Bale Breaker Brewery:
After our overwhelming wine tasting fail, we took a rambling drive though the countryside to Bale Breaker Brewery – which was happily open. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and there were about 4 other groups of people drinking beer. I ordered the sampler, and Jon ordered an IPA.
My sampler had four beers, which I have rank ordered from most favorite to least favorite:
- High Camp Winter Warmer – Malty and hoppy, with a light spice. It was made with Cascade, Centennial and Mosaic Hops.
- Kiln Series #003 – Imperial IPA – This beer had a slight bitterness on the roof of my mouth and back of my throat. It was not as hoppy at the Topcutter IPA.
- Field 41 Pale Ale – This beer has crisp flavors of grapefruit, with bitter hops. It is made with Simcoe and Ahtanum hops, and is named for the field planted right next to the brewery.
- Topcutter IPA – This very hoppy beer is made from Simcoe, Ahtanum, Citra and Mosaic hops. It is named after the machine that removes the hops vines from the trellis they grow on.
I enjoyed the beers, but they were all very hoppy (that’s definitely the trend lately, at least in Washington beer), and I would have liked them better if there were a couple that weren’t quite as bitter. Oh well – it was worth it because Jon really liked his.
It was nice just to be able to sit and relax and enjoy a beverage. They had some good music playing and the brewery was dog friendly; I would certainly go back again. But if the folks at Bale Breaker are reading this, maybe you could brew an Amber Ale?
Yakima Craft Brewing:
Yakima Craft Brewing has been around since 2007, with their first batch of beer in 2008. I have had their beer before and I knew they had an Amber Ale. Plus, we were getting hungry by the time we left Bale Breaker after 5 pm, and the Yakima Craft tasting room in downtown Yakima has food too. We headed back into town to check it out. We had to circle the block a couple of times to actually find the tasting room, because it is a little hidden (a narrow storefront in a big block) and then finding parking was more difficult than I thought it would be. But eventually we made it and settled in.
I ordered a 1982 Amber Ale (delicious as always) and Jon got a Bad Monk. We both had bison burgers. I really wanted to love my burger, but unfortunately, it was a little overcooked. Not terrible, but not as good as a local, grass fed bison burger should be. We chatted and people watched, and the place filled up after a little while. My only gripe was they need more solid tables; ours was pretty wobbly. That said, I liked the atmosphere and will go back again.
So, that was our day in Yakima. At least we ended on a good note!