Redhook Brewery releases El Sonido Mexican-style lager in Cans

Seattle’s Redhook Brewery (part of Portland-based Craft Brew Alliance) reinvented themselves with the Brewlab in 2017 and they are now releasing that brewpub’s most popular beer “El Sonido Mexican-style Lager” as a year-round beer. El Sonido launches in 12oz, and 16oz cans, 6-packs and 4-packs with art by Seattle artist Victor Melendez and a partnership with SMASH – Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare.

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“I was inspired by Alebrijes for their handcrafted nature, their color and uniqueness – no two are alike,” Melendez said. “The colorful vibrant creatures represent the spirit of the Mexican culture and flavor. Elements and parts from different animals or beasts are combined, and together they form a unique colorful and magical creature.”

The El Sonido name was inspired by another Redhook partner, KEXP and its host DJ Chilly, who has a show of the same name on Monday evenings. El Sonido, “the sound”, evokes the place Redhook calls home as well as Redhook head brewer Nick Crandall’s passion for music and creativity.

“Our beer fans were thirsting for a lighter lager with great flavor, so we came up with this beer, which did really well at Brewlab,” said Crandall. “When we thought about adding this delicious lager to our 2019 lineup, and being able to work with Seattle artists and musicians, the idea really came to life. It’s the beer I’m most excited about in 2019.”

A portion of the proceeds of El Sonido will be donated to SMASH – a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Seattle music community healthy and thriving by providing health education, advocacy, and access to preventative healthcare to Seattle-area working musicians.

“We at SMASH are so excited to be working with Redhook as part of the El Sonido release,” said SMASH President Ian Moore. “We love their company ethics and are grateful for their support for our organization and for our SMASH members.”

Redhook will be celebrating the launch of El Sonido with a “Meet the Makers” event at Brewlab on April 11, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All of the key players will be in attendance, including Victor Melendez, Ian Moore, Nick Crandall, and DJ Chilly. Fans will have the opportunity to try El Sonido with special prices on cans, and learn more about all the key partnership components behind the beer. Melendez will also be handing out artist prints.

To help promote SMASH, Redhook and KEXP will be hosting special events throughout the Puget Sound in the month of April. Each event will feature information on SMASH, live music, and El Sonido specials. Here’s a brief rundown on those launch parties:

  • April, 13 – Tony V’s Garage in Everett from 7:00 p.m. – close
  • April 17 – The Swiss in Tacoma from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. there will be a DJ in the house
  • April 18 – Chop Suey in Seattle from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. with the Moondoggies (5 dollar cover)
  • April 25 – The Crocodile in Seattle from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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El Sonido

El Sonido will join Redhook’s core beer lineup in all-new cans in the spring of 2019. This Mexican-style lager bursts with subtle flavors of citrus boasts an exceptionally crisp finish. Perfect for any occasion, this easy-drinking beer—just 5.7 percent ABV—pays tribute to the grand Puget and the artists like Victor Melendez, a Seattle designer and illustrator who designed the can artwork. A portion of sales proceeds benefit SMASH, which helps provide Seattle musicians access to healthcare.

Malts: Premium 2-Row, Weyermann, Munich I

Hops: Alchemy, Wakatu

Extra: Flaked Corn

ABV: 5.7%

IBU: 30


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 a focus on creating a better beer. Redhook recently returned to its Seattle roots with Brewlab, its small batch innovation hub in the heart of Capitol Hill. At Brewlab, head brewer Nick Crandall has a knack for crafting inventive beers born out of innovation, creativity and experimentation. Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Big Ballard Imperial IPA, Bicoastal IPA and a variety of seasonal and limited release beers, including My Oh My Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout, Tangelic Halo Tangerine IPA, Winterhook, and more. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981.

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