“In September, hop stocks were up for the third September in a row following being up for the third March in a row. Pete Mahony, vice president of supply chain and purchasing for John I. Haas, Inc., Yakima, said consumption appeared to be keeping pace with supply, a positive sign.”



Pahto™ brand HBC 682 delivers a smooth bittering profile with mild, pleasant aromatics.. 

YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, August 31, 2018 – The Hop Breeding Company (HBC) is pleased to announce the release of Pahto™, its first high-alpha bittering hop. Many growers and brewers are already quite familiar with this hop, which until now has gone by its varietal name HBC 682. But with more than 1700 acres in the ground for 2018, it was time that this hop received a brand name and formal introduction into the brewing community.

The HBC is well-known for creating powerhouse aroma hops such as Citra® brand HBC 394, Mosaic® brand HBC 369, and the recently-released Sabro™ brand HBC 438. The addition of Pahto nicely rounds out the HBC portfolio by providing brewers with a high-alpha hop that delivers a smooth bittering profile with mild, pleasant aromatics. The aroma profile of the hop cone is described as herbal, earthy, and floral. When used as a bittering hop, Pahto provides a very neutral flavor and a pleasant bitterness to the beer.

Pahto is a “super high alpha” hop that growers love because it is late-maturing and resistant to powdery and downy mildew. When used as an early-kettle addition, Pahto consistently delivers a clean canvass of bitterness that can be used for a wide variety of beer styles.

“Aroma hops get all the attention, but bittering hops are a really important part of brewing, too,” says Alex Barth, CEO of John I. Haas, Inc. “We bred Pahto to have really great agronomic qualities, so that it’s good for the farmer, good for the environment, and good for the brewer.”

The name Pahto is inspired by the native name for Mount Adams, the second-highest mountain in Washington State, and the most prominent landmark seen from the Yakima Valley, where many hops are grown. In the Pacific Northwest, most hop farms get their irrigation from snowmelt from the surrounding mountains. “We liked that the name Pahto paid tribute to Yakima Valley, the heart of the hop world, as well as to the local history and geography,” says Jason Perrault of Yakima Chief Ranches. “We’re focused on sustainability because we want to protect our natural resources, and growing hops that are high-yielding and disease-resistant contributes to that goal.”

The Hop Breeding Company is a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Yakima Chief Ranches, L.L.C., with the mission to develop pest-resistant and disease-resistant hop varieties with strong commercial qualities. In addition to their commercialized brands Citra®, Mosaic®, Ekuanot®, Loral®, and Sabro™, the HBC is continually breeding new and exciting experimental hop varieties for brewers to test and provide feedback on. For more information, visit or email



Grandview native, Jim Ringo, brings 25+ years of food ingredients and agribusiness industry expertise to the John I. Haas team

YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, June 15, 2018 – John I. Haas, Inc., world’s leading supplier of hops, hop products, and services and a member of the Barth-Haas Group, welcomes Jim Ringo as their new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ringo, former Global Sales and General Management Executive for Land O’ Lakes and Cargill, has spent more than 25 years managing sales, strategy, risk management and R&D for agricultural production, food, feed, renewable energy, food service and consumer retail brands.

As Vice President, Global Commercial Director and General Manager at Cargill, Ringo led the start up and growth of Cargill’s specialty malt distribution business to serve micro-brewers as well as the development of new gluten free beer ingredients. He also actively provided ingredient price risk management advisory services to Cargill’s major food ingredient customers including Coca Cola, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing Company and Hershey.

Prior to joining the John I. Haas team, Ringo served as the Director of Sales for Land O’ Lakes’ Global Dairy Ingredients division where he led a global sales team responsible for over $1.5 billion in annual sales. While there, Ringo expanded their global dairy seasonings business.

“We are very excited to welcome Jim to the John I. Haas team. His strategic experience and proven success in risk management and development within the brewing and global dairy ingredients sectors provides us the expertise needed as we expand our global footprint,” said Alex Barth, chief executive officer at John I. Haas, Inc.

Ringo is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and was the President of the Washington State Future Farmers of America. Ringo recently moved to Yakima, WA with his wife, Stefanie and their 2 boys, Alex (18) and Nathan (20).


About John I. Haas

Haas is a leading vertically integrated hop grower, supplier, and breeder, with a world-class innovations center and research brewery located in North America. As a member of the Barth-Haas Group, Haas has the global reach to offer the products, tools, services and supply assurance needed to brew successful beers.

About Barth-Haas Group

Barth-Haas Group is the world’s leading supplier of hops, hop products, and services. The Group is family owned and is active on all continents. With offices in Germany, the United States, Australia, China and the United Kingdom, the Barth-Haas Group meets the needs of brewers, large and small, around the globe.


Sabro is a strongly expressive hop that translates its flavor incredibly well into beer, according to Virgil McDonald, Brewmaster at the Haas Innovations Brewery. “It gives a robust brewing performance with a versatility that lends itself to many styles, particularly hop-forward beers.”