In this episode of the Hop And Brew School® Podcast, Justin Crossley and Nick Zeigler are joined by the infamous Jason Perrault from Yakima Chief Ranches. Jason and his team at their family farm are responsible for helping to bring many of the most famous and popular hops to market over the years, including brands such as Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Warrior®, Ekuanot®, and more! To help us learn about the life cycle of hops, Jason walks us through what factors hop breeders must take into account and grapple with when developing new hop strains. Things like yield, pest resistance, and even the varying harvest windows of select strains, only begin to scratch the surface during the long life cycle of a new hop being brought to market. Jason dives further into some of the specific varieties that have passed through his program throughout the years, and even gives us a glimpse of what we might expect to see in the future. This episode is a brewers dream if you’re looking to understand more about the agricultural lifecycle of your brewing ingredients and how much science, creativity and sheer effort goes into getting them to you.