From Our Editors
When Mike Hale founded Hale’s Ales some 25 years ago, his focus was clear: brew only top-quality, handcrafted ales in the old English style. And though his production capabilities have increasingly expanded over the years—from 6,000 barrels a year to 20,000—he still sticks to that initial vision, following brewing methods that have been perfected over centuries. Along with standards such as IPAs, porters, and a cream ale, Hale’s also brews seasonal ales, such as the Wee Heavy Winter Ale, available from November 'till January, and a Harvest Ale, available from September to November or until the last bottle has been plucked from the vine. Hale designed his brew pub based on the real English pubs he first fell in love with more than 30 years ago, complete with a classic mahogany bar, booths, and leather couches, plus a deck and family dining areas. And of course, there's plenty of pub grub to pair with Hale’s full-flavored ales. The diverse menu includes hearty plates such as fish and chips, garlic mac and cheese, and meatloaf, along with pizzas, burgers, and small tapas for sharing.