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Makin the Beer Go Round: Alex Dahlin

Makin the Beer Go Round: Alex Dahlin - June 26, 2017

[Part of the #wearebalebreaker series] When you're smashed up against the outside car of a roller coaster, centrifugal force is thrilling, especially when compared to your washing machine's spin cycle (dullsville). But as a tool for beer clarification, centrifugal force can be effective and consistent, and Alex Dahlin is our resident expert. As cellarmaster, Alex is the man at the helm of our GEA Westfalia Centrifuge, installed in late 2016 as part of Bale Breaker's production expansion. With ... Read More »


Our Local Women of Beer

Our Local Women of Beer - June 23, 2017

[Text and Photos by Shannon Mahre] When people think about breweries, many picture bearded men wearing flannel shirts. While this stereotype can be true, hard-working, farm-raised, educated women are the secret to the success of many breweries around the Yakima area. These women are driven by a passion for hops and for our community. Their feminine prowess brings an element to each business that sets them apart from not only each other, but also from breweries all over the nation... [more] ... Read More »


Sesiones del Migrante/Migrant Sessions

Sesiones del Migrante/Migrant Sessions - June 21, 2017

5 thousand miles, 5 breweries, 2 countries, 1 cause. Many Mexican migrants work here in Yakima, harvesting hops for breweries from all over the world. Sesiones del Migrante is a series of four beers in collaboration with American and Mexican breweries: Cervecera de Colima , Cerveza Loba , Ronan Fermentation Project, SouthNorte and Bale Breaker. Kevin Quinn and Kevin Smith of Bale Breaker were in Colima in May, along with YCH Hops , to collaborate on a beer (it involved slicing A LOT of mangoes... Read More »


Focused on Brewing: Chris Baum

Focused on Brewing: Chris Baum - June 08, 2017

[Part of the #wearebalebreaker series] The scientific method could be considered Chris Baum's brewing compass. Fourteen years as a wildlife biologist honed his keen observational skills, as well as a respect for process and technique. A lifetime of drinking beer, thinking of beer, and now making beer, has certainly helped, too. One of the brewers at Bale Breaker since August 2016, Chris' passion for quality and consistency makes him a valuable part of the team. His mad brewing skills will take ... Read More »


Family, Fun & Flavour: Tom Northwood

Family, Fun & Flavour: Tom Northwood - May 25, 2017

[Part of the #wearebalebreaker series] From the shores of Sydney Harbor to the hop fields of Yakima, Tom Northwood brings international flavour to the Bale Breaker packaging team. His road to the brewing industry began with a youthful love of lagers, and graduated to bartending in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The flexibility of the hospitality industry led to post-college travel (and a bar gig) in Ireland where he met his future (American) wife, Ashlee. The road less traveled took the new ... Read More »


Hike and a Happy Hour

Hike and a Happy Hour - May 18, 2017

Check out this installment of The Seattle Times series, "A Hike and a Happy Hour." THE HIKE: Umtanum Ridge Crest Trail, in the Yakima River Canyon THE BEER: Bale Breaker! "Welcome to hop heaven. The Yakima Valley produces about three-quarters of the country's hop harvest. Part hop farm and part brewery, Bale Breaker showcases the region's prowess. "We specialize in hoppy brews," said Kevin Smith, head brewer at Bale Breaker. "All of our beers are brewed with hops we're growing on our farm." The... Read More »


Bale Breaker's Oh Beautiful Beer Debut

Bale Breaker's Oh Beautiful Beer Debut - May 12, 2017

"When the official beer of this year's festivities was officially rolled out, it wasn't any singular event that I was most excited about-it was this can. While a favorite of Seattle drinkers, Bale Breaker's brewery is located in Yakima Valley, home to about 75% of American hops. Local heavyweight BLINDTIGER Design skillfully illustrated these cans to be perfectly emblematic of the fields that this beer calls home." -- Oh Beautiful Beer... Read More »


PorchDrinking.com reviews Fresh off the Farm IPA

PorchDrinking.com reviews Fresh off the Farm IPA - May 09, 2017

PorchDrinking.com reviews Fresh off the Farm IPA: "The Fresh Off the Farm IPA pours a clear, ginger color, with a delicate white head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles leave intricate lacing and cascade down the glass like a Pacific Northwest waterfall. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry and light, with moderate-to-high carbonation that creates a refreshing burst of flavor without weighing down the palate. The nose is grassy with strong citrus tones. Notes of ripe apples and earthy berries combine ... Read More »


Food & Wine names Topcutter one of the best IPAs in America

Food & Wine names Topcutter one of the best IPAs in America - May 08, 2017

Food Wine magazine writes: Bale Breaker Brewing Company has an advantage that other breweries do not: They opened in 2013 in the Yakima Valley-the number one hop producing region in the United States. Not only do they source hops from their own figurative backyard; the brewery is literally surround on three sides by a hop field. Maybe that helps explain why their flagship Topcutter IPA has already garnered so much acclaim... Read More »


The 10 Best IPAs You've Got to Try

The 10 Best IPAs You've Got to Try - May 08, 2017

Topcutter named one of the 10 finest IPAs in a Popular Mechanics tasting panel. "The India pale ale was once been a craft beer darling, but the bold style has worked its way into practically every bar across the world. To investigate this tasty phenomena, the Popular Mechanics team rounded up the 99 finest IPAs we could get our hands on. On Topcutter: Brewed in the heart of Washington state's hop country, this West Coast-style IPA drinks like a master class in everything an expert blend of hops ... Read More »



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