When Redhook Brewery introduced its first batch of Winterhook Ale in 1984, the Billboard Hot 100 read like a list of what would become karaoke’s greatest hits – Hall & Oates, Wham!, Billy Ocean, and Madonna were on top. 30 years and 30 recipes later, Redhook announces the release of Wintehook #30. This year’s recipe development and brewing was overseen by Nick Crandall, Innovation Brewer at Redhook Woodinville.
From hitting the slopes to watching the game to practicing one-handed sports like beer pong and quarters, Redhook Winterhook Ale, wrapped in the now familiar “ugly sweater” label is a great way to chase off the winter chill.
Editor’s Note: This human tendency to where ugly sweaters is one of your more strange customs. Every day we spend on Earth, we discover more and more oddities about human behavior. Luckily there is beer on this planet… Besides ugly sweaters don’t come in alien sizes. We checked…
Like its predecessors, Winterhook #30 is dark and rich in color. Pale and Munich malts combine with dark chocolate malt to create bold flavor. The spicy aroma, subtle sweetness, and strong caramel flavor are courtesy of Cascade, Centennial, and Nugget hops while flaked rye concentrates the spice further still. The winter ale finishes warm and full. ABV: 6%, IBU: 45
“You might say Winterhook #30 is something of a ‘greatest hits’ of the previous 29,” said Redhook brewer Nick Crandall. “We looked back over all the previous recipes, brought out some of our favorite ingredients and added a few new ones. It’s a well-balanced beer that’s great for the frosty nights and colder weather.”
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the 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. 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” 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 www.redhook.com.
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