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Brew Corner: Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA

Hands harvest hops. And as beer lovers, we want to show our gratitude to the people who make it all possible. Each year thousands of Latino migrant farm workers travel to the Yakima Valley to harvest hops. Eastern Washington is home to over 25% of the world’s hop crop (approximately 75% of the nation’s hops).

Hop harvesting is hard work, requiring long hours of manual labor until the season is complete. Many workers return to Yakima from Mexico each season, and their efforts help put hops in your beer.

Few breweries are as aware of the impact of these workers as Bale Breaker Brewing. Co-owners Kevin Smith and Meghann Quinn are descendants of multi-generational hop farming families. Their brewery grows hops and brews beer on some of the finest hop farmland in the world. Bale Breaker has just released their second annual Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA.

A Collaboration is Born: #sesionesdelmigrante

It all started at Cerveza Mexico – a national trade show – when Esteban Silva, of Cervecería de Colima 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. In early August 2017, brewers from all four collaborating breweries came to Yakima to brew Bale Breaker’s inaugural Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA featuring the freshest Yakima Valley hops. To learn more about the Sesiones del Migrante program collaboration and watch a video, click here.

Sesiones del Migrante Mango India Pale Ale

Bale Breaker Brewing of Yakima, WA ~ 5.9% alcohol by volume ~ 30 IBU ~ Hops: Citra ®, HBC 630 and Ekuanot ®

Across 5 thousand miles, 5 breweries, 2 countries, 1 cause. Sesiones del Migrante is a series of beers brewed in collaboration with Mexican and American breweries. This brew asks the question: who harvests your hops? It celebrates migrant workers who travel to the Yakima Valley to harvest hops for breweries across the globe.

This new fruit-forward IPA showcases the bright tropical flavors of fresh Yakima Valley grown hops. Brewers also included a new experimental strain HBC 630. Hazy and golden, each barrel is brewed with 20 pounds of real mango puree.

A portion of the sales from Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA will go to support La Casa Hogar, a Yakima non-profit that connects and educates Latina families. So raise a glass in celebration of the dedication and skilled craftsmanship of hard working hop harvesting hands! Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA is now available while supplies last for $9.99 per 6-pk, 12 oz cans.

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.