In the years that followed, Haas maintained our passion for innovation. In the 1980’s, we began the first private hop breeding program in the industry. In the next decade, we introduced the breakthrough hop varieties Chelan and Millennium. And at the beginning of the new century, we partnered with Select Botanicals LLC to create a joint venture called the Hop Breeding Company LLC which created the highly successful varieties Citra®, Mosaic® and Equinox™.
Today, the John I. Haas company continues to lead the way. In 2013, Haas opened the Innovations Brewery inside our recently opened Innovations Center in Yakima, Washington. This 2.5- hectoliter research brewery has the advanced capabilities that allow our brewmasters to work with commercial brewers large and small to develop beer formulations that utilize new hop varieties, hop products and innovative flavor concepts.
In 2014, Haas celebrated our 100th anniversary. And while a lot has changed since John I. started his hops business back in 1914, we are certain that if he were alive today, he would see the same obsession with innovation, quality and service for which he set the standard from the very beginning.