Estonians must really love their beer.
This past week, Rogue Farms hosted three dozen farming experts from Estonia who came halfway around the world to see how we grow beer and spirits.
The first stop, naturally, was the hopyard where our seven varieties of hops are about a foot high.
Estonia farmers are still struggling to rebuild following decades of domination by the Soviet Union. The visit is part of the country’s efforts to learn new and innovative farming techniques that will help their farmers grow more and to improve the quality of their crops.
Oregon hop growers have a three centuries tradition of helping out our fellow farmers and brewers overseas. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, much of Oregon’s hop harvest was exported to Europe where many of the oldest hopyards in the world were destroyed during WWI.
We also came to Europe’s rescue during the 1890’s when the hops crop was ruined by blight.
At Rogue Farms, we’re proud to carry on this tradition.
In addition to learning about how we grow hops, rye, pumpkins, marionberries, honey and jalapeños for our proprietary palate of flavors, there was also time to have some fun.
Making the transition from a Soviet controlled agricultural system to one based on free markets will mean a lot of hard work. But revolutions are never easy.
We hope you’ll join us too at Rogue Farms this spring to see how we grow beer and spirits!