When we think of how beer is made, we tend to think of the brewing process. If you take a step back, there's an essential backstory story about how beer's ingredients are grown. Hops are an important flavor element of beer. I've had the pleasure of visiting hop farms during harvest season. If you ever get a chance to visit a hop farm, I highly recommend it. Barley is also an essential component of beer, but I've never had the chance to see how it's harvested. I might get my chance this weekend.
Rogue is hosting a Harvest Celebration at Rogue Farms in the Tygh Valley. At the event you can see how barley is harvested. It's a family-friendly event, so pack up the kids and take a road trip! For more details, check out the news release below.
7/2/15 update: Today Rogue informed me that this event has been CANCELLED due to a fire.
At Rogue, we can't think of a better reason to celebrate. For the first time, we're opening the gates of Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley to the public so all of our friends can join us for a Harvest Celebration! If you've been to Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon, you've seen how we grow hops. Now join us in Tygh Valley and see how we grow our own malting barley.
The harvest of Risk™ malting barley is just the beginning of a four month harvest season at Rogue Farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon. Join us as we 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 7,140,289 Rogue Farms honeybees. Each of these ingredients is destined to be mashed, brewed and distilled into a Rogue beer, spirit, cider or soda. Grow the Revolution!
Rogue Farms Barley Harvest Celebration
About the Event:
- Corn hole 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
- Admission is free.
- All Rogue events are family and dog friendly.
Directions to Rogue Farms, Tygh Valley, Oregon:
From The Dalles: Go 30 miles south on US 197 to the intersection of Tygh Valley Road and Oregon 216. Turn right on Tygh Valley Road. Follow the road into the small town of Tygh Valley and look for Wamic Market Road on your right. Follow Wamic Market road up the hill for seven miles and look for the signs to Rogue Farms.
From Government Camp: Go 17 miles east on US 26 to the intersection of Oregon 216. Take a left on 216 and follow it for 26 miles to where it joins US 197. Go left on US 197/Oregon 216 for seven miles to where 216 turns to the right. Tygh Valley Road will be to your left. Follow the road into the small town of Tygh Valley and look for Wamic Market Road on your right. Follow Wamic Market road up the hill for seven miles and look for the signs to Rogue Farms.