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This Little Piggy Had X-rays

The sad-looking picture you’re about to see is our Potbellied sow Voo on the examination table at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State. Voo’s had some trouble with her back legs, so we took her in to find out what was going on. The official diagnosis is Bilateral Stifle Osteoarthritis. AKA, knee arthritis.

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Bring Your Best Game Or Stay Home

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A Beer For Spring

Serving Beer_webOur first Farmstead beer of the season, a farmhouse style Saison, goes on tap tonight at the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room.

This is a perfect beer for celebrating the spring season. The Saison style dates back centuries to the farms of Belgium and France. They were brewed in the winter months when work was slow, and then served to farm workers during the spring and summer to keep them happy and hydrated.

Although lots of breweries make Saison style beers, ours is made the traditional way, with ingredients that were grown on the farm where the beer was brewed. A true Farmstead beer.

For his Saison, Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin used Rogue DIY Dare™ Pilsner Malt made from the barley we grow at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, and Independent and Alluvial hops grown here at the Rogue Hopyard.

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Josh Cronin (left) brewed the Saison during our DIY Homebrewing Workshop in February.

Just Add Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Patch (formerly rye field)

Last year a field of rye, this year a ten acre pumpkin patch.

That picture you’re looking at is our new ten acre pumpkin patch. We just got done tilling the soil and making it ready for planting. All we’re waiting for is the right time, some strong backs, and pumpkin seeds.

The new location is what used to be our Dream Rye field. But we outgrew that spot and moved the rye over by the Willamette River.

The really hard work is yet to come. Just like last year – and the year before – we’ll plant the pumpkins by hand. The rows will be laid out, thousands of tiny holes will be dug, even more thousands of seeds will be dropped into those holes, and then we’ll cover them up. The difference this time around is we’ll plant ten acres this year while before it was just two acres. Planting is scheduled for May, but a specific day is TBA.

We grow our own pumpkins for Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale. John Maier won’t brew with canned pumpkins, pureed pumpkins or extract. It’s gotta be fresh from the farm.

Here’s some photos from last year’s planting.

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And The Name Of Rogue Farms New Hop Variety Is…

Entrance to hopyardPlease welcome the Yaquina Hop to the Rogue Farms Hopyard.

The name pays tribute to Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon – the hometown of Rogue Ales and Spirits. It’s a reminder of how we started brewing in Newport almost 25-years ago, in a small garage located on Bayfront Blvd. It’s extra fitting because we removed Newport hops to make way for this new variety. John Maier wanted something with a higher aroma profile, and the Yaquina hop does just that – delivering a medium intensity and spice with notes of pine and grapefruit.

Our Newport hops were pulled out of the ground earlier this year. Meanwhile  the Yaquina hops are being cultivated in a greenhouse. Over the next couple of months we’ll slowly introduce them to increasing amounts of daylight and outdoor temperatures. This steady transition make them stronger and helps them adjust better to a new life in the Rogue Farms Hopyard.

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Cultivating the Yaquina rhizomes began in January. As they grow, we’ll move them into bigger and bigger pots.

This is a big moment in the history of Rogue Farms 42-acre Hopyard and something we’ve been working on for months. We expect to plant the rhizomes in May and the first harvest will be in the fall of 2014.






Field Of Dream

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The Rogue Farms 35 acre field of Dream Rye lies north of Chatoe Rogue along the Willamette River.

We checked out the field of Dream Rye over the weekend and we’re really pleased with what we found.

The shoots are ankle to shin high, healthy and green, and appear to have survived the winter in great shape. Even the few acres we had to replant after they were flooded are looking good.

Even better, no signs of slugs. The last time we planted rye in late fall, slugs wiped out the crop in just a few days. So this time around we tilled the soil, making it inhospitable for slugs.

For those of you familiar with seeing the Dream Rye field on the way into the Hopyard – it’s not there anymore. There wasn’t enough room for all the new rye we want to grow. Increasing our acreage from 15 – 35 acres meant searching for a bigger plot. We found the space in a field just north of the Chatoe Rogue along the Willamette River.

This is just the beginning of what we hope will become another great batch of Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye Ale.

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A close up view of Dream Rye. The rye will turn light brown and stand 5 feet tall by harvest time.

Honey Laundering

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Rogue Beekeeper Josh Cronin visits a hive in early spring.

Shortly after we wrote about the honey detective in Texas, comes this story about honey laundering.

Two of the country’s largest honey packers admit to taking part in a plan to mislabel honey from China and pretending that it came from other countries. The federal government says they did so to avoid paying $180 million in import duties that only apply to Chinese honey.

We wouldn’t know how to buy Chinese honey even if we wanted to do it. Instead, we’ll make more honey this year by growing it at the Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence, Oregon. We’re adding another 100 hives to our Original 19 Colonies, which means adding roughly another 5,000,000 honeybees and producing another 4,200 pounds of Rogue Wildflower Honey.

If you want to know the origin of the honey we use in our 19 Original Colonies Mead, then please come out to the Rogue Farms Hopyard and see for yourself.