Friday, October 14th, 2011
INDEPENDENCE, OR – Oregon’s rich and colorful hops history came to life at the Rogue Ales International Hop and Heritage Festival in Independence, Oregon – the historic Hops Capital of the World.
Just as they did a century ago, thousands came to celebrate the Hop Harvest Season. There were hot air balloon rides, tractor pulls, lawn mower races, pie eating contests, brewing in the streets, fireworks and the Rogue Ales Festival Beer Garden.
Rogue grows seven varieties of GYO Certified aroma hops on its 42 acre Micro Hopyard in the Wigrich Appellation. A terroir of mild temperatures and the right balance of rain and sunshine have made this area one of the premier hops growing regions for three centuries.
Rogue grown hops can be found in all Chatoe Rogue series Ales, Stouts, Porters and Lagers – as well as the Rogue Farms Freedom Hop Cheddar, a cow’s milk cheddar made by Rogue Creamery using GYO Certified Hops.
In the early 1900’s, hops played a major role in the cultural and economic lives of tens of thousands of Oregonians. For about 50 years, the area around Independence grew more hops than anywhere else. When the call went out for pickers at harvest time, Oregonians came from around the state. After working hard during the day, they partied hard at night – a tradition that continues today.
The 2012 Rogue Ales International Hop and Heritage Festival will be held next September.
Rogue is committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley by growing its own, one acre at a time.