Redhook is returning to its roots and opening a new brewpub in the heart of the city where it was born. (Pictured at right, the Redhook crew delivered the first keg of beer more than 30 years ago.)
Washington is now home to more than 300 breweries and Redhook Ale Brewery is the oldest. In fact, Redhook is one of the oldest craft breweries in America. Today there are over 4,000 breweries scattered from sea to shining sea, but back in the days when you could count all of America’s craft breweries on your fingers, Redhook was one of them. As it approaches its 35th anniversary, the company is about to make an official announcement that will put smiles on the faces of Seattle’s craft beer oldsters.
Redhook is opening a brewpub in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where it will brew beer on a ten-barrel brewing system. The Redhook brewpub will focus on creating new, experimental, small-batch beers along with some favorites from the past, like Copperhook and Ballard Bitter.
“I’m looking forward to my first ESB on Capitol Hill,” said Paul Shipman, co-founder of Redhook Ale Brewery. “This new brewpub is a perfect opportunity for Redhook to brew great-tasting, local craft beer in one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods and to help celebrate Redhook’s 35th anniversary since it first introduced Seattle to craft beer in 1981.”
Redhook was born in 1981 in an old transmission repair shop in Ballard. Later that decade it moved the brewery to Fremont, where it also opened the Trolleyman Pub. In the mid-1990s, the company began its move to Woodinville, where it built the big brewery that most of today’s beer drinkers recognize as Redhook’s home. In 2002 the company closed the beloved Trolleyman Pub in Fremont, completing its move away from the city where it was born.
Construction is underway and the new brewpub is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. The brewpub will be located at the Pike Motorworks building, a new mixed-use, residential apartment complex that maintains an historic facade.
Redhook’s Capitol Hill brewpub will be part of a pilot brewing program led by the company’s lead innovation brewer, Nick Crandall, and will create beer exclusively for the pub.
“The Redhook brewing team is thrilled to celebrate our 35th anniversary with a new brewpub in the heart of the Emerald City,” said brewer Nick Crandall. “I can’t wait to begin brewing on the new system with the flexibility it brings and the creativity it allows us in experimentation. We’re also looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the community and continue collaborating with great local businesses like Caffe Vita. Creating distinctive brews such as Double Black Stout ties all the goodness of Seattle together. This is what makes being a craft brewer so great — working with great people who really love what they do every day.”
Redhook’s Seattle brewpub will be located at
714 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122