Redhook Brewery kicks off a new beginning with the opening of its new Seattle brewpub on Capitol Hill called the Redhook Brewlab on August 17th. Redhook is throwing a new grand opening party with radio partner KEXP with 16 collaboration beers and live music from 3-10pm in the Pike Motorworks Building at 714 E. Pike Street.
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Redhook Brewlab will feature 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers, brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall, an eight-year brewing veteran who has spent his time at Redhook focused on innovation and new beer development, including two pub-favorite IPAs in Redhook’s line-up, the reformulated Big Ballard Imperial IPA and the hazy Bicoastal IPA.
Crandall will bring his recipe ideas to life at Redhook Brewlab through a state-of-the-art eight-barrel brewhouse. The brewhouse is a High Efficiency Brewing System (HEBS), which is unique in that it uses a mash filter instead of a lauter tun, enabling significant water and grain conservation, quicker brewing times, and easier batch-to-batch turnover. The flexibility and efficiency of the brewhouse will allow Crandall to experiment with a wide variety of beer styles and recipes, and brew more than 100 different small-batch beers every year.
Redhook Brewlab is a beer-focused working space. The brewery will be a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond. Examples include Crandall’s new Bicoastal IPA, and a few others planned for 2018: My Oh My Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout, Mothers of the Sun Raspberry Saison, Peaches for Me IPA brewed with peach and mango, and Tangelic Halo Tangerine IPA.
“Redhook was built on experimentation and taking risks back in the early 80s,” said Crandall. “Redhook Brewlab will allow us to experiment and test brewing boundaries, as well as get feedback directly from our guests. We’ll see what works and what might not. Ultimately, the next generation of Redhook’s core and seasonal beers will be born at Brewlab.”
With the launch of Brewlab, Redhook is also introducing its new Washington Native series, a rotating line-up of house IPAs that will feature ingredients exclusively sourced from the State of Washington. The Washington Native series will be a permanent fixture at Redhook Brewlab, and Crandall plans to brew the first release in the series with ingredients from two of his favorite sources, hops from Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash., and malts from Skagit Valley Malting in Burlington, Wash.
Redhook Brewlab’s concept is an intersection of Seattle history and culture, a place where the city’s eclectic influences mix – art, science, brewing, food, and music.
Housed within the Pike Motorworks Building, Brewlab’s space is an open modern brewery and pub concept with an abundance of natural light. Large skylight windows above the front entrance on Pike street saturate the main bar and seating area with light, and floor-to-ceiling windows between the pub and brewery space give patrons a close-up view of the latest small-batch beers being brewed.
Redhook Brewlab space was designed by Graham Baba Architects and Arup Engineering, and brought to life by R|Miller Inc. Construction. The space and menu concept were created with input from famed Seattle restaurateurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise, who intentionally worked to emphasize the industrial features of the Pike Motorworks space while incorporating historic elements such as a 1930s bar salvaged from a Greyhound Bus Station in Soap Lake, Wash., and vintage lighting fixtures.
A focal point inside the brewpub is a custom mural by Grammy-nominated Seattle illustrator and Sub Pop Records Art Director Sasha Barr. The prominent mural on the wall near the front bar is a colorful collage celebrating the city, people, beer, architecture, and the neighborhood.
Large patios in the front and back of the space increase the seating capacity from 171 to 258, making Redhook Brewlab’s total outdoor patio space the largest in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The back patio features two firepits for a cozy beer drinking experience, and both patios will be open as weather allows.
In addition to developing Redhook’s latest small-batch beers, Crandall will take the lead on the music front, playing music from his extensive collection of vinyl records for guests to enjoy while he’s brewing beer. There are also plans to ramp up a local live music program, with an ongoing series of shows held at Redhook Brewlab.
Redhook Brewlab will offer a specially curated menu featuring ingredients from local Seattle purveyors. While the heart of the brewery is the eight-barrel brewing system, the heart of the kitchen is a stone-hearth oven from WoodStone in Bellingham, Wash.
From Executive Chef Adam Stevens: “I’d describe the menu concept as unabashedly good bar food, the kind of food we like to eat while drinking great beer. Our stone-hearth oven, the seasons, and local ingredients will dictate the menu, which will rotate throughout the year. In this way, the food aligns with our beers — we won’t limit ourselves, we’ll be experimental, and we’ll always be having fun.”
For more information, please visit http://redhook.com/breweries-pubs/capitol-hill, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. More information on the Grand Opening, which takes place on August 17 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., can be found here: http://redhook.com/events/4/2088/redhook-brewlab-grand-opening.
About Redhook Brewery
Redhook was born out of the entrepreneurial spirit of early 1980s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first craft breweries with its focus on creating a better beer. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to a Fremont trolley barn that housed The Trolleyman brewpub, to its current home of brewing experimentation, Redhook Brewlab, located in the Pike Motorworks Building in the heart of Capitol Hill, Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries.
Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Bicoastal IPA, Big Ballard Imperial IPA, Extra Special Lager (ESL), American Pale Ale, and a variety of seasonal beers, including Blackhook, Summerhook, and Winterhook. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country.
Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981