Beer of the Week

Redhook Winterhook Winter Ale

Week of January 28, 2014

An excellent winter warmer to start the season off right!

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What the Brewery Says:

 

Winter seasonal ales are often referred to as Winter Warmers due to their bold flavors and higher alcohol. Winterhook is an excellent example of this style with its rich, full body and deep chestnut color. We brewed Winterhook with nine different varieties of malt, giving the beer its complex malt profile with the perfect hints of chocolate and caramel. We add four hop charges to balance the malt sweetness, leaving the beer with the perfect balance.

Winterhook pairs nicely with chicken, pheasant, turkey, duck and cheeses.
Available October through December.

 

Style: Winter Ale

ABV: 6%

Malts: Pale, Flour-malted Caramel and Light Chocolate

Hops: Cascade, Sterling, Alchemy

Color SRM: 29

Bitterness Units: 40 IBU

Original Gravity: 14.70 degrees plato

Calories / 12 oz.: 200.0

Brewed Since: 1985

 

 

More About the Brewery:

 

Originally founded in May of 1981 in Seattle, Washington by Paul Shipman and Gordon Bowker, Redhook Ale Brewery was one of the breweries at the forefront of the craft beer movement, and at one time considered themselves to be "the most technically advanced craft brewery in North America." However, last July Redhook ceased to operate as a standalone brewery after it merged with Widmer Brothers Brewing, another craft brewing pioneer also founded in the Pacific northwest. While this merger marked the union of two of the United States' top craft breweries and is a big story in itself, we would like to briefly tell the story of Redhook and their road to brewing success.

After selling its first pint of beer in 1982, an ale with a hint of banana flavor and modeled after spicy Belgian ales, Redhook fought for two years to capture the attention of local beer drinkers before releasing the Ballard Bitter, known today as IPA, which ignited a level of demand for Redhook brews beyond the capacity of their initial brewery. Knowing that in order to continue to grow they would need to upgrade their facilities, Redhook bought a new building which was 26,000 square feet and dramatically increased Redhook's brewing capacity. In the years following, the brewery began building a new state-of-the-art brewhouse which was completed in 1988. Since those days, two additional breweries have been built and Redhook has continued to grow its product line and customer base.

For its beers, Redhook takes pride in the quality of its ingredients, using water originating from the nearby Cascade and White mountains, premium western 2 row barley malt, and locally grown hops which are hand selected by the brewers. The secret though, is said to be in Redhook's yeast, the recipe for which they keep on lockdown. If you don't believe the hype, luckily Redhook brews are available across the United States, so head out and try one for yourself.

Back to the new entity; on July 1, 2008, Redhook Ale Brewery, Incorporated formally became Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. as the result of the merger between Redhook and Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, best known for its flagship unfiltered wheat beer, Widmer Hefeweizen. The union was the product of an existing relationship that began in 2003 with partnerships in brewing, sales and marketing. In addition to the Widmer and Redhook products, the CBAI portfolio also includes offerings from Kona Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Company due to strategic partnerships. The combined entity has greatly benefitted from a continuing distribution arrangement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (owner of approximately 35% of CBAI), which allows the Company to spread its brews across the country for all to enjoy. While consolidation is the new trend in the brewing world, only time will tell if increased scale will benefit these two breweries and better position them for long-term success. Regardless, we love Redhook, so if you haven't done so already, give them a try. Cheers.




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