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The 2018 Hop Harvest at Rogue Farms has Begun

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.

By the time we harvest the hops, the bines have reached 25 feet high.
By the time we harvest the hops, the bines have reached 25 feet high.
When harvest begins, we cut the bines off the trellis wires and load them into trucks.
When harvest begins, we cut the bines off the trellis wires and load them into trucks.
The bines are then pulled off the trucks and into the hop picker where the cones are separated from the bines.
The bines are then pulled off the trucks and into the hop picker where the cones are separated from the bines.
After the hop cones are separated, they dry in the hop kiln for six to eight hours.
After the hop cones are separated, they dry in the hop kiln for six to eight hours.
Once dry, the hops are moved out of the kiln and cooled in big heaps.
Once dry, the hops are moved out of the kiln and cooled in big heaps.
Cooled hops are baled up so they can be transported 77 miles to Rogue Ales & Spirits World Headquarters in Newport, Ore.
Cooled hops are baled up so they can be transported 77 miles to Rogue Ales & Spirits World Headquarters in Newport, Ore.

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.