If you’ve ever been a UNH student or Seacoast resident, odds are you’ve been to Redhook Brewery. It’s a Wildcat’s right of passage to do the Redhook tour with your friends on the weekend, or at least it was when I was a student four years ago.
The brewery, located at Pease, is half brewery- half public house. If you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend taking the tour. For a couple bucks, you get to see what goes into your favorite Redhook brews, visit the bottling/kegging area and my favorite, peak into the test lab and see what they’re experimenting with. At the end of the tour, you can sample Redhook’s staples such as Audible Ale, ESB, and Longhammer IPA.
After the tour head downstairs to the Cataqua Public House, Redhook’s restaurant. Do yourself a favor, order a flight. Redhook has one of the most impressive, and largest flights. I’m usually drunk after one flight and I’m far from a light-weight. The Long Hammer IPA is one of Redhook’s most known beers, after the ESB. This India Pale Ale bursts with hops and a slight pine taste. Redhook’s most popular beer, ESB (Extra Special/Strong Bitter) delivers a slight bitter taste, as much as the name would suggest. This darker copper brew offers a slight spice and just a touch of fruit.
The beer that packs a punch when it comes to ABV is the Big Barrel Double IPA. Despite the malty flavor associated with IPAs, the BBDI simmers down with hints of orange and pine and at 8.6 ABV, it gets the job done. The American Pale Ale, is exactly what you’d expect. It’s the perfect beer to grab if you’re out downing beers with your friends.
For Hefeweizen addicts like me, Redhook offers a menu of Kona Brewing Company and Widmer Brothers beers. The Widmer Hefe is not the traditional hefe as it’s missing the signature banana and clove taste. Regardless, it’s still a good, light wheat beer. Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale was probably my favorite beer that I tasted. The tropical aromas and tastes is the perfect additional to this light ale. Aside from the beers, the restaurant’s menu is top-notch. My weakness is the ESB-battered fish or the bison burger.
One of the greatest things Redhook is known for is the Redhook fests throughout the year. Hook Fest is a giant outdoor party with bands playing throughout the day, lawn games, local food vendors, and of course, beer. As someone who has been to many of these, I’m telling you to try it out. There was even this one time that it was freezing rain and I was still bundled up outside enjoying it. Luckily for you, Hook Fest is coming up on August 20, so mark your calendar! This is just one of many events thrown by the brewery so head to their website and keep tabs on their event page or Facebook.
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