Girl Meets Hops Investigates: The Cellar

Girl Meets Hops Investigates: The Cellar

By Marguerite Washut, BBBC Marketing & Events Coordinator

New year, new Girl Meets Hops! This year, I’m putting on my investigative cap and reporting from behind-the-scenes to see what really goes on behind the buzz, specifically at Bale Breaker. Follow along with me as I shed light on the ins and outs of the brewery, the processes, and the people who make the magic happen.

First up: solving the mystery that is the cellar. We asked, you answered via our Instagram poll, and I couldn’t agree with you more: the cellar is definitely the biggest unknown of the brewery to me, too. Fear not, I sat down with Bale Breaker’s Cellar Manager, Alex Dahlin, to answer all of our hard-hitting questions:

GMH: Let’s start with the basic question: What is the cellar?

GMH: Diving deeper, why is the cellar so important to the brewing process?

GMH: No pressure! So basically, what the cellar is to the brewer is what the stylist is to the designer? Meaning, the brewer designs the blueprint of the beer determining the overall style and aesthetic, hands the recipe to the brewhouse for execution (i.e. the tailor), but ultimately relies on the cellar to accessorize the recipe for overall flavor and quality?

GMH: Alright, so now that we have a general idea of what the cellar does, let’s get into the specifics. What methods do you use to help finetune the beer into the final product?

GMH: In addition to being known for fresh-tasting and heavily dry-hopped beers, Bale Breaker is also known for clear and bright IPAs. Can you elaborate on how we achieve that consistent trademark look through the cellar process?

GMH: Impressive. It was also brought to my attention that the cellar plays a pivotal role in helping Bale Breaker not only save money but to minimize its overall impact on the environment. Can you elaborate on that?

GMH: And thus, save money. What a multifaceted job! You’ve been with Bale Breaker for five years now, essentially the majority of the time Bale Breaker has been in business, so you’ve helped oversee a lot of these new processes be implemented. Tell us more about you. How did you land yourself as the Cellar Manager of Bale Breaker?

And there you have it, folks. While the cellar may not get the same level of recognition as the brewhouse, the team is responsible for putting all the bells and whistles on that cold 16oz. pint o’beer so it tastes just right when it hits your lips. So next time you meet a cellarhand, be sure to tip your hat to them and buy them a beer or two.

Until next month,

Girl Meets Hops: A monthly column highlighting what really goes on behind the buzz at Bale Breaker

Posted January 31, 2020

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