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 collaborating on fresh hop beers. In 2020, over 60 commercial brewers and hundreds of home brewers particpated.
This year, Idaho Gem hops will be the featured variety for One in Eight. Developed and released by Gooding Farms, this variety features aromas of pineapple, cherry, candied fruit, mint, and herbal and spicy. CLS Farms is growing and donating the hops to the campaign, Brewers Supply Group (BSG) will pelletize, and Yakima Valley Hops will sell the hops online.
We encourage brewers to experiment and brew their own version of a One in Eight beer. Idaho Gem works well in New England IPA's, West Coast IPA's, and Pale Ales. For a recipe idea, see Cloudburst Brewing and Icicle Brewing's Summer Ale recipe.
Alpha Acids: 11% to 14%
Beta Acids: 5% to 7%
Total Oils: 1.8 mL/g
We encourage anyone to donate to their local cancer servicing charity. Our goal is to support local non-profits 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.
In the last two years, One in Eight has worked with brewers in Washington State to create special fresh hop beers. Fresh hop, or "wet hop," season in the Yakima Valley is a time when brewers can come to the farm to pick up freshly harvested hops to brew beer. It's a personal experience between brewers and hop farmers, who come together to make some of the freshest & hoppiest beers.
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.
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.
Listen on cascadian.beer or wherever you listen to your podcasts!
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."
Listen on brulosophy.com or wherever you listen to your podcast!