This week we’re introducing you to Liberty and Revolution hops, two of the varieties we grow at Rogue Farms. This is second part of our Know Your Hops stories we’re posting during IPA May, a 31-day celebration of America’s favorite style of craft beer.
We start with a look at why the Willamette Valley and Rogue Farms is such a great place to grow hops. The answer is the soil, the climate and location. In other words, the terroir.
The soil at Rogue Farms is made up of alluvial loam that was deposited here by Ice Age floods and winter flooding along the Willamette River. Not only are these some of the richest soils, they drain well. Hops are susceptible to fungal diseases. Soil that easily sheds excess moisture is a huge benefit.
Western Oregon’s famed rainy winters are great for hops, delivering moisture at the time when they need it most. What’s not so well known is that the summers here are mostly sunny and warm, delivering sunshine when hops need that the most.
Rogue Farms is almost smack dab on the 45th parallel north. So not only do we get lots of sunny days in summer, we get long periods of daylight. From about mid-May to mid-July, the daylight stretches 15 hours and longer. This is perfectly timed to the hops growing season.
Revolution and Liberty are two of the hops we use to brew 6 Hop IPA, one of the beers in our Hop Family series of IPAs. If you’re unsure of what the technical specifications mean, we explained them in last week’s story.
There’s always something to learn about hops, and the best place for that is at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon, where we’ve been growing our own hops for nearly a decade. Join us this spring, have a beer with us, and watch the hops grow!