Grower Owned, Craft Beer Focused
As a grower owned, vertically integrated company, we believe it is important to promote not only our customer’s success, but our grower’s success as well. Located throughout Washington and Oregon, our growers work hard to produce an extensive assortment of the highest quality hops. They are the cornerstones of our success and pioneers in the industry, taking great pride in providing premium hops for premium craft beers. Collectively, they offer more than 1,000 years of growing experience and represent six generations of hop farmers. Our growers participate in hop research programs and implement cutting edge technology, demonstrating the fundamental values of Hopunion. With quality, innovation, and sustainability in mind, our growers are dedicated to the craft industry and developing new hop varieties that meet the unique needs of every artisan brewer.
3D Farm and BC Hop Farm Ltd.
Bruce, Bill and Charlie Davidson are the proud owners of 3D Farm and BC Hop Farm Ltd. As fourth generation hop growers, Bruce, Bill and Charlie enjoy farming as a family tradition. In the 1940s, their father, Jim Davidson, purchased 10 acres of farm land and began hand harvesting all of the hops. Today, their operations have grown to more than 300 acres and six varieties including Golding, Centennial, Nugget, Liberty, Cascade and Willamette. When asked about their relationship with Hopunion LLC, Charlie responded, “Growing hops for Hopunion has been great. Where else can you grow the hops and also be involved in processing and marketing your product to the end user?” 3D Farm and BC Hop Farm are founded on the traditions of family and hard work – both of which will continue for many years to come.
Annen Bros. Inc.
The roots of Annen Bros. Inc. can be traced back to 1896, when the Annen family packed up their belongings, departed Germany, followed the Catholic Monks of Mt. Angel Abbey to Oregon, and settled in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Since then, the family farm has been passed down thru generations. After World War II, Annen Bros. was one of the first farms to feature a stationary picker, harvesting not only their own hops, but others’ as well. Today, Annen Bros. continues to be one of Oregon’s finest hop operations. They actively grow 19 different varieties, including Santiam, Sorachi Ace, Columbus, Magnum, and Newport, and enact several National Resources Conservation Service programs. Composting, cover cropping, nutrient and water management, and recycling of oil waste are just a few of the practices they employ. As one of Oregon’s finest growers, Annen Bros. is well-positioned to supply Hopunion with premium hops that meet the craft brewer’s unique needs.
B.T. Loftus Ranches Inc.
Established in 1932, B.T. Loftus Ranches Inc. is one of the Yakima Valley’s longest running hop farms. In 1920, the Loftus family moved to Moxee in pursuit of work on the railroad and began farming a variety of crops and livestock. Twelve years later, B.T. and Leota Loftus established the family’s first five-acre hop farm. Today, Loftus Ranches is owned and operated by third and fourth generation hop farmers, Mike and Patrick Smith. They are involved with Select Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company, growing 9 different varieties such as Fuggle, Cascade, Simcoe®, Citra®, Palisade®, and Willamette. 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.
Brulotte Farms Inc.
Ron Brulotte and his daughter Reggie, fifth and sixth generation hop farmers, can trace their roots in the hop industry back to 1885. Their family settled in Toppenish, WA in 1944 and has continued growing hops ever since. Both Ron and Reggie are active members in the hop industry, serving on boards and committees for the Hop Growers of America, the Washington Hop Commission and the Hop Research Council. Over the years, Brulotte Farms, Inc. has grown several different varieties and is constantly varying their crop to meet the unique demands of the brewing industries. Current varieties grown on the farm include Columbus, Zeus, Chelan, Chinook and Glacier. With such a long hop farming tradition, the Brulotte family takes great pride in their operations and the quality of their hops.
C & C Hop Farms Inc.
Originally from Quebec, Canada, the Charron family homesteaded in the Moxee Valley during the early 1900s. In 1911, Leon Charron Sr. drilled a 1300 foot well and discovered a powerful stream, supplying enough water for his own irrigation and the town of Moxee. As a result, farming flourished and hop farming became an integral component of the Charron family and Moxee Valley. In 1942, Sebastian Charron, Leon’s son, continued the family legacy by planting 20 acres of his own. His farm included a variety of crops, but hops remained the main focus. In 1981, Sebastian Charron, with his son, Bob, and daughter, Cindy, founded C&C Hop Farms, Inc. Today, C&C Hop Farms is an established fourth generation family farm that takes great pride in their heritage and high quality hops. They supply the craft industry with Centennial, Cascade and Galena hops and enjoy staying current with the brewer’s needs. As pioneers in the industry, Hopunion is proud to feature C&C Hop Farms as part of their elite hop farming team.
Carpenter Ranches LLC
Since 1868, the Carpenter family has been an integral component of the Yakima Valley hop industry. Their legacy began when Charles Carpenter departed from his hop growing family in New York, moved across the country and settled in the Yakima Valley, establishing the first hop farm in the Ahtanum area. Six generations later, Carpenter Ranches continues to be a family owned operation focusing on tradition and innovation. They are excited about the many new hop varieties being developed by Select Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company, even growing Citra®, Palisade®, Simcoe®, and Ahtanum™ on their farms. Carpenter Ranches is grateful to the many craft brewers for their creativity and innovation in developing unique brews, both now and in the future.
Perrault & Sons
The Perrault family began farming in the Yakima Valley in 1902 on a Moxee area homestead established by Alberic Perrault, who planted his first hops in 1928. Alberic raised a large family and several of his sons formed their own farming operations. In 1968, Perrault Farms was established by Alberic’s youngest son, Bernard, and continues today under the direction of third generation hop grower, Steve, and his wife, Judy. The management team is completed by Alberic's great grandson, Tim, and Steve's son, Jason. All together, they proudly represent over 100 years, and four generations, of hop farming. Perrault Farms grows a diverse array of crops, but specializes in hops, growing ten varieties on several hundred acres of land. Additionally, as a partner in Select Botanicals Group LLC, Perrault Farms participates in a hop research program focused on the development of new and unique hop varieties. This effort has resulted in an impressive list of novel and exciting hops including brands such as Simcoe®, Ahtanum™, Palisade®, Warrior®, and Citra® (released via Hop Breeding Company LLC), and many that are yet to come. Perrault Farms is pleased to supply these and other high quality hop varieties to Hopunion’s brewing customers.
Sodbuster Farms Inc.
Located in the fertile Willamette Valley of Oregon, Sodbuster Farms Inc. is well positioned to produce and provide aroma hops to the craft beer industry. Sodbuster Farms was established in 1958 by Don Weathers, but is currently owned and operated by his son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Audrey Weathers. Doug is a fourth generation hop farmer who has worked hard to expand all of Sodbuster’s operations. They are designated Salmon-Safe®, growing varieties such as Brewers Gold, Cascade, Crystal, Magnum, Millennium, Sterling, Perle, Santiam, Willamette, Mt. Hood, Nugget, and US Golding on their farms. Sodbuster Farms is also a strong supporter of “fresh hop” beers. In 2009, nearly 20 “fresh hop” beers from brewers throughout Oregon and Washington featured Sodbuster hops. Committed to quality and environmentally friendly practices, Sodbuster Farms is a perfect source for premium Oregon hops.
Van Horn Farms
For Denise Van Horn, hop farming has always been a family affair. In 1904, her grandfather, a French Canadian, followed work on the rail road to the Yakima Valley and became a pioneer in the early hop industry. Through inheritance and marriage, hop farming has become a family tradition. Today, Denise and her husband, Rich, are the proud owners of Van Horn Farms Inc. and, along with Denise’s brother Marc, Desmarais Ranch, Inc. Together, Denise and Rich have invested 41 years in the hop industry, farming many of the family’s original hop fields in Moxee, WA. They grow Palisade®, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops. Van Horn Farms, Inc. is pleased to be a part of Hopunion LLC and truly enjoys interacting with the best craft brewers in the world.
William Gasseling Ranches Inc.
2010 marks the Gasseling family’s one hundred year anniversary in America. In 1910, William Gasseling Sr. emigrated from Holland, settled in the Yakima Valley and established the family’s first hop farm in 1927. Since then, operations have remained in the family. In 1947, William Jr. and Lorraine Gasseling developed the family’s current hop ranch in Wapato, WA and together with Robert and Mary Jane Gasseling, formed William Gasseling Ranches, Inc. in 1972. Today, the farm is run by fourth generation hop farmer Patrick Gasseling, with help from Robert, Gary, Ernie and Trishia Gasseling. They farm a variety of hops, from Willamette, Cascade and Zeus, to Palisade®, Warrior®, and Tomahawk. William Gasseling Ranches is a growing ranch with growing operations, proudly supplying Hopunion with premium Washington grown hops.