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Co-op Brew Corner: For the Love of Leota Mae

All beer comes from somewhere. Bale Breaker’s new IPA is proudly brewed as an homage (perhaps a Mom-age?) to a very special lady: Leota Mae Loftus. With distinctive gold lettering and vintage graphics by Seattle-based Blindtiger Design, Leota Mae India Pale Ale is a tribute to a Depression-Era matriarch who ultimately led to the establishment of Bale Breaker Brewing as an agricultural and brewing powerhouse.

Leota Mae IPA is now on sale for $8.99 per 6pk, regularly $10.49 each. Sale price good through January 31, 2018.

Leota Mae India Pale Ale

~ Bale Breaker Brewing ~ Yakima, WA ~ 6.2% alcohol by volume ~ 50 IBU

Leota Mae IPA  family’s brewing legacy. Leota Mae made the decision to plant and tend hop fields, instead of apple orchards, on their homestead in 1932. This pivotal choice helped facilitate a massive Pacific Northwest hop farming industry. In addition to brewing up tasty suds, Bale Breaker is also a world-class hop farm. Their flagship fields draw visitors from around the world. And they pour in. Each hop harvest you’ll find master brewers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious breweries wandering the fields at Bale Breaker, searching for the perfect hop.

Leota Mae IPA showcases the local flavor of Yakima-bred Ekuanot™ and Mosaic® hops. Heavily, but not too bitterly hopped, this brew is laden with grapefruit citrus and bright piney flavors. With a light-medium malt body, try this Pacific Northwest IPA with your favorite pub grub. Leota Mae is now on sale for only $8.99 per 6pk per 12oz cans, regularly $10.49 each. Sale prices good through January 31, 2018.

Pair it with: cumin & sea salt roasted Brussels sprouts, spicy bean stew or Reuben sandwiches with CURED Pastrami

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.