Hop & Brew School 2018

Hop and Brew School® is an annual event offering craft brewers the opportunity to personally experience the thrill of hop harvest in Yakima. This exciting two-day event includes presentations on hop usage, recipe formulation, experimental varieties and more. Each class also includes a tour of the hop fields and YCH facilities.

Hop & Brew School® 2018 – Session 1: Commercial Brewers
Tuesday – Wednesday, August 28-29, 2018 at Yakima Chief Hops

Hop and Brew School® 2018 – Session 2: Homebrewers & business partners
Thursday – Friday, August 30-31, 2018 at Yakima Chief Hops

For more information, visit the Session registration pages.
Or, contact Alex Rumbolz via email at [email protected]

Alpha King Challenge

Behold the ultimate competition for highly hopped American beers.

Since 1999, the Alpha King Challenge has crowned the most well-balanced and drinkable beers with 60 IBUs or more — the top IPAs and DIPAs on the market. Founded by Yakima Chief Hops and 3 Floyds Brewing, the competition is named for 3 Floyds’ flagship Alpha King American Pale Ale. Past winners include some of the biggest names in craft beer, including several of the best beers in America, according to a Zymurgy magazine survey.

The Alpha King Challenge is limited to 150 entries and will be judged by a team of brewers, industry experts and veteran beer writers during Great American Beer Festival.

While many will contend, there can be only one.

  • All beer must be brewed by, and available for purchase through, a commercial brewery
  • Maximum 2 entries per licensed brewery
  • No Barley Wines
  • Suggested minimum 60 IBUs


  • Sign up online beginning Monday, July 30, 2018.  
  • Registration will be limited to 150 entries. 
  • Once your enrollment has been confirmed, shipments will be accepted September 5 – 12, 2018
  • We are no longer accepting beer the day of the event. They will need to come through our facility and Yakima Chief will handle distribution to Rock Bottom.
  • Either bottles/cans: 5 x 12 oz, 4 x 16 oz, or 3 x 22 oz (no growlers) 
  • Include one copy of your registration confirmation to:

Yakima Chief Hops
Attn: Alpha King Challenge
227 South Front Street
Yakima, WA 98902

 Phone: 800.952.4873 x 186
E-mail: [email protected]