On the heels of the brewery’s downsizing of its production brewery in Woodinville, Washington, Redhook Brewery keeps alive one of its oldest and most popular seasonal beers, Winterhook Dark Ale. Since 1984 Redhook has been brewing its annual winter release, Winterhook Dark Ale to welcome in the wet, dark rainy months of winter.
Every year the brewers at Redhook come up with a new recipe to brew Winterhook. For its 32nd year, Winterhook uses three hops that will make this version one of the most hop forward versions yet. “We’re very happy with the 2016 version of Winterhook,” said Nick Crandall, lead innovation brewer at Redhook Brewery in a release. “In addition to a normal dose of Munich malt, we amped up the hop profile, with the addition of Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook hops, a perfect balance of malts and hops.”
The 2016 version of Winterhook is described as having a healthy dose of Munich malt and includes flaked oats for a creamier mouthfeel. The malt is balanced with the addition of Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook hops. This year’s Winterhook is a rich amber color – in the altbier range – with more hop character from a heavier addition of Simcoe hops.
Winterhook Dark Ale Stats
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook
Original Gravity: 13.8º
Finishing Gravity: 2.5º
In early 2017, Redhook Brewery will open a new 10-barrel brewpub in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit redhook.com and follow the brewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.