In honor of beer's agricultural roots and our amazing growers, we like to say that "great beer grows here." Each of our family-owned hop farms are as unique as the varieties they cultivate, and we take pride in being able to share their stories and tell the history of their farms. From their innovative farming techniques, to their newly expanded/updated, state-of-the-art production facilities, our growers consistently demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability within the hop industry. They are dedicated to their craft and take pride in being an active component of the brewing industry as well. This direct connection to the farm not only benefits you as a brewer, but also allows us at YCH to proactively manage acreage and harvest quality based on your brewing needs. By getting to know our growers, we hope you'll feel better connected to our farms and the fields from which your hops come. It's no secret to us that quality begins in the field, and that it is our owners’ rich hop farming heritage that provides YCH with an invaluable foundation of knowledge for delivering the highest quality products, processes, and service.
B.T. Loftus Ranches
- Year Founded: 1932
- Location: Yakima, Washington
- Family Owned By: Michael and Patrick Smith
- Varieties Grown: Ahtanum™, Cascade, Citra®, Ekuanot™, Mosaic®, Simcoe®, Tomahawk®, Warrior®
- Farm Certifications: Green Chief®, GlobalGAP, Salmon Safe®
- Recent Investments: New picking machine, kiln, cooling room and baling room
Like everyone in the YCH family, values aren’t just nice words to put on a website. The values came out of how we operate our farms and why we came together to form YCH.
Like many families in the 1920s, the Loftus family traveled to Moxee, Washington in pursuit of work on the railroad, but instead began farming a variety of crops and livestock. As Moxee and the greater Yakima Valley transformed into a notable hop growing community, B.T. and Leota Loftus established the family’s first five-acre hop farm in 1932. Today, the family tradition is continued by third and fourth generation hop farmers, Mike and Cheryl Smith and their son, Patrick. “Hops and farming get in your blood,” says Patrick, “we can’t imagine doing anything else.”
With sustainability and environmental responsibility embedded in their core values, Loftus Ranches has installed the largest private solar generation project in the state of Washington, accounting for over 80% of their facility’s electric consumption. They grow multiple hop varieties, including HBC experimental varieties, and maintain robust GlobalG.A.P., Green Chief®, and Salmon Safe farming certifications. Both Mike and Patrick are proponents of the hop community, serving on industry committees and boards for Select Botanicals Group, Washington Hop Growers, and Hop Breeding Company.
Loftus Ranches enjoys building genuine connections with brewers and experiencing a shared passion for hops and innovation through creative beers. They look forward to expanding with the industry and continuing to invest in its growth for many years to come.
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