Hop Harvest Begins at Rogue Farms


Rogue Ales reports that yesterday, Monday August 17, 2015, at AM the 7th Annual Rogue Farms Hop Harvest kicked off in Independence, Oregon. This year’s harvest began with Rogue Farms Freedom hops. From cutting the bines off the trellises, to picking, separating, sorting, kilning, cooling and baling the cones, it takes at least 24 hours to process one variety of hops. As the remaining six varieties of Rogue Farms hops take their turns ripening, the harvest is expected to continue for another three to four weeks.

This has been one of the most challenging harvest seasons ever for Rogue Farms. The entire harvest calendar was thrown off by the summer heat and last minute rain. Despite the challenges, crop conditions are excellent and this year could be Rogue Farm’s biggest hop harvest yet.

Rogue Farms grows seven varieties of hops, two varieties of malting barley, pumpkins, wheat, corn, rye, marionberries, jalapeños and honey from 7,140,289 honeybees at its farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon. With the harvest season in full swing, this is the best time of year to come to Rogue Farms and see how beers and spirits are grown from ground to glass.

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won over 1,800 awards for taste and quality and is available in all 50 states and 49 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own.

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  • Bradford
    Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:27 PM

    I’m sure that’s the precise amount of honeybees lol.