YAKIMA, Wash. – Lady Lupulin Blonde Ale, a special beer brewed by Bale Breaker Brewing Company using an exclusive hop blend created by YCH HOPS and the Pink Boots Society, will be released on March 28 at the Bale Breaker Taproom. This celebratory beer was brewed at Bale Breaker by women in the local community in honor of International Women’s Day.
Representatives from Bale Breaker, YCH HOPS, Single Hill Brewing, Dru Bru, and Cornerstone Ranches participated in Yakima’s Pink Boots Society Brew Day event, truly making it a collaborative project.
“With our location in hop country, we’re fortunate to collaborate with women in all aspects of the industry who grow hops, brew, and manage the sales, marketing, and finances along the way.” said Jackie Beard, Bale Breaker’s Quality Manager and local brew day coordinator. “It’s an honor to showcase the hops of the Yakima Valley and the women who bring them from the soil to your glass!”
“Working with Pink Boots Society to produce the exclusive hop blend, we wanted to create an opportunity for people in all aspects of the hop and beer industries to come together and brew something special to celebrate women,” says Kate Ruffing, the chief marketing officer at YCH, who also participated in the brew day. “It is just as much about the brewing experience as it is about the beer, and we are grateful to have been a part of this all-ladies brew day to experience it firsthand.”
YCH HOPS’ Pink Boots Blend was released to commercial brewers prior to International Women’s Day on March 8th and members, participants, and brewers around the world were encouraged to create their own celebratory brews. The hop blend was produced in traditional T90 hop pellets with limited availability, and YCH HOPS will donate $3 per pound to the Pink Boots Society Scholarship funds. This year’s blend includes Palisade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and Loral.
Pink Boots Brew Release Party – March 28
The release party for Lady Lupulin Blonde Ale is scheduled for March 28, 3-8pm, at Bale Breaker Brewing Co, 1801 Birchfield Rd, Yakima. Hop Town Pizza (a women-owned company!) will be on site, and $1 from every pint sold at the event will be donated to Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit providing educational opportunities to women beer professionals to help them advance their careers in the brewing industry.
About Lady Lupulin Blonde Ale (5.2%, 30 IBU)
Give us your tired, your thirsty, your masses of women yearning to brew free. Lady Lupulin Blonde Ale is a tribute to the all-female fields of hop vines that produce the cones that lend their fruity, dank, grassy, and tropical aromas to the hoppy beers of the Northwest. Brewed with YCH’s Pink Boots Blend, plus a little extra Simcoe, Citra and Loral, the beer is a delicately-hopped session ale perfect for spring. We lift our lamp and raise a glass to the women of our industry who get the tanks clean and their boots dirty in the fields and the brewhouse to bring the taste of Yakima Valley to your glass. Available on draught at Bale Breaker’s Yakima taproom.
About Pink Boots
Founded in 2007 by brewmaster Teri Fahrendorf, Pink Boots Society is a non-profit organization created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. To this end, Pink Boots Society provides scholarship opportunities, job resources and industry information to its more than 1,500 members.
About YCH HOPS
Inspired by the shared vision of connecting family hop farms with the world’s finest brewers, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC merged in 2014 creating Yakima Chief – Hopunion, or YCH HOPS for short, a 100% grower-owned supplier of hops and hop products. We have made it our mission to connect family farms with the world’s finest brewers, providing the highest quality hop products and uncompromising service for the ultimate benefit of our customers, employees and growers.