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Brewing with Green Hops®

The Story Behind the Hops

At YCH HOPS, we believe in celebrating the agricultural roots of craft beer — in telling the story behind your pint — and in honoring small, independent hop farms throughout the nation. For us, this is the joy of being grower-owned. We take pride in the quality hops that our family farms produce and want to share their story with you through a pint of fresh hop ale.

For brewers, wet hops are the most exciting and unpredictable form of hops. They endow each harvest with a distinct flavor and layer fresh hop beers with multidimensional aromatic qualities.
Green Hops® are harvested as whole wet cones at farms throughout Yakima, and are delivered to for shipment in less than 24 hours. The entire process is full of logistical challenges, but all agree, the taste of the resulting beer is worth it.

Timing & Availability - Due to varying maturity dates for multiple varieties, scheduling a fresh hop beer can be challenging. Factors such as weather and location all play a role and affect when a variety is ready to harvest. Brewers participating in the Green Hops® program should be aware that while YCH HOPS' staff makes every effort to actively communicate anticipated harvest dates, mother nature is the ultimate decision maker.

Quantity - Wet hop recipes require 3 to 6 times more hops than traditional leaf hops or pellets. This ratio can vary based on preference, but should always be greater than 1 : 1 due to water retention.

Shipping - To ensure quality and freshness, Green Hops® must be shipped via an overnight service. This results in increased costs, but allows brewers to have fresh Yakima Valley hops in their kettle less than 48 hours after harvest!

Evaporation - From the moment Green Hops® are harvested, water loss begins to occur. As a result, shipments are susceptible to small fluctuations in weight.

Aroma - Green Hops® aromas are unique, what can we say? They vary from year to year and are predominantly described as fresh and grassy. The unadulterated characteristic of these hops is enticing for craft consumers, but can prove to be a challenge for brewers when compared to more traditional forms of hops of the same variety.

Flexibility - Flexibility is the name of the game with Green Hops®. The logistical challenges are many, but we promise, the hops are fresh! Please be patient and know that we will communicate with you as soon as we can, and as often as we can.

Available Varieties

Harvested by Van Horn Farms
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit and floral
Anticipated Harvest: 8/30 - 9/9
Harvested by Van Horn Farms
Aroma: Citrus, lemon, floral and herbal
Anticipated Harvest: 8/29 - 9/13

Citra® HBC 394 cv.

Harvested by B.T. Loftus Ranches, Inc.                     
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, melon, lime, lychee,
gooseberry and passionfruit
Anticipated Harvest: 9/1 - 9/20

Equinox™ HBC 366 cv.

Harvested by B.T. Loftus Ranches, Inc.
Aroma: Citrus, lemon, lime, tropical, papaya,
apple, herbal, floral and subtle green pepper
Anticipated Harvest: 9/14-9/25

Mosaic™ HBC 369 cv.

Harvested by B.T. Loftus Ranches, Inc.
Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus, blueberry, herbal,
earth, pine, floral and bubblegum
Anticipated Harvest: 9/1 - 9/18

Simcoe® Brand YCR 14 cv.

Harvested by B.T. Loftus Ranches, Inc.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical and pine
Anticipated Harvest: 8/30 - 9/6

2015 Green Hops® Orders - CLOSED

The deadline for 2015 Green Hops® orders was July 31, 2015.

What Brewers Are Saying

“The greatest reward is that one time of year beer that we can’t do any other time. Creating a new recipe every year and seeing our fans delighted when they get to enjoy a pint or three at our pub.” -Tim Hawn, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

“Love the Citra® hops!  Harvest Ale is hands down our most highly anticipated beer that we make.” -Pete Batule, Upland Beer Company

“With Hopunion Green Hops I can rest assured that we will get what we need picked one day then shipped overnight with the best possible aroma and freshness to make our fresh hop beer the best it can be, no worries!” -Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing Company

“Fresh hops have a bright hop aroma that is crisp, herbal and vibrant.“ -Matt Cole, Fat Head’s Brewery

“At Founders, we have been making fresh hop beers for years and have always been concerned about quality. The hops we received this year were the best we have ever seen. They arrived cool and fresh and put smiles on the faces of our entire team. We were very pleased with the quality of the hops, the design of the box, and the ease of ordering. Many thanks to the growers and crew at Hopunion for designing and implementing a grand service to fresh hop brewers and devotees alike” -Alec Mull, Founders Brewing Company