The Hops
Ales for ALS™ brewers will receive a unique hop blend developed by master brewers. Learn more about this year's hop blend below.
The Hops
Ales for ALS™ brewers will receive a unique hop blend developed by master brewers. Learn more about this year's hop blend below.
2022 Hop Blend

2022 Hop Blend
Ahtanum® - 10%

Ahtanum Brand YCR 1 is an aroma-type cultivar that was the first commercially available offering bred by Yakima Chief Ranches. It is used for its aromatic properties and moderate bittering. It has an exceptionally pleasant aromatic profile accentuated by citrus, earthy, spicy, and floral notes.

Alpha: 5.7 - 6.3%
Beta: 5.0 - 6.5%
CO-H: 30 - 35%
Total Oil: 0.8 - 1.2 (mL/100g of hops)

Loral - 15%

Loral resulted from a cross onto Glacier, which has a noble aroma pedigree. While the aroma can certainly be described in general terms as being “noble like” it has a distinctly American twist. Specific sensory analysis shows aromatic peaks at spicy, floral and citrus as well as tropical fruit and pine.

Alpha: 11.2 - 13.1%
Beta: 5.1 - 6.1%
CO-H: 19 - 24%
Total Oil: 2.0 - 3.0 (mL/100g of hops)

Citra® - 20%

Citra Brand HBC 394 is a special aroma hop variety developed by the Hop Breeding Company and released in 2007. Citra hops have fairly high alpha acids and total oil contents with a low percentage of cohumulone content. Citra hops impart interesting citrus and tropical fruit characters to beer.

Alpha: 11 - 15%
Beta: 3.0 - 4.5%
CO-H: ?? - ??%
Total Oil: 1.5 - 3 (mL/100g of hops)

Ekuanot® - 5%

Ekuanot Brand HBC 366 bursts out of the spring soil a vibrant yellow, and then matures to a deep green by fall harvest. Ekuanot not only has dynamic aromas including, melon, berry, citrus-lime, apple, papaya and green pepper, but also an extremely high oil content.

Alpha: 14.5 - 15.5%
Beta: 4.5 - 5.5%
CO-H: 32 - 38%
Total Oil: 2.5 - 4.5 (mL/100g of hops)

HBC 630 - 30%

A granddaughter of Warrior®, HBC 630 resulted from a cross made in 2008. It was selected for it's moderately high alpha, low cohumulone and distinct aroma. The best way to describe HBC 630 is fruity. It presents with flavor and aroma notes that have been described as cherry or raspberry candy like with pronounced tropical notes.

Alpha: 12 - 15%
Beta: 5.5 - 6.3%
CO-H: 23 - 26%
Total Oil: 2.0 - 3.0 (mL/100g of hops)

HBC 586 - 20%

HBC 586 is an experimental hop variety from the Hop Breeding Company, which is a joint venture between John I. Haas and Yakima Chief Ranches. It is the result of a hybrid pollination of the mother YCR 21 and male #01239-2. The aroma of HBC 586 has been described as “a large medley of fruit flavors... Mango, guava, lychee, citrus, with slight sulfur and herbal notes.”

Alpha: 10 - 13%
Beta: 5.0 - 8.0%
CO-H: 36 - 39%
Total Oil: 1 - 3 (mL/100g of hops)

B.T. Loftus Ranches Inc. is one of the Yakima Valley's longest running hop farms. In 1920, the Loftus family moved to Moxee, Washington in pursuit of work on the railroad and began farming a variety of crops and livestock. With the end of the Prohibition era, B.T. and Leota Loftus planted the family's first hop field in 1932. Today, Loftus Ranches is owned and operated by third generation hop growers Mike and Cheryl (Hanses) Smith. The fourth generation of the family to grow hops is represented by their oldest son, Patrick, who joined the business in 2008. Loftus Ranches has ownership in Select Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company. The Ranch raises significant acreage of Simcoe®, Citra®, Palisade®, Mosaic®, Warrior® and Tomahawk® in addition to several experimental hop varieties. Loftus Ranches is one of the largest growers for the craft beer industry, valuing quality, sustainability and innovation. They are dedicated to their craft and look forward to growing varieties that meet the needs of microbrewers for many years to come.
In 2006, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC combined their respective craft beer business segments in an agreement which allowed Hopunion to focus solely on craft brewing customers, and Yakima Chief on larger global markets. This initial market segmentation created a culture where Hopunion was influenced by independent artisan brewers, while Yakima Chief was impacted by process and the ability to meet customer requirements for compliance with supplier audits and quality criteria.
As craft breweries became larger and more unified in their focus on quality, sustainable practices and consistency of product, demand for both companies began to overlap. The ownership of Hopunion and Yakima Chief commissioned a study in 2013 to research the feasibility of a full business merger and whether or not the resulting new company would be better equipped to serve the entire brewing community.
Inspired by the shared vision of connecting family hop farms with the world's finest brewers, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC decided to fully combine operations on July 31, 2014. The resulting new company, Yakima Chief - Hopunion, or YCH HOPS for short, a 100% grower-owned supplier of hops and hop products, is who we are today.