We’re back in the dirt here at Rogue Farms, planting two acres of Dream Pumpkins, the small sweet variety we use to brew two types of pumpkin beer and pumpkin soda.
Here’s how it begins, with pumpkins seeds dropped into three-inch deep furrows.
This is our planter. The large plastic bins hold thousands of seeds. The front discs carve the furrows. The seeds fall from the bins into the soil. Then another pair of discs pushes the dirt back in place over the seeds.
As we pull it through the field, the planter carves several furrows and drops in a group of seeds every 30 inches.
But as helpful as machines are, they’re not perfect. For quality control we get down on our hands and knees to inspect the rows. It’s back-breaking work, but there’s no better way to do it.
Dream Pumpkins love the terroir of Rogue Farms. The soil and climate are ideal. Every year we produce a bumper crop.
And that’s good because we need lots of pumpkins. Brewmaster John Maier refuses to brew with canned pumpkins, pureed pumpkins or so-called pumpkin “flavoring”.
Whether you’re enjoying our fall Pumpkin Patch Ale, Pumpkin Spice Soda, or the Pumpkin Savior Wit we release in the spring, you’re experiencing the flavor of real pumpkins that we grew, picked, cleaned, chunked and roasted ourselves. It’s not the easiest nor the cheapest way to make pumpkin beer, but it makes a difference you can taste in every glass and bottle.
Come to Rogue Farms this spring and see for yourself how we grow beers, spirits, ciders and sodas!