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...

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...

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...

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...

New Home Brew Packaging


As we approach the holidays and the end of 2015, we reflect on and celebrate our first full year as Yakima Chief – Hopunion. Among the many exciting changes that we experienced these past 12 months, we are pleased to announce the release of our newly redesigned, YCH HOPS home brew packaging.As a 100% grower-owned global hop supplier, our mission...

Quality Management System Certification


At Yakima Chief - Hopunion, our customers’ passion for great beer inspires us to strive to provide the highest quality hops. With this vision in mind, we made it one of our strategic goals to obtain the International Organization for Standardization(ISO) 9001 certification for our Yakima facility in 2015. We are pleased to announce that as of October 19, this...

2015 Alpha King


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ÜBERBREW TAKES FIRST IN 17TH ANNUAL ALPHA KING CHALLENGE Click here to view the 2015 Champion's videoHead Brewer, Mark Hastings, crowned for Alpha Force Double Tap Tactical IPA Denver, Colo. – September 29, 2015— Überbrew, a small 10-barrel microbrewery out of Billings, Montana brewing a broad range of bold, innovative beers, won first place last Friday during...

Hop and Brew School Session...


After two days of guiding over 150 commercial brewers through the intense harvest process, we opened our warehouse doors to another group of over 100 craft brewers. The second session is designed to mimic the same farm to kettle experience provided to commercial brewers, yet slightly tailored to better serve our new, nano and home brewer community. Thursday morning began...

Hop and Brew School Session...


Last Monday, we kicked-off our annual Hop & Brew School with a Welcome Reception at Bale Breaker Brewing, one of Yakima’s local breweries. With both commercial brewers and home brewers in attendance, it was an opportunity for them to relax and mingle with other brewers from all over the world, as well as our staff members. As guests put...

Delivering Quality The YCH Approach


There are many elements which go into connecting family-owned farms with the world’s finest brewers. With a relatively small number of hop farms concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and an ever-growing base of brewers across the world who are insatiably curious, and driven by quality, we’ve had to continually design and refine systems to manage different aspects of our supply...

Story of A Logo...


By now, you’ve probably seen our new YCH HOPS logo; we’ve uploaded it on social media platforms, launched Hop Wire, and unveiled it at events, including the Craft Brewers Conference and National Homebrewers Conference. While you may have seen the logo out and about, you may not be familiar with the meaning or story behind it. With that in mind...

2015 NHC Recap


Every year, we count the days until the AHA National Homebrewers Conference—a chance for us to meet home brewers, geek out about hops, gather valuable feedback and answer important questions like, “What’s the next new and unique variety I should use in my brew?” This year’s conference was particularly exciting as we unveiled our new YCH HOPS brand to the...

Our Introduction


Welcome to the Hop Wire – the new YCH HOPS blog! As the first post, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our company and corresponding hop brand and briefly explain how we came to be who we are today. If at the end you have any questions or comments, we would certainly love to hear from...