Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bale Breaker Brewing Co. plans new year-round beer release for late September

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Yakima, WA - Leota Mae IPA (6.2% ABV 50 IBU) will be Bale Breaker Brewing Company’s fourth year-round beer, available in six-packs and on draught starting in late-September.  This Yakima brewery’s new beer is expected to be available in most national, regional, gourmet, and independent grocers throughout Washington and northern Idaho by the end of October.

“Bale Breaker may only be four years old, but our story really began in 1932 when our great-grandparents first planted hops in the Yakima Valley,” said Meghann Quinn, business manager and one of three sibling-owners at Bale Breaker.  “My great-grandmother and the matriarch of our family, Leota Mae, worked sunrise to sunset cultivating the land we still farm today. As our family starts our 86th consecutive hop harvest, this new IPA pays tribute to our family’s legacy and the woman who started it all.”

Courtesy of Bale Breaker
Meghann, along with her brothers Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith and her husband, Kevin Quinn, started Bale Breaker in 2013.  It is now among the largest independent breweries in Washington State.  Their beers, including three other flagship year-round beers, Field 41 Pale Ale, Topcutter IPA and Bottomcutter Imperial IPA, showcase the world-class hops grown in the heart the Yakima Valley.  Today, the Yakima Valley is responsible for producing about 75% of America’s hop crop.  

About Bale Breaker:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company makes handcrafted ales that showcase the world-class hops grown in the heart the Yakima Valley. Hops are in the family's DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Over four generations, their love of hops has evolved into a passion for craft beer. Today, Meghann, Kevin and Patrick are in the midst of running a brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.
Bale Breaker opened the doors to its 30-barrel production brewery in April 2013. The now 27,000 square foot facility features an onsite taproom, hosts frequent food trucks and occasional live music, with a beautiful outdoor patio and lawn area, perfect for enjoying the Yakima sunshine here in Washington state.

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