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.
Redhook was my first brewery experience. Their tours are every week and only $1, whats more amazing to the tasting and shot glass that come with that dollar. I found this to be one of my favorite brewery tours/ experiences, they even seem to have good food too. Another brewery you cannot go wrong with.
I think the new name (not new anymore) Forecasters Public House should be added to this page. Just sayin. I always enjoy my time here. Beautiful setting really. Huge campus, and lucky for me, I get to drive by it every morning for work at 8 in the morning, and the air is filled with that wonderful beer brewing smell. Life is good at that point of my day. A lot of beers to choose from as well as ciders and guest taps. A few bottles but I believe itís just the gluten free options. Food is delicious every time. Mini shop on site for bottle sales, shirts and stuff. Has every feel of a huge ass brewerys pub. I might get bored here if I were to come in all the time, but for the occasional visit, I love this place. I personally recommend this as a stop if you are touring around the out of seattle area.
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.
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.
My wife and I went to the Redhook Brewery on St Patrickís day 2006. We went for the brewery tour and weíre very impressed. We learned about the whole brewing process and got to sample all their beers and got to keep the sample glass. After the tour we decide to eat at the pub. The food was typical brew pub food and good. Since it was St Patrickís day you could order two of their beers green and they were only $2. I ended up drinking 3 green IPAís.
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.