Redhook Brewery Woodinville (Est. 1981)
You’re likely familiar with at least one Redhook brew. You may have also heard about the cozy sweater koozies they knit for their beers. But you probably don’t realize just how long the place has been around. Redhook launched in the early ‘80s, taking up space in Seattle before moving over to Woodinville and opening an out-of-state brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As you can tell by reading about NH's oldest brewery, that town loves good beer.
North End Tavern & Brewery Parkersburg (Est. 1997)
The tavern itself is older than Abe Vigoda -- it opened up shop in 1899 -- but the “& brewery” part didn’t come along until the ‘90s. While their Roedy’s Red amber ale is the award winner of the bunch, they’ve also got blackberry wheat beers and classic porters on the docket.
Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe (Est. 1845)
Minhas has changed owners and names so many times you’ll get whiplash just from reading the history page on their website. But it’s always stayed in the same WI location, earning it the esteemed title of oldest brewery in the Midwest. It could’ve gone for oldest in the nation, if it weren’t for that meddling D.G. Yuengling and his dang son.
Snake River Brewing Jackson (Est. 1994)
Though they like to bill themselves as a small brewery in a small town, Snake River is no small potatoes. At least 14 of their beers have earned awards, and the brewery took an overall GABF honor two years in a row. These guys clearly know what they’re doing. Plus, their exec chef is named Mambo, and if you can trust anyone, it’s a guy named Mambo.
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