Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub
An original Pacific Northwest craft brewery in Seattle, Washington.
Founded on July 4, 1983, Hale’s Ales is the oldest independently owned brewery in the Pacific Northwest. Owner Mike Hale took his inspiration from travels in England and opened the small craft brewery in Colville, Washington with the help of family, friends, and Head Brewmaster, J. Kipling. Now, 30 years after opening its doors, Hale’s Ales remains true to its original philosophy with a commitment to brewing nothing but the best quality, hand-crafted ales in the Northwest.
Mike Hale was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California, and grew up with a love of aviation and the outdoors. He dabbled in a number of careers, including aviation, forestry, horticulture and sales, before moving his family to Colville, Washington with the intent of retiring. Mike soon found that retirement was not in the cards.
In 1982, Mike went on a life-changing trip to England where he developed an interest in beer and experienced a small revelation while touring the country via bicycle. He tasted many English beers in the small villages across the country, and found that each were unique, brewed locally, and seemed nothing like the beers he had known back home. As his appreciation for English Ale deepened, Mike decided to return home to Colville, Washington and open his own version of a small English village brewery.
Mike took part in an apprenticeship program at Gale’s Ales Brewery in Horndean, England, and returned home with a plan to start his own brewery. On July 4, 1983, Hale’s Ales Brewery opened with the release of the brewery’s flagship ale, Hale’s Pale Ale, and Mike’s dream had become a reality.
The brewery has since moved to a larger facility in the Fremont district of Seattle, and two brew pub locations have been built in Fremont and Silverdale. Mike’s wife Kathleen has also joined the enterprise as pub manager at the Fremont location. Together, they continue to be inspired by the age old English brewing method and celebrate 30 years of successful brewing in the Pacific Northwest.