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Hometown Proud and Fun: Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - For this week's Hometown Proud and Fun, we didn't have to go far to check out what "The Palm Springs of Washington" had to offer in Yakima!

Yakima produces 72 percent of hops, so it's no surprise that the largest supplier of hops happens to also be here.

"We're John I. Haas here in Yakima, we're part of the Barth Haas group," said Roy Johnson, manager at Haas.

And to give you an idea of how big their group is, well...

"We have operations over in Australia, here in the United States mainly in the Northwest, and then we have operations in both England and also throughout Europe, mainly in Germany."

The company is celebrating their 106th anniversary, and over the years they have been working at producing the best quality of hops because of the amount of customers there are.

"As of last week, the reports are stating that there are sixty-six hundred breweries with another three thousand in planning."

Johnson says what sets Haas apart as a company is their attention to what is being demanded.

"So it's these new flavors, new ways of looking at beers," Johnson explained. "The brewers are chefs and they are looking at new ways on getting the newest style that's really going to move and sell."

And it's their innovation center that allows them to test out their own hops to make sure they're top-notch.

"So it starts at the farm, and then what our center upstairs allows us to analytically look at how these hops are developing and then with our sensory - now the rubber meets the road with our sensory group."

We also stopped by Single Hill Brewing: a new, fun and colorful brewery that just opened in downtown Yakima.

It's about to be two months since Single Hill Brewing has opened, and the owners are two friends who really wanted to share their love for beer with the community.

Aside from beer, both Ty Paxston and his business partner Zach really wanted to create a place that's for everyone, and that's why there's always a food truck on site in case anyone wants to grab a bite to eat.

Both Ty and Zach quit their day jobs to plan out what they wanted the brewery to represent, and they say that they offer a bit of everything.

"Both lighter beers and hoppy beers," explained Ty. "So we have anything from light pilsners, to really nice crispy blondes, summer ales, to fun sours, kettle sours, ambers, wheat beers and then we get into some really fun interesting beautiful IPA's."

Ty says he and his business partner really watch their product, and they make sure to try and serve the best of the best... even if that means dumping a full barrel of beer that went wrong. Their brewery is open until 10 p.m. on the weekends.

Hometown Proud reporters: Alanna Inzunza and Briseida Holguin

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