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...

Farm Perspectives A 50th Harvest...


Over the past 100+ years, the Pacific Northwest has become entwined with families dedicated to growing and producing quality hops. From growers and field workers, to operations and analytical lab crews, the hop community here runs generations deep. At YCH HOPS, we are fortunate to work and connect with many people who have built their lives around hops and are...

Crop Update Harvest Summary


For the most part, the 2015 PNW hop crop is harvested and delivered. While faring better than our German counterparts, the crop in the US had its ups and downs as a result of heat and water issues through most of the summer. As stated here earlier, many of the early maturing varieties suffered the most as a result of...

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...

Crop Update Mid-September


The final stage of the 2015 crop hop harvest is beginning in all growing regions. The harvest is starting to wrap up in Oregon, with most parts of Idaho and Washington still a week or two away from completion. While the heat and dry weather during the growing season were troublesome in most of the regions, the weather has been...

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...

Crop Update September


The weather cooperated very well for growers in all PNW growing regions last week. And the forecast for next week looks favorable also with little rain or wind predicted at this point. There should be gradual warming with temperatures in the 90’s forecast for Saturday. The quality of the 2015 crop has been excellent so far this year, with very...

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...

Crop Update August


Hop harvest has begun in all growing regions in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy winds and local rainfall impeded progress in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, and had many growers scrambling to repair trellis and pick up fallen vines, but no major trellis collapses were reported. The forecast calls for a week of cooler temperatures, less wind, and low chances...

Crop Update July


Drought conditions and heat have created some challenges for hop growers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this growing season. A warm, dry winter in Washington State has resulted in extremely low snowpack in the mountains, which normally provides much needed irrigation water late in the growing season. The Wapato Irrigation District, which encompasses most of the Yakima Reservation area, has...

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...

Grower Investment


Craft beer is growing in popularity. The Brewers Association, a national organization that advocates for craft brewers, home brewers, and other industry organizations, recently published the astronomical growth trends over the past ten years, which you can find by clicking here. The economic impact craft beer is having on the United States alone is staggering at over $33 billion, and...

Acreage Report


In the world of hops, a lot has happened over the past several years. As recent as seven years ago, could anyone have imagined that by 2015 aroma acreage in the United States would surpass alpha acreage or that Willamette, the most popular aroma variety at the time, would no longer be considered in the top 5? How about the...

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...