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.
“You might say Winterhook #30 is something of a ‘greatest hits’ of the previous 29,” Crandall said. “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.”
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.
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 percent, IBU: 45