Last summer I experienced Hop Harvest in Yakima. Did you know Yakima is the 2nd largest hop producer in the world? We hung out with the kind, passionate brewers at Bale Breaker, located right in the middle of the family hop farm to chat about hops, the family legacy and the quality beer they produce from these aromatic gems.
If you didn’t get enough from the video, here’s a little bit more about Bale Breaker:
Bale Breaker Brewing Company is the newest craft brewery to open in the heart of our nation’s hop country, but while the brewery is new on the scene, the family behind the beer is not. The great-grandparents of owners Patrick Smith, Meghann Quinn, and Kevin Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Now, 82 years later, their love of hops and passion for craft beer has led them to where they are today – in the midst of running a production brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company opened the doors to their new 30-barrel production brewery in April 2013. Surrounded on three sides by a field of Cascade hops, the new facility is approximately 11,000 square feet and houses an onsite taproom (no food preparation, but outside food is welcome) with a beautiful outdoor patio and lawn area, perfect for enjoying the Yakima sunshine.
Id say 95’s not too bad – Topcutter IPA
India Pale Ale - 6.8% ABV | 70 IBU Our flagship IPA is a well-balanced yet aggressive West Coast IPA that showcases Yakima Valley hops at their finest. Late additions of Simcoe®, Citra®, Ahtanum™, and Mosaic™ give this beer its complex citrus, fruity, and floral aroma and flavor. Named for a unique piece of farm equipment that removes hop vines from the trellis during the annual hop harvest, Topcutter IPA delivers loads of hoppiness all year long.
Package Types: - Draft (1/2 barrel & 1/6 barrel kegs) - Can (12 ounce)