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...

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...

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...

Experimental Hop Released


News of the recent home brew exclusive testing of experimental hop variety HBC 438 has been creating a buzz throughout the home brew community since its release announcement at the 2015 National Homebrewers’ Conference. We are happy to report that these highly anticipated hops are now hitting the shelves at home brew stores throughout the United States.HBC 438 hop pellets...

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...

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...