The 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest starts Wednesday morning here at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
The first of our seven varieties we’ll pick are our Freedom hops. Don’t be surprised if you see John Maier poking through hop rows or inside the processing facility. John is using some of this year’s Freedom crop (and Yaquinas when they’re ready) to brew Wet Hop Ale. He’ll personally select the fresh cones to bring home with him to our Brewery in Newport.
We’ll picking the remaining six Rogue Farms hops over the next three of four weeks. Hard to believe that after a year of such crazy weather (drought, floods and snow), the hops are healthy, ripe and ready for picking!
So why a Big Wave Harvest?
When the hop harvest begins, we’re like surfers standing by waiting for news about the next big wave. We know it’s coming, but we don’t know exactly when, and Mother Nature doesn’t give us much advance notice. As the schedule falls into place we’ll post the information here and on Facebook and Twitter. That way you’ll find out when we find out.
With seven varieties to pick this year, the harvest comes in seven waves.
The Rogue Farms 2014 Big Wave Harvest Schedule
Dates are estimates. The exact timing is up to Mother Nature.
Freedom Hops: Wednesday, August 20th.
Revolution Hops: Sunday, August 24th
Yaquina Hops: Thursday, August 28th.
Rebel Hops: Monday, September 1st.
Liberty Hops: Tuesday, September 2nd.
Alluvial Hops: Wednesday, September 3rd.
Independent Hops: Thursday, September 4th.
The harvest season is the best time to visit Rogue Farms. You’ll see the entire harvest process, from the moment the bines are cut from the trellises, to how the cones are stripped, sorted, separated, kilned, cooled and baled.
Please join us and see how we grow beer, spirits, ciders and sodas!