by Chris Crowell
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,000 awards and is available in all 50 states and 48 countries, but its coolest feature is Rogue Farms. Since 2008, Rogue became committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing its own.

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Brewmaster John Maier at Rogue Farms Honey Harvest 2014

Mother Nature provided Rogue Farms with such a lush spring season that its honey was ready to harvest a month earlier than normal. Just a few days ago the company harvested they honey from its 7,140,289 honeybees. This was its second harvest of the year, starting with five varieties of Rogue Farms cherries grown on its 20 acre orchard in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

“The ingredients we harvest will be used in Rogue’s World Class ales, kolsch, meads, braggots, spirits, ciders and sodas,” the company noted. “Collaborating with Mother Nature to grow a proprietary palate of ingredients for Brewmaster John Maier always keeps us on our toes. We made it through the flood season in Independence, through the frosts in Tygh Valley and are now beginning what we hope will be one of our most bountiful harvests in Rogue Farms history.”

2014 Rogue Farms Harvest Calendar

Wildflower Honey, Independence
Risk Malting Barley, Tygh Valley

Dare™ Malting Barley, Tygh Valley
7 varieties of hops, Independence
Dream Rye, Independence
McKercher Wheat, Independence

Hop harvest continues, Independence
Dream Pumpkins, Independence

Wigrich Corn, Independence
Rogue Farms Jalapenos, Independence
Leroy-O-Lantern Pumpkins, Independence