It's always nice to see some old standbys recognized - sometimes, we get so wrapped up in what is new and exciting that we forget to celebrate what is steady and delicious, all year round.
This year, we're honored to see Field 41 take home a Gold for American Style Pale Ale in SIP Magazine's Best of the Northwest Beer Guide, and Bottomcutter take home a Double Gold for American-Style Imperial/Double India Pale Ale.
Read on to learn more about these two classic Bale Breaker brews:
We spent the year before we opened crafting up recipes for our brand new brewery- from 2011-2012, we brewed 125 10-gallon batches before we even opened our doors. As kids who grew up on a hop farm, with hops in our DNA, we knew we were going to hit the ground running with a complex IPA that showcased Yakima Valley hops at their finest (and boy, did we), and we also knew our starting lineup needed the perfect pale ale - hop forward, not malt-forward, that was the light and refreshing partner to our flagship IPA. We settled on Field 41 when harvest 2011 hit and brewers from all around the world came by the hop farm and gave it a try - with their stamp of approval, we knew we had it right. This perfectly sessionable Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness. It's named for hop field 41, home of our brewery, and is a shining example of what we mean when we say our beers are "Fresh Off The Farm".
When we finally did open our doors in April 2013, we had Field 41 and Topcutter on draft. And ONLY those 2 beers on draft... well, unless you count 41 Cutter, the 50/50 mixture of the two we would offer visitors. They were selling fast and we knew it was time for us to add to our lineup. The only natural thing for a brewery smack dab in the middle of a hop farm? A big, hop-forward Imperial IPA. We experimented HEAVILY with Imperial IPAs (OG fans will remember our Kiln Series from February of 2014 - Bottomcutter was one of the recipe variations from that series of Imperial IPAs). One of our favorite anecdotes about how we knew Bottomcutter was the one: Brewmaster and co-owner Kevin Smith's wife tasted it for the first time and told him she was CERTAIN she had married the right man - the brains behind that amazing concoction. Bottomcutter was released in our taproom in March 2015 (although it was draft only until September 2016), and actually won Sip Magazine's Gold for Imperial IPA in 2017! Named for the tractor used alongside a Topcutter to harvest hops, Bottomcutter is packed with citrus and pine hop character, and brewed to finish dry.
Posted October 21, 2021