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Welcome Spring!

Spring arrived moments ago at the Rogue Farms Hopyard. The official time was 4:02am, PDT.

Hopyard Sunrise


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.

hops in greenhouse

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.

Dark, Strong and Baltic

Anthony Kirk wowed the judges at the Rogue Independence Hop & Heritage Festival homebrewing contest.

We were so impressed, we asked him to create a recipe using Rogue Farm grown ingredients and brew it at our Farmstead Brewery. What he came up with was a strong, dark Baltic Porter. Then Kirk and our Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin got together and got to work.

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Anthony Kirk (left) and Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin (right) brewing Kirk’s Baltic Porter.

Kirk’s recipe includes Rogue Farms Hopyard grown Independent Hops, as well as Munich, Pilsner, Chocolate, Special B, and Carafa 2 malts. ABV is expected at 8% to 9%.

It will go on tap at the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room in a few months from now. This is a beer that mellows well with age.

Baltic Porters were created in the late 1700s by the Anchor Brewery of London. Famous for its dark porters, Anchor created a strong version that it shipped to Baltic countries. Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, is said to be one of the beer’s admirers. Because of that, Baltic Porter has sometimes been called a Russian Imperial Stout, or an Imperial Stout.

All It Took Was A Few Days Of Sunshine

There’s no going back now. Just a few days of sunshine is all it took to turn winter into spring. In addition to the first bines of the season, here’s a look at the other signs of spring at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.

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Left: A Rogue Honeybee in a maple tree. Right: Visiting a daffodil.

As the days get warmer, the Rogue Honeybees can leave the hives more often. They’re finding nectar in some of our maple trees, daffodils, early blooming wildflowers and the hazelnuts next door.

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A Free Range Chick enjoying a walk in the sunshine.

Sunny days mean better hygiene for the Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkeys. The extra light makes it easier for them to remove bugs and dirt from their feathers. The sun also kills germs, in effect sterilizing the feathers and keeping the poultry healthy.

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Not a sled, but a real rosebud.

What you’re looking at here is one of the first buds on our roses. We’ve been using Oregon grown rose petals in our Mom Hefeweizen and in the custom beer we created for the Portland Rose Festival. So why not grow our own? These rose bushes were planted a year ago and we’ll get our first harvest of petals in 2013.

First Hop Bines Of The Year

rogue farms hopyard, hops, bines, rogue ales, rogue beer, craft beer, beer, hopyard, rogue breweryBeer growing season is officially underway at the Rogue Farms Hopyard. We just spotted the first growth of bines poking up through the soil.

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the shoots are just a couple of inches tall.

Give them a few months and they’ll be 30 feet longer.

CSI Rogue Hopyard

Rogue Honeybees 19 Original Colonies Mead Rogue Farms Hopyard Independence OregonThe Rogue Honeybees are like tiny CSI investigators. Buzzing around the Hopyard they gather evidence – better known as pollen and nectar – from thousands of blooms.

Depending on the season, they forage at our Big Leaf Maples, apple and walnut trees, pumpkin flowers, wild blackberries, raspberries, hazelnuts, cherries or one of the gazillions of wildflowers that pop up from spring through fall.

The honey produced by the Rogue Honeybees is like a fingerprint filled with clues about where the bees were during the season and what they were eating. And like a lot of other fingerprints, investigators are using them to solve crimes.

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