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A Promise Went Rogue for Rye IPA

John Maier wanted to share good beer with Rogues everywhere.


In late 2014, Rogue Ales & Spirits Brewmaster John Maier brewed a small batch of a rye IPA with Rogue Farms ingredients as a gift. It was bottled and boxed up and given only to Rogue employees at that year’s holiday party.

The original rye IPA crafted for Rogue employees was called Santa’s Secret Stash.
The original rye IPA crafted for Rogue employees was called Santa’s Secret Stash.

And he promised this beer would only ever be crafted once for this purpose.

During the following weeks, the Rogues who received the gift couldn’t stop raving about the rye IPA in a custom bottle. The rye kick, full malt body and hoppy finish were an impressive combination. Could we really keep something like this to ourselves?

It took a little convincing but the rave reviews continued and John Maier finally agreed to break his promise and brew more rye IPA. He called it Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA. (See what he did there?)

Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA is crafted with Rogue Farms rye and hops.
Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA is crafted with Rogue Farms rye and hops.

Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA first went on tap in pubs in September of 2015. And now we’re sending it across the country in 22oz bottles.

Growing rye has been a challenge for us. Every year since 2011, our crop was destroyed by slugs. We persevered and moved our rye from Independence to Tygh Valley, Oregon where it’s thriving. This beer has become a testament to our determination and dedication to growing our own.

Today we may be one of the last rye farmers in the state of Oregon. Since 2010, acres of rye grown in the state have dwindled from 250 to so few the USDA no longer collects the data.

Dream Rye ready for harvest at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Ore.
Dream Rye ready for harvest at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Ore.

So we’re the Rogue Oregon Rye growers and we plant, grow and harvest 20 acres of our own Dream Rye at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Having just harvested Dream Rye, we’re releasing this brew, crafted with Rogue Farms ingredients, to Rogues everywhere. In addition to our own rye, it’s also made with Rogue Farms Liberty Hops.

Use the Rogue Finder to hunt down your own bottle of Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA.