Monday, April 29, 2013

Grand Growlers

Dale and I were invited by our neighbors, Patti and Lyle to the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club charity auction dinner the other night, and we were able to invite my friend, Erin to come with too!  It was great fun and for a great cause!  The theme was the Roaring 20's and Dale and I dressed in costume.  I love fancy dress parties!

I wanted to win something at the silent auction so I chose the basket full of beer and just bid the "guaranteed price."  Nice! Instant winner!  There were ten types of beers (most were IPAs), and an empty growler (Pint Defiance), and two gift cards (one to Pint Defiance and one to The Red Hot) to fill the growler.  Calling Colorado Springs home, I was not unfamiliar with the growler concept, but never partook in this tasty and Eco-friendly way of trying local brews until now.

Erin saw that one of the gift cards was from The Red Hot (TRH) and told us it was a great place to eat.  So, today we went to sample the food (and beers) and fill the growler.

After woofing down a Heidelberg sausage with kraut, I felt that my meat fix hadn't been sated and ordered a Red Hot to top that one off and washed it down with a pint of Old Tacoma Lager.  Then I enjoyed a pint of the Port Townsend Yodas Green Tea Gold brew. Strangely the green tea flavor was quite dominate but good.  Dale enjoyed a Ninkasi Sterling Pilsner and then a delicious Tieton Cider Works Apricot Cider.  I was skeptical about the cider but found that it was light, crisp and very refreshing.  Our server also gave us a taste of the Everybody's Brewing King Common as well, but we went with filling our prize growler with cider and then we purchased a TRH house growler and topped that one off with the Green Tea.  I can't wait to enjoy these as home.  Bonus: since it was Monday they were running a special and gave us six wooden nickles (three for each growler) for $3 off each growler at our next refill! 

Woo hoo!!  Gotta love that deal!

If you're local to the Tacoma area I highly recommend that you get out to 6th Ave. in Tacoma, Washington and give this place a try.  Or if you aren't local but luck enough to live near micro-breweries, definitely take advantage of the growlers!

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