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The Start Of Planting Season

The Rogue Farms planting season began this week as we seeded five acres of Wigrich Corn, a yellow dent variety we’re growing for Brewmaster John Maier to mash into Rogue’s first ever batch of bourbon.

Planting Corn

We moved our crop of Wigrich Corn to a new field along the entrance road into Rogue Farms.

Since it’s pretty much impossible to show you what seeds look like in the ground, here’s what they’re going to look like in a few weeks.

First Corn Shoots

Last year’s crop of Wigrich Corn, two weeks after seeding.

Wigrich Corn is just one of the ingredients we’re planting this spring for our proprietary palate of flavors. Here’s what’s coming up on our planting calendar.

Plowing rye fieldDream Rye: April

How much: We’re replanting six of the acres we lost to slugs, leaving us with a total of 10 acres in Dream Rye.

Why: To use in the mash for our Oregon Rye Whiskey and rye beers. Need a better reason?

Planting Pumpkins 3Dream Pumpkins: May 1st

How much: Two acres for brewing and one acre of Leroy-O-Lanterns for our Pumpkin Patch Party in fall.

Why: To brew Pumpkin Patch Ale, Pumpkin Savior, Pumpkin Spice Soda, and because watching kids pick Halloween pumpkins is a lot of fun.

Wild Blackberry bee 6.20.13 crop webMarionberries: Mid-May

How much: Two acres.

Why: Because we love working with our honeybees. They pollinate the marionberries and produce the honey we use in our Marionberry Braggot.

Jalapeno Harvest 1Jalapeños: Late May

How much: One acre.

Why: For Chipotle Ale and our new Chipotle Whiskey, and because growing our own means getting the fully ripe and red peppers we need to dry smoke them into perfect chipotles.

There’s lot going on at Rogue Farms this spring, so come on out and spend a day. We’ve got beer, spirits, food, lawn games, free events like concerts and our DIY Workshops, plus a front row view of the Grow Your Own Revolution. Join us!

How To Grow Your Own Bees

BeekeepingDIY Workshop: Beekeeping

Saturday, April 25th @ 2pm
Free and open to all ages

All over America, people are learning to appreciate honeybees and everything they do to help us grow a healthy and diverse supply of food.

Backyard beekeeping is now one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country, and more and more cities and towns are letting people grow their own bees. But doing it right requires some knowledge and the right set of tools.

Join Rogue Farms Beekeeper Andrew Barham this Saturday for our DIY Workshop: Beekeeping. Learn about beehive parts and construction, beekeeping tools and equipment, and take a look into an active hive. Even if you don’t become a backyard beekeeper, you’ll never look at a honeybee the same way again.

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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.

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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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 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…


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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Spring Planting In The Revolution Garden

The calendar may say winter, but it feels like spring here at Rogue Farms. It’s been four to five to degrees warmer than normal for the past few months. Everything is running ahead of schedule.

So thank you Mother Nature for giving us a head start on spring planting in the Revolution Garden.


Planting irises. We’re not interested in the flowers, but care very much about the rhizomes. Better known as Orris Root, they add floral notes and aroma to our gins.

Some of last year’s botanicals, like Chamomile, are dormant and will emerge later in the month. Add to that Angelica, Coriander, Juniper, Cucumbers, Ginger and the above mentioned Orris Root. We’re also planting Grains of Paradise, a spice native to West Africa. We don’t know how it will do in the terroir of the Willamette Valley, but we’re willing to take the risk and follow our dream of growing more of our own ingredients for Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin and Pink Spruce Gin.

A garden in late winter is like a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with flavors and aromas.

A garden in late winter is like a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with flavors and aromas.

We’re also planting some traditional garden crops, vegetables and spices that we pick, cook and serve guests here at the farm.

That includes broccoli…




…and Mustard Greens.


Join us this summer for one of our farm fresh lunches or dinners and bring home a bottle of Rogue Spirits gin. Both are made with flavors from the same place, the Revolution Garden of Rogue Farms.

At Rogue Farms we’re dedicated to crafting all our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas using ingredients we grow ourselves. Come join the grow your own Revolution!

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Revenge Of The Slugs

You’re not going to believe this. We don’t quite believe it ourselves.

A few weeks ago we noticed that something odd was going on in our field of Dream Rye. Shoots were disappearing and being overtaken by grass. At first, it seemed like no big deal. The changes were subtle. But the shoots continued dying and the grass spread even further. Eventually we lost nearly all 20 acres of the Dream Rye we planted just a few months ago.

This is what happened.

Banana Slug OSU Extension

A banana slug. Photo courtesy Oregon State Extension Service.

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