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Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar

1801 Birchfield Rd
Yakima, Washington, 98901-9577
United States

(509) 404-4000 | map

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Added by beertunes on 04-18-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by Aleforme:
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of snaotheus
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited yesterday in the early afternoon.

Awesome place with awesome surroundings. Literally surrounded by hops (or, at least they were before the recent harvest). Beers are excellent. Service was good and orderly -- even when it was very crowded. Friendly staff.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.96/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Hopmodium
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Limited beers that are just amazing. Never thought 4 handles would be enough. Great location.

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Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheBungyo
5/5  rDev +9.4%

I've yet to visit an ancient German brewery, Belgian Abbey, or English Pub/Brewery full of casks. Those must certainly be among the most sought after experiences for beer lovers around the world.

Closer to home, sipping superbly crafted ales right in the middle of the largest hop growing region in the world has to be up there as well. Bale Breaker is owned by a family of hop growers and they've brought their family vibe with them to their brewery.

During my visit over the course of two and a half days the place was bumping like Miami bass CD from the 90's. There were only two servers but they managed to be ridiculously efficient, while still being personable. So much so that one server in particular took time to chat with my girlfriend and me to recommend other places in the area and talk beer as well.

And speaking of beer, the brews here are among the best hoppy varieties I've had the pleasure of trying. Being able to try them beyond fresh, at the source, was priceless. My trip was at the start of the harvest season, so every few minutes trucks loaded down with freshly cut hops rumbled by on the road outside. I'd imagine this atmosphere is unbeatable in the American beer scene. And as if that wasn't enough, just stepping out the door (in the right season of course) puts you within only a few dozen feet of row upon row of hops!

The only drawback I can think of is that there isn't a hotel right next door!

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of whitenads
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of fuhkyou
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Stopped by here on the way home from Portland in Sept/14. The beer is good but I don't know what all the hype is about.

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I visited during a recent trip to Yakima for the Fresh Hop beerfest. Bale Breaker is located in the middle of a hop field, which had been harvested by the time of my visit, but must be spectacular when in full bloom.

The brewery features only a "tasting room", which is modern and comfortable. There are a couple TVs that were showing sports. It was very busy at the time of my visit, but the 2 person staff did a great job of keeping up with bar customers, and people picking up 6-packs and cases of their tasty canned beers.

They featured 4 of their own beers, and 5-6 gust taps. A local pizza joint was selling slices when I visited, and the staff said they have food trucks at various times. I really enjoyed my visit, and will certainly stop in any time I find myself in the Yakima area. And, only being 30-45 minutes from Ellensburg, it would be worth a detour off I-90 for a true beer geek. A must visit.

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Bale Breaker Brewing Company in Yakima, WA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.