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Meet the Brewer and can releases with pFriem at Belmont Station
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Meet the Brewer and can releases with pFriem at Belmont Station

We are excited to announce that we will be the FIRST in Portland to receive a limited amount of pFriemIPA and Pilsner in CANS for the first time ever. The pFriem crew will be here celebrating this momentous occasion. Come say hi to the pFriem crew (from 10 a.m. to noon) and take a 6-pack or two home with you any time during regular business hours or until they are sold out.

 
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Meet the Brewer & Tasting with Breakside at Belmont Station
Feb
20
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Brewer & Tasting with Breakside at Belmont Station

Breakside is here to release Oligarch, their LARGEST barrel-aged beer release to date.

Oligarch is a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, and Breakside has crafted eight different variants, all of which we will be showcasing on draft in the taproom (and all but one will be available in bottles to take home).

Oligarch - aged in bourbon barrels

  • Bocconotto - aged in bourbon barrels with chocolate, cinnamon, almonds and lemon zest

  • Candy Cap - aged in bourbon barrels with mushrooms

  • Champurrado - imperial sweet stout aged in bourbon barrels with chocolate, vanilla and corn

  • Coco Breakfast - imperial sweet stout aged in maple bourbon barrels with chocolate, vanilla and toasted wheat

  • Maple Oligarch - aged in maple syrup barrels

  • Piedmontese - aged in maple bourbon barrels with hazelnut, vanilla and sea salt

 
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"Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing" at Belmont Station
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

"Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing" at Belmont Station

The Station’s very own Rosalia Porter & Captain Neil Yandow will be here sharing the Girl Scout love. Learn about what Girl Scout Rosalia is raising money for, help her learn a valuable lesson in money management and how to be a small business owner -- and enjoy some expert beer pairings with your favorite Girl Scout cookies at the same time. Cheers to empowering girls and to a future filled with a strong female workforce!

 
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"A Very Pono Valentine" at Belmont Station
Feb
14
5:00 PM17:00

"A Very Pono Valentine" at Belmont Station

Join us as we wish Pono Brewing’s owner/brewer Larry Clouser a happy birthday. Not only is it Larry’s birthday but it happens to be the day to celebrate love. Keeping with the theme of the holiday, Pono is bringing some tasty beers to help romance your loved one and celebrate another year around the sun for Larry.

The beers will include:

  • Stupid Sexy Flanders - Flemish blonde

  • Aw Shucks - Imperial pils w/ oyster shells, fennel, fennel pollen, star anise and citrus peel

  • Lovers’ Quarrel - Double Dry-hopped Hazy IPA

  • All Mai Love - Stout w/ raspberry puree from Larry’s wife, Mai

 
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Craft Beverage Dinner featuring Côte Bonneville, Co Dinn Cellars, and Varietal Beer Company at Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery LLC
Jan
19
5:00 PM17:00

Craft Beverage Dinner featuring Côte Bonneville, Co Dinn Cellars, and Varietal Beer Company at Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery LLC

Come together with three Craft Beverage Makers in Sunnyside on January 19th.  Côte Bonneville, Co Dinn Cellars, and Varietal Beer Company are teaming up again!  Share in an evening of fun, flavor, and celebration of what makes Sunnyside and the Yakima Valley such a special place.  The four course dinner is created and hosted by Roger Hazzard of Bon Vinos.  Coming from out of town?  Stay at Sunnyside Inn and get 10% off with the code CBASS when booked directly.  Get tickets and mark your calendar now!

image sourced from  Varietal Brewing’s Facebook  page

image sourced from Varietal Brewing’s Facebook page

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Buoy Foeder Series Bottle Release at Belmont Station
Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

Buoy Foeder Series Bottle Release at Belmont Station

Buoy Beer Company releases the first batch of their Foeder Series, bottled in refillable 500ml bottles, right here at Belmont Station!

A total of three variations of Buoy Beer's first Foeder release will include a Brett Saison, a dry-hopped Brett Saison, and a Brett Saison with cranberries.

Buoy will release the first two, Brett Saison and Dry-Hopped Brett Saison on Jan. 18 at Belmont Station. The third release, Brett Saison with Cranberries, still needs some time and will be released later in the season.

 
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Holy Mountain Beer Dinner & Full Restaurant Takeover at The Shambles
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Holy Mountain Beer Dinner & Full Restaurant Takeover at The Shambles

Holy Mountain comes to The Shambles—for one night only
In a special pairing event that will take over the entire restaurant, beer and meat lovers alike will want to sign up for a 5-course dinner and paired drinks event at The Shambles on Monday, January 14th, 2019, from 6-11 pm. This dinner features five courses from from Chef Seamus Platt, complete with an interesting assortment of perfectly paired beer and other beverages.

$125 per person (before taxes and service charge). Give The Shambles a call at 206.659.0074 to reserve your spot.

 
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Brewery Release with Northish Beer Company at Peaks and Pints
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

Brewery Release with Northish Beer Company at Peaks and Pints

Press Release

Wednesday, Jan. 9, Peaks and Pints will be invaded by fantastical creatures, witness a battle between darkness and light, be visited by a beautiful, innocent maiden and the unicorn she loves, kneel before the bright-red, horny glory Lord of Darkness, and — most importantly — be drenched in glitter.

Enter a world of unicorns, magic swamps, dwarves and rainbows when Northish Beer Co. transforms our weekly Lodge Meeting into a ludicrous, middle ages fairytale starring the Tacoma brewery’s glitter imperial oatmeal stout, "Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness." 

“We were enamored with the visual style of infamous Ridley Scott’s fantasy film, Legend,” says R.J. Adler, sales executive for Northish. “The film is drenched in glitter. So we embarked on a grand experiment to capture the film’s themes of light and darkness in a glitter beer. Built on a recipe of a rich, dark imperial oatmeal stout, the oats lighten up the roast, revealing a delicate cocoa note. And, we named the beer for the best actor in the movie, ‘Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness’.”

Legend was a flop when it came out in 1985. Most criticisms of the film then, and now, cite the good/evil clichés at the center of the plot, the overly dark tone of the film and Tom Cruise’s flat performance. But, as Adler notes, the film is visually remarkable including the forest shot inside of a studio and Tim Curry’s Academy Award-nominated makeup. Speaking of Curry, even though this movie represents a lull in Cruise’s career between Risky Business and Top Gun, Curry is especially good in his bombastic personification of Darkness. 

Peaks and Pints will screen a closed caption version of Legend on our 130-foot screen while (hopefully) mystically dressed guests sip on Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness, as well as other Northish craft beers including cold-conditioned Festish German Lager, Werifesteria barrel-fermented saison and Wolf Link IPA. Katie Lowry of The Warehouse will DJ.

Legend had Tom Cruise, unicorns, and the director of Blade Runner behind the camera. Why did Ridley Scott's fairy tale end so unhappily? Discuss it over a glass of glitter.

STARRING NORTHISH BEER FEAT. TIM CURRY AT THE DARKNESS, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma, no cover

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Bale Breaker re-designed cans release at Belmont Station
Dec
19
5:00 PM17:00

Bale Breaker re-designed cans release at Belmont Station

We are very excited to be the first in Oregon to showcase Bale Breaker's new look. To help out our good friends up north we will have a mountain of cans, with the new look in the bottle shop and a few fun tasty things on draft in the Biercafe.

We will also have Dormancy Breakfast Stout in cans for the first time.

A side note: We will be the first and only retailer in the state of Oregon to receive these new branded cans until after the first of the year.

image courtesy Bale Breaker Brewing

image courtesy Bale Breaker Brewing

ABOUT BALE BREAKER BREWING CO.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company focuses on handcrafted ales that showcase the world-class hops grown in the heart the Yakima Valley. Hops are in the family's DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Over four generations, their love of hops has evolved into a passion for craft beer. Today, M­­­eghann, Kevin and Patrick are in the midst of running an independent production brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.

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Cans release with Grains of Wrath at Belmont Station
Dec
19
5:00 PM17:00

Cans release with Grains of Wrath at Belmont Station

We are stoked to be one of the first places in Portland to get our hands on Grains of Wrath’s first canned offering.

Overkill IPA is brewed in the vein of a classic west coast style IPA. It boasts notes of stonefruit, diesel, passionfruit, citrus, piney, dank all rounded out by a sturdy yet subtle malt backbone.

Founder/owner/brewer Mike Hunsaker will be here hanging out talking shop and helping us introduce you to the fine folks of Grains of Wrath brewing.

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Wayfinder canned release at Belmont Station
Dec
11
5:00 PM17:00

Wayfinder canned release at Belmont Station

Wayfinder is canning a couple of tasty offerings and we are on the list to be the first to get them.

Lagerbier Hell - Crisp, light, refreshing, brilliantly effervescent with a floral, noble hop aroma. NOW in CANS!

BeYOB Doppelbock - Quadruple-decocted, extra-strong lager, spawned in homage to Oregon’s legendary doom-metal band YOB. A deep, intense and nourishing brew, conditioned at below-freezing temps for weeks. Epic, crushing, heavy beyond words.

BeYOB Doppelbock will be also be on draft for this day’s festivities. Please note: cans will be available in thecans and bottle shop all day!

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Firestone Walker Anniversary XXII release at Belmont Station
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Firestone Walker Anniversary XXII release at Belmont Station

We are honored to once again be help the good folks at Firestone Walker celebrate their anniversary!

Of course, we will have bottles of their anniversary beer for sale in the shop and some great stuff on tap in the biercafe. More details to come! Watch this space for updates!

image sourced from Belmont Station/© 2018 FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

image sourced from Belmont Station/© 2018 FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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"Lager Off! Blind Tasting with Wayfinder and S&H Imports" at Belmont Station
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

"Lager Off! Blind Tasting with Wayfinder and S&H Imports" at Belmont Station

Join us in the biercafe for a blind tasting and chance to vote for your favorite lagers between the folks at Wayfinder and imports from S&H.

This event was a huge hit last year and we expect it to be just as fun this time around. Watch our website for updates and additional details!

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"Jester King Exclusive Bottles & Special Draft Celebration" at Belmont Station
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

"Jester King Exclusive Bottles & Special Draft Celebration" at Belmont Station

Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of Jester King’s bottles come and go from our shelves, and we are excited and humbled for another opportunity to showcase some of the country's best farmhouse beers to the Oregon market.

We will have a few special kegs as well as some rare and very special, ON-SITE ONLY bottles for your imbibing pleasure.

The draft list will include the following:

  • La Vie en Rose - An ale re-fermented w/ "spent" raspberries

  • Kollaborations - A hoppy pilz wort from Live Oak fermented w/ Jester King mixed culture

  • Correlation - Brewed w/ chamomile & fermented w/ gala apples in oak

The ON-SITE ONLY bottles will be:

  • Spon - 2017 (5th) Three Year Blend

  • Spon - 2018 Raspberry & Cherry

These bottles are extremely limited so get here ASAP so you can enjoy one of the most unique "Méthode Gueuze" beers in the country.


image sourced from Belmont Station/© Jester King Craft Brewery

image sourced from Belmont Station/© Jester King Craft Brewery

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"Drake's Brewing Special Tapping & Meet the Maker!" at Belmont Station
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

"Drake's Brewing Special Tapping & Meet the Maker!" at Belmont Station

Meet the Barrel Program Manager forDrake’s Brewing, Travis Camacho, who is in town for the Holiday Ale Festival. Each year, Travis works with HAF director Preston Weesner to create their collaborative Vin Drakonic Grape Fermented Imperial Stout.

Here’s what Travis has to say about this very special beer:

“Every year for the Holiday Ale Fest in Portland, Oregon, we create a beer that will be sure to stun the fest goers at what is one of the best Beer Fests in the Pac NW. 

"We’ve taken our Drakonic Imperial Stout and fermented it on Grenache grape skins with our house blend of wild yeast and bacteria to turn our malty monster into a completely new creature. Initial fermentation was in a stainless tank, and was then transferred into Zinfandel as well as Petit Syrah barrels, and left to condition for 8 months. 

"The final blend is a blend of strong raspberry/grape fruitiness with a pleasant dark chocolate and tobacco-like malt profile. The beer also gained a pleasant tartness from wild fermentation; the final product walks the line somewhere in between a glass of wine, Imperial Stout, and Flemish Red." 

We’re lucky enough to get one of those kegs, plus we will be putting their Brut IPA and Denogginizer DIPA on tap too!

image sourced from Belmont Station/© Drake’s Brewing Co.

image sourced from Belmont Station/© Drake’s Brewing Co.

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"An Introduction to Garden Path" at Belmont Station
Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

"An Introduction to Garden Path" at Belmont Station

We are excited to help introduce Garden Path Fermentation to Oregon.

We will be pouring four beverages in the Biercafe, and we will have a small selection of bottles in the bottle shop to go.

Here's a little on they’re all about in their words:

"Garden Path Fermentation’s co-creators, Ron Extract and Amber Watts, have a long history in the brewing industry. Most recently, they were at Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX, where Ron was an owner and managing partner, and Amber helped manage the tasting room and front office. While it was inspiring to be part of the team that helped Jester King grow into a world-class farmhouse brewery, Ron and Amber were ready to start their own project from the ground up.

Garden Path Fermentation is a brewery/winery/cidery/meadery in beautiful Skagit County in the far northwest corner of Washington State. We focus on the slow fermentation of local products—Skagit grains, honey, and fruit, and Northwest hops—all of which are fermented in oak with our native yeast culture cultivated from the air, flowers, and fruits of the Skagit Valley."

Draft list will include:

  • The Garden Paths Led to Flowered

  • The Subtle Blend Raspberry Barrels

  • The Dry Hopped Streams Well

  • The Curious Mix Methods

Bottle offerings will include:

  • The Curious Mix Methods

  • The Dry Table Mead

  • The Garden Path Led to Flowered


Ron and Amber will be here to take you on a guided tour of their fermented products.

The guided tasting is open to anyone. Simply purchase a flight at the bar in the Biercafe and join us on the back patio. Tasting will start around 5:30 in our covered and heated back patio. Ron and Amber will walk you down the path, sharing stories of inspiration and talk a bit about the beverages themselves.

image sourced from Belmont Station/© Garden Path Fermentation

image sourced from Belmont Station/© Garden Path Fermentation

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Holiday Beer Extravaganza at Lompoc Brewing Sidebar
Nov
26
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Beer Extravaganza at Lompoc Brewing Sidebar

Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore. … Lompoc Brewing will release eight holiday beers on draft this season. The beers will be available at a release party on Monday, Nov. 26 from 4pm to 11pm at Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The beers will go on tap at Oaks Bottom and 5th Quadrant on Tuesday, Nov. 27. One of the beers, C-Sons Greetings, will also be released in 22-oz. bottles, which will be available at the release party.

Blitzen: A bright, straw-colored holiday favorite, this golden ale is dry hopped with Centennial hops, orange peel, coriander, and cinnamon. The hops and orange peel combine for a citrusy aroma and flavor with a slight spice finish. Something tells us Rudolph won’t be your favorite reindeer anymore! 4.6% ABV

Smoking Bishop Helles: Let us take you on a holiday journey with this German-style lager that was brewed with smoked malts from Weyerman Malting. With an aroma that will remind you of cozying up to the fire, this golden lager has a crisp and dry finish. 5.1% ABV

Red Ryeder IRA: This India red ale is a collaboration with Nomcraft Brewing out of Aridagawa, Japan. Crimson in color with a citrus and spice profile, it’s everything you’ll want on your Christmas list...just be careful not to shoot your eye out! 6.7% ABV

C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA: A deep copper colored ale brewed and dry-hopped with all seven "C" hops for a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. C-sons Greetings offers a full hop flavor with a rich caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence. 8% ABV

2016 Old Tavern Rat: A dark amber colored barley wine that was aged for two years prior to its release, this barley wine features a strong bitterness that is balanced with the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

2016 Rye Barrel Aged Belsnickel: Whether you’ve been impish or admirable, a visit from Belsnickel is a critical part of Christmas. This robust American porter was aged in Heaven Hill Distillery rye whiskey barrels for two years. Hints of oak, chocolate, tobacco, and roasted malts permeate the palate. 6.2% ABV

2017 Franc'ly Brewdolph: This Belgian-style red ale was aged in Maryhill Winery Cabernet Franc barrels for 11 months. It has an oaky aroma with a mild fruitiness, finishing with a spicy clove flavor. Sure to go down in history. 7.7% ABV
 
2017 St. Nick’s Nightcap: This Bier de Garde is a malt-forward French style pale ale that was aged for 17 months in Maryhill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Reddish-bronze in color with a toasted oak aroma, it has a malty sweetness with flavors of rhubarb and tart cherry. 7.2% ABV

About Lompoc Brewing
Established in 1996, Lompoc Brewing is a longtime Portland favorite that brews eight year-round beers and an ever-rotating lineup of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its three Portland neighborhood pubs: 5th Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, and Oaks Bottom in Southeast. Lompoc beers are proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBrewing on social media.

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Gigantic "The Cat Ate My Stash & Pissed On the Xmas Tree" release at Belmont Station
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

Gigantic "The Cat Ate My Stash & Pissed On the Xmas Tree" release at Belmont Station

On the label

Consider this IPA our holiday gift to you. It’s loaded with the dankest, stickiest, drippiest, piniest hops we could get our hands on.

You should always leave the party 10 minutes before you do. -Gary Larson

Swing by Belmont Station to check out the latest from Gigantic Brewing.

More on the beer.

Beer Name: The Cat Ate My Stash & Pissed on the Xmas Tree Festive IPA 

Description: Consider this IPA our holiday gift to you. It’s loaded with the dankest, stickiest, drippiest, piniest hops we could get our hands on. 

Tasting Notes: Piney, resinous and DANK 

History & Style: Inspired by the enigmatic John Mallett of Bell's Brewery, this festive IPA is loaded with the dankest, sticky, drippy, and piney hops the Gigantic brewers could get their hands on. 

Artist: Rob Reger 

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Beer Pairing Dinner Cruise with Hellbent Brewing and Waterways Cruises and Events
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Beer Pairing Dinner Cruise with Hellbent Brewing and Waterways Cruises and Events

Join us for a special Beer Pairing Dinner Cruise featuring the delicious beers of Hellbent Brewing Company. Learn about craft beer brewing, as you enjoy these outstanding beers expertly paired with a delicious three-course dinner crafted by our Executive Chef.

Hellbent started with three longtime friends and restaurant industry veterans. According to these proud owners, “starting Hellbent was the natural (and the coolest) thing to do, growing directly out of their experience and love of beer.” For years they home-brewed and toiled over their business plan. Finally, after years of fierce determination and hard work they opened their doors in the thick of microbrew country. From their crisp golden ale to their floral jasmine wheat, Hellbent meticulously craft brews with the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality beer every time.

Visit https://www.waterwayscruises.com/2897-2/ for more information.

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Brewer’s Shoptalk at Redhook Brewlab
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Brewer’s Shoptalk at Redhook Brewlab

Press Release

SEATTLE, Wash. – September 26, 2018 – Redhook and Seattle Made will host a Brewer’s Shoptalk discussing the future of beer in Seattle with some of the city’s best breweries: Georgetown Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Pike Brewing and Populuxe Brewing. The event will be held at Brewlab’s back bar in Capitol Hill on Thursday, October 11 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Brewlab’s front bar will still be open to the public.

Kendall Jones, who has spearheaded Seattle Magazine’s beer awards issue for the past two years, and is the founder of Washington Beer Blog, will moderate a panel of brewers from the five prominent Seattle breweries. Head Brewer Nick Crandall will represent Redhook, where the event will be hosted. The storied brewery’s return to Seattle where Crandall and his team produce small batch brews, and its ongoing partnerships with other Washington breweries made it the ideal spot for the event. Georgetown’s Matt Edwards, Stoup’s Brad Benson, Pike’s John Hall, and Populuxe’s Peter Charbonnier round out the panel.

 Topics for the evening will include sustainability practices, what’s made Seattle such a hot spot for brewers, and the future of the brewing industry in Seattle. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session and tickets include a pint from Redhook or one of the participating breweries.

Seattle Made is an organization that celebrates Seattle’s unique cultural identity by growing and supporting urban manufacturers and producers. Their goal is to  expand opportunities for the city’s business community. All participants in Seattle Made’s Brewer’s Shoptalk are Seattle-based and topics include what makes the Emerald City such a brewing hot bed.

Event Details

When: October 11, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

What: Seattle Made Brewer’s Shoptalk

Where: Redhook Brewlab – back bar

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Panel discussion: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: 15 dollars (includes a pint of beer) | Purchase advance tickets by visiting Seattle Made: https://www.seattlemade.org/events/seattle-made-brewers-night/

For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit redhook.com and follow the brewery on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

 

About Redhook Brewery

Redhook was born out of the entrepreneurial spirit of early 1980s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first craft breweries with a focus on creating a better beer. Redhook recently returned to its Seattle roots with Brewlab, its small batch innovation hub in the heart of Capitol Hill. At Brewlab, head brewer Nick Crandall has a knack for crafting inventive beers born out of innovation, creativity and experimentation. Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Big Ballard Imperial IPA, Bicoastal IPA and a variety of seasonal and limited release beers, including My Oh My Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout, Tangelic Halo Tangerine IPA, Winterhook, and more. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981.

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