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Two Farms, Two Harvests

While most of you are enjoying a relaxing Labor Day holiday, we at Rogue Farms are busier than ever.

Two major harvests are coming in at the same time, our Dare™ malting barley at our farm in Tygh Valley and another wave of hops at our farm in Independence.

As farmers, we learned long ago that when the crops are ready we have to be ready to pick them, holiday or not.

The start of the 2014 hop harvest at Rogue Farms.

The start of the 2014 hop harvest at Rogue Farms.

This morning we are picking our first ever crop of Yaquina hops, the variety we planted two years ago to give John Maier a stronger aroma profile in our proprietary palate of flavors. The harvest began shortly after sunrise. We named them for Yaquina Bay in our hometown of Newport, Oregon. Our Brewery and Distillery are located on the south shore  of Yaquina Bay with a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

John’s excited to brew our newest variety of hops. We’re setting aside 1000 pounds of our fresh picked Yaquina cones and driving them 77 miles over the  Oregon Coast Range to the Brewery in Newport where John is standing by to cast them in the kettle for Wet Hop Ale.

John at the harvest of Freedom hops. John is blending Freedom and Yaquina hops for this year's  batch of Wet Hop Ale.

John at the harvest of Freedom hops. John is blending Freedom and Yaquina hops for this year’s batch of Wet Hop Ale.

At Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley this has been an amazing season for growing malting barley.  A cold winter, followed by a wet spring and a sunny and hot summer, has given us a bumper crop of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley. We hope to harvest 800,000 pounds of Dare™, about twice the size of a typical harvest for us.

We rolled the combines into the fields over the weekend to begin our 2014 harvest of Dare malting barley.

We rolled the combines into the fields over the weekend to begin our 2014 harvest of Dare™ malting barley.

Bigger harvests are not always better harvests. But, in this case, it means the kernels are super plump and filled with the starch we need for floor malting and micro-malting here in Tygh Valley at our Farmstead Malt House. John will have even more Rogue grown and Rogue malted barley to create new batches of Rogue Ales and Spirits.

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Here’s what barley looks like after it’s been reaped, threshed and winnowed in the harvesting combine. Nice clean grain, ready for malting.

Once we’re done picking our Yaquina hops, we have four more varieties to go. Here’s the tentative schedule for the rest of the Rogue Farms hop harvest season. Keep in mind, the exact dates and times are up to the whim of Mother Nature.

Rebel Hops – Thursday, September 4th

Liberty Hops–Saturday, September 6th

Revolution Hops – Tuesday, September 9th

Alluvial Hops – Thursday, September 11th

Please join us at Rogue Farms during the harvest season.  Come see how we grow beer and spirits from grain to glass and bine to brew.

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