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Chatoe Rogue Hopfields declared Disaster Area

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I was sad to come upon news on BeerAdvocate that Rogue Brewing’s Chatoe Rogue hopyards in Independence, OR, have been destroyed by flooding. Not long ago “SNOB” Ritch and I camped out there for Hop Madness and had a great time at the pretty and quaint (though bit rundown) farm. (Full story from our trip). I wonder if this also spells disaster for the Chatoe Rogue line of beers made from hops grown on this farm?

From Beer Advocate (probably from a press release from Rogue):

INDEPENDENCE, OR, January 26, 2012 – The Chatoe Rogue Hopyard has been declared a Disaster Area after widespread flooding.

The Chatoe Rogue Hopyard is located in Oregon’s Wigrich Appellation near the small, historic hop-growing town of Independence.

The Hopyard borders the Willamette River, which has slowly begun to recede since cresting over the banks early Saturday. Accompanied by heavy rainfall, melting snow and flooding creeks, the water has inundated the roads leading to the Farm, stranding Rogue Farmhand, Natascha Cronin, and Farmstead Brewer, Josh Cronin.

The Cronin’s continue to keep a tight watch on the Farm, which grows a variety of GYO Certified Hops, Rye, Pumpkins, Sweet Woodruff, Berries, Honey and Experimental Barley, as well as 23 Free-Range Chickens, Turkeys and two Pot-Bellied Piglets.

Farming and growing your own ingredients has its disadvantages – you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature.

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  1. Anonymous

    January 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hop crop looks pretty good from that photo!

  2. Ritch

    January 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    ElGordo blamed the flood on me for taking out the flood fence on our visit.

  3. delerivm

    January 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I live near Chatoe Rogue and go there all the time. I really hope it’s not destroyed beyond repair! I love that place.

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