Sunday 6/23: Spud Goodman Show Reunion, 3pm

23 Jun

The first time I watched The Spud Goodman Show, I was floored. I couldn’t, and still cannot, tell if the people on the show were as bizarre as their characters made them out to be. Was it a put-on, or the real deal?


I quit asking. The show introduced me and many others to bands that would open up a new world to us.


Today that show is holding it’s 28th Reunion Gala at The Red Hot. 3pm is go time. Recording will be happening, so be prepared. It’s time to get weird.


Wednesday June 12, 5pm: Bear Republic Rarities Night

11 Jun

On Wednesday, we’ll have something from our pals in Northern California, Bear Republic Brewing. 3 kegs that have never been in our area before. We’ll be tapping them all at 5pm. Here’s the run down:

Crazy Ivan Belgian IPA


Global Kolsch

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also fool around and Randall off a keg of always delicious Racer 5 IPA. We’ll be going through a mix of Simcoe hops, Amarillo hops, Centennial hops, and grapefruit zest.

Kegs are tapping at 5pm! See you there…


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


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.


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.

Sat 5/18: Pint Pedaler Release Beer Garden/New Sausage Preview Menu

17 May

On Saturday, we will debut a collaborative project for Bike Month. We obtained the assistance of TacomaBikeRanch, Nystrom Design & Rite in the Rain to create Tacoma’s first bike map to all the breweries in Tacoma, WA. On Saturday, you can pick up your free copy in our first parking-lot beer garden, in all it’s full color, tri-folded, and beer resistant splendor.


We will have some delicious offerings outside, including the very limited Schooner Exact Bicycle AleLiance IPA (along side Hopworks IPA, New Belgium Shift Pale Lager, Sierra Nevada Summerfest Czech Pils, & Stiegl Grapfruit Radler. The inside tap list, as always, can be found at

Tacoma’s 2nd Cycle will be in-house from noon-4pm to handle any troubleshooting or bike tune-up help, and their own Noah Struthers designed a limited-edition spoke card for this event as well!

To tickle your taste buds, we will be offering a preview of some of our new sausages that will be debuting on our new rotating sausage menu. We will be bringing in more seasonal/fun/weird/delicious sausages on a rotating basis. Due to the large numbers of sausage party-goers, this will be the only available menu for Saturday. If you need a Hosmer Hound Dog or Filthy Nachos, you’ll have to wait until Sunday morning :).


a 20×40 tent will be in place for rain and/or sun shade for PacNW milky white skin. Weather looks decent so far, but no matter what Mom Nature has planned, this will be a great time. See ya there!

MON 5/6: Epic Ales Night, 6pm

5 May

Monday May 6th is the first day of Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer Week. This is where we devote 100% of our taps to WA made beer for 7 days to support, showcase, but mostly enjoy the beers from the brewers right here in our backyard.


To kick off this year’s TDWBW, we’re tapping a quartet of beers from Seattle’s own Epic Ales. Known for his ingredient usage and pushing style boundaries, brewmaster/HMFIC Cody will be on hand to talk shop. Here’s the lineup:

• Bottom of the Sea (Black Oyster Gose)
• GastroPod (Nettle/Wheat Beer)
• Padre Azul (Agave Sour)
• Solar Trans Amplifier (Camomile & Ginger Wit)

It all goes down at 6pm.

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

19 Apr


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.


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 4/11 TRH Test Kitchen Special: The Italian Beef Sandwich

10 Apr

This week’s Test Kitchen is a blast from our past, put together by our very own beloved Italian Stallion, Sean Horst, our longest tenured employee.


Thin sliced Italian roast beef on one of our bolillio rolls, giardiniera, and dunked in a spiced aus jus, served up messy as hell.

This special is definitely not vegetarian friendly, not available to go, with no additions or substitutions, and will only be available this Thursday, from 11am, until supplies are exhausted.

Wooden Nickels & Growler Rewards

28 Mar

Here at TRH, one of our longest standing daily specials has been Growler Mondays. $10 Growler refills were the norm. This is when the $4 pint dominated the tap list. Due to rising beer costs, the $4 pint occupied 3/4 to 1/2 the tap list. Customers have also switched mainly to filling growlers with harder to find draft-only choices, which were priced a bit higher. Deeply discounted growler fills were also limited to only what was on tap on Mondays.

Enter the TRH Wooden Nickel


From now on, any time you refill a 64oz growler here, you’ll get a wooden nickel which gives you $1 off a 64oz growler fill the next time you come in. This is our repeat customer reward for those of you who regularly refill growlers here (and there are a lot of you!). On Mondays, instead of discounted growlers, you’ll get 3 wooden nickels for any refill ($3 off your refill the next time you come in). Our website is on the back of the wooden nickel which has a tap list of what’s on. Now you can decide when to get a discounted refill, and not limit it to just Mondays. These are being issued now, and all of our growler regs are loving it. PLEASE let your Beertender know before you fill that you intend to redeem any wooden nickels. THANKS!

Thu 3/21: Sai What?!?! WA/OR Saisons & Flemish Farmhouse Dog v2.0

19 Mar

This Thursday, we’ll put on a grip of tasty Saisons to taste, made in Washington & Oregon only. All beers will be in 5.5oz pours only. All of these selected beers will be available when we open at 11am, until close or when the kegs expire, whichever comes first. Here’s the lineup:

1. E-9 Brewery Barrel Aged Farmer Ralph – 4.4% (WA)

2. Cascade Brewing Saison Grand – 10.7% aged in chardonnay barrels for four months/cold conditioned in stainless for another four months (OR)

3. Schooner Exact Pineapple Express – 5.8% Maui Gold pineapple & Galaxy Hops (WA)

4. Black Raven Pour Les Oiseaux – 7.6% aged in French Oak white wine barrels, w/Brettanomyces (WA)

5. pFriem Family Brewers Super Saison – 9.5% big tropical fruit, funky and big (OR)

6. Logsdon Seizoen – 7.5% unfiltered, naturally fermented and carbonated with pear juice and select yeast strains, complex, fruity and spicy (OR)

All selections are available individually, or you can do the full flight for the nice price.


Thursdays are also TRH Test Kitchen Thursdays, so we’ll be doing a revamp of one of our most popular specials, The Flemish Farmhouse Dog. This time around, it will look like this:

All-beef dog, house-made tarragon mustard & herbed fresh cheese spread, onions, and finished with grated organic radish & celery salt.

This food special is vegi-friendly when ordered with a vegi-dog. No to-go/additions/substitutions.

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.