The only farm-brewery-distillery-cooperage in the United States, Rogue Ales & Spirits, is releasing its first five-year aged product, Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, as well as a three-year aged Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey and two-year aged Dead Guy Whiskey.
Rogue’s spirits are handcrafted from ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in the Willamette and Tygh Valleys, distilled on a 550-gallon still and aged in the air of the Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.
“Ocean aging is where a lot of the magic happens,” said Rogue Distiller Jake Holshue. “The Single Malt Whiskey breathes in the steady, cool, coastal air for five years, which influences its flavor profile, making the spirit truly unique, and proudly rooted in Newport.”
Proudly rooted in Oregon soil, all of Rogue’s spirits are made with ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in the Tygh Valley and in Independence, Oregon. Spirits are hand-distilled on a 550-gallon still in Newport, Oregon, aged in the thick ocean air of the Yaquina Bay and bottled by hand. Rogue’s first distillery opened in 2003 and since then, it has been developing American single malt Whiskeys, Rye Whiskey and botanical gins in Newport, Oregon, aging Whiskeys for at least two years in their Ocean Aging Room.
According to the brand: “Rogue is a small revolution, which expresses itself through handcrafted Ales, Porters, Stouts, Lagers, and Spirits, and this is the way we conduct our business. The spirit of the Rogue brand, even the name, suggests doing things differently, a desire and a willingness to change the status quo. A Rogue Ale, Porter, Stout, Lager or Spirit is crafted to give it unique character, innovative in its makeup and brewing, a process that has not compromised quality. We believe if a Rogue Ale, Porter, Stout, Lager or Spirit cannot be all of these things, it should not be made at all.”
“We do what we do to become a meaningful industry leader through the products we create and by building an organization that is successful without being big, bureaucratic, or common. To be a leader doesn’t mean you have to be the biggest. The best leaders lead by example and by doing things the right way, even if it means going against the grain. Rogue will stand up to the big guy trying to bully his way into whatever business or territory he wants.”
“Rogue will be David, only this David doesn’t really care if the stone hits the giant or not. Just the idea of throwing the stone is exciting. We make products for the connoisseur, the entrepreneur, and the revolutionist. Over time Rogue has developed principles to guide what it considers to be a revolution in fermentation. The principles start with six statements known as Rogue’s “Fundamental Agreement.”
Rogue Spirits are now available at select retailers nationwide. With a significant expansion into the spirits business, it will be interesting to see how the now expressions fare in what is an increasingly competitive market.