Crosman Hop Co. has evolved over the years. Our family came to British Columbia in the late 1800s, and we have made Chilliwack our home ever since. Back in the 1940s the family started dairy farming. In the 1980s we sold the dairy farm, and took a short break from farming. In the early 1990s we bought the land we are currently on and started hazelnut farming. However, we watched Eastern Filbert Blight slowly make its way North, and when it arrived it devastated the hazelnut farms in British Columbia. We were faced with a hard decision: sell the farm or reinvent ourselves. We chose to adapt and overcome.
Looking for a new crop the ever expanding Craft Brewing industry in BC was inspiration – and from that grew the idea to grow hops. The Fraser Valley has a long heritage of growing hops. In the 1800s there were hundreds of acres of hops grown here; it was a natural transition for us. Today, three generations of our family are involved in growing, harvesting, and processing the hops. We even have a son-in-law working at a local craft brewery, learning how the products are used in the brewing process. We have been farmers for generations, and we want to continue the legacy. We see farming hops as a sustainable legacy for generations to come. We understand the importance of attention to detail and consistency that brewers are looking for.
We strive to put as much effort into growing our hops as brewers do when they are making their beer. At Crosman Hop Co. we endeavour to grow the highest quality hops that suit our specific growing conditions.
At Crosman Hop Co. we want to provide a consistent, sustainable, local product for the growing craft beer industry. We want to be seen as the reliable source of hops: a trusted source of quality hops, at the cutting edge of hop production and quality control – to set the industry standard.
As a family run company we have a strong set of family values directing our day-to-day operations.
FAMLIY – the long-term sustainability of our vision rests with passing our values down from generation to generation. We believe in making a living from the land, and we want to install the love of working the land to each successive generation.
QUALITY – we strive to adhere to a well-defined set of procedures to ensure we harvest, process, and package our product to maintain and retain the essence of the hops. We want to make sure our product help realize the brewer’s vision when they are making their beer.
INTEGRITY – having the trust of our customers is paramount. We want to conduct business in a way our customers know they can rely on us to provide what they need in a timely fashion, and with a consistency they can rely on.
FLEXIBILITY (also known as innovation) – as we are a small, but ambitious farm, we have the ability to quickly respond to the changing needs of the industry. We have a desire to provide the craft brewing industry hops that respond to their ever changing needs.