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...

2016 Radegast Winners: Hogtown Brewers


Hogtown Brewers host AHA Learn-to-Homebrew events with demonstrations of a variety of brewing techniques for beer, mead, and cider. We also invite anyone interested in homebrewing to our AHA Mead day events as well as an annual club organized Cider day. The club also has homebrewing demonstrations at the annual Gainesville Medieval Faire, and our club run Hogtown Craft Beer...

Hop Comparison: Vanguard vs. Ultra


You’re in the midst of your pre-brew-day prep and putting pen to paper as you concoct your next recipe. With a few beer styles in mind, you open up your cooler to evaluate your current hop stash, wondering where to even begin. Before heading to Google to search for inspiration, stop by the hop varieties page on our website (ychhops.com)...

Cascade: The Birth of a...


Since its release in 1972, Cascade has grown to become one of the most recognizable varieties by both brewers and beer consumers alike. Despite the emergence of several popular proprietary varieties in recent years, Cascade has remained the number one most utilized variety in craft brewing since 2007, when the Brewers Association released its first hop usage report. What many...

2016 Acreage Report


The annual USA acreage report is out and it is clear from the data that American growers are continuing to commit significant resources to meeting the demand for US aroma hops. While the data is still being compiled for regions outside of the Pacific Northwest, acreage strung for harvest increased in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho based on the National Agricultural...

New Hop Variety Release: Loral™...


The Hop Breeding Company, a joint venture between John I. Haas and Select Botanicals Group, continues to quench brewers’ insatiable thirst for vibrant hops and bold brews with the release of another exciting new hop variety. After 14 years in the making, LORAL™ Brand HBC 291 cv. has been chosen for its versatility and unique blend of noble and American...

Resinate CO2 Hop Extract


Vertical integration is the optimal way to deliver top quality services and products to growers and customers. In 1997, Yakima Chief, Inc.’s 100% grower-ownership (now Yakima Chief – Hopunion, YCH) made the decision to build a hop extract facility in Sunnyside, WA. This decision helped create a more fully integrated supply chain and allows YCH to provide locally sourced, produced...

Hop Growing Across America


When talking to someone in the hop industry, it is not uncommon for the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho), to be referred to as the traditional growing region. However, digging a little deeper into the history of hop growing in the US, an even more traditional hop-growing region is unearthed: the Atlantic Northeast. Without too much of a history...

Hop and Beer Analysis


Yakima Chief – Hopunion has an extensive Quality Control department that includes two laboratories which are responsible for all quality checks from harvest to final product. All analyses are done in accordance with The American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and European Brewing Convention (EBC) methods. The working copies of these methods are maintained in YCH’s ISO 9001 standard operating...

Employee Recognition at YCH HOPS


At Yakima Chief – Hopunion, we strive to cultivate an environment that inspires ingenuity and participation in our goal of continuous improvement. We encourage every employee to discover new ways to enhance efficiency, quality, and customer service, and openly present their ideas to our managerial staff for implementation. It is our goal to reinforce this environment by acknowledging these efforts...

Top 10 Tips for Brew Day


When you first start to homebrew, it seems like there are a million people telling you a million different things you HAVE to do to make good beer. Fortunately, as you get more experience, you start to figure out how things work and what really matters. Now, while I may not have as much experience as some homebrewers, I’ve brewed...

Home Grown Hops Part 1


If you’re reading this, chances are you have at least a basic understanding of what hops are and their various uses and properties. There is also a strong possibility you are somewhat familiar with their growing methods and have seen them in one state or another of growth, either digitally or personally. However, there is a distinct likelihood that you...