Recently, The Stews went down to Seattle because we had air miles, it’s the closest out-of-state destination from Alaska, and because our good friend Jason lives there.
So two good reasons and one great reason, basically.
One thing the Seattle area is known for is its beer and it’s access to wine (oh vineyards, how I’ve missed you!), so we decided to take an afternoon trip out to Woodinville, Washington – a short 30 minute drive that takes no time at all.
While in Woodinville, we got to join a tour at the Red Hook Brewery – a craft style beer with a huge distribution chain!
For only $5 per person, you can get a tour of the facility from a crazy cool tour guide, drink beer, AND get a pint glass as a souvenir (I’m literally drinking water out of mine as I write this – ahhh, fond memories).
The tour takes place in a private room above the restaurant. The room is really cool, it’s got a bar, fooseball, and enormous windows so you can see the brewers working on their craft [beer]. The vibe is incredibly relaxed, and the staff leading the tours are really knowledgeable and chill. It was easy to socialize while learning.
At one point in the tour, we got to see the bottling facility. I always find this part so cool: it just fascinates me watching the lines move and I always think of Laverne & Shirley whenever I see one.
Red Hook has a craft beer style and taste, but it’s actually pretty corporate. It was founded in Seattle in 1981 by two guys – one of them being a founder of Starbucks. It’s actually owned by the Craft Brew Alliance, and Anheuser-Busch owns 32% of the corporation. Through strong positioning and wholesaler distribution, the Redhook ESB has become an exceedingly popular beer in 48 of the 50 states. (Sorry Utah)
Throughout the entire tour, you’re being given generous samples of beer with a cup that never seems to empty. At the end of the tour, the staff lets you have as many samples as you can drink in the time left in the allotted hour (I was able to squeeze in one more!)
For any cyclists in the Seattle area that also like drinking beer, you should check out their Haul Ash 2015 event – 42 miles of bike riding to and from the brewery in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. It also raises money for The Heart Hope Institute – so it supports a good cause as well.
In the Seattle area and want to check out the brewery? Info below:
Address: 14300 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
Tour of the brewery operate daily at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm. The cost is $5, and I’d get there a bit early as they tend to fill up quickly.
Have you ever been to Red Hook? What’s your favorite of their beer – I’m partial to the Long Hammer IPA and the Audible Ale!