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.
Seven varieties of hops: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
The hops we grow in the Wigrich Appellation will be brewed into all of our ales, porters, lagers, stouts, kolsch, braggots and one of our ciders.
Dream Pumpkins: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
We hand pick, chop and roast our Dream Pumpkins for our Pumpkin Patch Ale and Pumpkin Spice Soda.
Risk™ and Dare™ malting barley: Rogue Farms, Tygh Valley, Oregon
In the high desert of Eastern Oregon, we grow 200 acres of malting barley which we’ll floor malt and micro-malt to craft all of our beers and whiskeys.
Wildflower Honey: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
From early spring to late summer, our 7,140,289 honeybees gather nectar from a diverse supply of wildflowers and cultivated plants. The honey they make for us has all the flavors of the terroir of Rogue Farms. Taste it for yourself in our mead, kolsch, braggot and sodas.
Botanical Gardens: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
In 2015, we’re expanding our garden of botanicals to grow even more ingredients for our gins, sodas and sauces. On the list are marionberries, juniper, cucumbers, orris root, coriander, chamomile, angelica, ginger, grains of paradise and mustard.
Wigrich Corn: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
It’ll be another year before we begin serving our Sweet Corn Bourbon. But after all the work we’ve put into it, hand picking, hand shucking, hand shelling the ears, and then floor malting and micro malting the kernels, we think it’ll be worth the wait.
Orchard Fruit: Rogue Farms, Tygh Valley, Oregon
The first harvestable crop from our orchard in Tygh Valley produced an abundance of apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums and apricots. There was so much fruit, we started crafting Rogue Cider. Here’s to another great year in 2015!
Dream Rye: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
We planted 20 acres of Dream Rye which we’ll harvest this summer. John Maier will use it to mash Oregon Rye Whiskey and brew Roguenbier Rye Ale.
McKercher Wheat: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
Our great-grandparents were wheat millers, farmers and pioneers of the southern Willamette Valley. We named our McKercher Wheat for them and will use the grain to brew MoM Hefeweizen.
Jalapeños: Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
Grown at our farm in Independence, kilned at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley, our jalapeño peppers add some kick to our Chipotle Ale.
Is that everything? Probably not. Brewmaster John Maier is always looking for new beers to brew and new spirits to mash. We’ll add more ingredients to our proprietary palate so that John has everything he needs to keep the Revolution strong and growing.
Come join us at Rogue Farms this year and see how we grow beers, spirits, ciders and sodas!