Collaboration, team up, throw in with. These are all words synonymous with a joining together. Lately, when those words appear in a sentence associated with beer it's often in relationship with an acquisition or investment. Thankfully this is not one of those occasions. Instead, the folks at Bale Breaker Brewing are happy to announce a collaboration between four unique breweries from as close as Seattle and far as Austin and Grand Rapids. Introducing the Harvest Collaboration Series.
The genesis of the series is in recognition of the great brewers who will be in town to review and select the perfect hops for something fresh hopped and to also secure their ingredients for the following year. As a happy side-effect, Bale Breaker is inviting brewers to stop by and assist them in brewing a beer, sold exclusively in Washington.
With that said, here are the beers planned for release in the coming weeks and months.
Bale Breaker - Georgetown Frenz IPA. Brewed with Seattle's Georgetown Brewing Company, this India Pale Ale is made with Citra and Galaxy hops, fermenting out at 5.5% ABV and 45 IBU. Look for this to be on draft at the Collaboration Festival, August 19th.
Bale Breaker - Founders Bale Finder IPA. Brewed with Grand Rapids great Founders Brewing Company and made with Experimental hop HBC 522, this India Pale Ale will be around 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU when it's released on September 4th.
Bale Breaker - Cloudburst Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA. Seems these two can't stay separated long before they brew another beer together. This time the brewer at Bale Breaker seek out the boys who can't stick to one beer, their thoughts on this year's wet-hop IPA made with Citra Hops. At 6.2% and 70 IBU, this beer is hearty lawn-mowing or leaf raking beer when it's released on October 2nd.
Finally, Bale Breaker and Pinthouse Pizza are collaborating on something special featuring Mosaic and Loral wet-hops. A union of Austin and Yakima, this beer has a pending release date of October 9th with the final gravity and ibu yet to be determined. Stay tuned.
ABOUT BALE BREAKER BREWING CO.
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 an independent production brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.