It's been about two years since The Rosewood Cafe's Rosewood Red faded away. The Seattle brewery that produced the red ale for Barry Watson's Tacoma cafe closed shop and took the recipe with it.
Now, Watson has found a brewery to produce a new version of Rosewood Red. It wasn't so elementary. Said Watson: "Our tiny 10-table cafe couldn't get taken seriously."
Hales Ales in Seattle agreed to brew a pilot batch of 16 kegs. Watson tapped a fresh idea: He'll share the beer with his friend Chris Miller, proprietor of The Red Hot hot dog bar on Tacoma's red-hot Sixth Avenue.
The Rosewood Cafe will serve Rosewood Red. The Red Hot will serve Red Hot Red. Hales will serve the red ale on a rotating tap. Get growlers to-go at all three places.
Watson said Rosewood Red and Red Hot Red will be on tap by March.
For beer geeks: Rosewood Red/Red Hot Red was brewed to be a robust red ale, aromatic but not too bitter. "It's in the wheelhouse of Hale's Red Menace," Watson said. He also said it's "a la Mac and Jack's." It's about 6.5 percent alcohol content and 45-50 international bittering units. It's triple-hopped. Primary hops are Amarillo; Centennial and Cascades were added during conditioning.