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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Home Brew Clubs The Value...


Making beer is the best part of homebrewing, no doubt about it. There’s something amazing about mixing malt, hops, water and yeast to create a beer that you can truly call your own.But, believe it or not, there is something that comes with homebrewing that rivals the awesomeness that is handmade beer: community. You will never meet a more passionate...

Hop Sensory Analysis


During late summer, growers throughout the Pacific Northwest begin the process of hop harvest, where bines are cut, ripe cones are picked, and hops are processed at each farm. The hop cones are kiln-dried for a set number of hours between 125 – 140F, cooled for a 24-hour period, and then pressed into 200 pound bales. A shipment of bales...