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A Road Trip To Rogue Farms

Join the gang at the Brewing Network as they tour Rogue Farms, meet Brewmaster John Maier, and discover what could be a medieval torture device.

Sharing Our Love Of Craft Malt, Beer And Spirits

This week at Rogue Farms, we hosted 28 of our friends from the North American Craft Maltsters Guild. They came over from the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon to see how we grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass.

They spent the better part of the day with us; touring the farm, having lunch and of course, drinking beer.

Members of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild at Rogue Farms.

Members of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild at Rogue Farms.

At Rogue Farms we’ve hand crafted our own floor malt and micro-malt going on four years.

We started in a warehouse in SE Portland, then moved the malt floor to our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, the same farm where we grow our two varieties of Dare™ and Risk™ malting barley.

Each batch of Rogue Farms floor malt is steeped, germinated, flipped, raked and bagged by hand at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Each batch of Rogue Farms floor malt is steeped, germinated, flipped, raked and bagged by hand at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

It’s been an incredible journey and one we love to share with our fellow guild members.

Here’s what some of them had to say with their followers on Twitter and Instagram.

Valley Malt Hop rows

“Looking at early season hops at Rogue Farms.” – Valley Malt

A view inside our hop processing facility from Able Beer.

A view inside our hop processing facility from Able Beer.

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“Massive hop yards at Rogue Farms. Getting set to tour the grounds.” – Riverbend Malt House

Rogue Farms is open every day during the Craft Brewers Conference. Please come visit and see how we Grow The Revolution.

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How We Grow Spice For Our Beer And Whiskey

A few miles from here, our this year’s crop of Rogue Farms jalapeños is just getting started.

Jalapeno Greenhouse

Each crop of jalapeños begins in the greenhouse.

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Rogue Farms Spring Crop Report

From killer slugs to invading geese, the season of growing beers, spirits, ciders and sodas is off to an exciting start here at Rogue Farms. Our barley is growing, our hops are climbing and our honeybees are buzzing. Read all about it in our latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report.

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Coming To CBC? Then Come To Rogue Farms.

Portland, Oregon takes its rightful place as the Beervana when thousands of craft beer pilgrims arrive next week for the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference.

But for the full Revolutionary craft beer experience, come to Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon – the Historic Hops Capital of the World. Our hops are climbing, our garden is growing and our bees are buzzing. We’ll be open every day with free tours of the hopyard, processing facility, kiln, cooling house and baling room. Experience craft beer from ground to glass!

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Pumpkin Beer In Spring?

Is it too early to think about Pumpkin Beer? At Rogue Farms, we don’t think so.

Today, we’re releasing Pumpkin Savior, a spring pumpkin beer made with real pumpkins. No cans, no puree, no extract.

How’d we do it? Find out in our new special report.

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Welcome Back Honeybees

That buzz you hear on the drive into Rogue Farms is the sound of our 7,140,289 honeybees back from their working vacation.

They spent winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. We brought them back just in time for the start of the spring nectar flow.

Some of the hives near the entrance to Rogue Farms. FYI, we won't plant the jalapeños until June.

Some of the hives near the entrance to Rogue Farms. FYI, we won’t plant the jalapeños until June.

A nectar flow is when plants go into overtime producing nectar to attract honeybees. This is a period of fierce competition. Gazillions of flowers are blooming, each trying to lure a honeybee with the promise of nectar in exchange for the bee’s pollination services.

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Stringing And Staking Hops, How The Old Timers Did It

staking 01As we wrap up stringing and staking our hops at Rogue Farms, we want to share this newsreel video from 1969 showing how they did it in Great Britain.

They went to amazing lengths back then – you’ll get the reference when you see the video.

While the techniques are different from how we do it today at Rogue Farms, we still string and stake our 65,049 bines and 42-acres by hand. We share their pride over a job well done and their love for a pint of good beer.

Stringing And Staking Our Hops

Just a few days into spring and we’re starting our first big chore of the season – stringing and staking our 42-acre hopyard. The job requires nearly a dozen farmhands and days of back breaking work. But if you want to grow your own beer, this is what you got to do. It starts with the string…

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The string is called coir, a biodegradable twine made from Sri Lanka cocoanut husks.

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The First Signs Of Beer

We took a stroll through our hopyard this morning and look at what we found!

The first bines of the season are emerging from the soil. They’re so tiny, about the size of a bottle cap, we almost didn’t see them.

A new bine pokes through the dirt in the 42-acre hopyard at Rogue Farms.

A new bine pokes through the dirt in the 42-acre hopyard at Rogue Farms.

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