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How We Grow Whiskey

Here’s what two week old whiskey really looks like.

The start of the 2015 Dream Rye crop at Rogue Farms.

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Where Great Beer Comes From

Our friends at the Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon are helping us spread the word about the GYO/DIY Revolution. Click on the image to read what they said about Rogue Farms and be sure to vote for us in the USA Today/10Best contest for Best Brewery Tour.

Where Great Beer Comes From

Piggies In A Blanket

Just as we prepare our hops and honeybees for winter, this week it was time for our celebrity Potbellied Pigs, Voo and Doo. Voo and Doo are hardy creatures but even they need a warm place to sleep. One of our chores this week at Rogue Farms was to winterize their home.

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We laid down a thick layer of hay and cedar chips for them to snuggle in.

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Vote For Rogue Farms As Best Brewery Tour In America

Rogue Farms has been nominated for Best Brewery Tour by the readers of USA Today and 10Best. Finally, an election that really matters.

Click on the image below to cast your vote for Rogue Farms and show your support for the GYO Revolution!

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Learn How To Make Cheese At Rogue Farms

The first of our DIY (Do It Yourself) workshops is coming to Rogue Farms on Saturday, November 22nd. Join Jessica from The Kitchen At Middleground Farms as she shows you how to make your own cheese. It’s easier than you think. Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and processes needed to do it yourself. This workshop is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.

The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.

DIY: Cheese Making
Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm
Rogue Farms Independence, Oregon

For more information call Rogue Farms @503-838-9813

DIY is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms. We grow and process our own ingredients to create a proprietary palate of flavors for Rogue beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. We love sharing our DIY philosophy with others. Please join us at one or all of our winter DIY workshops so that you too can learn how to Do It Yourself.

Winter Storm Postcards

We’re in the middle of our first big winter storm of the season at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, and the falling snow and low hanging clouds have created a beautiful scene of solitude and silence. It’s as if the rest of the world had suddenly disappeared.

The Risk™ malting barley fields appear to be doing okay. No signs of cold damage, at least not yet. With snow on the ground, we can relax knowing that our barley will remain protected from any further damage as it sleeps under its big, white blanket.

We like to think our farm in Tygh Valley is beautiful any time of year, but winter is somehow special. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

One of our fields of Risk malting barley.

One of our fields of Risk™ malting barley.

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Winter Starts With A Blast

Just when we thought things weren’t going to be so bad at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley and Independence, comes word from the National Weather Service that we’re going to get a heck of a lot of snow.

At Tygh Valley the predictions are all over the place. We could see anywhere from 5-14 inches of snow depending on how this plays out.  Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next several days.

We’re also keeping a close eye to what’s happening north of us in Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western Gorge predicting up to 5 inches of snow and sleet.  Wind gusts will be high as 65-70 miles per hour.

Our secret defense is Tygh Ridge. At 2800 feet, Tygh Ridge protects us from those howling winter storms that roar down the Gorge.

Tygh Ridge in winter.

Tygh Ridge in winter.

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Winter Storm Watch At Rogue Farms

Like many parts of the United States, winter is coming early and strong to Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the farm starting Wednesday night at 6pm farm time and running for 24 hours.  We’re expecting three to nine inches of snow with temperatures lingering in the 20’s.  But what we’re most worried about is our newly planted crop of Risk™ malting barley.

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Planting Our Rye Whiskey and Ale

With a big winter storm headed our way to Rogue Farms in Independence,Oregon, we took advantage of a few days of decent weather to plant 20 acres of Dream Rye.

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Do It Yourself: From Cornfield to Floor Malt

In our previous post we talked about the difficulties we had finding someone to harvest our Wigrich Corn. With time running out, we picked the entire five acres ourselves by hand.  It was a hard and dirty job but it had to be done or the crop would go to waste.

Today our corn crop is at the Farmstead Malt House at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley.  Now it’s time to shuck the corn to prepare it for malting.   The machines we bought to shuck the corn for us, let us down. So we were left with only option, to shuck our like farmers did centuries ago.

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