Many of you probably know about Yonder Cider. However, if you haven’t been following the news you may not be aware that Yonder Cider was recently forced to close their carry-out taproom in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood due to a series of (in my opinion, unfounded) complaints form ONE anonymous and apparently disgruntled neighbor. It was sad and, frankly, maddening to see the city allow a single person’s unverified complaints to shut down a struggling small business with their bogus claims.
Thanks to a new partnership with Bale Breaker Brewing Company, however, Yonder will be back with a vengeance. That’s because Bale Breaker & Yonder have just announced that they will be opening a joint taproom in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood by this Summer. They will be moving into the space formerly occupied by the now closed Populuxe Brewing Company (RIP, Populuxe).
Here the details form Bale Breaker Brewing & Yonder Cider:
SEATTLE (February 23, 2021) – Yonder Cider and Bale Breaking Brewing Co are excited to announce the opening of a joint taproom in the heart of Seattle’s Ballard Brewery District. Scheduled to open this summer, the expansive new location will bring more than 20 taps of Washington-made beer and cider together under one roof, showcasing the best of apples and hops grown in the state.
“After years of thinking about an expansion west of the Cascades, we’re thrilled to have found the perfect space and perfect partners for this taproom,” said Meghann Quinn, co-founder of Bale Breaker. “Because our beer focuses on showcasing the best of our homegrown ingredients, partnering with Yonder Cider was an easy decision. We’ll bring the hops from Yakima, they’ll bring the apples from Wenatchee, and we’ll showcase the best of the east side of Washington to those on the west.”
“We dreamed of a taproom when we launched Yonder, but this is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Caitlin Braam, founder of Yonder. “By joining forces with Bale Breaker, we will be able to bring customers the full craft beverage experience. I’ve been lucky to call the founders of Bale Breaker friends for nearly my entire career and could not think of better partners for this exciting project.”
Located at 826 NW 49th Street, the former home of Populuxe Brewing, the project joins the more than dozen breweries located in Ballard’s vibrant brewing district. Boasting more than 6,200 square feet of outdoor space and a spacious shared taproom, the new location will feature two bars, rotating food trucks, outdoor firepits and more. Offering year round, seasonal and specialty releases from both brands, the two buildings on site will also house small-batch production for both Yonder and Bale Breaker.
To make the shared tasting room possible, the founders of Yonder and Bale Breaker have started a distillery together. As of now, cideries and breweries alone cannot share a tasting room in Washington state. However, thanks to a new bill passed in June of 2020, distilleries can share their tasting rooms with wineries and breweries. The distillery will act as R&D for spirits produced using products from the two brands.
This new taproom is in addition to Bale Breaker’s Yakima taproom, as well as Yonder’s ‘Yonder Bar’ retail space in Seattle. More details about the new location will be announced closer to the opening. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram at @yondercider and @balebreaker.
About Yonder Cider
Best Enjoyed Anywhere. Yonder Cider was started to bring full-flavored, delicious cider to every occasion. Whether it’s a hammock, a hike, or your favorite hole-in-the-wall, Yonder is a place where you’re welcome and every possibility is just within reach. Picked and pressed in Wenatchee, Washington – the heart of Apple Country – we create cider that’s as balanced, bright and complex as the land itself. Crafted using a blend of bittersweet cider apples and juicy dessert apples, our ciders are hardly simple, and never straightforward, but you can always count on them being interesting. Founded August 2020, Yonder Cider is available in 16-ounce cans and on draft throughout Seattle and online at yondercider.com. For more information, follow Yonder Cider on Instagram and Facebook (@yondercider).
About Bale Breaker Brewing Co.
Crafting fresh-off-the-farm brews from the middle of a hop field, Bale Breaker Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery located in the heart of the Yakima Valley. Hops are in the family’s DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Over four generations, their love of hops has evolved into a passion for craft beer. Today, Meghann, Kevin, Patrick along with Meghann’s husband, Kevin Quinn, operate a 30-barrel brewhouse and a 27,000 square foot facility surrounded by their family’s hop fields, crafting seven year-round canned beers including the widely celebrated Topcutter IPA and GABF medal winner Hazy L IPA, and are distributed throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. For more information, follow Bale Breaker on Facebook and Instagram (@balebreaker), or online at balebreaker.com.
This seems like a great partnership and I’m so glad Yonder is getting a 2nd and even bigger shot at their taproom dreams. It will also be nice to have Bale Breaker in town because, quite frankly, I just don’t make it out to Yakima that often. Do you? Be sure to follow both Yonder and Bale Breaker on Facebook and Instagram to keep tabs on their progress towards their grand opening.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.