Chinook was developed by the USDA breeding program in Washington State and released in 1985 as a high alpha variety. This cultivar takes its name from a Native American tribe indigenous to the region around Washington. The variety grows vigorously in all areas and offers robust aromas including red berries, fennel, basil, elderberry and lychee. The BBC Pure Hop Pellet™ is produced using a finer, more uniform grind than standard Type 90 pellets. A sub-zero process – milling and sieving takes place at approx. -35°C (-31 °F) – to prevent hop resins and essential oils from oxidation. The resulting pellets offer a more intense aroma and flavour.