Redhook Brewery

We originally went to the Redhook Brewery, in Portsmouth, NH last summer (2012) with my friend Jamie. Our goal had not been completely thought out yet, so I (surprisingly) did not take any pictures.

Redhook Brewery offers tours for only $1! If you feel that $1 is simply too expensive, you can find coupons for free tours on those cute, cartoon-y maps. We actually had no idea that it was simply $1 and had brought the coupons. If its free, it’s for me!

We met Jamie at the Cataqua Pub (connected to the gift shop & brewery), as we arrived before the tour started. We all enjoyed a pint, and then went to join the tour. We had the best tour guide. He was an older man, who was passionate about the beer that Redhook offers. He told us about Redhooks history, about how they make the beer, and then ended with a sampling session. The tour was similar to most breweries we had been to, but what made it was our tour guide. He had tons of different stories and you could tell loved the beer. For the sampling session, he poured pitchers and we passed them around the room. Due to this being before we made our goal, I do not have exact tasting notes, but I can tell you that we enjoyed most, if not all, of the beer. We all left with a tasting glass, as well as some new favorites.

Mark and I returned to Redhook last night (2013) for a late dinner in the Cataqua Pub. The Cataqua Pub was named after the Piscataqua River, which divides New Hamshpire and Maine and has the third fastest current in the world. “Piscataqua” is a Native American term, metaphorically translated to “a place where people come together, and where they part on their separate ways.”

 Our waitress, Sarah, was great and knew her beer well.

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On tap:

Long Hammer IPA 6.2%

ESB 5.8%

Pilsner 5.3%

Audible Ale 4.7%

Mudslinger (Spring seasonal) 5.8%

Wit (Summer seasonal) 5.3%

Saturnaleia Double Red IPA 10% (PEASE Project)

They also offered Widmer (Portland, OR) and Kona (Kailua-Kona, HI) as guest drafts.

IMG_2538[1] Menu description of each beer.

After looking at the menu, I knew that I needed to have the Wit, a perfect summer beer.

“Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer.  Redhook Wit is perfect for warm summer months of outdoor BBQ-ing, sitting by the pool, or just taking a break by hanging inside enjoying the AC and watching old re-runs of Gilligan’s Island.

STYLE………………….Belgian Wit

ABV…………………….5.3%IBUS…………………..8.0 IBU

ORIGINAL GRAVITY..11.85 degrees platoBREWED SINCE………2011″ –Redhook.com

Mark decided to first have the mudslinger…

“Ah, Spring…the season that keeps us guessing.  Will it rain, or will the sun be out?  Do I take advantage of the last days of skiing, or the first days of hiking?  Do I put on jeans, or dare break out the shorts?  The season comes with enough uncertainty, so Redhook gives you something you can always count on…our Mudslinger Brown Ale.  This medium dark beer is layered with rich malty aromas and flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla.  Although it may be dark in color, it’s refreshingly smooth and highly sessionable.  Mudslinger Brown Ale is the perfect beer for spring.

STYLE………………….Brown

ABV…………………….5.8%

IBUS…………….22 IBUORIGINAL GRAVITY..13.8 degrees platoBREWED SINCE………2003TIME FRAME………..Spring Seasonal” – Redhook.com

We ordered two appetizers to split-

Tap Room Chicken Strips, in Jamaican jerk seasoning & served with ranch dressing (homemade? It did taste that way)

IMG_2539[1] Nice flavor, definately needed the ranch to tame it down slightly, but all in all tasty. $10 (a little pricey for the size, but…)

We also ordered the Brew House Nachos with pulled chicken, bomber sized.

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THEY WERE LOADED! Tons of cheese, jalapeanos, olives, chicken… SO good!

The nachos were also layered, which meant you weren’t searching for toppings once you ate half of it.

Mark ended the night with the Saturnaleia Double Red IPA  (PEASE Project). Due to it being a PEASE Project beer, it is not on their website or their regular menu.

Mark said it was “pretty good, but defiantly heavy. Had the taste of a high-alcohol percentage beer.”  It had the taste of a red ale as well.

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Served in a fancy glass

A sign on our table told us about two beers that Redhook now offers that are gluten free.  Omission Lager and Pale Ale. Both are available in bottles.

****Addition 5/20/13: Omission is brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing.****

Although neither Mark or I have a gluten intolerance, we know many people that do, and think that it is great that a company like Redhook offers these beers.

Redhook felt that everyone should be able to enjoy a beer.

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We will most likely return to Redhook for food and drinks another time.

Cataqua Pub Hours

Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm
Last call 30 minutes prior to closing

Public Brewery Tours

Mon: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00pm
Tue:12:00, 1:00,2:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wed & Thu: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00pm
Fri & Sat: 12:00-6:00pm, every hour on the hour
Sun: 1:00pm – 5:00pm on the hour
Starts at the Gift Shop desk.

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Upcoming visits?

Where should I go next? It has been very busy on the home front lately, so we haven’t been able to go on many visits. We will soon be in the Plymouth/Cape Cod area, anyone recommend a brewery or winery we should start with? Look forward to hearing your recommendations!

Post with map of Massachusetts Breweries and Wineries: http://wp.me/p3fKVm-2S

**Cape Cod Brewery apparently has a new beer garden! Although we visited there awhile ago, it might be worth heading in again.

Delicious wine… and alpacas?

We recently visited the Gilmanton Winery, located in Gilmanton, NH with our friend Bre in 2013. IMG_2362Gilmanton Winery is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place. Peyton Place was a novel written in 1956 that is comparable to today’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

Marshall and Sunny Bishop (owners of the winery) moved to the property so that Sunny could have an alpaca farm. Marshall planted fifty grape vines for personal use. People began to stop by the house, to see who was living there now and to see the house formally owned by Grace Metalious. Marshall and Sunny began offering a monthly brunch, for those that wanted to stop by and see the house. The monthly brunches turned into twice a month, and are now weekly. People also began to ask about the grape vines, and the amount of grape vines grew to 750 plants. IMG_2393 IMG_2368IMG_2363

When we arrived at the winery, Marshall greeted us immediately, and brought us into the wine tasting room. He told us about how the winery started, and the property.

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IMG_2367Malbec: really good red! Would be great with steak.

Concord: usually used to blend with or used for grape jam. Good, but dry

Seyval: tarter than usual due to little critters. Not too dry or tart. Really good

Graces: named after Grace Metalious. Blend of Seyval and Concord. Takes the edge off of the concord

Peyton Place Rose: Malbec skins, sugar and yeast. Sweet, but still Malbec like. Bre left with a bottle of this

Blueberry Surprise: blueberry and Cabernet. Smooth, not too much blueberry or Cabernet. Good balance.

Chardananny: really good! Smooth, easy to drink. Light. (and yes, it is charda-nanny.)

House Wine: port like. Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Skins

House Chocolate Wine: Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Skins with the addition of Hershey’s syrup. So good! Does not smell like chocolate, but the taste was amazing! We were very surprised to find out that the “secret” was Hershey’s syrup and not something crazy rich (although it tasted like it was!). Both Bre and I left with a bottle.

After the wine tasting, we went to visit the alpacas. IMG_2371

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IMG_2377IMG_2379 IMG_2377IMG_2394IMG_2384Bre and I pretending to be alpacas
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IMG_2395If you go, make sure to call ahead. They offer tastings on Saturdays, from 1-5pm by reservation. They also offer a family friendly, sit down dinner every Saturday evening. Adults are $15pp, children pay their age. They also offer a 5 course brunch on Sunday mornings, for $15.95.

We were really pleased when we left the brewery, and I can’t wait to open my bottle of House Chocolate Wine!