|image sourced from Bale Breaker Brewing Company|
Two weeks ago (via beverage distributor Odom Corporation) Yakima's Bale Breaker Brewing discussed distribution to Western Washington. Yesterday, confirmed via electronic correspondence, the owners of Bale Breaker confirmed plans to distribute kegs and cans via Odom Corporation.
"It's looking like, by Mid-March, Field 41 Pale Ale and Topcutter IPA will be available in King and Snohomish counties (distributed through Odom), both on draft and in cans."
News like this might lead many in Western Washington to wonder why this brewery, over a year old, would wait so long. Taking a cue from breweries in Colorado, Bale Breaker have maintained a business model of supporting local customers first. If you asked co-owners and siblings Meghan (Jones) Quinn or Kevin Jones they would argue Eastern Washington encourages gradual growth, given that the audience is mostly familiar with light lagers, when compared to places like Seattle. While this has delayed the arrival of their beers in craft-hungry Seattle, the brewery has gained the ability to dictate how much beer leaves their brewery versus what's served at their taproom.
In the near future we will announce locations and events allowing thirsty drinkers to try a can or pint of Bale Breaker for the first time in Western Washington. meanwhile if you can't wait for an announcement from us, you can check Bale Breaker's "Find Out Beers" http://www.balebreaker.com/beer/search.html for updates.
About Topcutter India Pale Ale
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.
About Field 41 Pale Ale
American Pale Ale - 4.5% ABV | 38 IBU
Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. Heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe® and Ahtanum™, this perfectly sessionable Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes.
About Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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.
Northwest Beer Guide