Gallery: 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.

Blending Malts by Weight
Blending Malts by Weight

A scale is used to weigh out specialty malts to blend with the two-row barley. This is the first step in carrying out precise recipes in the art of making beer.

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.

Fermentation Tanks
Fermentation Tanks

Hale's has seven fermentation tanks located in a room with glass walls. It's a well maintained and clean environment for the open fermenting tanks.

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.

Bottling Koslch
Bottling Koslch

Hale's employees rotate shifts on stations such as the bottling machine.

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.

Hale's Sampler
Hale's Sampler

Samplers are a great way to try a number of beers at a brewery. The Hale's sampler offered up six of their finest. Clockwise from lower left: Red Menace Big Amber, Pale American Ale, Kölsch German Style Ale, Mongoose IPA, Hale's Cream Stout, and Troll Porter.

Vertical Tasting
Vertical Tasting

A vertical tasting of the Hale's 2002, 2003 and 2010 Wee Heavy Winter Ale.

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