Over three decades ago, Redhook ESB reimagined what an American beer could be. It was craft before there was such a thing, and it was an unqualified success. So much so, that it started to become a victim of that success. The company’s growing operation and big-time distribution deal had some people starting to look for the next thing. And with time, some began to forget the history. Even in its hometown of Seattle.
Now Redhook is ready to reclaim its rightful role as the OG of craft beer — with a new campaign launching online, outdoor and on the radio this summer. Called the Granddaddy of Craft, the campaign will feature Redhook ESB in its striking throwback package, while reminding whippersnapper beer drinkers to have some respect for their elders.
“Today, there are over 250 craft breweries in Washington. In 1981, there was exactly one,” said D/C’s young-at-heart ECD Parker Channon. “And we’re just here to remind Seattle who started it all.”