Ales for ALS returns to Bale Breaker Brewing and beyond

Four people at an ales for ALS party.
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Each year, the Ales for ALS program raises funds and awareness for ALS research. The program was founded in 2013 by Bale Breaker Brewing, working with Loftus Ranches (the family’s hop farm) and Yakima Chief Hops. Since then, the program has expanded to involve well over 100 breweries from across the nation and around the world, including more than a dozen breweries here in the Pacific Northwest. Ales for ALS has raised over $3.5 million since its founding. (Click here for info about the event at Bale Breaker on June 15.)

The participating breweries create a special beer that helps raise funds and spread awareness. All breweries are invited to participate. Consumers are invited to drink the beers or attend an Ales for ALS event, like the one happening at Bale Breaker Brewing on Saturday, June 15th.

The 2024 Ales for ALS Hop Blend

A particular hop–a unique, experimental hop blend–is at the program’s core. Each year, the hop experts at Loftus Ranches and Yakima Chief Hops devise a special hop blend: the Ales for ALS blend. The participating breweries incorporate this hop in a beer and then use the beer to help raise funds and increase awareness. All consumers need to do is drink the beer and learn about ALS. Interested breweries can learn more here.

The 2024 Ales for ALS blend.

The Events

Many breweries, including Bale Breaker Brewing, host special events surrounding the release of their ALS beers. “We can’t believe we’re coming up on another year of celebrating great beer for a great cause, together,” said a statement from Bale Breaker Brewing. “Alongside Loftus Ranches and Yakima Chief, we started Ales for ALS in 2013 to raise money to find treatments or a cure for ALS, after more of our family had recently been diagnosed with the disease. We had no idea it would become a huge event here in Yakima AND a worldwide fundraiser that spreads awareness and raises funds for ALS research.”


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The founders of Bale Breaker Brewing have a personal stake in the Ales for ALS program. “Once my uncle was diagnosed with ALS I thought Bale Breaker would be a great avenue to raise money and awareness to help not only him, hopefully, but the generations to come,” said Meghann Quinn, owner of Bale Breaker Brewing Company and co-founder of Ales for ALS. Sadly, Uncle Bubba succumbed to the disease in 2020, but his legacy lives on in the form of the annual Ales for ALS beer from Bale Breaker, as well as the Ales for ALS program.

Visit the Ales for ALS website for more information about all this, including a list of participating breweries. Below I share some details about the upcoming event at Bale Breaker Brewing.


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“Come join us from 12-9 pm for a FREE and all-ages day of fun, beer, music, and food on the brewery lawn, all benefitting research to end ALS. This cause is near and dear to our hearts, so we make sure to celebrate with our biggest event of the year – live music, multiple food trucks, fun for the whole family, and the release of our annual Ales for ALS beer, Bubba’s Brew. We’ll donate $1 from any pint sold at this event to ALS-TDI.”

ALES FOR ALS EVENT AT BALE BREAKER

Saturday, June 15th from Noon until 9:00.
Map.

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Music Lineup:

  • 12-4pm: DJ Dom
  • 4-6pm: Amanda Simmons
  • 6:30-8:30pm: Kate Dinsmore

Food Trucks:

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  • Crafted
  • Cowiche Creek (lobster rolls)
  • Heavenly Smoked BBQ
  • JJ’s Birria
  • Sno & Co
Ad for a brewery auction.
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