Brewery Perspectives: Sustainability at Brewery...


In honor of Earth Day, we're celebrating sustainability in hop growing and beer brewing. While there are many great efforts happening throughout the brewing industry, we were struck by the three-tiered philosophy of one of our customers in Grand Rapids, MI, and wanted to take a closer look at the driving force behind Brewery Vivant's commitment to run their business...

Brewery Pespectives: Cryo Hops™ in...


Green Flash Brewing Co.Kevin Barnes, Head Brewer What were your first impressions of Cryo Hops™ LupuLN2®?“I was quite surprised about how the powder looked, it is a bit jarring to see hops ground up like that!I was also pretty stunned by the intensity of the aroma.They seemed very fresh and pungent.They also seemed to have a more pronounced fruity...

Sodbuster Farms Wins Cascade Cup...


This year, the award has come full circle in a sense as Weathers' father farmed the first off-station trial of Cascade hops for Oregon State University during the late-1960s. Weathers remembers one of his first experiences with the variety stating, “I remember them as very long-armed bines that scratched our necks as we moved irrigation pipe. We planted one of...

Brewery Perspectives: CO2 Extract with...


For Tree House Brewing Company of Monson, MA, what began as a bootstrapped, 60 barrel-per-year, garage operation between friends has grown to a complete brewing and retail facility with capacity for 175,000 barrels per year. Tree House has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most popular craft breweries by focusing on freshness, quality, and consistency. They subscribe to the...

American Hop Convention Recap


Because of the number of our great customers attending, we scheduled meetings for our North American Sales Team in conjunction with the convention. This gave us a chance to collaborate and then experience hands-on our mission of connecting family farms with some of the world’s finest brewers. Our sales staff reported many rewarding discussions with both growers and brewers at...

Annual Award Recognizes Employee Innovation


Congratulations to the Cryo Hops™ Innovation Team for earning the 2016 Square Watermelon Award! Inspired by Japanese farmers who developed and grew square watermelons to maximize limited grocery-shelf space, the Square Watermelon Award is an annual honor granted to one or more YCH employee(s) in recognition of an innovative and implementable idea that not only improves operational efficiency at YCH...

Solar Panels at YCH


On an unusually rainy day in Sunnyside, WA, we went to visit the hardworking employees of Ellensburg Solar busy installing YCH’s new solar array. The installation of over 730 solar panels is only the first phase of our company’s onsite renewable energy generation goals, representing a huge leap forward for our corporate sustainability program. When thinking of Washington, one usually...

2016 Harvest Summary


Prior to Brau Beviale each year, the Economic Commission of the International Hop Growers Convention meets in Nuremberg to provide preliminary updates on global hop production. Having the 2016 harvest data collection complete by early November each year is an ambitious goal and the data must be considered an estimate due to the varying degree of reliability of each country’s...

Brewing Perspectives: Green Hops with...


Deep within the hop fields of the Yakima Valley, the sun rises on a field of hops that have reached their peak ripeness. A field worker stands atop a flatbed, slashing each bine at its highest point near the twine as another worker drives the truck through the aisles, allowing the bines to pile at the bed of the truck...

Reintroducing HBC 366


Following the harvest season, you may have seen a new hop variety brand name, Ekuanot™, featured in many of this year’s fresh hop ales. Ekuanot™, pronounced Ee-kwa-not, is actually the replacement name for Equinox™ brand HBC 366 hops. Although the HBC 366 variety has a new name, Ekuanot™ brand hops are still the consistent, high quality hops previously sold under...

Late September Crop Update


The hop harvest is coming to a close in the Pacific Northwest. The weather has cooperated for the most part in all growing areas. Cooler temperatures contributed to a reduction in mite pressure, even ripening, and more comfortable conditions for harvest crews. Optimism from some growers in late July that the 2016 crop would be a large one have dissipated...

New Brewing Tool: Lot Analysis...


All YCH HOPS packaging is labeled with a corresponding lot number. This number can be entered into the lot analysis lookup function to view quality control data from our laboratory including: variety name, crop year, brewing values, oil content, hop storage index (HSI), moisture content and more. Through this new feature, commercial brewers and home brewers alike will have increased...

Early September Crop Update


Weather, in general, has remained favorable in all hop growing areas of the Pacific Northwest so far with the exception of an isolated hail event in Idaho over the weekend. Cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation are in the forecast for the coming week.Yield data is starting to come in from many farms on early varieties. Once again, Centennial...

August Crop Update


Hop harvest has begun in the Pacific Northwest. Early varieties were picked in Oregon almost two weeks ago. Yields appear to be at or near expectations and quality is good so far. Several growers in Washington started late last week with the remaining growers starting harvest this week. Idaho growers were starting harvest late last week. Oregon appears to have...

Home Grown Hops Part 2: Harvest


This is a follow up to Home Grown Hops Part One Assuming everything has proceeded according to plan, you’ve watched your hop plants grow from humble shoots to mighty bines threatening to engulf anything and everything around them within their itchy clutches. This is good. This means your conditions are favorable and you have properly tended their first season of...