Redhook is now all in on Capitol Hill — with some help from Portland. The Pacific Northwest beer brand owned and operated by global brew force Craft Beer Alliance will soon have only one Seattle-area brewing operation under its banner — right here on E Pike — after agreeing to sell its Woodinville brewery site for $24.5 million.
The move follows Redhook’s announcement in spring that it would shut down beer production at the facility to focus on its eight-barrel Redhook Brewlab on E Pike squeezed into the enormous seven-story Pike Motorworks mixed-use development. Its larger production undertakings like the seasonal Winterhook originate at facilities including CBA’s Portland brewing facility.
The Redhook Brewlab debuted on Capitol Hill in August after months of delays. The original plans for a ten-barrel system were downsized to the lower production eight-barrel system with a focus on experimentation, not bottling for retail. Redhook called the project “a beer-focused working space” and “a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond.”
The tightly packed brewing facility is surrounded by plenty of space for tables and a large patio formed by the building’s preservation of the old auto row facade from the showroom and garages that used to stand at the site.
Thursday night, the 714 E Pike Brewlab’s restaurant and table space will be put to use celebrating Redhook’s release of the 2017 edition of Winterhook. If you are among the first to bring a canned good to donate to a holiday food drive for Northwest Harvest, you’ll receive a Brewlab pint glass — which you can then use to try one of the Capitol Hill-created Brewlab pours if seasonal holiday beer doesn’t grab your fancy.