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.
Long Hammer IPA 6.2%
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
We will most likely return to Redhook for food and drinks another time.
Cataqua Pub Hours
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.