Freedom is back. So is Independent and Rebel.
The signs that marked where we grow our Rogue Farms Freedom, Independent and Rebel hops were absconded with by a group of malcontents on – of all nights – Halloween. Suspicious timing…
After waiting patiently for the misfits to return their ill-gotten contraband, we realized that some people will never do the right thing. So rather than let it get us down, we had new signs made and hung in their rightful places today.
They may take our signs, but they’ll never take away our Freedom!
Check out our new signs, meet our Potbellied Pigs Voo and Doo, and enjoy one of our world class beers, spirits, ciders and sodas this winter at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. We’re open five days a week with expanded hours coming this spring!
Look at what we found in the mail today, an article about the rebirth of rye whiskey featuring Brewmaster John Maier and Rogue Farms Oregon Rye Whiskey.
We admit to having a soft spot in our hearts for rye. It’s a hardy little grain that has never gotten the kind of respect that’s been afforded to barley, wheat and corn. Rye will grow under amazingly adverse conditions, but that toughness also gives rye an edgy, spicy flavor. It’s nice to see that craft spirits fans are starting to appreciate rye as much as we do.
Our Rogue Farms Dream Rye will be harvested in summer, floor malted and micro-malted at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, then mashed, fermented, brewed and distilled at our Brewery and Distillery in Newport into our next batches of Oregon Rye Whiskey and Roguenbier Rye Ale. Open a bottle and taste for yourself the unique flavor of the Rogue of grains.
For most of us, there’s no escaping winter. So make the most of the season and learn some outdoor winter sports with the help of REI.
Our series of DIY Workshops returns this weekend with DIY Winter Sports. If you’ve never tried snowshoeing, cross country skiing or other winter sports, the experts from REI are coming to Rogue Farms to show you how it’s done. All ages and skill levels welcomed!
For more information, see the poster below.
2014 was an incredible year for us at Rogue Farms. We seeded, cultivated and harvested two new grains, picked our first crop of orchard fruit as well as more than a dozen other crops, and opened the Rogue Cidery and Sodaery.
So what’s in store for 2015? Look for our first batch of Oregon Rye Whiskey, plus new beers, ciders and sodas. Here’s what we’re growing in the new year for our always expanding proprietary palate of flavors.
In less than 24-hours we went from Lake Wigrich to the Ice Follies.
A hard cold spell blew in from the Arctic, plunging nighttime lows into the teens and icing over the last of the flood waters in the fields and hop rows here at Rogue Farms.
We’re still open by the way. Wigrich Road road is icy in spots, but as long as you’re careful you’ll be fine. We’ve got plenty of beer waiting for you if you decide to brave the cold weather and join us for the final days of 2014 and the start of the New Year.
Come rain, sleet, snow or ice, we grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass!
The floods that closed Rogue Farms for several days last week are drawing down. The road is now passable, and we’re open for business all week.
Normally, we’d be closed today and Tuesday. But we want to make sure you’re stocked up on beer from our New Year’s Garage Sale for your parties.
What you’ll see when you drive in is a lot of mud in the fields.
The Willamette River crept up another four inches this morning, high enough for us to decide to close Rogue Farms until further notice.
We’d be closed on Christmas Day regardless, so it just made sense to play it safe and wait until the flood waters receded and Wigrich Road is safe to drive.
Wigrich Road was covered in water in several places, so we closed off the entire section.
We should’ve known better than to make predictions about the weather.
The entrance to Rogue Farms, closed until further notice.
A day after boldly stating this week’s flood was a non-event, the Willamette River rose again, sending water rushing over Wigrich Road and pouring into our neighbor’s hazelnut orchard and into the hopyard at Rogue Farms.
Once again, Mother Nature has proven to be fickle.
The big winter storm that was threatening to drown Rogue Farms under seven feet of water? It turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. The hops, Dream Rye, Potbellied Pigs and honeybees were never in any danger.
Here’s a photo we took of Wigrich Road when we drove into the farm this morning. Covered in water, but passable.
With more rain on the way, the National Weather Service says minor flooding is likely to continue until the weekend. If you plan on visiting the farm this week, please call us at 503-838-9813 to make sure we’re open.
Winter weather can be tricky, but when you grow beer and spirits in collaboration with Mother Nature, you learn to roll with it.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Rogue Farms of Independence as massive “river of moisture” takes aim at Northwest Oregon. Starting Saturday afternoon, the region will be pounded with as much as foot of rain in just 24 hours.
When water levels in the Willamette River peak on Tuesday evening, our 42-acre hopyard will be buried under seven feet of water.
Rogue Farms Freedom Hops during the Great Flood of January, 2012.