While most of you are enjoying a relaxing Labor Day holiday, we at Rogue Farms are busier than ever.
Two major harvests are coming in at the same time, our Dare™ malting barley at our farm in Tygh Valley and another wave of hops at our farm in Independence.
As farmers, we learned long ago that when the crops are ready we have to be ready to pick them, holiday or not.
This morning we are picking our first ever crop of Yaquina hops, the variety we planted two years ago to give John Maier a stronger aroma profile in our proprietary palate of flavors. The harvest began shortly after sunrise. We named them for Yaquina Bay in our hometown of Newport, Oregon. Our Brewery and Distillery are located on the south shore of Yaquina Bay with a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
John’s excited to brew our newest variety of hops. We’re setting aside 1000 pounds of our fresh picked Yaquina cones and driving them 77 miles over the Oregon Coast Range to the Brewery in Newport where John is standing by to cast them in the kettle for Wet Hop Ale.
At Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley this has been an amazing season for growing malting barley. A cold winter, followed by a wet spring and a sunny and hot summer, has given us a bumper crop of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley. We hope to harvest 800,000 pounds of Dare™, about twice the size of a typical harvest for us.
Bigger harvests are not always better harvests. But, in this case, it means the kernels are super plump and filled with the starch we need for floor malting and micro-malting here in Tygh Valley at our Farmstead Malt House. John will have even more Rogue grown and Rogue malted barley to create new batches of Rogue Ales and Spirits.
Once we’re done picking our Yaquina hops, we have four more varieties to go. Here’s the tentative schedule for the rest of the Rogue Farms hop harvest season. Keep in mind, the exact dates and times are up to the whim of Mother Nature.
Rebel Hops – Thursday, September 4th
Liberty Hops–Saturday, September 6th
Revolution Hops – Tuesday, September 9th
Alluvial Hops – Thursday, September 11th
Please join us at Rogue Farms during the harvest season. Come see how we grow beer and spirits from grain to glass and bine to brew.