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Ales for ALS – a proprietary hop blend and a worthy cause

One of the leading hop farms in the Yakima Valley teamed up with one of the world’s leading hop supply houses to create the Ales for ALS hop blend. In the coming days, 110 participating breweries across the nation will receive this exclusive hop product and begin brewing this year’s Ales for ALS beers. The beers, for the most part, will be released between June and August.

For those of you who don’t know, hops can be blended at the time they are processed. For instance, what you think of as a single hop variety might actually be a blend of three or more individual hop varieties. Falconers Flight is the first example that comes to mind. Of course hops can be blended, and usually are, when the brewery makes a particular beer, but a proprietary hop blend is a different subject.

Last year’s Ales for ALS blend was composed of 40 percent Equinox, 20 percent HBC 291, 10 percent Mosaic, 10 percent HBC 620, 10 percent HBC 344, 5 percent HBC 438, and  percent HBC 522. No word yet on the composition of the 2016 blend.

Loftus Ranches and YCH Hops (Yakima Chief – Hopunion) created the Ales for ALS blend to support a very worthy cause—ALS research. This proprietary blend is offered exclusively to breweries participating in the Ales for ALS program. Basically, the breweries get the hops in exchange for making a beer to support ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). A portion of the proceeds from all Ales for ALS beers are donated to the cause.

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Along with the beers, events around the country focus on raising awareness for ALS. One such event takes place at Triplehorn Brewing in Woodinville on Saturday, July 2nd. That event will feature a number of the Ales for ALS beers served alongside a lineup of live rock and roll, including a performance by my band, Four on the Floor. We’ll have more info about that event as the date approaches.

See the list of all 110 participating breweries here.

NORTHWEST PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

Oregon

Barley Brown’s Beer
2190 Main Street
Baker City, Oregon 97814

Breakside Brewery
5821 SE International Way
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
901 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, Oregon 97702

Double Mountain Brewery
8 4th Street
Hood River, Oregon 97031

Fat Head’s Portland
131 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

Full Sail Brewing
506 Columbia St.
Hood River, Oregon 97031

Ordnance Brewing
405 N Olson rd
Boardman, Oregon 97818

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
515 12th St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Washington

Bale Breaker Brewing Company
1801 Birchfield Road
Yakima, Washington 98901

Fremont Brewing Company
3409 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103

Mt. Tabor Brewing
113 W 9th St
Vancouver, Washington 98685

Pike Brewing Company
1415 1st Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
401 NE Northgate way #1102
Seattle, Washington 98125

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
3001 Ruston Way
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Reuben’s Brews
5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, Washington 98701

Triplehorn Brewing Co.
19510 144th Ave NE, Suite E6
Woodinville, Washington 98072

Idaho

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
709 East Park Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83712