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This Is How You Pick Farm Fresh Pumpkin Beer

At Rogue Farms picking beer is not about opening the fridge and grabbing a bottle.

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Beer And Spirits Begin In The Dirt

From tiny pumpkin shoots to foot high wheat, see how beer and spirits begins in the dirt.

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How We Plant Pumpkin Beer And Soda

We're back in the dirt here at Rogue Farms, planting two acres of Dream Pumpkins, the small sweet variety we use to brew our Pumpkin Patch Ale, Pumpkin Savior Wit and Pumpkin Spice Soda.

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Growing Beer, Spirits And More In 2015

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.

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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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Patch to Batch

ImageThe Rogue Dare Pumpkins have been picked from the Hopyard and have arrived at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon. Christina, our brewmaster from the Rogue Ales Public House Eugene, has joined in on the fun – washing and cutting open the pumpkins and then chopping them up into chunks in preparation for roasting. 

The average Rogue Farms Dream Pumpkin weighs 5 lbs and 5,217 lbs were brought to the brewery from the Rogue Farm. Still covered in dirt, each pumpkin needed to be washed prior to being chopped, scraped, roasted and brewed.

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After a thorough cleaning, the pumpkins have their stem removed and are chopped into smaller pieces using the official Rogue Pumpkin Slicer – the machete. Each slice needs to have the pulpy interior removed and leave only the good part, the outer shell of the pumpkin

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The Dream Pumpkins are then roasted in the Rogue Nation Pizza Oven (tray by tray) for about 45 minutes each. After all the pumpkins have been roasted, they are pitched directly into the lauter tun for brewing. We brew the Chatoe Pumpkin Patch Ale with ginger, vanilla bean, cinnamon and nutmeg. Look for it on shelves starting this October. When you grow it, you know it. From ground to glass, patch to batch, Rogue grows its own.

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Scenes from the Hop Farm

Enjoy some photographs of this week’s happenings at the Rogue Farms Hop Farm in Independence, Oregon.

Rogue Farms Hopyard Hop Cones

The hop cones are soaking in the warm weather and getting bigger every day.

Oregon hops

Free Range Chickens

Nancy, one of our free range chickens, hatched 12 chicks this week!

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Another chicken of ours snuck into a cubby in the Farmstead Brewery and tried to roost.

Oregon Pumpkin Patch

Our Dream Pumpkins are starting to grow at a steady pace.

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Our Pumpkin Patch, nestled against our growing aroma hops.

Oregon honey bees

Our Rogue Farm Honeybees are buzzing around collecting pollen inside the growing pumpkin flowers.