For its third consecutive year, Bale Breaker Brewing joins the Sesiones del Migrante brewing partnership that spans 5,000 miles, 5 breweries, and 2 countries. 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.
Today the Yakima, Washington based brewer will release Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA at its brewery located at 1801 Birchfield Rd, Yakima, WA. Sesiones Del Migrante Mango IPA sits at 5.9% ABV and 30 IBUs. This IPA will be available on draft and in 6-packs.
Bale Breaker will once again donate 20% of Mango IPA sales to La Casa Hogar. La Casa Hogar exists to provide a range of practical education and self-development opportunities especially suited to the needs of Latina/o immigrant families who comprise one of the most economically fragile, but socially important segments, in the Yakima Valley.
Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA will be available in kegs and six-packs throughout Bale Breaker’s distribution footprint in Washington State, western Oregon, and northern Idaho.
Here are additional details from the press release on the backstory to this beer that is very dear to those in the hop farming community of the Yakima Valley…
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). Watch a short video introducing #migrantsessions.
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.”