Kathleen Hale, a Kitsap County native born in Bremerton, obtained her BS in Education at SIU and began working at Hale’s Ales in 1995. Three years later, in 1998, Kathleen took over management of Hale’s Ales Pub and Hale’s Alehouse in Silverdale.
Prior to working for Hale’s, Kathleen worked as Chief of Operations for Kitsap Transit. Kathleen’s very first transit job was with Metro Transit in 1972 as one out of only 10 female drivers. In total, Kathleen worked in transit for 18 years.
Kathleen first met Mike Hale through their mutual friends Brenda and Tom Sheimo in 1985, at which time Tom was working for Mike. It would be a year before Kathleen and Mike would meet again… The next time the two would encounter each other would be amidst a crowd of 5,000 or so at the St. Paddy’s Day 5K race. Unbeknownst to the future couple, they were standing side by side waiting for their friends to finish. Kathleen eventually noticed that Mike was standing close by after looking around at the crowd, which prompted an intrigued, “I know you.” Mike responded with recognition and as they say, the rest is history. Kathleen and Mike were married 6 months later in September of 1986 and eventually made their home on Bainbridge Island, where they lived for over 20 years. The couple recently built a home of their own design, where they currently enjoy living with one of the best views in Kitsap County with their wonder dog, Bodie.
While Kathleen delights in seeing Mt. Rainer and The Brothers, remembering the view from the summit, she also now enjoys lounging on the couch with a good book, gardening, biking or hiking the local trails with the family dog, walking along the beach, riding her ’98 Virago 1100, learning to fly planes (she considers herself a perpetual student), or spending time with family and friends while drinking one of her favorites Hale’s brews.
Currently she finds that Hale’s Pale Ale or Mongoose IPA always seems to hit the spot, but she admits candidly, “I haven’t found a Hale’s I don’t like.”