For our last post from the adventure up to New England, I wanted to tell you a bit about Red Hook Ales.Â Some may think they are a West Coast operation but I assure you they are brewing on the East Coast as well.Â Red Hook is a bigger companyÂ than Smuttynose which we had visited hours prior.Â I thought to myself, "Damn this place is commercialized!"Â One trip to wikipedia and I found out Red Hook is in bed with Annheiser Busch and Inbev - I had no idea of this and quite frankly it made me a little upset but I digress.
We all grabbed a pint while we waited for the next tour to start, which I was pretty amped for because the place is so big.
We don't have pictures of the brewing equipment from this facility as the tour was larger and they make you do the whole "through the looking glass" thing and tell you about the brewing process. The tour cost $1 and was definitely worth it due to their fantastic tour guide. They also give you a sweet tasting glass and this nifty sticker.
This is the famed tour guide I mentioned above, his name is Byron. He wasÂ a very enthusiastic person who loved to joke around but if you are speaking when he is trying to explain something he won't hesitate to tell you to shush. The tour lasted all of 10 minutes before Byron was pouring up some of Red Hook's offerings.As he poured each pitcher,Â he would explain the style of the beer and how they came about. My particular favorite would have to be their Long Hammer IPA. Reason one: I love hops! Reason two: Byron said he would jump across the bar regardless of his herniated disc if anyone got between him and his IPA.
That does it for Portsmouth New Hampshire! Â That is until we head back for another trip. Â I would like to thank Justin and Evan Tuerck for putting us up for the weekend and sharing good times together.