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
9:45 – 10:00 AM
BSG Hops Facility
Yeast Interactions and Bound Thiols
- Kevin Lane, Fermentis
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
Brewer Panel
- Ben Smith, Surly Brewing Co
- Kyle McKenzie, Green Man Brewing Co
- Mike Guilford, HenHouse Brewing Co
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

2022 Crop Update and Varietal Trends with CLS Farms

Join Eric Desmarais in the thick of harvest for a real-time crop update and varietal trends outlook. He’ll discuss 2022 yields, quality, and future availability. Desmarais will also share what he sees for the future of new varieties and the viability of others.

Eric Desmarais

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

Free Thiol Release from Cysteinylated & Glutathionylated Adducts ​in Beer by SafAle™ Yeasts

Kevin Lane addresses the aroma and flavor compounds related to thiols, as well as applied research on the bound. The extraction and biotransformation will be shown for three hop varieties and the subsequent action of five yeast strains on the bound thiols will be shown.

Kevin Lane

Conference Speaker and Technical Manager for Fermentis by Lesaffre

Brewer Panel Discussion - Trends in Action

Hear firsthand from a panel of prominent brewers as they discuss how they keep their brewhouse up to date with the latest and greatest hop products and trends. Moderated by the BSG team, the discussion will range from how they incorporate new hop products into their recipes to how they avoid common pitfalls in R&D and production.

Brewer Panel

Ben Smith, Surly Brewing Co
Kyle McKenzie, Green Man Brewing Co
Mike Guilford, HenHouse Brewing Co

Interaction of Components from Hops, Grist and Yeast for Promotion of Beer Haze and Stability

Emily Del Bel shares a number of investigations by the Rahr Technical Center into the effects of different specialty grains and the use of specialized instrumentation to evaluate how hops, yeast, cereal grains, and process impact haze synergistically.

Emily Del Bel

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

Humulus U Webinar Series

German Hop Sustainability with HVG

Thursday, Sep 1, 2022

HVG's Carlos Ruiz discusses the three pillars of ecology, economy, and society that growers use to safeguard the next 1,200 years of hop cultivation in Germany. ​

(Re)introducing T45 Hop Pellets: A technology ahead of its time

Thursday, Sep 8, 2022

Have you brewed with lupulin-enriched T-45s? Learn how they're made, the advantages they offer, and the efficiencies (plus aroma impact!) they bring.​​

Tips & Tricks to Enhance your Hop Sensory Experience

Thursday, Sep 15, 2022

Your own nose is one of the most powerful sensory instruments there is. Learn how to get the most out of your hop evaluation process and take better and more consistent sensory notes. ​