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...

July Crop Update


Favorable weather conditions and a much improved water situation over 2015 have combined to create a sense of optimism about the 2016 hop crop in the Pacific Northwest. A warm early spring contributed to ideal growing conditions for the large baby crop planted in Washington and Idaho, but also contributed to some challenges in determining ideal timing for training for...

Understanding CTZ Hops


When it comes to selecting a hop variety, customers often ask two questions. First, what hop variety is best for a specific beer style and second, what varieties can be substituted if the original recommendation is not readily available or known. While we at YCH can make recommendations for hop variety selections, brewers themselves often share ideas and group different...

Supplying Proprietary Varieties


At YCH HOPS, we are committed to providing our customers with a large selection of high quality hops in order to bring innovative brewing ideas to life. We would not be able to accomplish this without the support of our growers and hop breeders that are dedicated to keeping up with this evolving industry through the development and growth of...

Golding Hops


Golding hops consist of a group of traditional English aroma varieties which have been cultivated since the early 1700s. Typically, brewers consider these hops to be “quintessentially English,” displaying low alpha and mild, yet versatile aroma characteristics. The Golding cultivar originated in England and was named after villages in East Kent including Petham, Rothersham, Canterbury and Eastwell. While “Golding” is...

Oregon Hop Varieties


While Washington State is the largest producer of hops in the United States, growing more than 43,000 acres of hops each year, many do not know that Oregon was once the nation’s hop capital. Around 1850, farmer’s realized the state’s great hop growing potential and planted the first hops on the West Coast. Like Germany, Oregon is located on the...