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A Rogue 2015 In Review

A year of Revolution for those who Dare, Risk & Dream.


John Maier brewing with Adnams in the U.K.
John Maier brewing with Adnams in the U.K.

That wouldn’t be the only beer John brewed in 2015. PDX Carpet IPA, Sriracha Hot Stout, Wasted Sea Star, Right Hand of Doom, Fresh Roast, Pumpkin Savior, Pendleton Pilsner, Cold Brew IPA, Mango Astronaut Ale, 4 Hop, 6 Hop, 7 Hop & 8 Hop IPAs are just a few of the new brews John crafted from Rogue Farms ingredients. But it was a batch of Wet Hop Ale that brought John to his 19,000th brew with Rogue since 1989.

John Maier carrying a bag of hops he used to brew the 2015 batch of Wet Hop Ale.
John Maier carrying a bag of hops he used to brew the 2015 batch of Wet Hop Ale.

Oregon heatwaves resulted in our earliest harvest ever at Rogue Farms meaning that Wet Hop Ale was brewed earlier than usual. So was Pumpkin Patch Ale since we were able to pick our Rogue Farms-grown pumpkins in early August. The hazelnuts, jalapeños, corn, and all of our other beer & spirits ingredients were once again successfully harvested at Rogue Farms this year.

Rogues hand pick pumpkins at Rogue Farms in August of 2015.
Rogues hand pick pumpkins at Rogue Farms in August of 2015.

On the other side of the coin, record rains, flooding and snow closed out the year. While we saw a bit of damage around the farm, floods are a yearly occurrence and will set us up for yet another successful harvest by reinvigorating the soil where we grow hops.

That same ground to glass philosophy that brought about Rogue Farms in 2008 also inspired us to implement a bark to barrel outfit right next to our headquarters in Newport, Ore. We officially opened the Rolling Thunder Barrel Works in April. Our cooper, Nate Linquist, had apprenticed with a family-owned cooperage for a year before he began crafting barrels with Oregon oak at the new facility, beginning a new era of Revolution for Rogue. The 130 Rolling Thunder barrels we constructed this year will age Rogue ales, lagers & spirits.

Freshly crafted barrels that will soon age Rogue ales, lagers, spirits & cider.
Freshly crafted barrels that will soon age Rogue ales, lagers, spirits & cider.

Not to mention cider, soda, and all the other things that make Rogue a Revolution.

Rogue Foundation was able to donate over $330,000 to organizations like Paralyzed Veterans of America (Oregon Chapter), 312th Air Squadron, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 63), (RED), Oregon Military Support Network, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Brain Tumor Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, Friends of Waikiki Aquarium, Providence Cancer Center and to Oceanic Research benefiting scientist investigating Sea Star Wasting Syndrome.

It’s all thanks to our amazing band of Rogues who Dare, Risk and Dream every day. And we look forward to continuing the Revolution into 2016.