5 thousand miles, 5 breweries, 2 countries, 1 cause. Sesiones del Migrante is a series of beers brewed in collaboration with Mexican and American breweries to celebrate the Mexican migrant workers who travel to the Yakima Valley to harvest hops for breweries across the globe. Watch a short video introducing #migrantsessions.
It was at Cerveza Mexico (a national trade show), where Esteban Silva, of Cervecería de Colima (Colima, Mexico) found his first collaborator: Cerveza Loba (Guadalajara, Mexico). From there, YCH Hops agreed to donate hops for the project, and then two up-and-coming California breweries – Ronin Fermentation Project (Truckee, CA) & SouthNorte (San Diego, CA) – plus of course, us at here Bale Breaker in Yakima.
In May 2017, two of our brewer-owners, Kevin Quinn and Kevin Smith, traveled to Mexico to brew in Guadalajara and Colima. At Cerveza Loba, the brewers concocted Loba Nómada, a NE IPA featuring hand-peeled mangoes, a homegrown ingredient. In Colima, they brewed Vale Bale, an IPA with local coconuts. According to Cervecería de Colima, Vale Bale is “a beer inspired by all those people who leave their place of origin, with the firm aspiration to find a better quality of life.”
In early August, brewers from all four collaborating breweries will come to Yakima to brew our version of Loba Nómada, a mango IPA featuring the freshest Yakima Valley hops. A portion of the proceeds from our beer will benefit La Casa Hogar, a local non-profit that connects and educates immigrant Latino families. Look for a limited release of the Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA in six-packs statewide in early September.
Posted June 21, 2017