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.
Sauve and Son Farms
- Year Founded: 1938
- Location: Mabton, Washington
- Family Owned By: Mike and Rick Sauve
- Varieties Grown: Amarillo®, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra®, Columbus, Nugget, Palisade®, Simcoe®, Tomahawk®, Warrior®
- Farm Certifications: Green Chief®
- Recent Investments: Upgraded picking machine, kiln, and baling room in planning
We take pride in doing the same work that our grandfather and great grandfather did.
The Sauve family has proudly grown premium hops since 1938, when Louis and Delia Sauve established their first hop acreage and farming operations in Eastern Washington. They built their family home in Mabton, which is still utilized as the center of their operations to this day. The farm was later continued by Louis and Delia’s son, Mike, and grandson, Rick, passing down their passion for producing quality hops from one generation to the next. With a strong dedication to continuing their family legacy, Rick’s son, Erik, has also taken on responsibilities, establishing the fourth generation of family farming. Despite an ever-expanding industry, Sauve and Son Farms remains a small close-knit family farm, allowing them to continue to be hands-on with the day-to-day farm requirements and ensure their values are reflected in all aspects of their final product.
Over the years, Mike and Rick have enjoyed evolving with the industry, incorporating new varieties, practices and equipment into their operations. As an original participant in Yakima Chief’s Green-Chief® farm quality program, Sauve and Son is proud to be an early adopter of innovative farming techniques, including major investments in state-of-the-art picking technology and water-efficient drip irrigation systems. They respect the creativity reflected in the brewing community and are passionate about appealing to a variety of brewer preferences. They produce a wide selection of varieties, including Amarillo®, Citra®, and Simcoe® and are thrilled to be a part of this growing industry, welcoming the many new brewers to come in the future.
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