Wouldn’t it be cool to have a brewery on a hop farm? Well, that’s what we thought, anyway.
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. Our great-grandparents first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Now, 81 years later, our love of hops and passion for craft beer has led us to where we are today – having recently opened a production brewery surrounded by our family’s hop fields, just down the road from where we were born and raised.
Our family’s farm, B.T. Loftus Ranches, is one of the longest running hop farms in the Yakima Valley. In 1920, our family moved to Moxee in pursuit of work on the railroad and began farming a variety of crops and livestock. Twelve years later, the first five-acre hop field was established. Now, we are in our fourth-generation of family ownership, harvesting close to 900 acres of hops each year.
In April 2013, we opened the doors to Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a 30-barrel production brewery surrounded on three sides by the Cascade hops in Field #41. The building houses an onsite taproom (no food service, outside food welcome) with a beautiful outdoor patio and lawn area, perfect for enjoying the Yakima sunshine. Our flagship beers, Field 41 Pale Ale and Topcutter IPA, can be found on tap and in cans around our hometown of Yakima and throughout much of eastern Washington and northern Idaho.
For more on our brewery, please visit our website at www.balebreaker.com. We hope you can come visit us in the taproom soon!
The Bale Breaker Team – Meghann & Kevin Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith
For more information on the Yakima Valley hop industry, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries visit the Spirits and Hops Trail website.