There's quite a bit going on off Hoff Avenue these days. You might have thought of the small side street just east of Fourth Avenue as an alley, but with the recent openings of both Ermanos
and Public Brewhouse
, the tucked back street is starting to take shape as something more.
To celebrate, the new beer-centric spots will be joining forces to put on Two Nights of Entertainment at the Tophoy on August 14 and 15. Combining bikes, bands, beer, food and more, the two day event will pay homage both to what the space was and what it has become.
According to Ermanos owner Mark Erman, the Tophoy building, which now houses Ermanos, Saywell Designs, the Bookstop and more, was built in 1926 and was home to many different businesses including Frozen Pure Ice Cream and Schneider's Grocery. After Stephen Paul of Arroyo Designs and Hamilton Distillers moved his distilling operation to a larger space, Ermanos and Public moved into the newly vacant spaces. Although both buildings were built out for their new businesses, original wood and brick were preserved and repurposed to keep the history of the space in tact.
With all of that in mind, Two Nights of Entertainment at the Tophoy will offer a pop up bike tune up shop, yard games (giant jenga, cornhole, etc.) courtesy of Bookmans, the Seis and You Sly Dog food trucks, and bike raffles from of New Belgium Brewery (cruiser) and Ordinary Bike Shop (fixie). A pop-up cocktail bar put on by Burger Brothers' Parker Arriaga will be serving up specialty cocktails including:
- Hemingway: Arizona distilling company desert dry gin, cucumber, mint, lime, soda, simple syrup
- Eegeerita: 3 amigos blanco tequila, lemon eegees, rimmed with Mexican candy
- Not for Nothing: High West double rye, mint, peach, bitters, lemon, ginger
- Earl's Long Island Iced TeaEarl Grey black tea infused vodka (Sun Liquor UNXLD), peach/lemon simple syrup, soda, lemonade.
Friday's events will kick off at 5 p.m. with a bike in happy hour, a special screening of Pee Wee's Big Adventure at 7 p.m. and performances from Hey, Bucko! and DJ E_Rupt following the movie with festivities wrapping up around 1 a.m. Saturday also starts with a 5 p.m. happy hour with a full line-up of bands playing from 7 p.m. until midnight including Pistols & Parachutes, Logan & Lucille, Billy Sedlmayr, Things that Aren't Words, The Rifle and the Jim Howell Band.
Best of all, while there's no cover fee, a quarter of every dollar spent will go to benefit the Living Streets Alliance in their efforts to make Tucson a more bike friendly place to live. Access to the event will be via Hoff Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets.