What is Humulus U?

Humulus U is BSG's educational hop experience including an annual one-day hop symposium for professional brewers coinciding with harvest and selection in Washington's Yakima Valley. Humulus U helps provide deep technical education and knowledge on hops and interactions with other ingredients in your beer.

Humulus U webinars allow brewers to learn wherever they are, while the in-person Humulus U symposium draws attendees from all over the U.S. and Canada. The curriculum is different each year so there is always something new to learn!

Why attend?

The Humulus U symposium is held at the BSG Hops facility in Wapato, WA, where attendees get an up-close look at the journey of hops from field to the brewhouse. Each year, the roster of speakers draws on the industry's leading brewers, hop scientists, growers, and beyond.


Event Time Location
Buses leave for BSG Hops facility 8:30 & 9:05 AM departures Hilton Garden Inn Yakima Downtown
Breakfast 8:45 – 9:30 AM BSG Hops Facility
Welcome Address from the BSG Team 9:30 – 9:45 AM BSG Hops Facility
Crop Update with CLS Farms
- Eric Desmarais, CLS Farms
10:00 – 10:45 AM
BSG Hops Facility
BREAK 10:45 – 11:00 AM BSG Hops Facility
Haze Synergized
- Emily Del Bel, Rahr Technical Center
11:00 – 11:45 AM
BSG Hops Facility
Hop Breeding and Genetics
- Dr. John A. Henning, USDA
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
BSG Hops Facility
LUNCH 12:30 – 1:30 PM BSG Hops Facility
CLS Farms Processing Facility Tours 2:00 – 4:00 PM CLS Farms
Happy Hour (beer & snacks provided) 4:00 – 6:00 PM CLS Farms
Buses leave for Hilton Garden Inn Yakima Downtown 5:00 – 6:15 PM CLS Farms

Humulus U Symposium (in-person)​

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022​

Location: BSG, 5150 Yakima Valley Highway, Wapato, WA, 98951

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM​

Cost: $75 per person – this includes transportation to and from the event, breakfast, lunch and evening drinks/appetizers

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In-person Symposium

Topics and Speakers

Crop Report with CLS

2022 crop update and varietal trends with CLS Farms

Eric Desmarais

Fourth-generation hop farmer and co-owner of CLS Farms in Yakima, Washington

Yeast Interactions and Bound Thiols

Free thiol release from Cysteinylated & Glutathionylated adducts in beer by SafAle™ Yeasts

Kevin Lane

Conference Speaker and Technical Manager for Fermentis by Lesaffre

Hop Breeding and Genetics

Making a better beer for tomorrow

Dr. John A Henning

Research Geneticist for the US Department of Agriculture

Haze Synergized

Getting the most out of your ingredients to promote haze stability

Emily Del Bel

Manager of R&D Operations and Technical Services, Rahr Technical Center

Humulus U Webinar Series