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Welcome Back Honeybees

That buzz you hear on the drive into Rogue Farms is the sound of our 7,140,289 honeybees back from their working vacation.


They spent winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. We brought them back just in time for the start of the spring nectar flow.

Some of the hives near the entrance to Rogue Farms. FYI, we won’t plant the jalapeños until June.
Some of the hives near the entrance to Rogue Farms. FYI, we won’t plant the jalapeños until June.

A nectar flow is when plants go into overtime producing nectar to attract honeybees. This is a period of fierce competition. Gazillions of flowers are blooming, each trying to lure a honeybee with the promise of nectar in exchange for the bee’s pollination services.

The spring nectar flow at Rogue Farms includes alder, birch and big leaf maple trees, plus wildflowers and garden flowers. The apple trees will bloom soon and the cherry orchards are dressed up in hues of pink and white.

The cherry orchard next to Rogue Farms.
The cherry orchard next to Rogue Farms.

Our honeybees don’t waste any time getting to work. A nectar flow means a generous supply of food that will help the hives build up their populations so they can be ready for the next big nectar flow that starts in summer.

The bees arrived after dark and by the next morning were already foraging among the flowers of Rogue Farms.
The bees arrived after dark and by the next morning were already foraging among the flowers of Rogue Farms.

We prepared for the honeybees return by repairing their hive boxes and giving some a fresh coat of paint.

Showing our pride in the hard work of the Rogue Farms honeybees.
Showing our pride in the hard work of the Rogue Farms honeybees.

Spring is one of the best times to see for yourself how we grow beer and spirits. The bees are buzzing, the hops are emerging and the garden is growing. Soon we’ll plant marionberries, Dream Pumpkins, Wigrich Corn and jalapeños. Each crop brings a unique flavor to the proprietary palate of flavors we grow for Rogue Ales, Spirits, Ciders and Sodas.

Come join us! For directions to Rogue Farms and hours of operation, please click here.

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