We salute the Rouge Nation Department of Agriculture. When it comes to supporting and growing local ingredients to use in craft beer, Rogue Ales and Spirits invests heavily in native and natural ingredients — like its hop farm in Independence, Ore., a strategic alliance with the Coleman family, heritage hop growers in the Willamette Valley (which is basically hop Shangri-La). Rogue became an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,000 awards and is available in all 50 states and 48 countries, but its coolest feature might be Rogue Farms. Since 2008, Rogue became committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing its own. Here’s a bunch of cool photos from the 2015 Winter Rogue Department of Agriculture Crop Report.