For the second consecutive year Bale Breaker Brewing has partnered with Sesiones del Migrante on a collaboration beer that brings the importance of migrant workers to the forefront. For 2018 this partnership spans 5,000 miles, five breweries and two countries. The beer that is a result of this partnership is Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA.
Sesiones del Migrante is a series of beers brewed in collaboration with Mexican and American breweries to celebrate the Mexican migrant workers who travel to the Yakima Valley to harvest hops for breweries across the globe. Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA is 5.4% ABV and 50 IBUs. A portion of proceeds will benefit La Casa Hogar, a local non-profit that connects and educates immigrant Latino families.
Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA will be released on Thursday, July 19 from 3:00-9:00pm at Bale Breaker Brewing located at 1801 Birchfield Road in Yakima, WA. The beer will also be available in six-packs and on draft in Washington State, Northwest Oregon, and North Idaho throughout the summer of 2018.
Here are additional details on Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA from the Bale Breaker press release…
In 2017 at Cerveza Mexico – a national trade show – Esteban Silva, of Cervecería de Colima (Colima, Mexico) found his first collaborator: Cerveza Loba (Guadalajara, Mexico). From there, YCH Hops agreed to donate hops for the project, and then Silva reached out to Bale Breaker Brewing Company (Yakima, WA) as well as two up-and-coming California breweries– Ronin Fermentation Project (Truckee, CA) & SouthNorte (San Diego, CA).
In May 2017, two of Bale Breaker’s brewer-owners, Kevin Quinn and Kevin Smith, traveled to Mexico to brew in Guadalajara and Colima. At Cerveza Loba, the brewers concocted Loba Nómada, a NE IPA featuring hand-peeled mangoes, a homegrown ingredient. In Colima, they brewed Vale Bale, an IPA with local coconuts. According to Cervecería de Colima, Vale Bale is “a beer inspired by all those people who leave their place of origin, with the firm aspiration to find a better quality of life.”
In early August, brewers from all four collaborating breweries came to Yakima to brew Bale Breaker’s Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA featuring the freshest Yakima Valley hops. A portion of the proceeds from our beer and events will benefit La Casa Hogar, a local non-profit that connects and educates immigrant Latino families.
“We’re happy that this brewing collaboration will create awareness of the hard work of Yakima’s Latino community. Their work both during harvest and year-round is essential to creating the hoppy beers everyone loves,” said Meghann Quinn, owner/business manager at Bale Breaker. “We look forward to this partnership continuing into the future.”
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.