• Caroline Janes

Local Business Spotlight: Sahale Ale Works

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Named after Sahale Peak, a mountain in Washington State that owner Matthew Hofmann climbed, Sahale Ale Works is a family-owned brewery and taproom located in Grafton. The name holds near to Hofmann’s heart not only from the climb, but because of its meaning: high place, which reflects Hofmann’s goal as a business to always push himself to a better or higher place.

With an extensive background in brewing, guests can trust that their palates are in good hands at Sahale. Hoffman started his career working for Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, and then went on to brew school in California. Since then, he has worked at several breweries and ultimately decided it was his time to open up his own.

Sahale is the perfect place to explore new beer flavors as they rotate in one or two new experimental flavors each week. Hofmann recommends trying their flight of beers which includes four six ounce samples to new-comers and regulars alike since they are constantly brewing up new flavors. Their most popular beer is the Sky Breaker IPA, a fruity and smooth beer followed by their easy-drinking and refreshing Golden Ale.

With a cozy and inviting atmosphere, Sahale is a great place to meet up with friends and family, as well as meet new people from around the area. Although they themselves don’t serve food, guests are more than welcome to bring in outside food as Sahale encourages supporting other local businesses such as John's Pizzeria right next door. Aside from supporting local, Sahale values giving back to the community and has held several fundraisers and donated to local non-profit organizations.

This Saturday, Sahale is celebrating their one year anniversary since opening last year! They’re kicking off the festivities with a private party for their Frequent Flier members, their version of a mug club, then starting at 2 p.m., the first of three live bands are set to play on the patio. Live music will continue throughout the day until 9 p.m. and John's Pizzeria is joining in on the fun by selling pizza by the slice on their adjacent patio, but guests can also purchase full pizzas. Additionally, they’re releasing a few new beers as well as bringing back some old favorites. More details can be found here.

Sahale is a great place to expand your beer palate with classic and experimental flavors while supporting local.

Cover image via Visit Milwaukee.