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Life Of Rye

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You’re looking at what might be the last field of rye left in Oregon.

This is the 20 acre field where we’ll plant our 2014 crop of Rogue Farms Dream Rye. We plowed the field this week.

When the soil dries out some more we’ll finish up with discing and harrowing it.

Plowing rye field

Plowing the field of Dream Rye. Note the soggy soil in the middle of the photo.

One of the things we learned when we started growing rye is that rye farming has all but disappeared in the state. A couple of years ago there were only 250 acres of it – all down in Southern Oregon in Lake County. In 2013, rye farming in Oregon had shrunk so small that the government stopped publishing the numbers.

The plowed field. Discing and harrowing will break up the chunks of soil into smaller pieces so it's easier to plant.

The plowed field.

So just like our barley and our hops, we learned that if we wanted to ensure a steady supply of rye, we better grow it ourselves. As agri-fermenters of craft beverages, we like knowing where our ingredients come from, how they were cultivated and how they were harvested.

John Maier inspecting the Dream Rye last summer.

John Maier inspecting the Dream Rye last summer.

Our commitment to growing our own doesn’t stop with the harvest. This year’s crop of Dream Rye will be trucked to our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, Oregon where we will floor malt it and micro malt it by hand in small, artisan batches.

John at last year's harvest where he raked the swathed rye into windrows.

John at last year’s harvest where he raked the swathed rye into windrows.

Dream Rye is just one of the ingredients in our proprietary palate of flavors we grow at Rogue Farms. John Maier will use this year’s crop to craft future batches of Roguenbier Rye Ale and to mash a Rye Whiskey.

Growing and malting your own isn’t the easiest way to make beers and spirits, but we think it’s the best way. You can taste the difference in every bottle and glass.

Please join us at Rogue Farms this spring for the planting season!

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