Bale Breaker Wins Silver at 2020’s Great American Beer Festival for Hazy L IPA

Bale Breaker Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery located in the beautiful Yakima Valley, today announces that it won a silver at GABF 2020 for Hazy L IPA, the 12oz hazy that was added to their year-round lineup this January.

Hazy L IPA debuted in a 12oz can in January 2020, after a year of refining the recipe with over 30 hazy variations in order to get the taste and quality exactly right. Hazy L IPA showcases Bale Breaker’s homegrown hops with an approachable bitterness and a crisp body that makes it the perfect hazy IPA for everyday drinking. It’s a nod to ripe East Coast hazies with a West Coast spin, featuring Citra®, Sabro™ and Mosaic® hops grown by the family’s hop farm, Loftus Ranches. The name Hazy L is a call to the co-owner’s great-grandparents’ B.T. and Leota Mae Loftus’ cattle brand ‘Lazy L’.

“With nearly 9,000 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states, we were beyond thrilled and honored when our Hazy L IPA was awarded a silver medal for Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale.  As one of our team members said, ‘In the beer industry, this is like winning an Olympic medal,’” said Bale Breaker co-owner and brewmaster Kevin Smith. “It’s remarkable to us to be in such amazing company at GABF – and to see Washington and the Pacific Northwest win so many awards was just the icing on the cake.”

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