Peaks and Pints Friendship Is Magic Party at 5 p.m. tonight stars the Bale Breaker Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing Frenz IPA friendship collaboration. In addition to enjoying Frenz IPA and other Bale Breaker and Sierra Nevada beers on tap — including a blend from the two breweries — Peaks & Pints will also host friendship bracelet crafts and best friend approved swag. This celebration of friendship benefits GLAAD, a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ advocacy and cultural change. In celebration of the Bale Breaker and Sierra Nevada Frenz IPA release party, Peaks & Pints presents an in-house beer flight of both breweries’ beers — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Bale Breaker and Sierra Nevada.
Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Bale Breaker and Sierra Nevada
Vinoveza is a new style of beer fermented with wine grape juice exclusively made during crush. Bale Breaker Brewing’s Belgian-style saison is fermented with freshly pressed Riesling juice from DuBrul Vineyard. Nouveau Blanc Vinoveza Ale captures the aroma and acidity of Riesling grapes and balances them with the fruity character of Belgian brewers’ yeast for lemon, pear, grape, banana, and clove on the nose. The lemon transfers to the taste with rustic saison and wheat notes.
Sierra Nevada’s Sunny Little Thing wheat ale is brewed with oats and wheat malt for a smooth mouthfeel, plus hardly a dash of hops, allowing the fruit character to leap forward. Lemon and orange notes in the aroma are complemented by tropical notes of pineapple and sweet grapefruit. The same notes carry into the flavor, well-supported by a bready malt sweetness. Expect tropical and floral hop notes with a side of grass.
Ten years ago, when Bale Breaker opened, they utilized the hop knowledge from their family that has been growing hops over four generations. The brewery had two beers available when it opened – Top Cutter IPA and Field 41 Pale Ale. Think of Daybreak Pale Ale as Field 41’s more modern younger sibling brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. The simplicity of this hop bill lets the featured hops shine. The beer is crisp and crushable with complex aromas of grapefruit, apricot, and pine resin with hints of mango, blueberry, and melon.
Bubba’s Brew is a fan favorite, brewed every year for Bale Breaker’s annual Ales For ALS fundraising event. Ales for ALS is a national fundraising campaign, started by the brewery’s family hop farm, Loftus Ranches, to raise funds and awareness for ALS research. Each year, Loftus Ranches and Yakima Chief Hops donate a unique blend of new and exciting hops to breweries across the country, with the ask being a donation to ALS-TDI of at least $1 per pint brewed. Named after co-owner Meghann Smith Quinn and Kevin Smith’s uncle, Scott “Bubba” Hanses, Bubba’s Brew is brewed with a special blend of six proprietary and experimental hops. The hop blend is different each year, making this brew totally unique. This year Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and the Ales for ALS Hop Blend offer notes of orange juice, guava, bubblegum, and pine resin.
Sierra Nevada mashes their grain aggressively to yield a higher ratio of fermentable versus unfermentable sugars in their Big Little Thing double IPA. This allows yeast to metabolize nearly all sugar, which both boosts the ABV and cuts the malt sweetness. At the same time, yeast and hops collaborate on their own. Dry hopping during active fermentation sparks biotransformation: yeast cells alter the chemical compounds in hops to unlock entirely new aromas — like the tropical wave that washes over this double IPA.