If Redhook Brewery was a person, it might start thinking about settling down now that it’s nearing 35 years old. But there’s no such thing for this local staple.
The brewery began in 1981 in an old transmission shop in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, and moved the headquarters to a state-of-the-art brewing facility in Woodinville in 1994. Since then, the brewery has only grown in size, distribution, and popularity.
So it’s with gusto that Redhook announced last week that it is actively searching for a location in Ballard to open a new brewpub. Headquarters and main brewing operations will remain in Woodinville, but the brand is looking to make a return to its Seattle roots and remind beer drinkers that Redhook was a craft brewer before craft brewing was a big thing.
While looking to get back in Ballard’s brewing scene, Redhook will co-host four events during Seattle Beer Week, held May 7-17 across the Seattle area.
“This is definitely the biggest year that we’ve invested in Seattle Beer Week. We’ve always loved it, and it’s always been such a really cool things, but now we’re spreading our roots back into Seattle.” says Liana Duvall, Redhook’s marketing manager. “You have to come to Seattle Beer Week with something exciting and new. As great as ESB (extra special bitter) and Longhammer and Audible are, you need to be able to shake it up a little bit.”
Duvall says the addition of Nick Crandall as head innovative brewer to the Redhook team has enabled the company to explore small-batch brews and produce special edition flavors for special events like Seattle Beer Week.
“He’s doing a lot of really innovative things,” Duvall says. “In conjunction with ESB, and bringing that back to life, it made a lot of sense to choose certain events and partnerships for Seattle Beer Week and really have a lot of fun with it.”
All of Redhook’s events for Seattle Beer Week center around ESB and four variations of it brewed for the weeklong beer celebration. Check out Seattle Beer Week for a full list of events.