Redhook Ale Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.59/5
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10,494 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

14300 NE 145th St
Woodinville, Washington, 98072
United States
phone: (425) 483-3232

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Visitors can also grab a pint at the Forecaster's Public House, located at the brewery.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by Hopmodium:
Photo of Hopmodium
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

After a nice afternoon exploring the area my wife and I decided to stop in for a bite to eat and to check some brews off of our list. It was a gorgeous day so there were tons of people in the area and many went to Forecasters Pub but we did not have to wait long at all, maybe 5 minutes, until we were paged.

We ordered some ESB's to have them from the source since we had only tried it from bottles. I honestly did not notice much difference which led me to try a beer that looked to be recently written on the dry-erase board which houses the beers on tap at that moment. Blondage Pale Ale was amazing and refreshing, after I review 18 more beers I will add it since it blew my mind and others must know about it.

I ordered a pretzel as an appetizer, which went well with the ESB. My wife ordered a simple greens salad while I had the bratwurst and those did not disappoint which I wish I could say about the overpriced and sub-par Mac & Cheese that I had been looking forward to enjoying. Not a bad overall meal and it could have been much more expensive given the touristy feel.

There was a small but decent gift shop area near the entrance where you purchase tickets for the brewery tours.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hophizer
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Took the tour great time with good beers.

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +7.2%

I'm not the biggest fan of many of their beers or their mega-"craft" status. Still, this place has a great location just off of the bike trail, an interesting tour, the food is good, the service is usually friendly and they always have some interesting guest and cask beers that are not their standard mass-produced offerings.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.14/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Came here for a brewery tour. It was $5 and was set up very well. The group is keep in a tap room while the guide pours samples and give history of the brewery. Then the process of brewing beer.

There is no walking just a model of the equipment is on display and a balcony that shows the fermentation room which is nice.

6 samples and a complementary pint glass for $5 is well worth it. The food is great too

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Growing up around and even in the Woodinville WA area, it has been nice to have such a reputable establishment like the Redhook Ale Brewery at our disposal. . . That being said, they were better when I was a younger chap just getting into the "ale game". . . One could almost consider them a "gateway" into the culture. . .

Their beer is not nearly as power-punch packing as I once considered it. Even their highly esteemed Longhammer IPA (my long time best friend) doesn't hold up to some of the others of its class that I have better enjoyed in recent years. Outside of their commercialized let down in beer quality though, they have still stayed true in being a very nice ale house to frequent. Their food is always on par, I really appreciate their recent remodel that just took place, the overall vibe is just, and they deserve to still be considered a top dog in the Washington region when it comes to wearing their beer badge of pride.

Oh, and we have to pay them their due for having the balls to put on the summer cinema series every year where hoards of barely drink-legal 20 somethings pack the out door lot to indulge while watching classic party films on a big screen. . . It is way too jam packed, under facilitated at times, and you can't really enjoy the films as much, but props are still needing to be paid to Redhook for continually putting on the party.

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of the better big name breweries in the PNW. Place is always busy so plan on a little wait or get there a bit earlier than normal meal times to find a table. Servers are fun, knowledgeable, eager, and helpful. Beers are always changing, they have the big names we all know about but they also have more unique and local specialties to try as well. Food is always tasty but I'm a simple person when it comes to eating while on a Brewery tour of the area. Great tours are available for (at least when I went last) $1, but I think the price is $5 now. You get a little sampler glass to keep and you go up with a guide who tells the story of the brewery while you sample 6 beers. Again, if you go to some of the bigger name breweries this is one of the better experiences.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Place was crammed with people and the food looked great. If a friend of mine wasn't grilling salmon at the time I probably would have considered eating there but instead did just a flight. Beers were good to very good as expected. The place had a nice festive/ sports bar vibe to it despite it being so large. Think of those big chain BBQ joints... that sort of feel. It is in a remote area so it is likely I will not get there again with so many other alternatives in the area. Still worth checking out though.

Photo of PufferFish727
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first Ale brewery tour and my first real introduction into what beer really tastes like and should taste like. My wife and I had one our first dates here and every time we go its just brings up great memories. We've since moved out of state but every time we visit Redhook is a must.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

In '09, I visited a friend in Seattle and went to about a dozen breweries between the Seattle area and Birmingham. (The goal was to make it to Vancouver, but I ended up getting too drunk and had to be dragged back home.) The following day, I stumbled into this brewpub. This place was out in the middle of nowhere, and the layout was impressive. I only tried two of the brews unfortunately, but they were tasty, and the food made this stop a pleasant experience. Atmosphere was...meh...kinda restaurantish and not too intimate, but still ok. Service was decent.

Photo of lbtarr
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Can be a bit crowded on weekends. Bar is a bit small and hard to find a seat when it is crowded.

Nice selection of Redhook beers, including some cask brews. Good food selection with suggested beer pairings on the menu.

The store is a bit expensive, but has some cool Redhook apparel and memorabilia.

The tour is the best! It is only $1 and you get to sample 5 or 6 beers. You also get to keep your sampler glass. It can be crowded but they work hard to get everyone their samples as fast as possible. Tour guides try to make the tour fun and fact-filled. Good trivia questions and if you know the answers, you get extra samples.

The summer movies are fun, but get really crowded! Hard to find parking. I recommend going to the over 21 shows so that you don't have to deal with kids.

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On our way back to Seattle from Vancouver, we made a one night detour to attend a wedding at Willows Lodge. We popped into The Forecaster's Pub for a quick beer and a late lunch. The bar area was hopping, as it was a Saturday and a tour was just about to start. After we sat at the bar and ordered, only then did we see the outside seating. Oh well. Beer selection was good, as most of the Redhook staples were there, plus a few gems. I had the Eisen Bach eisbock and my wife had the Belgian Tripel. We split an order of the salmon artichoke bit, which was tasty. When we mentioned to our waitress that we were in a hurry to get to a wedding, she brought us the check quickly, which helped us get going. We took a quick peek in the gift shop on the way out. Twelve bucks for a "Limited" tulip glass? Too rich for my blood. But Forecaster's was a nice place for a pint. Something for people to keep in mind if they are cruising around the vineyards nearby.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

No other brewery in Washington comes close to rivaling the scope of Redhook's 260,000-bbl annual production. Their Woodinville operation boasts the state's largest brew kettle (100-bbl - so large, it has a mechanical winch to lower the poor soul who must enter and clean it) and their fermentation room would appear to cover several acres. It's like a tank battalion.

Redhook's Woodinville digs adjoin two wineries beside the Sammamish River and resembles a manicured estate moreso than an industrial plant. Daily tours allow visitors to explore the facility, collect a complimentary sampling glass, and dip into Redhook's catalog of ales. The one dollar cost is more of a tip than an admission fee, but be sure to tip your tour guide afterwards as well.

Adjoining the brewery is The Forecaster's Pub. The pub features a spacious seating area (often crowded), outdoors dining, and free live music on weekends. Food is routine barfare but generous and tasty. Just be sure to save some room for the Porter Ice Cream Sundae. The bar serves four regular Redhook ales, three seasonals, a cask, and several specials, including newer beers not yet available in bottles. The gift shop is easily the most accommodating of its kind in the state, offering Redhook playing cards, sweat bands, golf towels, and BBQ aprons among the more routine staples of T-shirts and drinking glasses. Bottled beer is available to go, often at discount prices.

Redhook beers range from clean, approachable standards to minimalist introductory beers suited to mass-market sensibilities. They are distributed to every American state except Utah and Oklahoma. When offered at supermarket prices, best values may be had in the form of the sharp, workable Long Hammer IPA or the agreeably modest Copperhook Spring Ale.

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

RedHook is the type of place that you need to know what you want before you go.

The place itself is found in a nice hamlet outside of Seattle, named of Woodinville. It has a nice campus, and is most certainly a place that seems proud to make beer.

Inside there are three components. The Restaurant, The Gift Shop and The Tour.

The restaurant is okay. The food's not great, but not horrible either. I had the bratwurst while my friend had the reuben. Both were palatable. The Service was great, however, and the servers and people behind the bar all knew their beer well.

The Gift Shop is a nice collection of basic brewery schwag, from glass to sweatshirts to even cases of their beer. I bought a mug for a reasonable price and was pleased.

The Tour? The tour is where I had a problem. If you go on tours to get an intimate look at the brewery learn a bit about their brewing process, and share the experience with a small group of equal temperament, than the RedHook tour is NOT the place for you.

We were there with over 60 other individuals, where we were crowded into a small serving room. And we were served samples of their beer after standing in line waiting for the other 60 some odd people to get their drinks.

In short, the tour is actually less a tour, and more of a reason to get 2 pints (give or take) of beer for a voluntary contribution of $1. If you like cheap beer and standing compressed against other people, then perhaps RedHook is for you.

Alas, it wasn't for me. The tour was a bust, cheap beer and all. We didn't tour, we didn't learn anything, and we were shoulder to shoulder with other folks. This was not we were hoping for.

Photo of Trailmix242
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited the Redhook brewery after a day of snowshoeing and a stop at two of the wineries nearby. The brewpub has kind of a generic feel to it like many of the chain brewpubs out there. We sat at the bar and service was competent yet kind of cold. Bostonjord and I both had the Double Black Coffee Stout which was quite enjoyable on draught. We shared a plate of nachos which were tasty yet nothing special. I had a second beer the double bock which I found to be too sweet. If you are in the area it is worth a stop but I would not go out of my way to visit. It would be worth the trip if you are into wine since there are at least 5 wineries right by the brewery.

Photo of hawkseven
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We stop here for lunch when we go to Woodinville to visit the Tasting rooms(It satisfies the beer lovers in the group).

Large noisy dinning area, always crowded on the weekends. During the summer there is an outdoor patio open so you can enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer days.

Menu is extensive, offers everything from burgers to salmon. Always enjoy the Hummus, only menu item that we have found dissapointing is the Bratwurst. For the pure winos in the group they also offer a variety of wines.

Service is slow and it seems they never have enough staff on hand to cover all the tables.
Makes it hard to order more BEER.

The beers are all Red Hook standards plus some seasonals. Have yet to try the brewery tour due to time. Might come in on a weekday to check it out.

Not an awful place, we have come back several time. I would call this more of a restaraunt with a brewery than a brewery that just happens to serve food.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

On a Friday afternoon for the most recent visit. Service was not that great, seemed understaffed alot unless you sat at the bar. A large place that is ALWAYS busy. Food is average. The bike trail was nice in the summer and the winery across the street is good too. This place is tough to find. I seemed to get lost everytime I went. The tour is exceptional. If you plan on going on a weekend afternoon be prepared to wait, a very long time. The handles are pretty standard. Rarely do you find a new brew here.

Photo of KBomb
3.43/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

A gang of us hit up the Redhook as we were all reunited in Seattle for a weekend. The tour was fine; a good guide, but not a lot to see. The real value is that you get 7 or 8 pours around 4oz for only $3 that includes a collectible glass. After the tour, the beer was also nice and affordable at the bar. Unfortunately the food was pretty mediocre, and the service was unremarkable-- so eat somewhere else and just enjoy the beer here.

Its fun to make a long afternoon and take advantage of the Chateau St. Michelle winery right next door... but don't make my mistake and forget that those small tasting glasses do add up.

Photo of Basementbrewer85
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We came in on our way to the airport on our way back to Minnesota. Had a plate of chips and salsa while we waited for the tour to begin.

The tour itself was somewhat of a let down. I had been on many tours with our breweries in the past where you actually get to go in and see the place and actually talk with the staff. Here you get to stand in a room with windows looking out onto various parts of the brewery. Between each segment of the tour, you get a sample of a different beer.

If you're a Redhook fan, you will enjoy going up there, but if you want to see another brewery, this might not be the one for you. Also, stock up on your Redhook and brewing knowledge because its worth extra beer during the tour.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice spacious estabishment. When I first walked in, on the immeditate right was their gift shop that was sort of small and compact. They did have a refer their that you could buy their standard, single bottles of beer and ale. One person in the gift shop that had to handle gift items, bottle of beers and also Keg rentals. I had to wait in the gift shop for twenty minutes just to buy four single bottles of beer, because some guy in front of me was buying a keg and had troulble with what, I don't know.

The food was good and so was the service. But, this is not one of my favorite Ale Houses and will problably not go back again!

Photo of wolffman17
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Our visit to Redhook had its ups and downs. The setup is nice, everything's clean, and all the patrons as well as the employees seemed to have an upbeat attitude. The problem is the fact that it took at least 30 minutes to get a table for two. Not unusual for a lunch hour, but this was 2:00 in the afternoon. Is that normal? Once I finished my salmon sandwich, which was quite good, I felt better about our experience. The beer quality was sub par, though, and I was pretty disappointed with the selection. Five usuals and one seasonal? Bland and boring. I'd thought they'd at least have ONE intriguing beer. Take a visit to Redhook if you happen to be in Woodinville visiting the wineries. Otherwise, don't go out of your way.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Redhook Forecast: More Cask in my Future

This is a moderately big place with lots of tables and a good sized bar. In one section there is a small fireplace with leather couches and chairs that provides a little warmth in an otherwise antiseptic looking environment. Decent classic rock (Doors, Dead, Floyd, etc.) is piped in and a lively young local crowd gathers at the bar. The tables attract a mix of folks including at least one large work crowd of about a dozen.

Menu entrees include butternut squash ravioli, grilled pork chop, Alaskan halibut, a flat iron steak and homemade meatloaf. In addition there are salads, sandwiches, soup, a Kid's menu and dessert. I ordered the Alaskan halibut which came with red potatoes and veggies. The food was good but it was hardly a hungry man's meal. For $15.95 I was expecting little more (e g., bread, a house salad). Before I left, I wound up ordering a bowl of chili, feeling the need to fill the empty space left by my entree.

The bartender was attentive and professional and the food came out surprisingly quick. I ordered a beer sampler and each beer was highly filtered and brilliantly clear. Only the IPA, blackhook and ESB arrived with even traces of a head, and none of the beers had much of an aroma..

Winterhook - nice dry hop finish, not bad.
Blond - pale malt finish, thin mouthfeel, drinkability is only slightly better than avg.
ESB - nice toasted malt finish
IPA - floral hop aroma, lingering bitter finish
Blackhook porter - roasted malt and hints of chocolate balanced by an aggressive hoppiness.

They also had the ESB and Porter on cask. I tried the porter and it was much better than the tap version. Overall, Forecaster's Public House is a good brewpub; I just wouldn't drive far out of my way to go back.

Photo of xoqx
3.43/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The setting of this brewery (with attached restaurant) is good - it sits between the Sammamish River, the Chauteau Ste Michelle winery, and the railroad that carries the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating (when weather permits) and a fireplace with couches around it. The couches are better for drinking than eating as the couch-table height-distance setup is less than ideal. The walls are decorated with old Redhook signs and labels. Not much of the brewery is visible from within the dining area. The building is relatively new - it's unlike the romantic Red Brick original in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

The service there is always a bit slow, and getting one's check in time (important if you're in a hurry or on a business lunch) can often be more challenging than one would like. I had a their burger which was acceptable, but it seems nealry impossible to get them to cook it somewhat pink. They have potato chips, not fries, which seems to be standard for a West Coast brewpub.

There are brewery tours and a giftshop onsite. The giftshop has shirts, glasswear, etc. The brewery tours are given twice a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends. Call ahead to double-check the tour times. The tour is $1 a person and though they say they give 3-4 samples of beer per person, they have a lot more (quantity) than I have experienced at other comparably sized brewery tours. On Saturdays they have live music after 9pm. I believe the bar/dining area is non-smoking - but I'm not sure. There was nobody smoking inside while we were there.

Photo of Plughfish
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Brewery was my first stop when I was staying at the Willows Lodge for a company meeting. It’s not a bad place to have a pint a far as brewery bars go. The restaurant area was fairly large and had an open industrial feel to it with plenty of seating. We ended up grabbing a spot in the bar area tucked in the back corner. We ordered some nachos and a few pints. The two beers (Nut Brown and Winterhook) I had were decent offerings and the nachos were standard fare, both hit the spot after a long day of flying. I have no complaints about the service but we did stop by pretty early in the afternoon on a Wednesday. It’s definitely worth a visit when you are in the area.

Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere – The layout is that latest fad mixing modern décor with industrial ceiling equipment. No cover for the ducts and sprinklers, etc. The crowd is a bit on the preppy side and typical Eastside. This is a local icon located on the eastern side of Lake Washington.

Quality – Everything is top notch here. It’s not a dive by any means. It is apparent that they’ve dumped a lot of money into setting up the place.

Service – I received good service the time I went, but I’ve heard horror stories about the place. My wife ordered a beer that she didn’t like, and the server let me drink it at no charge. I thought that was unusual and very nice of her.

Selection – Of course, when in Rome do as the Romans. It was Redhook all around, and I wasn’t driving. I started off with a five ale sampler. They have a paper mat with all of the beer labels on it. They place the four ounce tasters over the corresponding mats so you can keep them straight.

The waitress brought me a sixth sample that was on the house. This was a new or recently reintroduced ale that they were trying out (Winterhook – it was the best of the bunch). I also had a few cask-conditioned ales.

Food – I went with a standard hamburg which wasn’t bad. My wife had a hot dog which was kind of lame.

Comments – Overall, I thought it wasn’t bad but kind of cheesy. I felt it catered more to the “hip” crowd than the real beer drinkers. It kind of had a “Hooters” atmosphere. You know what I mean: The food and drink are bearable but we go to check out the staff. I think some of the smaller local brewpubs will provide a far better experience. Try Celtic Bayou when you’re on the Eastside.

Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Overall a good place to hang out but nothing overly awesome. Occassionally, they will allow experimental beers to be tasted by the public. On one visit, I was treated to what they were calling "Copper". It was an absolutely awesome brew, but I have not heard it about it since. The seating area consists of several tables and some seating near the fireplace. While there is a formal bar, it is not the recommended place to sit when visiting. Prefer one of the tables or the outdoor seating on a nice day. Food is standard pub fare done well enough, but not extraordinary. Attached to the bar is a souvenir shop where they sell their beers in bottles in addition to pint glasses, t-shirts, etc.

Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville, WA
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.