Redhook Brewery & Cataqua Public House

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Redhook Brewery & Cataqua Public HouseRedhook Brewery & Cataqua Public House
BEER AVG
3.55/5
Based on:
45 Beers
4,641 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 56
Visits: 100
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1 Redhook Way
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-6853
United States
phone: (603) 430-8600

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @redhooknh

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have visited Redhook Brewery twice now and both times have been fantastic. The second visit was just recently for the "Rogues on the Road" TV pilot premier. The focal point was lobster theme foods from local eateries and of course Redhook's Lobstah beer. The evening was top notch and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. (320 characters)

Photo of MedicMac
4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Stopped in to check the brewery out and was left pleased. Started with the tour which was an excellent cost. The staff entertain waiting tour takers for the next tour. Unfortunately they were not brewing during our tour. The tour guide had a lot of passion in beer and was very educating. Learned a lot of about German brewing and terms. Excellent and generous tasting after the tour.

Stopped in the restaurant after to grab a bite. Food was delicious and always happy to promote places that support local agriculture. Nice patio outside and have outdoor activities to keep people entertain. Such as horseshoes and cornhole

Awesome beer selection. They also have trial beers on tap and want your opinion if you get these. (723 characters)

Photo of Rekrule
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited the brewery over the weekend with my wife. We stopped by to tour the facility and to grab a bite to eat in the brewpub afterwards.

We started with the brewery tour which costed us one dollar a piece. Extremely reasonable. The tour was very good. The tour guide was very funny and informative. He talked about the brewing process in general and the specifics of the facility. The tour ended with a free 5oz tasting glass and a tasting of various offerings brewed on site. We received very (VERY) generous pours of Longhammer IPA, Audible Ale, Widmer Hefe, and Lobstah Black IPA.

After the tour we visited the pub area. It has a very warm welcoming environment and feel. There is a nice selection of beers from Redhook, Widmer and Kona. They had the flagships along with some specialty brews. I had a Widmer Nelson and a Redhook Double Black Stout. I ordered a turkey club wrap and my wife built her own burger. The food was quite good. Both sandwiches came with a heaping pile of delicious kettle cooked chips.

The pricing was reasonable the bill total came to around 25 dollars. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. While there are better food and beer destinations in Portsmouth, NH this is a must visit if in the area. (1,238 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Been here a few times before, and I discover new brews everytime. Many beers on tap, and bottled, all of them are Redhook, Widmer Brothers, or Kona(all the same parent brewery I take it). Service is great with a friendly staff that is well versed is beer and very enthusiastic about it too. I decided to take the brewry tour and it was a great tour(of course there was only three of us on this tour so a little better than normal I would assume). The tour guid was funny as hell and very knowledegable. Food there is good and always has been, most of there food is cooked with their brews as ingrediants. Overall it was a very enjoyable experiance. They always have events and charitis going on. This is a must stop if you are in the area! (739 characters)

Photo of 11millsown113
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

came to this place wanting to take the tour and had a great time. has a fresh long hammer in the pub while waiting. the pub has a great atmosphere which makes you feel right at home. the tour is very fun because the tour guide is a complete nut. he has a lot of jokes and loves beer. I think he was drunk during my tour which made it even more fun. you sample every beer afterward and get a a lot of information on the beers and brewing. they give you a free 5oz sample glass and let you send a postcard from the brewery.

overall great tour, had a lot of fun. (560 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We visited Redhook in Woodinville when we were living out in Seattle. Upon moving to NH, we were looking forward to visiting the eastern sister to do a little 'mini-comparison.' It's amazing how similar the two facilities look and feel. The building is attached to the main brewery, and tours are given quite often for $1, which scores you a tasting glass and a sample of what's on-tap during the tour. Definitely fun. The beers are decent, and there is enough of a variety that there should be something for any beer drinker to enjoy. They do have limited releases from time to time that are usually pretty unique and tasty. The staff is usually pretty good, with the occasional outlier that you will get any place you go frequently enough. They are usually pretty knowledgable about beer, which is always a good thing at a brewery. Decent menu, with a range from vegetarean, burgers, seafood, salads, etc., and everything is priced fair. Nifty little gift shop, where you can find lots of interesting Redhook garb. There is a Redhook mug club, but our server informed us that there was currently a 2-year waiting list for it, so I really didn't retain many of the details about it. They also host quite a few events there, with a very good-sized outdoor pavillion available. They do outdoor movie nights in the summer months, and host quite a few concerts. I believe they also host the NH Brewers Festival each year. All in all, a decent place to visit while in Portsmouth. I still give the overall nod to the original in Washington, but this gives East Coasters a chance to enjoy the same atmosphere in the comforting confines of home. (1,638 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

When you walk in you the gift shop on your right and a curved, wooden bar with decorative labels from Redhook's past beers pasted in a line across the top. Scattered throughout the rest of the room you see several tables for two and booths for more. There is a rustic look with chalkboards and a cozy lounge area with a fireplace. I sat at the bar. There were about a dozen or more beer choices on tap including their signature brews as well as some that are only found in the pub. The menu was typical burger, sandwich, appetizer fare and not all that badly priced. The service was quick and willing to answer questions. Brewery tours are a dollar. (649 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Red Hook Brewery resturant is a typical add on place to a big brewery. The interior is very basic, kind like a Perkins or Denny's with a bar. The bar area wasn't that big, which caused us to have to lurk for either a stool or high top. The place was hopping, very popular so I have to guess the food is good because to me the beer is solid, but average. My biggest issue is that several of the beers tasted the same. Red Hook only had six beers on tap, one was a barley wine and one was the Longhammer IPA, the others all tasted the same. The service was fine, nothing to complain about and nothing really write home about. (623 characters)

Photo of Chincino
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited the Redhook Ale Brewery in February 2010. The atmosphere was nice and had a typical New England lodge feel to it. Unfortunately, we missed the tour as the tours didn't run on Sundays at that time anyway. If I go back, I'd make sure to check the tour times before going because I've heard the tour is quite good.

There was a beer club that the Brewpub offered, but it was very exclusive and expensive to join. It was a "mug club" and there was a waiting list to join it unless you won a spot via a lottery drawing. So unless you're a local and/or a huge redhook fan, it didn't seem worth it to join the club.

There was a moderate selection of beers on tap and the IPA was good, but not extraordinary. There were about 6 or so beers on tap that day.

The food was average pub food, nothing exceptional. I'd recommend eating at the Portsmouth brewery or another restaurant in the area over Redhook.

Overall, I'd say this place is worth visiting to stop by if you're in the area, but I think the Portsmouth Brewery is a much better place overall. (1,057 characters)

Photo of TimWithNumbers
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Those of us that remained following a bachelor party in town the night before stopped in here for one last bit of fun (and maybe a little hair of the dog). We were greeted promptly by the tour guide at the front desk, who ID'd us, set us up with our tour stickers, and directed us to the bar while we waited for the tour to begin.

The bar/restaurant area itself visibly resembled what you might find at a ski lodge, or something of that sort. Two of my companions had a drink during our 15-20 minute wait, and were served quite promptly, while I opted to wait for the sampling session.

The tour itself was much shorter in terms of the actual educational session than other tours I've been on, taking us to two major locations within the brewery before proceeding to the sampling room. However, the tour guide was much more knowledgeable and passionate about craft beer than other tours I've taken, at both the macro and micro level. He also seemed, refreshingly, to enjoy his job, injecting personal flare and a series of jokes and jabs into his dialogue.

The sampling session took much of the time dedicated to the tour. Two pitchers of each beer to be sampled (five, in all) were poured at a time, the pitchers passed around to be poured into individual sampling glasses to be kept and taken home as a souvenir. Most of the beers were good, at best. I'm not personally a big IPA drinker, which seems to be this brewery's flagship variety. Two of the samplings, however, will have me seeking them out in the future, in particular the ESB and the Blackhook Porter, the latter being my pick of the tour.

Overall, for a dollar, you get quite a value - a short, albeit informative and lively tour, a neat little souvenir, and more variety in samples than you'd be apt to find at, say, Anheuser-Busch. The building outside is much larger than the actual area you wind up seeing, which can lead to be deceiving, but in the end, if you're in the area, this is a good hour or so well spent. (1,987 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Came here with a few friends for the tour. The tour lasts around 40-50 minutes and it costs $1, you get a tasting glass to keep and we got to sample 5-6 different beers, very much worth the $1 if you can get on a tour. The guy giving the tour was a pretty funny old guy. You can tell he uses a lot of the same jokes and whatnot but it was entertaining.

The beers are all fairly mediocre, nothing is amazing but nothings that bad either. I didn't eat there so I can't speak to their food but it looked pretty good. The bar was really large, they had 1 or 2 casks as well as a large selection of their beer. As others have said, it's worth hitting but if you only have time for one place Portsmouth is a bit better for a brewpub.

The actual brewery was very sterile and factory-like whereas Smuttynose was much more micro feeling and more home-y. (846 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A fellow BA nailed it by mentioning that this place has a lodge type of feel. High ceilings, large wooden supports, open spaces. It looks open but somehow warm. Kind of like, well, a ski lodge. Don't forget the gift shop, theres some pretty cool stuff here actually.

Red Hook's beers seem "average" at best. Their IPA on cask was a highlight, although still nothing amazing. Maybe it isn't fair to rate the food on one item alone, but my pretzel was pretty damn tasty. The bartenders were friendly and attentive.

A recommended stop if you are up this way, but Portsmouth Brewery is not much further up the road... (615 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Was in town for Kate the Great day, so thought I'd swing by.

The brewpub part of the brewery is quite large with high ceilings and a good size bar in the back area. There is also a a scattering of tables and chairs in the large dining room area. The place has sort of a sterile, corporate look about it, and reminds me more of a cafeteria then a pub. Also, were it not for its proximity to several good size hotels in the area, I doubt they'd do much business. The food is largely mediocre pub grub, and the dinner menu is fairly limited.

The selection this particular weeked was, I expect, better then average, with several limited release beers on draft in honor of the KTG release weekend. So I think there were around 10 different beers on tap this day, which included their IPA on cask and gas. The beers here are generally fine, with the cask IPA the best thing I sampled. Their Belgian style tripel was sweet and one dimensional, and I was unable to drink more then half a glass. I also tried the oatmeal stout (nitro version was better then CO2 version), their aged double red (which I didn't care for), and their "training wheels" plum sour. The latter was OK, but my guess is that anyone who is a big sour fan would laugh at this beer.

Service was fine for what it was. There were two young women working behind the bar, and they were generally quick and efficient. I did not get the impression they knew much about beer, but they were able to answer basic questions about the beers on offer. On the bright side, pricing here was very, very gentle.... my beer and food tab came to less then $20 (which included two IPA's, 5 sample size glasses, an order of wings and the belgian - the latter I'm guessing I wasn't charged for, though I told the bartender I'd pay for it).

Shrug. This was an OK place, but is not something I could ever see myself going out of my way to find. (1,889 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've done this tour and grabbed a bite to eat here a few times. It's reasonably close to the Boston area, probably a little less than an hours drive. The tour itself is only a dollar, and you get to sample about 4-5 different beers and get a free tasting glass to take home. The tour guyd (Byron) is a pretty funny guy and he really loves his job. I have to say I was serously impressed at the quality control and cleanliness of the brewery. It doesn't smell like a brewery at all, I was shocked. Byron stated that the staff is held to a high standard about keeping the place clean. For anyone who's had thier beer in the past, they always offer the longhammer IPA, the ESB, whatever the seasonal is and generally 1 or 2 other beers depending on avialablity. I've heard a lot of people say they don't like redhook very much, but I think it'd pretty decent, it's inexpensive in my area and they don't have anything on the standard line that will blow your mind, but I think it's respectable. As for the big beer stuff I really like their black coffee stout and Tremblehook barleywine, both are excellent. As for the resturant section, I think it's pretty good. You can get any of the beers on tap, including the speciality beers and I thought the food was pretty good too. The gift shop has some pretty cool stuff in it as well, I think they have a pretty good marketing department. If you're in the Portsmith area, it's certianly worth a dollar and a quick stop, they'll be happy to see you and take care of you. (1,512 characters)

Photo of SevaTse
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A pretty solid place with its own set of pros and cons. The main positive is the brewery tour! You get a quick look at the production line, a couple jokes from Byron the Tour Guide, and than you proceed to the room where several pitchers of most beers available at the time is passed around the room, which you can sample out of free 4 oz. glasses. The pitchers are not to be sent back till they are gone, so watch how sociable the group of 10-40 people becomes in a matter of minutes!
The selection is decent enough and better than most local restaurants, but that is if you like the styles served. There are no extreme beers, nor are the occasional limited releases exploding with flavor. The heffeweizen is barely passable and should really be in its own category with other american fails of the style(Sam Adams, etc) (Domestic Wheat, Stateside Heffe?), as it tastes almost nothing like what you get from Paulaner or Franziskaner. They also have a Summer beer and a Light beer, so if someone in your party is not a beer aficionado, they may be happy to try those gems.

So as soon as you come to terms with the fact that this is no Ebenizer's or Portsmouth Brewery, you can start enjoying what they do have.
The food is usually decent for pub fare. The service is OK, i suppose. One thing that does grind my gears is that oftentimes I will see on my way out that I was there for a happy hour and none of the servers extended the discount to me for some reason. One time I realized it as I was paying and the dollar was taken off, but I mean if you have a special, you should probably remember that you do, even if it is only a dollar off. I usually put that dollar into the tip anyway, so it's their personal loss when they stiff me.

Another downside is that it closes around 10. There's also pretty much nowhere to go at that time, as it is in the industrial park (Pease Tradeport).

Also don't forget about the gift shop, if you are passing by. Lots of cool stuff for your home bar/rec room, and often times on sale. They do sell cases of beer, but the prices are pretty much what you would find at local stores.

One cool improvement that I suggested to them would be to have an occasional guest beer served. Also they used to host concerts that they would call "Beer Fests," even though those only featured Redhook beers, but they did host an awesome NH Brewfest last fall which with its variety and organization more than made up for the false terminology usage in the past.

11-2-10 update:
Went in yesterday to fill my growler and learned that they now only fill the growler with their staple selections, such as Blackhook porter, the seasonal(currently Winterhook), ESB, IPA, and not anything limited...Given the fact that they do not give you a new growler in exchange for you bringing another one of theirs in, and that it would cost you $9 for a fill, I am seeing fewer and fewer advantages to getting a growler here, if you do not yet... One positive is that you can get a card stamped when you get one filled and eventually you get one for a penny. (3,066 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

We visited in the early afternoon, so not too crowded. There was some sort of Rotary event going on at their banquet hall, so the parking lot was packed with Cadillacs and slow moving persons. An unexpectedly militaristic establishment. It's on a road that is adjacent to the air base (and the naval base isn't far) and gets a lot of business from the enlisted. Place has a big chain sportsbar feel, kinda sterile, but pretty cool. Wife and I shared a sampler at the bar. Service was adequate but impersonal.
All the beers were solid, but oh-so-forgettable. Redhook I believe lost a bit of their soul with the Craft Beer Alliance and InBev coagulations. The Portsmouth facility embodies this in my opinion. Just a bit to chain-like and bland.
If you make one stop in Portsmouth, by all means I suggest Portsmouth Brewery! (823 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Have been here before, but never bothered to review. Well, I stopped by today for some one-day-only Treblehook, a quick tour, lunch, and more Trebelhook.

Enter to a small retail desk straight ahead, with their store selling bier, glassware and clothing to the right. If you go left you see numerous booths and tables, and the bar is straight ahead, zig-zagging back and to the far left. The whole place has a ski-lodge feel to it, with high, cathedral ceilings supported by big-ass, light colored wood beams. A small fireplace sits to the rear-left. Nice on a day like today, 25F temps with bone-chilling high winds. The place had a cool vibe, on the whole, making one feel comfortable to be there. To drink there were about 7 or 8 offerings, if I counted right. All were pretty solid, though nothing is world-class. Foodwise, I had a buffalo-chicken wrap. It wasn't overly big, but tasty nonetheless. It was sided with some non-descript coleslaw, and kettle-chips. Give me fries, please; I think chips are a cheap cop-out. Tasty but not a great value, imo. Parked at the bar, I found the service to be spotty. Friendly and helpful, when you have their attention. But, it seems they always have something else to do. Back and forth, back and forth, right in front of you, without stopping even though you have set your menu down and are waiting to order. Oh well.... The place was packed, so some people like it; I guess you have to be in with the in crowd here... Though not part of the rating process, I took their tour. The guide, a "dude" with long gray pony-tailed hair and a beard, zipped right through the place. "Those are the brewkettles, there are the fermenters, etc..." Ingredients? Glossed-over in mere seconds, if that... oh well... Anyhow, the place is average, at best, as far as my manner of thinking goes. If I'm going as far as Portsmouth, I'll settle in at the Portsmouth Brewery...

Prosit!!

3.45
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 - $$$

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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The wife and I spent an afternoon in Portsmouth and this was our first stop. We showed up around 2:30 and grabbed a couple of stools at the bar to sample the wares before the 3:00 tour. I had a limited release triple that was decent, nothing too exciting.

The tour guide (Byron I believe it was) was awesome, entertaining as well as informative. His love of good beer was evident. The brewery is fairly impressive but nothing out of the ordinary for a production brewey of its size. The tasting at the end of the tour was more than worth the $1 tour fee (which also gets you a souvenier tasting glass). Byron pulled pitchers from five different taps and insisted that all the beer be consumed, we were more than happy to comply. As we chatted about homebrewing i was handed a huge bag of hop pellets to take home, along with the warning to use them only for bittering - as they had been exposed to the light for awhile.

Overall it was a great time, I would highly recommend this stop to everyone. (998 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This bar stands in stark contrast to that of Smuttynose. It was more crowded, and certainly more rowdy. The only spot to pick up a beer from the bar was a space next to a drunk large guy hitting on a chick, and as I got my bear, he shooed me away ("thaat's my shpot")although he later apoligized to where some elderly couple had made room for me. I am sure the vast majority people that come here are very nice. The beer is the Red Hook beer, so average for most, with occasional above average. Parking was good. Location a bit off the beaten track. Bartenders were alert, I did not receive nor did I ask for any discussion on the beer itself. (643 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Spent a day recently in Portsmouth, and this was our first stop on our pub crawl. Stopped in about 2:30 pm to grab a snack and wait for the 3:00 tour. Cool looking place, nice set up (tables, bar, lounge couches) and packed for a Saturday afternoon. Waitress was very nice. After we told her that we were running a bit late and didn't wanna miss the tour, she put a rush order in for nachos and beer, and got them to us pronto. The chili nachos were stacked high and were a meal in itself. I grabbed a pint of the Copperhook and my wife got the Double Black. Very fresh. Scarfed that down and went on the tour. Our guide was cracking jokes the whole time he was describing the brewing process and each beer. Not a bad deal for $1 per person, you get 5 two once samples at the end. After the tour, headed back to the bar and was nicely given a sample of Saturnaliea. Hoppy! On the way out, bought a Longhammer IPA glass but was overcharged. Brought the actual price tag from the display over to the girl because she didn't believe me. She gave me back the difference though. Fun place to combine a beer/food and a brewery tour.

P.S. To save a few bucks - grab an illustrated Portsmouth NH map on the way in on the right. There's a coupon for a free tour. We didn't see it until the way out. Just a buck each though, no biggie. (1,327 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We've eaten here a few times. Overall I find the place to be very inviting - a lot of tables in the main area and a big bar area to sample the brews. Service is good - the "seat yourself" sign has made me nervous upon entering, but there's always been someone right there.

The food is pretty reliable bar food. The chicken sandwich is simple, yet I'm also happy afterwards. We also enjoy the hot pretzels. Have had the burgers, pulled pork, and clam chowder as well - all are good.

A far as the beer goes, I really like this beer. Its not out of this world, but very drinkable. The ESB is a solid beer, and I am a big fan on the Winterhook. If you are looking to try everything, they do offer a sampler.

We've done the tour before but in the Washington brewery - it was a great experience. Have heard good things about the NH tour as well. At the very least you get a glass and some beers for a buck - hard to beat that. (923 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was my first chance to actually stop in the brewery and sample a couple of beers even though I had stopped here a couple times before. It's a clean and reasonably inviting place, wood and brass, spacious with lots of big windows to light up the space. Plenty of comfortable table seating and a sizeable bar. The bartenderess was pretty helpful once I got her talking, free on samples to get what you liked and fairly good in her knowledge. I counted seven taps including Widmer Hefeweizen plus the Redhook stuff which included a Winterhook Winter Ale on cask. I didn't get a chance to sample the food but the menu looked reasonable. I noted plenty of good tunes playing, very eclectic. Clean bathrooms, good gift shop. Decent service. This is apparently referred to as the Cataqua Publick House. Very close to I-95 in a nice industrial park just before/after the bridge between NH & ME (less than 5-minutes but study your map carefully). I loved the barleywine and the porter was decent as well. Very much worth the stop but be sure you don't leave town without also doing up the Portsmouth Brewery (brewpub/Smuttynose) in the downtown area. (1,146 characters)

Photo of tkeHijacker
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to the REdhook brewery with the intention of just taking the tour with the possability of getting dinner afterwords.

When we arrived we sat down and had a beer to start the night off while we waited for the tour and purchased out tickets while we did so.

The tour consisted of a slightly rounded gentleman with white hair showing us around the brewery while telling us jokes about flocculation and driving through the largest beer fridge in New Hampshire. The tour group included roughly two dozen people and three children. Great fun!

The part that everyone was waiting for came at the end of the tour where we were shuffled into a room where we received tasting glasses (to keep) and passed around pitchers of Redhook's brews.

While learning a little history behind the actual beer and the beer style we were allowed to enjoy the ESB, Winterhook, Longhammer, Nitro Porter, and Doubleblack Stout. While a decent variety of beers the two ladies in our personal party were not as impressed as my buddy Steve and I were.

While we enjoyed ourselves enough to stay and try the Saturnalia (hopped in places we didn't know we could put hops), while enjoying a small dinner.

Overall if you are looking for a goodtime and don't mind spending the dollar to get in (well worth it!!!) and are in the area please stop by and check them out. (1,339 characters)

Photo of dfolmste
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Have driven past Red Hook many times on my way up to Maine. Only a minute off RT-16, Red Hook is a massive complex complete with a bar, shop and of course the brewery. I just started homebrewing so I was looking forward to the tour. Tour was extremely basic without much explanation, but I was able to fill in the blanks with my accumulated knowledge on the subject. Our tour guide was very friendly, and I'm guessing a bit buzzed. He was able to answer my questions and gave me about a pound of hop pellets. Awesome! Got to sample almost all of Redhook's offerings for only $1. Did not eat there, but the restaurant and bar were pretty crowded at 1PM. I would recomend this to anyone wanting to see what goes on behind the scenes of the beer you drink. I want to check out the restaurant and try out the food, as well as a beer or three. Thanks for the Hops! (859 characters)

Photo of cleeze
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Not much to say about redhook. I'm not a huge fan but still try to poke in from time to time to check out their offerings. It is pretty cool how you just walk through the brewery anytime ( well at least i think you can)

The beers just always seem average to me. Nothing really that blows me away. Ya Dig? Their blonde is a great session beer though. I just dont think their quality is up with Portsmouth Brewery.

Food is alright. Again nothing amazing. but decent grub.

On the bright side they do have some really cool events that are deffinatly worth checking out (567 characters)

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Redhook Brewery & Cataqua Public House in Portsmouth, NH
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.