Beer Release: WA: Get It Now ... Hemp Ale from Redhook Ales & Hilliards Beer

image courtesy Redhook AlesEarlier this year if you weren't around Seattle, let alone Washington, then you probably missed the landmark (state) legalization of marijuana*. So who better to commemorate the repeal of prohibition against cannabis than Hilliard's & Redhook Ales with a collaboration beer.

Named Joint Effort Ale, this beer was brewed with hemp seeds and dry-hopped with "...  dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, and Summit hops."

Personal reflections from Ryan Hilliard (of Hilliard's Beer) and Karmen Olson (Brand Manager at Redhook) recall Joint Effort as having a "... dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from hemp seeds."

More on Joint Effort

Originally released exclusively on draught in July 2013, Joint Effort has caught the attention of beer and bud lovers nationwide despite being available in Washington State only.

“When we initially released Joint Effort on draught, the beer – and the bong-shaped tap handle - created a ton of excitement, so we decided with Hilliards that the natural next step was to launch in bottles,” said Redhook Brand Manager Karmen Olson. “Only problem was we couldn’t source a 22oz bottle shaped like a bong.”

The relationship between the two breweries began with a Ballard bar-hopping trip down memory lane for Redhook’s brewing team. The area where it all started for Redhook in 1981 has since become known as the “Redhook District” and is a haven for beer lovers with a number of notable breweries opening and thriving. Among those is Hilliard’s Beer, founded in October 2011 by Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl.

"We were really excited at the initial release of Joint Effort with Redhook and to see it available in bottles now is awesome,” said Hilliard's Beer co-founder Ryan Hilliard.  “Joint Effort was the first collaboration beer we had done with another brewery and it's fitting they started in Ballard a few blocks from where we are."

As of today, Joint Effort should be on shelves, exclusively, throughout Washington. Locations carrying Joint Effort 22 ounce bottles can be found using Redhook’s Beer Finder at

* Initiative 502, passed by voters in November 2012, legalized possession and use of moderate amounts of marijuana in Washington State


About Redhook

Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80’s 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, WA and Portsmouth, NH, Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries.

While Redhook has “grown up” over the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, and Audible Ale. Most importantly, Redhook has fun doing it. Redhook beers are available both on draught and in bottles around the country. For more information, visit

About Hilliard’s Beer

Hilliard’s Beer was founded by Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 2011. With a focus on great, craft beer in cans and made with the best ingredients available, Hilliard's can be appreciated by both the informed and informal beer drinker. Available in locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, look for Hilliard's signature tallboy cans of Amber, Blonde, Pils, and Saison as well as draft beers like Chrome Satan and Nautical Reference Pale Ale.

Visit Hilliard’s Ballard taproom, which has become one of Seattle’s ‘go-to’ spaces for beer, food trucks, and events.

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