featuring: Hale’s Ales
About the Brewery
Northwest beer lovers appreciation of cask-conditioned beer can be traced back to the mid-1980s when Mike Hale first introduced “real ale” to the region’s nascent craft beer culture.
Mike founded Hale’s Ales Brewery in 1983 after a year of apprenticeship brewing at Gale’s Ales Brewery in Horndean, England. And it was in England where Hale learned to appreciate traditional hand-pumped, cask-conditioned beers.
Once back in the states, Mike’s enthusiasm for “real ale” caught the attention of the late Don Younger, owner of Portland’s Horse Brass Pub. Together Mike and Don tracked down a hand pump engine and installed it at the bar.
Soon afterwards, cask-conditioned ale was served for the very first time in the Northwest. The beer was cask-conditioned Hale’s Special Bitter (HSB).
As cask-conditioned beer became more popular in the NW, Mike Hale, accompanied by brewery employees and investors, visited England to find more hand pumps, once checking back through airport security carrying beer engines in their arms.
Since the 1980s Mike Hale has helped install beer engines and supply delicious cask beer to bars and restaurants throughout the NW. Here’s to many more years!