Yakima Chief Hops is connecting heroes from field to pint with our annual Veterans Blend. Brought forth by our own military Veteran employees, this project aims to collaborate with Veteran owned breweries, and show our appreciation to the men and women of the US military.
Each year we collaborate with military Veteran brewers representing multiple branches of the US Armed Forces to select a different hop blend and nonprofit to receive a donation. A fiscal donation of $3 per pound sold is contributed to the selected nonprofit organization in support of Veterans. The Veterans Blend is sold as traditional T90 hop pellets in both commercial and homebrew packaging.
With this community blend, we hope to inspire brewers to brew beers that multiply these efforts and celebrate US Armed Forces. The release of the Veterans Blend is timed accordingly, as commercial brewers are encouraged to purchase the blend by September, in order for the hops to be shipped in time to brew and pour celebratory beers by Veterans Day. The Veterans Blend will also be available in homebrew packaging in early Fall and homebrewers are encouraged to purchase in time to participate in a celebratory Brew Day on the holiday to honor our Veterans.
The 2019 Veterans Blend is comprised of five different Pacific Northwest-grown varieties including Simcoe®, Loral® and Ahtanum®. It will perform well in any hop forward beer, providing a well-balanced mix of tropical, citrus and herbal aromas. The blend creates a hop pellet with a much wider range of flavor characteristics than could be provided by any one variety alone.
This year’s donation will be made to the Wounded Warriors Family Support Fund, which is dedicated to providing support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. More information on the Wounded Warriors Family Support can be found at https://www.wwfs.org/
The release of the Veterans Blend is timed accordingly, as commercial brewers are encouraged to purchase the blend by September, in order for the hops to be shipped in time to brew and pour celebratory beers by Veterans Day on November 11th. The Veterans Blend will also be available in homebrew packaging in early Fall and homebrewers are encouraged to participate in a celebratory Brew Day on November 11th in honor of our Veterans.
Commercial brewers can submit an presale order form.
For wholesale orders, distributors may contact [email protected]. Homebrew retailers can reach out to Country Malt Group – Homebrew and LD Carlson to stock their shelves.
Homebrew customers are invited to shop their local homebrew stores, or shop online at https://www.yakimachief.com/shop.