2021 HBS: Hop Sensory Training

LIVE from the Aroma Dome, join Tiffany Pitra and Tessa Schilaty, YCH’s resident sensory experts, to learn the ins and outs of hop sensory analysis! During this session, we’ll review:

> Why assessing hops is important
> Best practices for sample assessment
> How to describe hop aroma
> Recommended training exercises

Learn how to enhance your brewery’s process and approach to hop sensory with the ultimate goal of elevating your beers. To find more information on our sensory program, visit Yakima Chief Sensory. 

Sensory Lexicon Poster  & Presentation Slides: Hop Sensory Training

For more information, email [email protected].


Aug 30 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am


  • Andrew Pytel
    Director of Customer Experience Single Hill Brewing
  • Jackie Beard
    Quality & Product Development Manager Bale Breaker Brewing

    Jacqueline Beard is the daughter of two engineers and was born and
    raised in the great state of Delaware. After graduating with a bachelor’s
    degree in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University, she
    worked in the fields of scientific research, sustainable food production,
    municipal water quality, and winemaking before joining the quality
    team at Bale Breaker Brewing Company in 2016. Under her leadership,
    Bale Breaker’s sensory program has grown from informal tastings
    to a formalized program that meets five days a week with diverse
    responsibilities in the brewery. She especially enjoys nerding out about
    the impact of yeast biochemistry on volatile aroma compounds and takes
    every chance she can get to brew and develop recipes on Bale Breaker’s
    5-barrel Imagination Station system.

  • Tessa Schilaty
    Tessa Schilaty
    Sensory Research Coordinator

    Tessa is a Seattleite who brewed beer in Sweden, Germany, Chile, and Scotland before graduating from Heriot-Watt University with an MSc in Brewing and Distilling. She is now helping to further develop the YCH sensory program with a special emphasis on beer sensory. Tessa coordinates with Yakima Chief Hops’ sensory team and brewing partners to design, execute, and report on experiments which help further our collective understanding of hops and beer flavor. When trying to explain her job to strangers at a dinner party, Tessa describes what she does as “Drinking beer, but for science”.

  • Tiffany Pitra
    Tiffany Pitra
    Sensory Manager
  • Tristan Karosas
    Lead Brewer Single Hill Brewing
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