BSG Hops is based in the Yakima Valley of Washington, the heart of the US hop growing region. We are dedicated to supplying the brewing industry with the highest-quality hops through careful control of the entire supply chain. From harvest and processing to storage and shipment, BSG Hops maintains full traceability and regulatory compliance.
“BSG has put a premium on working with the best growers, monitoring the quality of processing, and providing the logistics to deliver hops in pristine condition to craft brewers and homebrewers around the US. Bringing the processing under our control continues this commitment, and further strengthens our supply chain, quality assurance, and service to our customers. They want the best hops, and we aim to deliver that.”
- Ian Ward, President of BSG
The Yakima-based staff of BSG Hops works closely with growers throughout the year to ensure that we receive the highest-quality hops at harvest. We have on-staff agronomists who work closely with our growers, walking the fields almost daily to monitor the progress of the crop.
The heart of the BSG Hops processing facility is a completely sealed and clean system: once the bales go into the bale-breaker, the system is completely closed all the way through to the inert atmosphere packaging. The production room is secure, floors are sealed and polished for a clean environment, and interior walls are lined with metal panels. The entire state of the art processing facility was designed to create a total ‘Food Grade’ environment.
Our unique pelleting system is developed to maintain a constant feed to the pellet mill with no interruptions, allowing the pellet temperature and density to be controlled with minimal fluctuation. This enables the mill’s internal components to be adjusted on the fly, allowing fine-tuning of the pellet density without shutting down. Constant real-time temperature monitoring and automatic cooling ensures preservation of volatile aroma compounds that would otherwise be lost.
Atmospheric controls with real-time monitoring of the oxygen present within the packaging machine automatically adjust the nitrogen volume and ensure that every package contains minimal residual oxygen.
Our Yakima campus has 84,000 sq ft of refrigerated storage, and can hold roughly 7 million pounds (the exact capacity depends on the ratio of whole hops bales to pellets), with an additional 15,000 square feet to be added in 2018. All hop storage areas are maintained at 31°F.
Every fall BSG Hops hosts Humulus U, a one-day hop symposium for professional brewers in Yakima. The event draws brewers from around the country and features industry-leading speakers along with in-depth tours of our facilities as well as local farms.
We encourage brewers, both small and large, to forward contract for their hop requirements. By placing a contract, the brewer signals clear demands to the supply chain. Contracts enable the grower and distribution partners to plan and plant appropriately. Contracts are vital for a crop with high establishment costs. A hop contract placed with BSG is your assurance of supply and consistent quality. BSG is not owned by growers and so we are able to be strict on quality.
When a brewer buys hops on the spot market, they have less control over quality, availability and price. Forward contracting assists in financing the industry by paying the grower soon after harvest, while permitting the brewer to manage their cash by drawing down their contract over the course of the year.
Whole leaf hops - 10 lb. & 50 lb. cartons | Type 90 pellets - 11 lb. & 44 lb. cartons | Labeled with crop year and lot number for complete traceability.
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