Visit This Oregon Farm And Pub Where The Hops Are Grown Right Outside The Door
If you love craft beer, you’re definitely living in the right state! Oregon’s breweries produce some of the most incredible beer in the country, and there are tons to choose from. You could spend months exploring all the craft brews in the Beaver State, but there’s one brewery that has its very own farm with a pub, and the hops are grown right outside the door.
Welcome to Rogue Farms! This 52-acre farm is where the brewery grows the ingredients for its beer, and you can visit.
Address: 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence, OR, 97351
The farm is nestled on the banks of the Willamette, and the soil here is rich and loamy, thanks to the deposits made by the river when it floods its banks.
As you might imagine, hops is the main crop on the farm, and it grows 10 different varieties. In 2018, Rogue Farm produced 79,664 pounds of hops!
John Maier has worked as the brewmaster at Rogue for 30 years, and he knows his hops. He keeps a close eye on the crop throughout the season.
Hops grow from mid-May through mid-July, and in the peak season, plants can grow up to 12 inches in just one day. By harvest time, they stand 25 feet tall.
Different varieties of hops are used to brew different kinds of beer, but Rogue's 10 Hop IPA uses all 10 varieties.
Many other crops at the farm are used to brew Rogue's craft beers. The Marionberry Sour uses marionberries grown right here.
The Honey Kolsch is brewed using honey from...you guessed it...Rogue Farms. The farm started keeping honeybees back in 2012, and it's the perfect symbiotic relationship.
Rogue Farms grows pumpkins, cucumber, lavender, and marionberries. The honey bees get nectar from those plants, and also pollinate them. Some of the bees' honey is harvested and use to create Honey Kolsch!
Visit Rogue Farm to see the rows and rows of hops bines growing tall.
Hops grow on bines, not vines. What's the difference? Well, vines grow upward and cling onto the support with tendrils and outshoots. Bines have downward-facing spurs that clutch onto the support.
After your stroll, head to the Chatoe Rogue Farms Tasting Room. It's open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Get a flight to try several varieties and find some new favorites. You'll love the back deck that looks over the hops bines. There's nothing like enjoying a beer while watching its ingredients growing right in front of you!
While you're there, check out the beer store, and take some Rogue home with you.
Learn more about Rogue and see all of its current beers on the Rogue
website. Make sure to follow Rogue Farms’ Facebook page to see what’s happening there today.
Looking for more great Oregon breweries? We have tons, but you might want to check out
this brewery nestled in the pines, and this little brewery on the coast that overlooks the world’s smallest harbor.
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