hop & brew school 2019

august 30 – September 2, 2019

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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]

Hop & Brew School Presentations – 2018

Past, Present & Future

Steve Carpenter

Key Note Address

Garrett Marrero – Maui Brewing

Hop Contracting

Ryan Hopkins

Hops & Distilling

Bryce Parsons

Grain, Malt & Hops

Tyler Schoales – Great Western Malt

American Noble Hops™

Nick Zeigler & Tommy Yancone

Aged Hops

Charlie Johnson

Yakima Chief Ranches & Hop Breeding Company

Jason Perrault & Amy Matthews

Hops at the Heart of the Community

Denny Conn

Alpha King Challenge

About Alpha King
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 commercial brewers and is judged by a team of brewers, industry experts and veteran beer writers each year during Great American Beer Festival.

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


ALPHA KING 2018 – TOP 18

  • Toppling Goliath, Pompeii IPA
  • Toppling Goliath, Fire Skulls & Money IPA
  • Denver Beer Co., The Hulk DIPA
  • Great Notion Brewing, Ripe Hazy IPA
  • Great Notion Brewing, Juice Box Hazy DIPA
  • Pinthouse Pizza, Fully Adrift DIPA * First Place
  • Pinthouse Pizza, I Know It’s Over DIPA
  • Mumford Brewing, People Mover West Coast DIPA
  • Uber Brew, Brut Noir Imperial Black Brut IPA
  • Uber Brew, Grandmaster Imperial SMASH 
  • Moonraker Brewing, Northern Lites DIPA
  • Belching Beaver, Business Hippy DIPA
  • Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Double Bagger DIPA * Second Place
  • Draught Works Brewing, Resting Mitch Face, American IPA
  • Hi Sign Brewing, Super Astronaut Imperial IPA
  • Track 7 Brewing, Cryo Thing 1 DIPA * Third Place
  • Peticolas Brewing, Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down IIPA
  • Sierra Nevada, Hop Bullet DIPA