Interesting layout inside. High ceilings and robust wooden tasbles provide a homey feel but it also has an industrial corporate vibe. All Redhook standards are here. Decent prices and fresh brew, one can’t really complain too much. Fun and cheap brewery tour as well. Worth a visit.
beer tour 09/23/08 Portsmouth location. Stopped by just before 11:30 am on Tuesday, the 23rd. While it took a few minutes to get the attention of a waiter, after we succeeded things improved greatly. I ordered the beer sampler, my wife ordered Iced Tea and we both had clam chowder. chowdah was very good. Beers were well-made, with the longhammer IPA standing out. a very drinkable beer, not overly bitter, just well-balanced. The Octoberfest was also pretty good. We finished to early for the tour, but had another place to visit in the area, so we left with the intention fo coming back for the tour. On our return we were given tickets (well really stickers) for the tour and viewed the facility. The guide, who was also our waiter, was very well informed and articulate concerning the brewing process, styles and company history. After the tour we were taken to a separate tasting room and sampled some more of Redhooks ales. It was a well done tour, good food and beer and a pleasant host. I reccomend both the pub and the tour.
This place was nice - it was onsite of a beautiful brewhouse, surrounded by woods (and a handful of local wineries). The service was attentive and decent, the selection was okay, the food was pretty decent (better than I was expecting), and overall I was happy with this as a destination. Given how big Redhook has gotten since they were acquired by Anheuser-Busch I was afraid that this would not be all that great. But the place was nice, the beers were quite tasty, and the food was good, too. Overall, a very nice place for a light dinner and a beer.
Face it, the beer is average with the limited edition beers being the highlight of their lineup. The Double Black Stout and the Tripel are heads and shoulders above anything in their standard lineup. With that being said, the ESB is a malty sweet flagship beer that is often served too cold even at the brewery. The brewery tour is actually quite fun and a bit longer and more informative than most with a staggeringly large amount of tastes for only a buck. At the restaurant live music nights and trivia nights are the best and most fun, even if youíre not participating. During the summertime they host movie nights on their huge lawn with a gargantuan blow-up movie screen, bbq, and beer served in plastic cups....they show second run movies, but itís a lot of fun and relaxing on a warm summerís evening. As stated in past reviews, the food is nothing to write home about, but they do produce a very serviceable cheeseburger, a surprisingly tasty meatball sandwich, and an overwhelming platter of nachos with real melted cheese; we order ours with both beef and chicken. Overall the forecasterís pub is a comfortable place, with above average fare that is suitable for children and is especially nice during the summer.
I am changing my review after last night. We had to wait 45 minutes to get in and then another 30 to get our food. I tried one of their supposed seasonals the cask conditioned Winterhook, and it was god awful. Tasted like watered down dish soap and that was right out of the tap at the freshest it could be. The place is full of yuppies and hipsters and the food is not that good. Prices on the other hand are way overpriced for basically either a burger or a sandwich. Needless to say I wonít be returning.
Last time I swore that it was the last, but this year for some reason my eldest daughter wanted to go for her birthday. I think she remembered from times gone by. Once again it was 45 minutes to get in, and this time I even tried to make reservations. They donít take them on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, even though there is no mention of this fact on their website. Another 30 minutes to get food, and then they screwed up the order. Waiter did not stop by to ask how we were doing, and didnít offer to get refills on drinks. This is definitely the last time, now that everyone in my family has gone and seen the terrible service.
Packard (31) Kirkland, Washington | November 6, 2009| Updated March 28, 2010
So, any place where I see a hand-pull cask beer engine is immediately elevated to to a special place in my heart and worth a couple more points on the Selection scale. Redhook Forecasterís pub is our local bar, so weíre a bit biased. You are in serious wine country (walking distance to roughly 15 tasting rooms with another 50 or so within the Woodinville city limits). Next door are two of the best restaurants in the NW (Herbfarm and Barfing Dog - Wallyís name for it), a five-star hotel, and the spectacular Burke Gilman bicycle trail. Sitting on the patio during the summer or watching some of the really good local bands on the weekend makes this a real treat. Doors tribute band American Night plays tomorrow night, and itís like Jim Morrison has come back from the dead just to have a beer at Redhook. Couple weeks ago, they featured one of Hohnerís harmonica artists-in-residence for great jazz. Donít know of too many destination beer pubs, but this one ainít bad. No guest beers, but you get some stuff here that isnít sold at retail - Belgian tripel, a great Eisbock, 841 local collaboration brew, Big Ballard IIPA. The cask experiments that the brewmaster serves up to us locals are real treats. My favorite politically incorrect beer last summer was a blend of the Redhook Blonde Ale with Longhammer IPA. Nicely hopped up ale that sold out fast partly due to quality, but mostly, I suspect, due to its name -Hammered Blonde.
Nena (20) Seattle, Washington | August 26, 2009| Updated March 14, 2010
Thereís nothing terribly wrong with this place, but aside from the tour, nothing stood out as great to me. The food was good, but is pretty standard pub food. The service was good and it has a pleasant enough ambiance. Redhookís beers are hit and miss for me, but thereís usually some solid choices available.
The tour is inexpensive at only a dollar and is a pretty good deal considering it lasts about an hour. You get a lot of information about Redhookís history and their brewing, bottling, and distribution process, interspersed with five tasters worth of beer. It felt a little more like a lecture than a tour since you stay in a pretty small area, but itís still quite enjoyable.
Top notch ambiance - a respite for the thirsty, also a beautiful drive from any angle. They always have 1-2 beers on cask, as well as a half dozen on draft. The cask IPA was excellent. Seems that most people there were frequenters. We stopped in quickly - but it would be easy to spend many hours here.
The ambiance of this place is lacking. However, the beer garden is open during the summer months and can be a nice place to sit back and have a few with friends. The special events, such as weekly outdoor movies (July & August) is also a good touch. Food is getting better but donít expect much beyond a decent burger and fries. The beer is average.