to growing better hops.
We have always believed that quality begins in the field. Since 1869, our grower-owners have been building an enormous foundation of knowledge and know-how that fuels our collaborative, hands-on approach to meeting the needs of the world’s brewers.
From innovative farming techniques to state-of-the-art production facilities, our growers demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to their craft and continuous improvement in their fields. All of our family-owned hop farms are as unique as the beloved varieties they cultivate, and we take pride in being able to share their stories and create a close connection between brewers and the growers who are dedicated to their success.
Yakima Chief Ranches
The Perrault, Smith and Carpenter families meet with Chuck Zimmermann to discuss forming a grower-owned hop company and form a strategic alliance with Pfizer.
New Breeding Program
Yakima Chief Ranches creates a hop breeding program in cooperation with Chuck Zimmermann.
Yakima Chief Inc.
Yakima Chief Inc. forms. The original owners include Sauve, Desserault, Charvet, Gamache, Newhouse, Gasseling, Gannon, Smith, Perrault and Carpenter.
Hopunion, CBS forms, purchasing the assets of former Hopunion, USA from Barth-Haas. The original owners include Van Horn, Desmarais, Smith, Houser/Charron, Annen, Davidson, Weathers and Ralph Olson.
The First Merger
Yakima Chief Inc & Hopunion, CBS merge, forming Hopunion, LLC but continue to operate separately.
The Formal Merger
Yakima Chief Inc & Hopunion, LLC formally merge to form Yakima Chief – Hopunion, LLC (YCH HOPS) and combine operations.
Yakima Chief Hops
Yakima Chief – Hopunion, LLC completes a full rebrand to become Yakima Chief Hops, with a new look and feel to reflect the company’s heritage and vision for the future.
Yakima Chief Hops Pioneers
For six generations and counting, the family farms that make up Yakima Chief Hops have been driven by the desire to help the entire community thrive by constantly improving beer’s greatest ingredient, the hop.