On its latest Frenz collaboration, Bale Breaker Brewing invited their friends from Barley Brown’s Beer up to their brewery in Yakima, Washington. Frenz is a series of collaboration beers, made to celebrate community and partnership within the brewing industry.
Recently, the team from Barley Brown’s made the trek from Baker City, Oregon to Yakima to visit their friends at Bale Breaker to brew Frenz West Coast IPA. The latest beer in this series is said to offer aromas of citrus, fruit loops, peach, guava, and pine, and features Bale Breaker’s homegrown Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy hops.
The Frenz Collaboration Series dates back to 2016 and this forthcoming release will be the second to go into cans. The first canned Frenz was a collaboration with Austin, TX’s Pinthouse. Unlike that 2021 release, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s was able to come up to the brewery and brew with the team in person, a welcome next step in the Frenz series.
To actually have Tyler Brown and his brewing team in person was a welcome change from 2021’s release, which was all virtual. Bale Breaker plans on expanding the Frenz series this year to celebrate more in-person collaborations – this is the first of three limited 16oz Frenz releases in 2022.
“Frenz is made to share the love between us and our hop-obsessed beer buds,” said Bale Breaker co-owner/brewmaster Kevin Smith, in today’s press release. “This series is brewed with frenz, and made to drink with frenz.”
Frenz West Coast IPA will see a dual release celebration at each of Bale Breaker’s taprooms in Washington State. The first release party will take place from 12-9pm on Friday, February 11, at Bale Breaker’s Yakima, WA taproom, followed by a release party from 12-10pm on Saturday, February 12 at Bale Breaker’s Seattle, WA taproom. Frenz will be available in 16oz 4pks to-go or on draft. Plus, Oregon fans can join the Bale Breaker and Barley Brown’s teams for a special release party on Saturday, February 19, from 5-8pm at Loyal Legion in Portland, OR.
Frenz 16oz 4pks will be getting limited distribution starting in mid-February throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho at select bottle shops and stores.
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.