One in Eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Hop growers, dealers, and brewers are working together to raise money for cancer care services in the Yakima Valley — the heart of hop country — by brewing beers. Since 2018, over 1,000 commercial and home brewers have participated. Pledge to brew today.
The 2022 One in Eight campaign selects Cashmere as the featured hop variety. Cashmere was released by the USDA in 2013 known for its strawberry, lime, tangerine, and tropical aromas. For every pound sold, $2 is donated to Wellness House of Yakima.
This year, Cashmere hops will be the featured variety for One in Eight. Developed and released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this variety features aromas of strawberry, tangerine, lemon & lime, cream, and tropical notes. CLS Farms is growing and donating the hops to the campaign. You can purchase hops from CLS Farms by contacting Claire Desmarais at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage brewers to experiment and brew their own version of a One in Eight beer. Cashmere works well in aroma and hop-forward beer styles.
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We encourage breweries to donate to their local cancer servicing charity. Our goal is to support local organizations in all communities, and if you'd like to donate to one of your local non-profits, that's great!
During harvest in 2017, owner of CLS Farms, Shelley Desmarais was in the middle of battling breast cancer for the second time. Jump ahead one year to 2018 harvest, she came back healthy and ready to lend a hand to other women who have struggled with breast cancer. At the same time she came back, Steve Luke from Cloudburst Brewing in Seatt
During harvest in 2017, owner of CLS Farms, Shelley Desmarais was in the middle of battling breast cancer for the second time. Jump ahead one year to 2018 harvest, she came back healthy and ready to lend a hand to other women who have struggled with breast cancer. At the same time she came back, Steve Luke from Cloudburst Brewing in Seattle, Washington, learned his mom had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Together, the CLS Farms crew and Steve hatched a plan on how they could help other women who might face the same struggles they did. And with that, One in Eight was born!
That first year, Steve traveled across the state from Seattle to CLS Farms, picked up 600 pounds of fresh Centennial hops, and brewed the first of eight fresh hop beers. It was sold in their tasting room and donated $1 of every pint to Wellness House in Yakima — a non-profit that provides resources and services to women and families in the Yakima Valley. After a successful year in 2018, Icicle Brewing in Leavenworth, Washington, took on the fresh One in Eight beer during harvest 2019. Owner and cousin of the Desmarais family Pamela Brulotte had her own experience with breast cancer. During that harvest, they came to CLS Farms to pick up some fresh El Dorado® and brewed their own version of a One in Eight beer, which was canned, sold on draft throughout Washington State.
Wellness House was founded in 1988 as a FREE resource to help cancer patients find support, help, and resources when faced with this devastating diagnosis. Over the years, the programs have expanded to include a broad spectrum of non-medical treatment programs and services for cancer patients, including counseling, the Wig & Hat Boutique,
Wellness House was founded in 1988 as a FREE resource to help cancer patients find support, help, and resources when faced with this devastating diagnosis. Over the years, the programs have expanded to include a broad spectrum of non-medical treatment programs and services for cancer patients, including counseling, the Wig & Hat Boutique, support for the patients and their families, and access to post-surgical supplies.
As the needs of this community have changed, Wellness House has responded by developing services for community members and their families facing additional life-altering challenges, such as chronic illness, depression, and grief. Services for all clients are provided at NO CHARGE to ensure that all of those in need of Wellness House have access.
Steve Luke, of Cloudburst Brewing, shares with Rooted Yakima Valley his experience of fresh hop from the field to the brewery to support Yakima Valley’s Wellness House.
In the days leading up to the end of October, CLS Farms and Gooding Farms traveled across the country to New York City for a special brew day. The day centered around One in Eight, an annual campaign created by CLS Farms to support and bring awareness to a staggering statistic. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Aaron Johnson with the Cascadian Podcast talks with Shelley Desmarais and Jeff Perkins about the 2020 One in Eight campaign. The Cascadian Podcast highlights craft beer in the Pacific Northwest.
The fundraising supports Wellness House in Yakima, Washington, which helps cancer patients and their families. Breweries that participate in the campaign can also brew special beers or organize events that support organizations in their local areas. In a thank-you letter to supporters last year, Wellness House executive director Margaret Filkins wrote that One in Eight provided “a much-needed financial infusion of operating money … after six-plus months of nervously watching our bottom line.”
The Washington Beer Blog shares the One in Eight story during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information about the cause and the new hop, Triumph, check out their recent blog post.
"The Brülosophy Podcast where two-time breast cancer survivor, Shelley Desmarais from CLS Farms, joins Marshall to talk about this year’s collaboration between CLS Farms, Yakima Valley Hops, and Roy Farms that allows brewers to contribute to a great cause by simply buying hops grown specifically for this purpose."
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