Yakima, Washington’s Bale Breaker Brewing announced the latest release in its “Frenz” limited series of collaboration beers. It’s the second beer with the series, and Bale Breaker partnered with Baker City, Oregon’s Barley Brown’s to brew it.
The brewery plans a pair of release parties this weekend (Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th) at each of its two taprooms, in Yakima and Seattle.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery located in Yakima Valley, today announces the upcoming release of the newest 16oz can in the Frenz series. Frenz is a series of collaboration beers, made to celebrate community and partnership within the brewing industry. The next in the series is a West Coast IPA, brewed at Bale Breaker’s Yakima brewery in collaboration with Oregon’s Barley Brown’s. This West Coast IPA has aromas of citrus, fruit loops, peach, guava, and pine, and features Bale Breaker’s homegrown Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy hops.
The Frenz series started in 2016, with this Barley Brown’s collaboration serving as the second to go into cans – the first canned Frenz was a collaboration with Austin, TX’s Pinthouse. Unlike that 2021 release, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s was able to come up to the brewery and brew with the team in person, a welcome next step in the Frenz series.
“Frenz is made to share the love between us and our hop-obsessed beer buds,” says Bale Breaker co-owner/brewmaster Kevin Smith. To actually have Brown in person was a welcome change from 2021’s release, which was all virtual. Bale Breaker plans on expanding the Frenz series this year to celebrate more in-person collaborations – this is the first of three limited 16oz Frenz releases in 2022. “This series is brewed with frenz, and made to drink with frenz,” Smith adds.
This new release will be released with a double release celebration at Bale Breaker’s two taprooms – a release party from 12-9pm on Friday, February 11th, at Bale Breaker’s Yakima, WA taproom, followed by a release party from 12-10pm on Saturday, February 12th at Bale Breaker’s Seattle, WA taproom. Frenz will be available in 16oz 4pks to-go or on draft. Plus, Oregon fans can join the Bale Breaker and Barley Brown’s teams for a special release party on Saturday, February 19th, from 5-8pm at Loyal Legion in Portland, OR. Frenz 16oz 4pks will be getting limited distribution starting in mid-February throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho at select bottleshops and stores.
This edition of Frenz is 7.1% ABV with 65 IBUs, and I imagine you’ll want to pick up cans of this when it comes out (I’m sure I will).