When we say beer and spirits begin in the dirt – this is what we’re talking about.
Here’s our first look at the Rogue Farms 2014 crop of Risk™ malting barley which we planted last fall. The shoots are just barely sticking out of the soil, a couple of inches tall at most. That’s normal for this time of year.
They won’t start growing for another few weeks.
More importantly the new crop looks healthy. A nice green color and no signs of damage.
We were also checking on soil moisture. After one of the driest years on record, a lack of moisture could have been a real problem. But Mother Nature was generous this winter, giving us plenty of snow and rain. We figure we have enough moisture in the soil to get us through spring, the time of year when barley needs it most.
As for our crop of Rogue Farms Dare™ barley, we have to wait a couple of weeks before we start plowing, discing and harrowing those fields. They’re too wet to work right now. Our tractors and gear would get stuck in the mud. We’d rather be starting the field work sooner, but no complaints. Too wet is a better problem to have than too dry.
In less than six months, those tiny shoots of Risk™ malting barley will be tall, brown and ripe. We’ll harvest the grains, then floor malt them and micro malt them in our Farmstead Malt House here on the farm. Then we’ll truck the malt to our Brewery in Newport where Brewmaster John Maier will mash them into future batches of Rogue Ales and Spirits.
Risk™ and Dare™ malting barley are just two of the ingredients in the Rogue Farms proprietary palate of flavors. But like everything we grow, they start in the dirt.
Please join us at Rogue Farms this spring for another season of growing beer and spirits.