Established in 2004, Hop & Brew School® began as an annual event hosted by Hopunion, now known as Yakima Chief Hops. Inviting hundreds of brewers and hop enthusiasts from all over the world to Yakima, Washington, HBS attendees have had the opportunity to experience a deeper connection with family farms while learning more about the important role that hops play in the brewing process. Since its inception, the event has always included a comprehensive harvest experience, from farm and facility tours to educational brewing seminars. 

As the brewing industry has grown and evolved, Hop & Brew School® has expanded to become YCH’s own extensive educational program. This program not only includes the well-known in-person harvest event, but also virtual webinars, discussion panels, festival seminars and educational presentations that are hosted by Yakima Chief Hops throughout the year. As a 100% grower owned global hop supplier, we aim to do so much more than sell hops. We strive to be a resource to the hop and brewing communities, providing industry leading research, tools and solutions to grow the best hops and brew the best beers.

By expanding Hop & Brew School, we are excited to provide more brewers across the globe with access to valuable resources as well as create a platform for industry experts to share their knowledge. We invite you to check out our calendar to discover our upcoming events!

For more information on HBS, head to

Alpha King Challenge

Congratulations to the new Alpha King, Burke-Gilman Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington!  They stole the show with Fresh Hopotheosis, a juicy fresh hop DIPA with Citra®, Mosaic®, Idaho 7®, Strata® & Galaxy™.

For more information on the Alpha King Challenge, head to 2021 Details coming soon. 

Watch the (virtual) crowning of the king here:

Top 20
(in no particular order)

Wizard Works Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI
Wizard’s Wrath English Strong Ale w/ Chinook, 70 IBUs

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company *2nd Place*
Decorah, IA

King Sue DIPA w/ Citra®, 100 IBUs  

Four Seasons Brewing Company
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Switchback IPA w/ Amarillo® & Mosaic®, 60 IBUs

Half Moon Bay Brewing collab with Hop Dogma Brewing
El Granada, CA
9th Grade Mullet DIPA w/ Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Nelson & CTZ, 85 IBUs

Minneapolis, MN
Tile Factory IPA w/ Nugget, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic® & Cascade, 70 IBUs

Burke-Gilman Brewing Company *1st Place*
Seattle, WA
Fresh Hopotheosis DIPA w/ Citra®, Mosaic®, Strata®, Idaho 7® & Galaxy™, 90 IBUs

The Virginia Beer Company
Williamsburg, VA
Wet Powder Fresh Hop DIPA w/ Citra®, 65 IBUs

Ball Brewing
Glenwood Springs, CO
Small Craft Advisory DBIPA w/ Mosaic®, Moutere and Vic Secret, 90 IBUs

Victor 23 Craft Brewery
Vancouver, WA
Jet Fuel IIPA w/ Chinook & Eureka, 100 IBUs

Stone’s Throw Brewing
Little Rock, AR
New Hops, Who Dis? Triple IPA w/ Cascade, Columbus, Warrior®, Sabro®, Azacca®, Mosaic® & Enigma, 100 IBUs

Barnaby Brewing Company Juneau, AK
Hipsters Juicebox DIPA w/ Centennial, Cascade, Citra®, CTZ, Simcoe® & Azacca®, 77 IBUs

Revision Brewing Company
Sparks, NV
“DIPA” IIPA w/ Mosaic®, Simcoe® & Citra®, 75 IBUs

Medusa Brewing Company
Hudson, MA
Ruction West Coast IPA w/ Simcoe®, Cascade & Chinook, 65 IBUs

Outstate Brewing Company
Furgus Falls, MN
Edge Catcher NEIPA w/ ®, Centennial, Cascade & Mosaic®, 77 IBUs

Hi Sign Brewing
Austin, TX
Super Astronaut IIPA w/ Centennial, El Dorado®, Cascade, Citra® & Amarillo®, 65 IBUs

Seattle, WA
Pleasure Race Fresh Hop NEIPA w/ Centennial, 65 IBUs

Soundgrowler Brewing
Tinley Park, IL
Orange Haze Hazy West Coast IPA w/ Amarillo®, Warrior®, Centennial and Citra®, 70 IBUs

Metazoa Brewing Company *3rd Place*
Indianapolis, IN
Puma Thurman IPA w/ Citra®, Mosaic®, Idaho 7®, Loral® & Amarillo®, 80 IBUs

Twin Oast Brewing
Port Clinton, OH
Two Legit DIPA w/ Citra®, Mosaic® & El Dorado®, 80 IBUs

Woodstock Brewing
Phoenicia, NY
Endless Cycle NEIPA w/ Columbus, Mosaic® & Citra®, 70 IBUs

During the competition, all beer entries were judged by a selected team of brewers, industry experts, and veteran beer writers. The competition follows a series of elimination rounds to determine a list of top finalists as well as three placed winners. The first-place winner receives the Alpha King crown and a sponsored video.