Beer It's My Opinion

  • Written by Toren Heald

Beer 133Who made it out to Sausage Fest at Redhook? Two thumbs pointing straight back, that’s right, this guy! I had the opportunity to take my brother along, which is good because he likes a good wiener and beer.  

We were invited to the pub an hour earlier than the opening of the gates for a little VIP time with some of the Redhook PR and management team. This translates to sampling some brews and doing a little Q&A (less talky, more samples please).  This year I feel very privileged to be one of the first people to sample this year’s Winterhook. None of the management or staff have even tried this new brew so honored I am, thanks Redhook. This is the 29th year of the Winterhook and for those that don’t know, the recipe changes every year so there is always a lot of anticipation.  I was told the release of Winterhook will be on September 30 so you will all have to wait. 

The Winterhook definitely trumps last year’s brew; this one appeased my love of the hop. It offers an affluent caramel body that has been dry hopped, making it a little naughty and especially nice.  The handsome little bottle is all dressed up in a very stylish Nordic sweater for the holidays.  I’m told that matching sweater cozies are coming to the retail shop soon. 6% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and 45 IBUs (International Bitterness Unit). 

After our stay with the other VIPs we were set free to explore the rest of Sausagefest.   The first thing we did was get our sausage on!  I had to try the French onion sausage, this thing was delicious.  Eight inches of mild flavor wiener, oozing melted cheese and piled high with caramelized onions.  Redhook, you need to put that on the pub menu.  My brother tried something else and it looked good too, but I’m only here to tell the facts. 

The grassy bowl was full of people grooving to some great local bands but what drew my attention was a giant game of beer pong. They had garbage cans painted to look like Red Solo Cups and played with rubber playground balls.  This is a game that will have to be set up at one of my next big events. We played a few rounds of that before we decided it was time to head out for the day. 

Good times and again Redhook, I appreciate you.   If you missed it this year, try again next year and you too can be a Sausagefester!


Toren Heald

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