Thursday, January 26, 2017

Redhook's Iconic Blackhook Porter Returns For Spring

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SEATTLE, WASH. – January 26, 2017 – Redhook Brewery is bringing back its iconic Blackhook Porter, long a favorite of dark beer fans, as its 2017 spring seasonal. Blackhook is one of the original recipes developed by the pioneering Seattle brewery nearly 34 years ago.  
Blackhook was Redhook’s second beer in the early 1980’s, and has been part of the Redhook lineup on-again and off-again ever since. Blackhook remains a staple in the Redhook portfolio because it has a rich, malty backbone of roasted chocolate malts and Apollo hops. The result is a hit of bitterness and a resiny, spicy finish. Longtime favorite will be widely available as Redhook’s spring seasonal. Redhook Innovation Brewer Nick Crandall loves Blackhook’s versatility so much that he is also experimenting with different versions of the beer, including Blackhook variations brewed with ingredients like coffee beans, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and chocolate. These and other specialty renditions will be available on tap at Redhook’s Woodinville pub and at select bar and restaurant locations in Seattle beginning in February. 
“Blackhook is a cool part of our history and before we brought it into our seasonal lineup last spring, it was one of the most requested beers by Redhook beer drinkers,” Crandall said. “The beer is definitely a standard in our lineup but it’s also a great beer to experiment with. I’ve been playing with different versions like coffee and coca nib, vanilla and chocolate that we’ll be tapping throughout the spring.”
Blackhook Porter is part of Redhook’s seasonal lineup which also includes Summerhook Golden Ale and Winterhook Dark Ale. Blackhook is currently available in 12-ounce bottles (both six- and 12- packs and as part of Redhook’s Hook Pack variety pack) and on draft. Brewer Nick Crandall, will unveil several variations of the porter at the brewery’s Woodinville pub starting in February. Additional info about these specialty tappings will be posted to Redhook’s Facebook page and website. 

Blackhook Porter
Malts: Pale, Munich, C-80, Chocolate, Carafa Special III
Hops: Millennium
ABV: 5.2% 
IBU: 36 
For those looking to modify Blackhook at home, Crandall came up with this simple, yet creative Blackhook Porter Cocoa, which is also available at the Woodinville Pub for a limited time:

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2 fl oz Heavy Cream
8 fl oz Whole Milk
4 floz Blackhook Porter
¼ cup Brown Sugar, Packed
2.5oz Chocolate Chips (Measured by weight)
Dash Cinnamon

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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 its focus on creating a better beer. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to a Fremont trolley barn that housed The Trolleyman brewpub, to its current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. Redhook will open a 10-barrel brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in 2017.

Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Extra Special Lager (ESL), American Pale Ale, and a variety of seasonal beers, including Blackhook, Summerhook, and Winterhook. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. 

Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981

For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, to find Blackhook near you, visit Redhook’s beerfinder:

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