Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer owned hop supplier, invites the global craft beer community, including beer lovers, members of the media and brewers of all experience levels, to join their 2021 virtual Hop & Brew School. This five-day event taking place from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3 includes both hop industry insights and technical brewing seminars.
For nearly two decades, YCH has hosted this comprehensive hop harvest experience for the brewing community complete with a behind-the-scenes look at the hop industry as well as educational seminars. Now in its 18th year, Hop & Brew School is considered to be a highly regarded event among craft brewers and one of the most in-depth hop education programs in the industry.
Due to COVID-19, YCH will be holding this event in a virtual format for a second year, as safety remains their first priority. This year’s schedule features sessions surrounding new discoveries in advanced hop research, hop application best practices, hop sensory training, a deep dive into the beyond beer beverage category and homebrew tips. Participants will also receive an inside look at organic hop growing and experimental hop development. Speakers include both hop industry experts and veteran brewers.
“This year, we are focused on providing valuable technical content to help brewers take their beers to the next level,” says Kevin Soules, YCH Marketing Lead. “We look forward to creating this platform for experts in the industry to share their knowledge with brewers across the globe.”
Farm tours are typically a major component of the Hop & Brew School program. While they are unable to host in-person tours, they have created virtual Grower Profiles for an inside look at family farms. To view the full 2021 virtual Hop & Brew School® schedule, visit hopandbrewschool.com. The event is free and open to the public. Some sessions require early registration and a cost to supply hop samples for an interactive experience. Space is limited.