Brewery News: NW: Redhook Ales expands their 22 ounce offerings to include IPA, Pilsner, and soon Winterhook

image courtesy of Redhook AlesHow many of you pride yourselves on astuteness? Anyone? Well if you have been walking down the nearest grocery or deli aisle you probably didn’t notice something different.

Seems Redhook isn’t satisfied with a few beers sitting on the shelf in 12 ounce formats, so they decided to expand on the ESB ‘bomber’.

“We’re thrilled to expand our offering of beers available in 22 ounce bottles,” said Greg Deuhs, Redhook brewmaster. “They’re great for times when you want more Redhook beer than the standard 12oz bottle, or for those occasions when you’re feeling generous and want to share with your friends.”

Still with us? Good. Starting now you can expect to see bottles of Redhook India Pale Ale and Redhook Pilsner side-by-side that familiar ESB. Then in October Winterhook returns to 22 ounce formats, followed new seasonals every few months.

About the current lineup of Redhook 22 ounce beers.

image Redhook ESB: “Is, in fact, extra special. But doesn’t let it go to his head.” ESB, which stands for Extra Special Bitter, was unveiled in 1987, and has since become the benchmark for the Amber beer category. Despite having bitter in its name, ESB offers a smooth, bold flavor balanced by caramel malt sweetness and spicy, citrusy hops. Redhook ESB is brewed with three malts and four hop varietals. It has an alcohol by alcohol by volume (ABV) of 5.8 percent and 28 international bittering units (IBUs).

Redhook IPA: “Is a fan of dry-hopping, which sounds much dirtier than it is.” The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives Redhook’s India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. Redhook IPA has a medium body and crisp finish. This beer has a moderate ABV of 6.5 percent and an IBU level of 44, making it one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

imageRedhook Pilsner: “May not look it, but has a dark side.” Redhook Pilsner is a crisp and refreshing lager. Brewed in a traditional Czech style, Redhook Pilsner offers a very soft palate and malt flavors that are offset by a medium dose of distinct Saaz hops to bring out its authentic flavors. The refreshing beer finishes with a clean, bright, thirst-quenching quality. Redhook Pilsner was brewed with four malts and a healthy dose of Saaz hops. The lager beer is fermented for four to six weeks before packaging. The brew has an ABV of 5.3 percent and 25 IBUs.

Redhook Seasonals: Winterhook winter seasonal will be the first seasonal in a 22 ounce bottle and, “has absolutely no interest in sitting on Santa’s lap.” The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same holiday present year after year, especially for 27 straight years. Winterhook is dark and rich, slightly naughty, and very nice. The brew has an ABV of 6.0 percent and IBU of 45.

As always if you don’t see it on the shelf ask your grocer to order some!

About Redhook Ales

Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries.  From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has “grown up” during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – it’s still brewing great beers like ESB, IPA, Pilsner, Copperhook and seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure it has fun doing it. Redhook's beers are available on draught and in bottles, and are distributed nationally through a network of wholesale distributors. For more information, visit


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