2018 Hop Blend
2018 Hop Blend

Simcoe® is an aroma variety known for its versatility and unique characteristics. Simcoe® brand hops boasts several different aromas including passion fruit, pine, earthy, and citrus, and also has strong bittering qualities with an alpha acid level of 12%-15%.

Alpha: 12 - 15
Beta: 3.0 - 4.5
CO-H: 17 - 24
Total Oil: 0.8 - 3.2 ML/100G


Bursting out of the spring soil a vibrant yellow, Ekuanot matures to deep green by fall harvest with a high oil content and dynamic aromas. Aroma characteristics include melon, berry, citrus-lime, apple, papaya and green pepper.

Alpha: 14.5 - 15.5
Beta: 4.5 - 5.5
CO-H: 32 - 38
Total Oil: 2.5 - 4.5 ML/100G

HBC 438

HBC 438 is a daughter of a wild neomexicanus female. The result is an exceptionally unique, pleasant aroma coupled with high alpha acid levels. The complex aroma can be described as peachy stone fruit and tropical, with notes of cedar and coconut. The aroma of this hops is so distinct that once you know it you can't miss it.

Alpha: 4.5 - 15.5
Beta: 4.5 - 5.5
CO-H: 25 - 29
Total Oil: N/A

HBC 344

A daughter of YCR 5 (Warrior®), HBC 344 was selected for its exceptionally unique green apple / tropical aroma. Its relatively high alpha acid content and unique aroma make it a great choice for hop forward beers.

Alpha: 14.5 - 15.5
Beta: 3.0 - 5.5
CO-H: 25 - 29
Total Oil: N/A


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

HBC 630

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

HBC 520

Resulting from a cross between a high alpha breeding line and a male from Nugget in 2006, HBC 520 was selected for exceptionally unique aroma and the rare combination of early maturity and good yield. The aroma can be best described as fine with vanilla and coconut with underlying tropical fruit notes.

Alpha: 10 - 12
Beta: 4.0 - 6.0
CO-H: 18- 23
Total Oil: 1.5 - 2.5 ML/100G

About Loftus Ranches

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.

About YCH Hops

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.