Hop Wire Blog

Triumph – A New Public Variety

In the hop industry, we tend to focus on the processes from “field to pint,” but there’s a lot of work that takes place before a hop variety ever reaches the field. Behind the scenes, breeders and growers spend time, energy and resources on choosing hops that benefit...

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Sustainable Agriculture Tour

  Yakima Chief Hops played tour guide out at Perrault Farms to 15 members of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform from around the globe. Read more about how Yakima Chief Hops encourages advancement in sustainable agricultural practices and how farms...

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Sour-Bro: A Dry Hopped Kettle Sour

To showcase the versatility and unique aromatic capabilities of many popular hop varieties, our Technical Solutions team has set out to experiment with a few less common techniques and beer styles. New proprietary varieties such as Loral® and Sabro™ have a lot of...

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YCH Brings Women in Beer Together to Create Annual Hop Blend

  YCH’s Pink Boots Blend has become a well-known movement in the hop community, as brewers from all over the world incorporate this hop blend into beer recipes each year, in celebration and support of women in the brewing industry. For Pink Boots Society (PBS)...

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PNW CROP REPORT: SEPTEMBER 2019

  The hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest is progressing well. Cool weather has allowed for an orderly ripening of the crop and most growers have been able to hit their optimum picking windows resulting in excellent overall quality. Light rain showers in Washington...

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In the Lup™ Series

  Over the years, the hop and brewing industries have come together over their shared passion for innovation, inspiring one another to push the envelope on flavor, quality and efficiency. This often results in ground breaking products and solutions that soon...

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Grower Perspectives: Organic Hop Farming

  "Organic farming for me is more connecting.  The raw emotions of farming are more pronounced.  I must be on purpose with and open to what mother nature tells me." -Michael Roy, Roy Farms At Yakima Chief Hops, we are committed to serving every niche corner of...

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PNW Crop Report: August 2019

  August has arrived and hop harvest is just around the corner in the Pacific Northwest.  After a late Spring snow melt, the weather has been relatively mild and conducive to good hop growing.  So far, all regions have been able to avoid prolonged periods of heat...

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Tour de Oregon

  Yakima Chief Hops Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator, Levi Wyatt, recently took a tour of the Oregon hop and brewing communities, visiting family hop farms and regional breweries throughout the state. Read more about some of the Oregon hops farms that...

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A Mild Cluster Fugget

At the 2019 Homebrew Con, the YCH team handed out more than 800 samples of our latest homebrew exclusive hop blend, Cluster Fugget. While the name might suggest otherwise, we’ve intentionally created this aroma-packed blend with historically significant Pacific...

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PNW Crop Report: July 2019

  It’s July in the Pacific Northwest and it’s hard to believe that harvest will begin next month.  Overall baby yields are expected to be down due to late snow cover in March in Washington that prevented growers from digging roots and delayed planting beyond...

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Brewery Perspectives: 2019 Veterans Blend

  Inspired by our own military Veteran employees, Yakima Chief Hops launched their annual community hop blend, the Veterans Blend, in 2018. Each year, a group of military Veteran employees from YCH along with military Veteran brewers representing multiple...

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New blend release for homebrewers — Cluster Fugget™

Yakima Chief Hops is known for creating inventive and exciting hop blends, whether they are designed to increase brewing efficiency, achieve specific characteristics and/or give back to a mission-driven nonprofit organization. One evening during a...

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YCH announces Bale Breaker’s newest release, Mango IPA

  Yakima Chief Hops staff member, Victoria Garza, invites you to learn more about the story behind the popular Mango IPA, from conception to collaboration, and what this tasty brew means to the hop community. The third series of the Mango IPA in Yakima is...

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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...

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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 Yakima Valley...

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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 alpha...

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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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