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Learn How To DIY With Rogue Farms

DIY (Do It Yourself) is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms.  Not only do we grow the ingredients for our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas, we also floor malt, micro-malt, kiln, roast, smoke, mash, brew and distill those ingredients ourselves.  Nothing tastes better than a farm grown beer or spirit made from scratch.

We love sharing this philosophy with others. So every year we hold a series of DIY workshops where you can learn everything from beekeeping to cheese making. The hands on classes are a great way to grab a pint and learn new skills.

Keep reading to see our entire calendar of DIY workshops for the next six months.

Learning how to locate a swarm at our beekeeping workshop in 2012.

Learning how to locate a swarm at our beekeeping workshop in 2012.

All classes are free and all ages are welcome.

How to Make Cheese with Middle Ground Farms
Saturday, November 22nd

How to Make Candles and Winter Crafts
Saturday, December 6th

Winter Sports for Beginners  with REI
Saturday, January 10th

How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring
Saturday,February 28th

How to Raise Your Own Backyard Chickens
Saturday, March 28th

How to Raise Your Own Honeybees
Saturday, April 22nd

We will update this calendar as more information becomes available, so check back regularly. You may also call us at Rogue Farms at 503-838-9813.

Please join us at Rogue Farms as we begin another season of DIY workshops. Come see how grow beer, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass.

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Oregon Hops, The Beginning

The history of Oregon hops begins in the dirt just a few miles south of Rogue Farms in Independence.

The year was 1867. Farmers Adam Weisner and William Wells planted the state’s first commercial hopyard near the small town of Buena Vista. For reasons that are unknown to us, the first crop was a failure. But their attempts to grow hops caught the eye of Eugene area farmer George Leasure. Using rootstocks from Weisner and Wells, he started Oregon’s first successful hopyard two years later on the banks of the McKenzie River.

A Willamette Valley hopyard in 1900. From Oregon State University.

A Willamette Valley hopyard in 1900. From Oregon State University.

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Our New Crop Report Is Out

One of the wildest growing seasons at Rogue Farms is coming to a close, and we’re already getting started on planting next year’s proprietary palate of flavors.

Read more about it in the latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report by clicking on the cover image.

Crop Report Cover Autumn 2014

The Start Of Spring Planting

Unless you’re a farmer, what we’re about to tell you may not make a lot of sense. Not at first.

We started working the fields where we’ll plant our Dare spring malting barley. Actually drilling seeds in the ground? No. That’s five to six months from now. But there’s a lot to do between now and planting time.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

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Taking Care Of Our Honeybees

Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for the beekeeper at Rogue Farms.

There’s no more wild sources of nectar and pollen for our honeybees to forage and soon it will be too cold for them to leave the hive. So in the next few weeks our beekeeper has 7,140,289 mouths to feed, medicate and shelter before winter arrives.

The bees took care of us this spring and summer by pollinating our crops and making the honey we used in our kolsch, mead, braggot and sodas. Now it’s our turn to take care of them.

Honey Harvest

A scene from this year’s honey harvest at Rogue Farms.

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Join Us For A Pumpkin Patch Party!

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Beer From The Farm

Check out this story about Rogue Farms in the latest Modern Farmer. Beer and spirits begin on the farm!

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Cover Up At Rogue Farms

There’s two things you can count on during winter at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. It’s going to rain, and it’s probably going to flood.

One of our most important chores this time of year is to protect the soil from erosion during the winter rainy season. And the best way to do that is to plant some barley.

Barley Cover Crop1

Here we are plowing the soil between the hop rows. The ground is covered with a stubble of left over bines, twine and plant debris. It all gets broken up and plowed back into the earth.

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Growing And Picking Our Own Soda

When Rogue Soda Jerk Steve Distasio is looking for inspiration – all he has to do is drive 62 miles to Rogue Farms.

Steve mixes honey harvested from our 7,140,289 honeybees in every batch of Rogue Soda. And when he wanted to create soda with a citrus and cucumber flavor, we picked cucumbers for him right from our garden.

So it was no surprise when we looked out the window the other day and there was Steve, wandering through the pumpkin patch.

Man on a mission. Rogue Soda Jerk Steve in our four acre patch of Dream Pumpkins.

Man on a mission. Rogue Soda Jerk Steve in our four acre patch of Dream Pumpkins.

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A Real Nut Job

Waiting for a hazelnut harvest is all about patience.

The nuts began falling from the trees nearly a month ago. But we have to wait until there’s enough nuts on the orchard floor before the harvest can begin. The timing is entirely in the hands of Mother Nature.

This week Mother Nature said, “Let’s go.”

Hazelnuts begin falling in early September as the nights get cool and the winds grow stronger.

Hazelnuts begin falling in early September as the nights get cool and the winds grow stronger.

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The Cocktail Challenge

Our attempt at mixing, drinking and tinkering aka getting drunk and feeling fancy

east happyland beer garden

Gardening hops, grains, vegetables, and brewing beer in South Louisiana. And they said it couldn't be done....

A Pub With Brick Walls

~the literary side of craft beer~

Grow More Hops!

Locally brewed beer deserves locally grown hops!

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