In The News

YCH HOPS Introduces New Cryo Hops™ Product Line


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEYCH HOPS INTRODUCES NEW CRYO HOPS™ PRODUCT LINERelease includes two innovative hop products, LupuLN2™ and Debittered LeafYakima, WA, USA - February 27, 2017 – Yakima Chief - Hopunion (YCH HOPS®) is pleased to announce a new proprietary product line, Cryo Hops™. The release of this product line includes two revolutionary new hop-products: LupuLN2™ (lupulin hop powder) and Debittered Leaf (low-alpha bract).Derived from the Greek word ‘kryos’, meaning frost, Cryo Hops utilizes industry-leading, cryogenic hop-processing technology to produce LupuLN2 and Debittered Leaf. Whole hop cones are separated into concentrated...

+ Read More

Tamarack Brewing Takes Crown in 18th Annual Alpha King Challenge


Denver, Colo. – October 7, 2016— Kyle Carlson of Tamarack Brewing Company, a family brewery in Lakeside, Montana, was named the 2016 Alpha King during the 18th annual Alpha King Challenge at Rock Bottom Brewery located in downtown Denver. Among 152 entries from 107 different brewers, Tamarack's Headwall Double IPA took first place for its hop-forward yet well-balanced qualities. In addition to the Alpha King crown, Carlson and the Tamarack brew crew were awarded $500 in cash and a featured video. "This is our first year entering a beer in...

+ Read More

Introducing Ekuanot™


9/15/2016: Hop Breeding Company, LLCFor Immediate ReleaseIntroducing Ekuanot™To view the EKUANOT™ hop variety page, click here.For Additional Information Contact www.hopbreeding.com.

+ Read More

YCH Achieves Environmental Management System Certification


Yakima Facility Meets International Environmental Standards and Receives ISO 14001 Certification Yakima, Wash. – September 12, 2016— As of August 3, 2016, Yakima Chief – Hopunion (YCH) received the ISO 14001 certification at their Yakima, WA facilities following compliance with the Environmental Management System (EMS) standards established by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). YCH is now ISO 14001 certified across all production facilities, as the Sunnyside, WA facilities received certification in 2010, with re-certification completed in June 2015. ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest...

+ Read More

Expanding Partnership with The Country Malt Group - Market Segmentation


August 1, 2016 - Yakima, WA, USA - Since 2010, Yakima Chief – Hopunion (YCH HOPS) and The Country Malt Group (CMG) have partnered together to provide high quality hops to craft brewing customers throughout North America. On January 1, 2016, this partnership expanded to include a market segmentation strategy. Prior to the expansion, North American breweries had the potential to be actively approached by both suppliers for similar, if not identical, products. In an effort to streamline market coverage and gain efficiency throughout the entire supply chain, YCH HOPS...

+ Read More

Hop Breeding Company to Re-brand Equinox™ HBC 366 cv.


Hop Breeding Company To Re-brand Equinox™ aka HBC 366 cv.May 10, 2016, Yakima, Washington – Hop Breeding Company, the joint venture between the John I Haas and Select Botanicals Group breeding programs today announced its decision to re-brand Equinox™. The pending name change will not affect availability of this popular variety and in the interim Equinox™ will revert to its original name, HBC 366. HBC 366 will continue to be a designated commercial variety by Hop Breeding Company.

+ Read More

Hop Breeding Company To Release LORAL™ Brand HBC 291 cv.


+ Read More

Yakima Chief - Hopunion Publishes First Annual Sustainability Report


This past year has been incredibly fulfilling for Yakima Chief – Hopunion. As the brewing industry continued to thrive, so did our family farms and production operations. We thank you for your continued contributions to the hop and brewing industries as the success of our newly-formed company would not have been possible without the enthusiasm, support, and compassion of brewing partners like you. Throughout 2015, we accomplished many goals and learned much about the capabilities of our dedicated staff. Our Yakima production facility achieved ISO 9001 certification in relation to...

+ Read More

YCH Completes Quality Management System Certification


Yakima Facility Meets International Standards and Receives ISO 9001 CertificationYakima, Wash. – November 9, 2015— Yakima Chief – Hopunion (YCH) received ISO 9001 certification at their Yakima facility on October 19, 2015 after meeting all standards set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management System (QMS). With this certification, YCH became ISO 9001 certified company-wide, as their facilities in Sunnyside, WA previously achieved this status in 1998 under the direction of Yakima Chief, Inc, with the most recent recertification in 2015. ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership...

+ Read More

Uberbrew Takes First in 17th Annual Alpha King Challenge


Head 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 the 17th annual Alpha King Challenge at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Denver. Überbrew took the crown with their Alpha Force Double Tap Tactical India Pale Ale defeating 115 entries from 74 hop-forward breweries. This trailblazing brew was the first black IPA to ever finish in the Challenge’s top...

+ Read More

Belching Beaver crowned alpha king 2014


Since 1999, YCH Hops LLC, Brewing News Publications and Three Floyds Brewing Company, have been scouring the country for the best hop-laden beers. Each year, a team of brewers and veteran beer writers test the vigor of their hoppy findings and crown an Alpha King, deeming his (or her) beer to be the holy grail of well-balanced and drinkable, yet highly-hopped ales. The Alpha King Challenge is a battle of the brews!Congratulations to Thomas Peters of The Belching Beaver in Vista, CA for claiming the 2014 Alpha King Crown! After...

+ Read More

Yakima Chief, inc. And Hopunion LLC to combine operations


August 1, 2014, Yakima, WA - Yakima Chief, Inc. of Sunnyside, WA and YCH Hops LLC of Yakima, WA announced today that the companies are combining their worldwide operations under a new parent company, Yakima Chief-YCH Hops LLC (“YCH”). YCH will acquire the equity and assets of both companies and related entities, effective July 31, 2014.Yakima Chief is an industry leader in providing hop products to domestic and international brewers of all sizes and is recognized for its excellence in operations and sustainability programs. YCH Hops is the leading hop...

+ Read More

Brulotte Farms wins 2014 Cascade Cup


(Yakima, WA) – The Hop Quality Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and development of best practices for hop cultivation and processing, has announced Brulotte Farms, Inc. of Toppenish, WA as the 2013 harvest, Cascade Cup winner. The Cascade Cup is an annual award honoring hop growers whose Cascade hops demonstrate excellence in quality.The Cascade Cup was conducted during the Hop Growers of America Convention in Portland, Oregon by judges representing craft breweries and the Hop Quality Group. Out of a field of 21 cuts of dried, whole flower...

+ Read More

Melvin Brewing Company wins Alpha King 2013


Congratulations to Kirk McHale of Melvin Brewing Company/Thai Me Up Restaurant for claiming the 2013 Alpha King Crown! In 2012, as a first time Alpha King entrant, Thai Me Up took the competition by storm and captured the crown with 2x4, a self-proclaimed quadruple pale ale (Imperial IPA). 2013 was no exception. In a field of 136 hop forward entries, representing more than 90 commercial craft breweries, 2x4 dominated the competition, earning top honors and taking home the crown.When asked about their winning beer, owner Jeremy Tofte touted it's clarity...

+ Read More