On Sunday, I ventured up to Redhook Ale Brewery (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) for a special tweet up hosted by Sean and Ian of 2beerguys.com and Brian of Seacoast Beverage Lab. The event was in conjunction with Portsmouth Beer Weekend that had been going on since Wednesday and concluding Monday with the Kate the Great tapping at the Portsmouth Brewing Company.
For those not familiar with Redhook, Paul Shipman and Gordon Bowker founded Redhook brewery in Seattle in May of 1981, with their first official pour occurring in 1982. Almost 30 years later, Redhook has expanded to Portsmouth to offer bi-coastal opportunity to enjoy “Liquid Goodness” as they like to phrase their hand crafted beers. While some of their brews may be hard to come across, chances are you can always find their Long Hammer IPA (6.5% ABV), and that’s OK, as it’s been touted as one of America’s best tasting IPA’s.
The highlight of Sunday’s event was a special brewery tour with Jason, a veteran brewer at Redhook for the past 4 years and having spent years as a brewer at Casco Bay Brewing Company (now part of Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine). Jason took us through parts of the brewery that are usually not featured on the “traditional tour” and was really an eye opening experience at the size of of all the equipment. Jason noted that since Redhook partnered with Goose Island, Kona Brewing Company and Widmer Brothers Brewery (to make the Craft Brewers Alliance), the Portsmouth brewing location has brewed some 30+ different types of beer! In addition, the alliance also allows the four breweries to come together and collaborate on some new beers.
In addition to a great tour, pints of Mud Slinger Nut Brown, ESB, Blonde and IPA were enjoyed by the group.
Here are a few pictures I snapped. For more pictures, check out Beer Zen Girl’s blog post on the event.
A big thanks to Ian, Sean and Brian for hosting a great Sunday Funday event at Redhook!