Providing Premium Quality Hops for the Craft Beer Industry
At Hopunion, we are proud of our hop farming heritage and believe it is important to promote not only our customers' success, but our growers' success as well.
Located throughout Washington and Oregon, our growers offer more than 1,000 years of combined experience, representing six generations of hop farming. They continuously work hard to produce an extensive assortment of premium quality hops and take great pride in developing new and unique varieties for craft beers. Our hop growers are dedicated to their craft and employ numerous cutting edge technologies on their farms. They consistently strive to improve their operations, earning national recognition such as Salmon Safe® certification. While each hop farm is unique, our growers are unanimous in their efforts consistently deliver premium quality hops for the craft beer industry.
The dedication of our growers to craft brewing, and the strict quality standards of Hopunion have, and continue to be, a perfect fit. We know quality begins in the field and strive to seamlessly work together to maximize the deep rooted traditions and dedication to innovation within the hop industry. It is our desire to continuously cultivate a culture of quality at the farm and in our facility.
To learn more about our hop growers and how they each are committed to the success of craft brewing on their farms, continue reading below.
B.T. Loftus Ranches, Inc.
Location: Moxee, WA
Founded In: 1932
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, Cheryl and Patrick Smith. They are involved with Select Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company, growing 10 different varieties such as Simcoe®, Citra®, Tomahawk, Mosaic®, Ahtanum™, and Cascade. 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.
Location: Toppenish, WA
Founded In: 1944
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 the hop growing tradition. Both Ron and Reggie are active members in the hop industry, having served on several 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 needs of the brewing industries. With the demand for new hops in the craft industry, they have started a retro hop program, bringing back older hops that many brewers have never seen. Currently over 65 varieties are being grown on the farm including Cascade, Centennial, Chinook,Glacier and such varieties as Comet, Eroica and Olympics. With 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.
Location: Moxee, WA
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
Location: Granger, WA
Founded In: 1868
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. As a partner of Select Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company, they are excited about the many new hop varieties being developed. The Carpenter family grows eleven different varieties on their farms including Simcoe®, Citra®, Ahtanum™, Mosaic™ and Vanguard, as well as a few organic varieties. Carpenter Ranches is grateful to the many craft brewers for their creativity and vision in developing unique brews, both now and in the future.
Gasseling Ranches, Inc.
Location: Wapato, WA
Founded In: 1927
2010 marked 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.
Location: Toppenish, WA
Founded In: 1928
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. Together, they proudly represent over 100 years, and four generations, of hop farming. As a partner in Select Botanicals Group, 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 hops including brands such as Simcoe®, Ahtanum™, Palisade®, Warrior®, Citra® and Mosaic. Perrault Farms is pleased to supply these and other high quality hop varieties to Hopunion’s brewing customers.
Van Horn Farms
Location: Moxee, WA
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. Along with Denise’s brother, Marc, they also operate Desmarais Ranch, Inc. Denise and Rich have invested 41 years in the hop industry, farming many of the family’s original hop fields in Moxee, WA growing Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Citra®, Palisade®, and Simcoe® hops. In 2013, Rich Van Horn became the first recipient of the Hop Quality Group’s “Cascade Cup,” taking top honors as a premier grower of Cascade hops. Van Horn Farms, Inc. is pleased to be a part of Hopunion and truly enjoys interacting with the best craft brewers in the world.
3D Farm and BC Hop Farm Ltd.
Location: Woodburn, OR
Bruce, Bill and Charlie Davidson are the proud owners of 3D Farm and BC Hop Farm Ltd. As 4th 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 the hops. Today, their operations have grown to more than 300 acres and 6 varieties including Golding, Centennial, Nugget, Liberty, Cascade and Willamette. When asked about their relationship with Hopunion, Charlie responded, “Growing hops for Hopunion has been great. Where else can you grow the hops and also be involved in 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 years to come.
Annen Bros. Inc.
Location: Mount Angel, OR
Founded In: 1896
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, Columbia, Magnum, and Saaz, and enact several National Resources Conservation Service programs. Composting, cover cropping, nutrient and water management, solar power, and recycling of oil waste are just a few of the practices they employ. As one of Oregon’s finest hop farms, Annen Bros. is well positioned to supply Hopunion with premium hops to meet the craft brewer’s unique needs.
Sodbuster Farms, Inc.
Location: Salem, OR
Located in the fertile Willamette Valley of Oregon, Sodbuster Farms, Inc. is well positioned to produce and provide aroma and bittering hops to the craft beer industry. Sodbuster Farms is owned and operated by Doug Weathers and his wife Audrey, who have worked hard to expand all of Sodbusters operations. Joining the family farm is Erica Lorentz, Doug and Audrey’s daughter, and her husband Jacob and two grandsons. There are now four generations of family members on the farm.Sodbuster Farms is designated Salmon-Safe®, growing more than 14 different varieties. Sodbuster is a strong supporter of “Fresh Hop” beers, annually contributing to more than twenty different beers with local breweries. Committed to quality and environmentally friendly practices, Sodbuster Farms is a perfect source for premium Oregon hops.