Bottled By Hand

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.

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The Rogue Spirits bottling line. Each bottle is filled and capped by hand.

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.

Dare Barley Field

A field of Rogue Farms Dare malting barley. The amber color and drooping heads is how we know it’s almost time to harvest.

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.

Flipping our barley on the floor of the Farmstead Malt House.

Flipping our barley on the floor of the Farmstead Malt House.

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.

A light roasted malt fresh from the roaster.

A light roasted malt fresh from the roaster.

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.

Our barrel room in the Rogue Distillery.

Our barrel room in the Rogue Distillery.

So after all that, why would we want to bottle our spirits in a machine?

At Rogue Spirits we can bottle up to six bottles at a time. That's a 50% improvement over our four bottler system!

At Rogue Spirits we can bottle up to six bottles at a time. That’s a 50% improvement over our four bottler system!

We cap the bottles by hand, too.

We cap the bottles by hand, too.

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.

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