays”.

Doing something cool the first Wednesday of every month wasn’t cutting it, so we’ll do it every Thursday from here on out. Locally sourced sausages, crazed combinations, collaborations, and the opening of our seasonal farmers markets will make for some great creations.

All TRH Test Kitchen specials will be announced the day before on fb (theredhottacoma) and on both of our twitter accounts (@theredhot , @TRHkitchen, #trhtestkitchen).

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Wed 12/5: The Partridge In A Pear Tree Dog

4 Dec

This smoked chicken & apple sausage is presented in a steamed poppyseed bun, topped with a spicy pear cider mustard, a cranberry-pear relish, & finished with an egg nog cream cheese sauce.

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This special will run for one day only, no additions, 11am to 10pm, or until supplies are exhausted.