Rogue is celebrating their 25th anniversary as it was founded in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon, then shortly after moving to Newport. With a mission statement to “brew the finest varietal ales in the world with an uncompromising devotion to Quality and the Art of Brewing” it is hard not to support the brand. These fans have created an online presence. There is an online application to join the Rogue Nation – “Dare Risk Dream.” You can read their Declaration of Interdependence. If this doesn’t show that they are serious about the brand and their beverages, I don’t know what would!
Numerous varieties available year round, but it might be tough to find all of them at a liquor store due to the quantity. Depending on your state, they are available online at rogue.com but note the shipping can add up for your adult beverages. Plus if you order a lot or often, the delivery guy might think you are starting a bar in your basement. For the home brewers, they also sell a few kits to brew a clone to their popular varieties.
The most popular and well known is the Dead Guy Ale. There always seems to be a bomber of this in my fridge. It is a good all around beer – not too strong and great taste after a long day at the office.
Fans of the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch will appreciate the Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale. This is an Indian Red ale with a malty taste with a little hops, overall a complex red ale worth trying.
The Chatoe Rogue series uses locally grown products and ingredients from the Rogue Farm to produce fresh and unique varieties.
They worked together with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to brew the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner (also Black Obi & Soba Ale).
Rogue’s beers have won numerous awards 4 of their beers have won Platinum medals at the World Beverage Competition – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Dead Guy Ale, Chipotle Ale, and Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.
Two that are on my list to try are the “interesting” combinations – Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale and Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Ale. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Homer Simpson is the creator of these fine brews.
Rogue didn’t stop with just unique beers. They also distill spirits – whiskeys, rum, and gin. Dead Guy Whiskey is distilled with the same malts as the Dead Guy Ale.
Rogue Brewery teamed up with Rogue Creamery and has made some cheese. Yes, the beer guys have made a hop cheese. I know Fire & Ice Sports’ Greg is chomping at the bit to try this cheese!
Next time you are in the local pub look for the skeleton on a barrel tap (Dead Guy Ale) or any of the Rogue products in stores and Join the Rogue Nation.