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.
- Year Founded: 1904
- Location: Toppenish, Washington
- Family Owned By: Steve and Judy Perrault, and family
- Varieties Grown: Ahtanum™, Citra®, Ekuanot™, Mosaic®, Palisade®, Simcoe®
- Farm Certifications: Green Chief®, Global Gap, Salmon Safe® and organic (~50 acres)
- Recent Investments: New picking machine, kiln, cooling room, baling room and cold storage.
Brewers are artists and people who create. They share many of the same values as farmers.
The Perrault family first settled in Moxee, WA in 1902 when Alberic Perrault traveled by rail from Minnesota, at the age of 18, and was tasked with establishing a homestead for his family. Their rich heritage in the hop community then began in 1928 when Alberic planted his first hops. During these early days, Alberic and his wife Mamie raised their 13 kids on the farm. It has been said, with a bit of hop family humor, that they did so to help manage the 13 acres of their farm. Among the large family was Bernard (Barney) Perrault, who took interest in the hop industry and later established Perrault Farms in Outlook, WA in 1962. The farm later moved to its current location in Toppenish, WA on the Yakama Indian Reservation in 1968 where Perrault Farms continues with its third and fourth generation of hop farmers.
Today, Perrault Farms is run under the guidance of Barney’s eldest son, Steve, and his wife Judy, with additional management provided by Steve’s sons, Jason and Jeff, and their cousin Tim. Acknowledging their success as one of the premier hop grower operations, Barney and Steve have both received the “Order of the Hop Award” in 1997 and 2009, respectively. Perrault Farms is a partner of Select Botanicals Group and Hop Breeding Company, working diligently in hop research to develop new and distinct hop varieties. Their efforts have contributed to the success of both companies, resulting in an impressive list of novel hops including brands such as Ahtanum™, Citra®, Equinox™, Mosaic® Palisade®, Simcoe®, and Warrior®. Inspired by the brewing community’s appetite for fresh flavors, the Perrault family enjoys growing new, innovative hop varieties from the soil up.
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