Hop Nation Brewing co & the phoenix room
Hop nation Brewing Company
Hop Nation Brewing Company (HNBC) is a Yakima brewery by Master Brewer Ben Grossman. What separates this brewery from 99.9% of the others is focusing on Washington agricultural products, specifically Yakima Valley Hops and Columbia Valley grain, and their relationship to award winning beer. Hop Nation Brewing Company offers a tasting room to share with you its tasty, fresh, and uniquely hand-crafted brews. A restaurant kitchen, with menu prepared to accentuate the quality beers on draught has been launched as of 2017. Come taste our impeccable beers containing uncompromisingly superior flavors in the name of you Yakima, Washington, the “Hop and Fruit Capital of the World.”
hop nation staff!
Ben has had a varied career in the beverage industry, getting his feet wet with Coors as a QC tech, and brewing early Blue Moon products for starters. Ben has done work for titans of industry like Coors, St. Michelle winery, to brewing sake, and being scouted by craft beer industry favorite Lagunitas. He’s had a hand in everything from research and development, to operations and production. He’s even a Member of Coors Sensory Panel (1 in 500 pass the test). A scientist, (Undergraduate study at Alma College majoring in Biology, Graduate study at Bowling Green State University in plant molecular ecology) he began working at Coors straight out of grad school over twenty years ago, where one day a woman asked him if he was one of those guys that makes his own brew, and right there, a seed for Hop Nation was sown. With stops at Bert Grants, which initially brought him to Yakima, and Lagunitas (helped grow the brewery from 15,000 barrels to 45,000 barrels through the quality department procedures) along the way, it was inevitable that beer would be in his future.
Lovingly known as “The Chief Cat Herder” Originally from Northern California, raised in Stockton andLodi wine country. Lived off and on in Yakima throughout the 90’s and 2000’s with time separations while in military, security contracting, and living in Las Vegas most recently. Has known Hop Nation’s Overlord, Master Brewer and owner Ben Grossman for way too long, and when asked; left Las Vegas to be the sales mercenary for Hop Nation Brewing Company and is loving thechallenge of slaying the Eastern Washington market with awesome assault beer!!
Helping owner and Master Brewer Ben Grossman with numerous tasks around the facility such as setting up the tasting room and patio, Lynae has shown a desire for wanting to be part of the team of Hop Nation since the beginning. She has worked in the tasting room as a server since October 2015 and in July 2017, she was promoted to Front of House Manager. She has had a hand in getting Hop Nation’s kitchen, The Phoenix Room, up-and-running, managing Hop Nation’s annual carnival, and creating and running Hop Nation’s weeklyWednesdayTrivia Nights. Lynae’s focus is customer service and ensuring Hop Nation Goers have a fun and enjoyable experience. Lynae brings over 20 years of customer service to Hop Nation, 15 of which were with previous employer Costco, along with countless years of leadership.
Born in Phoenix, AZ, Connor started at Hop Nation in August of 2017 and took over kitchen operations in September of the same year. Connor has over 13 years of experience working in the cooking and service industry around the Yakima Valley. “I got interested in cooking at a very young age working side by side with my mom in the family kitchen and have been honing my skills ever since”. Connor enjoys the fast paced atmosphere of the brewery and has proven to be a valuable part of Hop Nation’s team.
Ambrose S. Kucharski
Ambrose is the brewer and cellar rat for Hop Nation. He enjoys spending his days scrubbing floors, hauling hoses, sampling barrels, curling bags of grain, and taking a steam bath in the kettle after a brew. It took a lot of work to have this much fun though. Unsurprisingly, it all started with home brewing down in Los Angeles, California. The unlimited variables of time, temperature, and ingredients throughout the brewing process lead to a desire to abandon the drudgery of IT work to pursue an education at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Here he achieved degrees in Fermentation Science and Microbiology with internships at McMenamins and Great Western Malting. All work and no play makes a dull pale ale so he explored New Zealand for a time and learned more tools of the trade at Garage Project Brewing in Wellington. Eventually he found his way back to the states and aimed for Yakima for the freshest hops around!