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Hop Harvest In, Two More To Go

With the sun fading over the Coast Range, we finished bringing in our Alluvial hops this weekend and the 2014 Rogue Farms Hop Harvest came to a close.

Four weeks, seven varieties of hops, 350 bales, one big celebration.

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The final truck loads of Alluvial hops coming in from the hop rows.

The harvest season began in mid-August when our Freedom hops were the first to become ripe and ready for picking. It takes 48-hours to pick, strip, sort, separate, kiln, cool and bale each variety. We repeated the intense round-the-clock work six more times as we brought in our Independent, Yaquina, Rebel, Liberty, Revolution and Alluvial hops.

Processing hops is low tech and has changed little in 50 years.

Processing hops is surprisingly low tech and has changed little in 50 years.

On Sunday, we rested and celebrated with the Rogue Farms Hop Harvest Festival. A couple of hundred of our friends and neighbors joined us for a day of good beer and spirits, food, music and games.

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Relaxing with good beer and food on the lawn of the Chatoe Rogue while a young boy samples some Italian Ice.

But we’re not yet ready to call it a season. We still have four acres of Wigrich Corn to pick.

Our corn has reached the milk stage and needs another couple of weeks to dry before we pick it by hand.

Our corn has reached the milk stage and needs another couple of weeks to dry before we pick it by hand.

And our one acre patch of jalapeño peppers.

Unlike our other crops, jalapeños don't ripen at the same time. We'll wait until the peppers are dark red to pick them, because that's when they're best to use in Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirit.

Unlike our other crops, jalapeños don’t ripen at the same time. We’ll walk through the patch daily, picking just the red ones because that’s when they’re best to use in Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirit.

Growing beers and spirits from ground to glass means the work never stops. With two more harvests on the way, there’s always something to see when you visit Rogue Farms.

Please join us Sunday, October 19th for the Annual Pumpkin Patch Party. Pumpkins for the kids. Pumpkin Patch Ale for the grown-ups. Food, fun and games for everyone. For more information visit our events page or call us at 503-838-9813.

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From our Pumpkin Patch Party in 2011.

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