It was founded by Mike Hale in 1983. The first batch was brewed in a Colville, Washington apartment before the brewery opened in a local warehouse. Its second brewery opened four years later in Kirkland, Washington. The Colville brewery moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1992, and the Kirkland brewery to Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in 1995. The Ballard location is a 30-barrel brewpub.
The Hale's Ales brewing process follows a traditional English style, utilizing open fermentation tanks with top-fermenting ale yeast. Most recipes call for a proprietary English yeast strain, however Belgian strains have been used in some seasonal recipes. Hale's Ales has also begun experimenting with bourbon barrel-aging certain recipes including the Wee Heavy Winter Ale, Troll Porter, as well as Supergoose IPA.
Brewed Year Round
- Pale American Ale
- Kölsch German Style Ale
- Mongoose IPA
- Red Menace Big Amber
- El Jefe Weizen
- Cream Ale
- Cream H.S.B (Hale's Special Bitter)
- Troll Porter
- Nightroll Porter
- Supergoose IPA
- Wee Heavy Winter Ale
- Irish Style Nut Brown Ale
- O'Brian's Harvest Ale
- Rudyard's Rare Barley Wine
- Aftermath Imperial I.P.A.
- Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout
- Belgian Dubbel 25th Anniversary Ale
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- "The next beer war? The first shots have been fired, and the ammunition is a citrus-flavored RTD.- Part 3 of 5", Modern Brewery Age – via RDS Business Suite, Gale (subscription required) 53 (12), March 25, 2002: 8, ISSN 0026-7538,
Sales rank, 31 gal barrels 56
- "Updated Top 100 U.S. Brewers", Modern Brewery Age – via RDS Business Suite, Gale (subscription required) 54 (18), May 5, 2003: 3, ISSN 0026-7538,
Sales rank, 31 gal barrels: 67
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