Washington’s Yakima Valley has the ideal climate and irrigation conditions for hops, making it one of the most productive hop-growing regions in the world.
In the United States, 75% of all hop farms are located in the Yakima Valley and they produce 77% of all United States hops. Many of these farms, like Carpenter Ranches LLC, are family owned and operated by third or fourth generations.
Currently, there are approximately 404 breweries in Washington State, with 80% producing less than 1,000 barrels per year. Only 70 breweries in Washington State produce more than 1,000 barrels per year.
Varietal Brewing Company in Sunnyside has a 10 barrel (310 gallon) brewhouse for their production.