Rogue Ales & Spirits’ Barley Farm in Tygh Valley, Ore., is located in the rain and snow shadows of Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens. That beautiful barley farm along with its Farmstead Malt House shows Rogue’s understanding of the importance of the sweetest of the four major ingredients in craft beer.
Rogue grows its Dare and Risk proprietary malting barleys at the farm, as well as various experimental varieties, which are mostly micro-malted onsite. With the growing season quickly coming to a conclusion, Rogue Farms is ready to start celebrating the 2015 Harvest Season. After months of growing and ripening in the brilliant sunshine of the Tygh Valley Appellation, Rogue’s 100 acres of Risk malting barley is ready to be reaped, threshed and winnowed.
For the first time ever, Rogue is actually opening the gates of Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley to the public so all of its friends can join in on the Harvest Celebration. If you’ve been to Rogue Farms in Independence, Ore., you’ve maybe seen how Rogue grows hops (we did). Now join them in Tygh Valley to see how they grow their own malting barley.
About the event:
Rogue Farms Barley Harvest Celebration
Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to expect?
- Cornhole and other lawn games for kids and adults
- A farm-style feast of hotdogs, potato salad and Rogue Farms beers
- Tours of the Farmstead Malt House where Rogue is reviving the lost heritage of artisan floor malting’
- Bottles to go
- Free admission
- All Rogue events are family and dog friendly.
The harvest of Risk malting barley is just the beginning of a four month harvest season at Rogue Farms in Independence and Tygh Valley. Join Rogue as they combine, pick, strip, sort, separate, kiln and bale. The harvest this year will include: seven varieties of hops; two varieties of malting barley; Dream Pumpkins; Dream Rye; McKercher Wheat; Prickless Marionberries; jalapeños; botanicals; and honey from the 7 million Rogue Farms honeybees. Each of these ingredients is destined to be mashed, brewed and distilled into a Rogue beer, spirit, cider or soda.
Now, go see how it’s made. And say hi to Cheryl Gillson, Rogue Farms marketing manager. She’s, like, the best.