Hop Wire Blog

Employee Perspectives: 2018 Veterans Blend

  This month, Yakima Chief Hops is proud to deliver a check to Semper Fi Fund, thanks to the brewers that have purchased and brewed with our 2018 Veterans Blend. This exclusive hop blend was a collaborative effort of many YCH employees and brewers, all with a passion...

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2019 Pink Boots Blend Released

Yakima Chief Hops is thrilled to release its 2nd Annual Pink Boots Blend, alongside the Pink Boots Society, an international nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession. Available for a limited time to commercial brewers, this seasonal...

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September 25, 2018: PNW Crop Report

Most growers are in their final week of hop harvest and the weather remains cool and dry in most regions.  The Oregon crop is mostly harvested and in cold storage.  The weather forecast looks favorable for the next few days and many in the industry believe this year...

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2018 Veterans Blend

Our 2018 Veterans Blend was hand-selected by a group of veteran-owned breweries from across the US, representing multiple branches of the US Armed Forces. The blend is comprised of five different Pacific Northwest-grown varieties, providing a beautiful mix of...

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September 17, 2018: PNW Crop Report

A bit of rain made harvest last week a bit challenging for our Oregon growers, but the cool dry weather prevailed over the rest of the Pacific Northwest contributing to orderly ripening and generally excellent quality.  A light, cold wind blew across the...

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September 10, 2018: PNW Crop Report

Cool, but dry weather across the Pacific Northwest has contributed to excellent ripening and harvest conditions.  Alpha analyses on early picked aroma hops appear to be down slightly from long-term averages.  This trend does not correlate necessarily with...

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Baled Out: The Ahtanum® Story

Much like the art of brewing, there is a unique craft to growing hops. It involves many different techniques and processes to ensure things such as harvest quality, varietal purity, and a healthy yield. Hop growers must pay close attention to many natural factors such...

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September 3, 2018: PNW Hop Crop Report

Weather continues to cooperate with PNW hop growers as temperatures have been in the 80’s so far and the weather report calls for cool and dry temperatures for the next week or so, also.  All growers are now picking hops in all growing regions and quality appears to...

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Hop Harvest Report: August 2018

Hop harvest has begun in the Pacific Northwest with many growers starting in all three states. Most growers in Oregon have started harvest and are picking what appears to be a good quality crop. Centennial yields are disappointing, but early picked Cascade yields are...

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PNW Hop Crop Report: July 2018

For the most part, weather has cooperated in the Pacific Northwest to produce what appears to be a normal 2018 hop crop. The irrigation reservoirs have adequate water supply and pest pressure appears to manageable in most regions. Triple digit temperatures currently...

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BRITISH HOPS ON SALE, IN TIME FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING

This spring, we were thrilled to learn that our Simcoe® brand hop products had a starring role in a special Pale Ale brewed in celebration of the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle. Windsor & Eton Brewery, based in the United...

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FALSE: YAKIMA CHIEF HAS AN OVERSUPPLY OF HOPS

Yakima Chief Hops is on the hunt for some of today’s leading industry myths. With ongoing speculation surrounding the current state and future of hops, Yakima Chief Hops is committed to transparency regarding the rumor that Yakima Chief Hops has a significant...

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Homebrewing with Cryo Hops®

By Denny Conn | Homebrew Author, co-host and enthusiast Sometimes you see something and think to yourself, “Ya know, this is astoundingly cool! This could change everything. How the hell did they ever think of this?” Well, that was pretty much my reaction when I first...

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Pink Boots Blend Released

Yakima Chief Hops and the Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession, are thrilled to announce the release of an exclusive hop blend to celebrate women in the beer and brewing industry. This proprietary hop blend...

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2017 Crop Summary

The 2017 Pacific Northwest hop harvest is complete and processing facilities have been busy preparing the crop for brew kettles across the globe. The crop can be characterized as a good one with adequate yields to fill contracts and overall exceptional quality. In...

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BREWERY PERSPECTIVES: CRYO HOPS® IN CALIFORNIA

At Yakima Chief, we believe that with any new product release, it is important to moderate hype with measurable data and real customer feedback. So while our Twitter feed and Instagram account were being flooded with double tap love over the release of the Cryo Hops®...

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Brewery Perspectives with C02 Hop Extract

For Tree House Brewing Company of Monson, MA, what began as a bootstrapped, 60 barrel-per-year, garage operation between friends has grown to a complete brewing and retail facility with capacity for 175,000 barrels per year. Tree House has become one of the nation’s...

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