2017 Crop Summary


The 2017 Pacific Northwest hop harvest is complete and processing facilities have been busy preparing the crop for brew kettles across the globe. The crop can be characterized as a good one with adequate yields to fill contracts and overall exceptional quality.In Washington, the Lower Valley experienced good yields in most varieties. The Reservation area reported mostly average yields while...

September 2017 Crop Update


It is late September and the hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest is beginning the final stages. The Oregon crop largely concluded a week ago, while harvest is still ongoing in both Washington and Idaho. The weather the past two weeks has cooled considerably, which has been appreciated by most who have worked diligently in the field and harvest facilities...

2017 Radegast Winners: Heart of...


At the American Homebrew Association's National Homebrew Con this year in Minneapolis, the Heart of the Valley (HOTV) home brew club took home the 2017 Radegast Award. This prestigious award is given to a home brew club that is recognized not only for their dedication to home brewing but to their local community as well. Earlier this month, we chatted...

August 2017 Crop Update


Harvest is rapidly approaching and the YCH team has been out in the field in all growing regions of the Pacific Northwest assessing the crop. Recent heat has put some adverse pressure on the crop with some areas showing signs of heat stress and some early mite pressure. Smoky conditions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho from fires burning in British...

July 2017 Crop Update


There are still two full months before the early hop varieties are harvested in the Pacific Northwest, but the crop appears to be developing well in most areas. Reservoirs and snow pack are adequate in the irrigated areas, so water is not a challenge like it was in 2015. The lingering snow in Idaho and Washington delayed farmers getting onto...

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...