We keep 7,140,289 honeybees at Rogue Farms and they make honey that we use in our Honey Kolsch.
Sweet as Honey
Since 2012, we have harvested our own honey, made by 7,140,289 of our honeybees. The honeybee is an integral part of any farm, as they contribute to the health and well-being of the ecosystem. Rogue honeybees have more than enough work cut out for them, pollinating everything at the farm including the hops, marionberries, pumpkins, jalapenos, cucumbers and wildflowers, as well as the botanicals in the Revolution Garden. Hints of these plants and botanicals are in the bee’s honey, which captures the Oregon terroir in our Rogue Farms products, like Honey Kolsch and 10 Hop IPA.
Without bees, plants would struggle to grow, as pollination is an important part of the growing process. Our honeybees touch every plant on the farm and play a role in every beer we make.
Gathering the Goods
Rogue honey bee hives are located to the east of the marionberry patch. (Fun fact: a collection of hives in one place is called an “apiary.”) Honey bees are buzziest from spring to summer, when the weather warms up and everything is in bloom, making it a busy time for the beekeepers too, as they collect honey.
Collecting honey is not as easy as you might think. First, the hives—wooden boxes filled with frames, known as “supers”—are opened and the inner frames are removed. The bees are then carefully separated from the frame with a gentle smoke. The honeycomb is then uncapped using a special knife, revealing the sweet nectar inside. Finally, the frames are placed in a centrifuge and spun dry, and the honey is ready for use.
Each hive takes several hours to harvest the honey from start to finish. Once our beekeepers have gone through the whole process, we have enough honey to use in Rogue Farms products. It’s a time-consuming process, but the quality and flavor of the honey, and of course the beer, is worth the work.