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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.

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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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Foggy Morning Hopyard

We woke up this morning to find the hopyard shrouded in fog and thought it was so stunning we just had to snap these photos.

Fall is here and winter is coming. Each season here at Rogue Farms is different and beautiful in its own way.

Hopyard

Hopyard

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New Season, New Hours At Rogue Farms

Starting today we’re on our fall and winter schedule at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.

Our new hours of operation are…

Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm

Monday – Tuesday:  CLOSED

Farms Tours are held Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Other days and times may be arranged by calling us at 503-838-9813.

Please drop by, and enjoy one of our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas with a front row seat of the beauty of Autumn on the farm!roguefarms we grow beer and spirits_web

 

 

Learning As We Grow

At Rogue Farms, we’re always up for trying something new and revolutionary. If someone around here has a good idea, we’ll go for it, even if we don’t know exactly how it will turn out.

A good example of the Rogue way of doing things is our Wigrich Corn. We planted four acres this summer with plans to floor malt and micro malt it at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley.

Well you know what they say about making plans…

Our four acres of Wigrich Corn on harvest day.

Our four acres of Wigrich Corn on harvest day.

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Slow Picked Peppers

The harvest of our jalapeño peppers is unlike anything else we grow at Rogue Farms.

With all of our other ingredients, the entire crop is ripe and ready for picking at the same time. We can pick one of our hop varieties in a day. Harvesting a field of our malting barley takes a few days, maybe a week if the weather is bad.

But our peppers? They have a mind of their own.

This yea, we planted three varieties of jalapeños in an acre size patch.

This summer, we planted three varieties of jalapeños in an acre size patch.

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The Whiskey Wash

Covering great whiskies one bottle at a time

The Cocktail Challenge

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

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