About - EST. 1981, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

In 1981, Redhook founders, Gordon Bowker and Paul Shipman, had a vision to bring Seattle a better beer than the light yellow fizzy stuff that was widely available at the time. Seizing upon the progressive energy of other pioneering Emerald City brands, the two established Seattle’s Redhook Ale Brewery.

From modest beginnings in an old transmission shop in the Ballard neighborhood, to a former trolley car barn in Fremont, Redhook has always embodied the spirit of Seattle. After 35 years, Seattle’s Original Craft Brewery is still brewing fresh, innovative craft beers for the new generations of beer lovers.

1981  Bowker And  Shipman
1981

Gordon Bowker and Paul Shipman establish Redhook Brewery in an old Ballard transmission shop with the goal of brewing Seattle a better beer.

1981  Bowker And  Shipman
1982  First  Keg
1982

The first Redhook Ale ever is poured at the classic Seattle pub in Queen Anne, Jake O’Shaughnessy’s. The initial beer had a fruity taste and quickly gained a cult following as “Banana Beer.”

1983
1983

Blackhook Porter is first brewed. A revival of the traditional London-style, top-fermented porter, Blackhook becomes a favorite of dark beer fans.

1983
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1984

Winterhook, Redhook’s legendary winter ale is first brewed. Crafted with an evolving mix of malts and hops, Winterhook has been brewed annually since this date.

Ballard Bitter
1985

Ballard Bitter is first released. Paying homage to the Scandinavian history of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Ballard Bitter’s hoppy profile becomes a hit with craft beer fans. Ya Sure, Ya Betcha!

Ballard Bitter
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1986

Redhook Extra Special Bitter, a former Winterhook recipe, is released. Brewed continuously to this day, Redhook ESB plants a stake in the ground for the Seattle craft beer movement, and inspires a new wave of craft beers across the country.

1987  Trolleyman  Pub
1987

Redhook outgrows the Ballard brewery and moves to Fremont, inhabiting an historic building that served as a barn for trolley cars up until the 1940’s. To honor that heritage, new pub is christened the Trolleyman.

1987  Trolleyman  Pub
1991
1991

The Fremont brewery expands production from 40,000 to 75,000 barrels to serve the growing craft beer market.

1994  Woodinville  Site
1994

To meet increasing demand from thirsty beer lovers, Redhook opens a state-of-the-art 250,000 barrel brewery located in the heart of scenic Woodinville, WA.

1994  Woodinville  Site
1996  Portsmouth Brewery
1996

Redhook opens a sister brewery in Portsmouth, NH to better serve Redhook beer fans on the eastern seaboard. Redhook is the first craft brewery to have bicoastal breweries.

Long Hammer
1997

Redhook IPA, aka Long Hammer IPA, is first released. Tracing its heritage from another Redhook classic beer, Ballard Bitter, Long Hammer IPA continues to be one of America’s favorite and Seattle’s #1 IPA.

Long Hammer
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2007

Seattle Sounders inaugural season kicks off and Redhook becomes the Official Craft Beer of the Sounders FC.

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2010

Redhook partners with University of Washington as the official craft beer of Husky Athletics.

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2012 Ballard
2012

Redhook releases its first ever beer in cans: Redhook Long Hammer IPA. Kendall Jones of the Washington Beer Blog dubs the Ballard neighborhood the “Redhook District.”

Winterhook
2014

Winterhook Celebrates 30 consecutive years of debuting a different recipe each year.

Winterhook
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2016

Redhook Extra Special Lager is released. Traces its ancestry from the great export style beers of the Dortmund region of Germany, Redhook ESL finally gives the Emerald City the lager they deserve.

2016  Motorworks
2017

Redhook celebrates 35 years as a craft brewing pioneer and opens a new brewery and pub in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

2016  Motorworks