Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Hale's Ales, Seattle, WA

The Centerpiece
The Centerpiece
When entering the Hale's Brewery the first thing one notices is the giant grist hopper and the mash tun.
Specialty Malts
Specialty Malts
A number of different malts are used to give a beer its color and flavor.
Moving Cracked Barley
Moving Cracked Barley
This odd looking material is a line used to pull the cracked barley through pipes to the grist hopper.
Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade
Wheelbarrows, ladders, buckets, and hoses are a few of the common tools you'll find in breweries.
Spent Grain
Spent Grain
Here we see a load of the spent grain after the sweet wort has moved from the mash tun to the kettle for boiling.
Cleaning the Hop Back
Cleaning the Hop Back
After introducing a liberal amount of hops to the wort in the hop back and then sending it on to the fermentation tank, the whirlpool tub is cleaned for the next batch.
Watching the Wort
Watching the Wort
Visitors to the Hale's Brewery can look into the fermentation tanks using mirrors located on the ceiling.
Production Schedule
Production Schedule
A whiteboard in the fermentation room lays out the production schedule.
On Reserve
On Reserve
This small tank located in the fermentation room is used for smaller batches and experimental brews.
Bottle Caps
Bottle Caps
Hundreds of bottle caps wait to top bottles of Hale's Kolsch.
Kegs and Barrels
Kegs and Barrels
Hale's is operating at full capacity to meet a growing demand. Here, some stacked kegs and barrel aging beers await their final destination.
Out for Delivery
Out for Delivery
Hale’s Ales can be found throughout the Northwest including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.
Vertical Tasting
Vertical Tasting
A vertical tasting of the Hale's 2002, 2003 and 2010 Wee Heavy Winter Ale.