Our 7th Birthday

Our 7th Birthday

Today, April 13, Bale Breaker officially turns 7 years old.

By Owner & Co-Founder Meghann Quinn

I was asked to write a guest blog post to publish today, April 13th, the 7th anniversary of opening Bale Breaker Brewing Company, and it was very hard to think of what to say.  Birthdays are a time of celebration, of reflection, and of looking ahead, but how could I do that given the global pandemic that essentially upended our sense of ’normal’ overnight? 

I could sit here and say how unfair this all is.  How much I had looked forward to celebrating our birthday and the growth we’ve experienced since 2013 with friends, family, and the community that got us here.  We started the brewery with just four of us, a smaller production facility and taproom, and only two beers to offer our customers.  I would have never guessed, in a million years, that this is what April 13, 2020 would look like – not only because of COVID-19 but also the changes within our company in just 7 years.  It reminds me of the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation quote: “If I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now." 

But then yesterday, I came across this quote: “It’s okay if today looks different than what you had planned,” by Dhiman Saha.  And all of a sudden, I realized that, yes, this is okay.  Even though today looks very different than what I had planned, I have so much to be thankful for, so in honor of our 7th birthday, here are 7 of those things: 

  1. I am thankful for our dedicated, committed team of now 35 employees, all working hard to get us to the other side of this crisis. We are certainly being challenged, but I truly believe we’ll emerge as a stronger unit than before.
  1. I am thankful for our devoted fans around the Pacific NW, who are continuing to support us by purchasing our beer, whether it’s at grocery stores, at bottle shops, or at our weekly drive-thru at the brewery. 
  1. I am thankful for our taproom regulars. I didn’t realize how much I would miss seeing your smiling faces after work in a bustling taproom. 
  1. I am thankful for my family. For the two Kevin’s who are navigating this time with me as small business owners, for my parents, my siblings, their wives, and my sweet nieces and nephew.  (A special shout-out to the newest member of our family, my niece Keira Josephine, who came into the world during this crazy time on March 25.)
  1. I am thankful to be living in Yakima, especially now that it is spring, one of my favorite times of the year. We have space to roam, we can get outside, and we have beautiful sunny days to look forward to. 
  1. I am thankful for the time to think. At the YCDA annual luncheon just one month ago, we learned that one of the greatest obstacles to innovation is giving yourself time to think.  Well, guess what?  Now, we have time, and now, we need to innovate.  We’re being forced to think outside of the box and make decisions anticipating what the new landscape might look like. 
  1. Lastly, I am thankful for this community. For each and every one of you who is reading this now, who is drinking a Bale Breaker beer while social distancing, who is ordering merchandise from our website, who is engaging with us on social media.  You’re all helping us get through this time, so thank you. 

Hang in there, stay safe, stay healthy, and I can’t wait to see many of your faces in the taproom (hopefully) soon. 



Posted April 13, 2020

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