The 2018 Hop Harvest at Rogue Farms in Independence, Ore. began on August 20. We're cutting down the bines, picking the hops, kilning them, cooling them then baling them before we drive them 77 miles to Rogue Ales & Spirits World Headquarters in Newport to brew more beer with them.
Early this morning, we cut the first bines of Rogue Farms hops, sent them through the hop picker just yards away from where they were grown and sent them to the hop kiln where they'll dry at 155 degrees for six to eight hours. After that, we cool them and bale them before driving them 77 miles to Newport, Ore. where they're brewed into Rogue ales and lagers.
We grow ten types of hops on 52 acres at the farm. The first of those hops to be harvested are our Freedom hops, of which we planted ten acres. After that, we'll start picking the five acres of Rebel hops we grow. After that, we'll harvest our Adair, Alluvial, Keven, Independent, Liberty, Newport, Revolution and Yaquina hops as each of them are ready.
Harvest will last for about four weeks. We expect to harvest 79,851 pounds of hops this year, 3,639 more pounds than we harvested last year thanks to good conditions during the growing season. Our hops accounts for .039059422% of global hop acreage.
It won't be much longer before we're harvesting all our other beer and spirits ingredients grown at Rogue Farms. Stay tuned for more Rogue Farms Harvest updates.