Before any Rogue Spirit heads out the door, we give it a final look over to check on quality and flavor.
We can do that because we bottle all of our spirits by hand. If we’re really cranking we can do as many as six bottles at a time. It’s not the most efficient way and it’s not the easiest way to do it. So why go to all that trouble? To complete the journey from barley to bottle.
Bottling is the end of a journey we began months ago at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon. This is where we grow the two varieties of barley that we malt, roast, smoke, mash, distill and ocean age to craft Rogue Spirits.
We harvest our 100 acres of Dare™ spring malting barley variety in the next couple of weeks.
Tygh Valley is also home to our Farmstead Malt House, where we floor malt and micro-malt the barley we grow.
Floor malting is an old fashioned way of making malt that goes back centuries. Pretty much everything we do here – steeping, raking, flipping, kilning and bagging the grain – we do by hand.
If we want to add more flavor to the malt, then we roast and smoke it at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon.
We bought a used coffee roaster and tinkered with the controls so we could boost the temperatures and create a wider variety of flavors. Now we can craft any style of malt we want, from the pilsner malt that comes off the floor, to caramel, chocolate and black malt. We even invent new flavors from scratch.
Mashing and distilling with fresh roasted malt makes all the difference in the world. Flavors are bolder and more nuanced.
Then we age our spirits in oak barrels in the ocean air of Yaquina Bay along the Oregon Coast.
So after all that, why would we want to bottle our spirits in a machine?
That’s the Rogue Spirits story from ground to glass. At each step along the way, we know our ingredients because we planted them, we grew them, we harvested them, we floor malted, roasted and smoked them, and because we took the extra time to bottle them by hand.
Spirits made from scratch deserve to be bottled by hand. Taste the difference it makes the next time you open a bottle of Rogue Spirits.