It’s been a day of wild weather here at Rogue Farms. Last night, a big storm with heavy rain, thunder and lightning knocked out the power for ten hours overnight. That was followed by more rain today and seriously strong winds. Gusts topping 40 mph knocked over some of the big trees. Thankfully, no one was around when they came crashing down.
But if for some reason – and frankly we can’t think of a good one in this weather – if you’re paddling on the Willamette River it might be a while before you can visit us. The fallen trees have blocked river access and cleaning up the mess might take a few days.
When we last checked in with the Rogue Farms honeybees, they were shipping out south to spend the winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California.
Much to our surprise, their story caught the attention of the Oregon Beer Growler, which wanted to know why we’d go to so much trouble for our bees.
Here’s what they discovered.
“The journey across state lines and back again may sound like one big endeavor for a bunch of bees, but their contribution to the flavor of beer and the health of the environment in general is truly greater than their physical size.” -Oregon Beer Growler.
Click on the image to read the February issue online and see what’s happening in Oregon’s beer scene. Then head to page 18 to read about our honeybees.
At the end of every one of these stories we invite you to come visit us at Rogue Farms.
For us, there’s nothing better than showing folks how beer and spirits begin in the dirt. Spend a day with us and we’ll open your eyes to how that Rogue you’re drinking is actually a farm product, made with crops that we planted, grew and harvested ourselves.
Here’s what you might see on any given day at Rogue Farms.
Walk Among The Hops
Brewmaster John Maier in the rows of Rogue Farms Freedom hops in August.
Trying out the beers at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
Nobody knows us better than the people who live near Rogue Farms. They’re not shy with their opinions about our farm grown beers and spirits.
Naturally we were pleased when one of the local foodies singled out Rogue as must-have beer for this weekend’s Super Bowl parties.
Rogue offers an extensive collection of styles — some very unique, like its series of Voodoo Doughnut-inspired brews (Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale or Chocolate, Peanut Butter Banana Ale anyone?) — making it likely guests will find something to their liking.
-Polk Itemizer Observer, A Super Spread For Your Super Party
Like the article says, when it comes to beer, spirits and wine, we have an embarrassment of riches here in Oregon. It makes us appreciate even more how hard we have to work to keep growing world class beers, spirits, ciders and sodas.
Feel free to join at Rogue Farms on Super Bowl Sunday. We’ll have the game on, and you can enjoy our beers on the farm where we grow the ingredients to brew it.
At Rogue Farms we’re used to getting up before the sun. But today began especially early, as we loaded up our 7,140,289 honeybees for the start of their California vacation.
Our bees will spend the next couple of months pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. That’s a 600-mile drive to the south, and an early start was necessary because we want to arrive by tonight. The less time on the road, the less stress on our honeybees.
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!