Hop Madness 2014 is Aug 23rd-24th

June 12th, 2014

We are proud to announce that Hopmadness 2014 will happen August 23rd-24th, 2014 at the Rogue Hop Farm in Independence Oregon. More details will come over the next couple of days. Tickets should go on sale on June 15th. Please help get the word out to all of your Homebrewing and Beer Loving friends.

In addition I’ve had a few people ask “Hey what about a band?” Well I’m looking into it. If you know of a band or if you know anything about booking a band, please let me know I don’t know what I’m doing and could use some help here.

If you have any questions please use the contact form.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on August 23rd!!!!!!!!


Directions to Hop Madness 2013

August 17th, 2013

Because over the past few years I’ve always had a few people contact me asking where the Farm is on the day of Hop Madness, I always make sure to post the address and a Google Maps link. If you you get lost, either email me or contact the farm at 503-838-9813 and we will get you headed in the right direction. Here’s the address:

Rogue Farms
3590 Wigrich Rd.
Independence, OR 97351

Here’s a Google Maps link:


Hop Madness 2013 Schedule of Events

August 15th, 2013

These are the general times that things will start at, but in the past we’ve had to push things around due to unexpected circumstances


12:00 – Hop Madness Starts, Check-in Open
1:00 – Hop Bines arrive for picking
3:00 – Judging for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer Competition
4:00 – Hop Farm Tour
5:00 – Hop Olympics
6:30 – Best Damn Hoppy Beer and Peoples choice winners announced. Raffle/Hop Triva follows


12:00 – Hop Madness Ends, Check-out and Cleanup

The major addition this year will be the Hop Trivia contest. I will have some sort of prize for winners. Hop Madness is just 2 days away, get your tickets today!!!!

The Oregon Hop Harvest Begins!

August 13th, 2013

Here’s a picture of the first hops in Oregon being picked on Monday. These were Tettnanger hops that were picked right here in the Willamette Valley.


Hopmadness 2013 is just 4 days away. Get your tickets now!!!!!

How to enter Best Damn Hoppy beer and People’s Choice contest

August 3rd, 2013

One of the cornerstones of HopMadness has always been our two contests; Best Damn Hoppy Beer and the People’s Choice contest. Both of these by far are the easiest homebrewing contests that you’ll ever have to enter in your life. There’s no forms to fill out, no entry fee and no style guidelines to adhere to.

The Rules for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer are:

  • Submit at least 24 oz. of bottled, or otherwise containerized beer.

That’s it!!!!!! The the beer could be in a mason jar, a red solo cup or some other container you can think of. We do this because we’re going to judge the beer at the time you actually give it to us. This allows you to not have to worry about bottling before you get to Hopmadness and lets you serve directly out of your keg if you bring one.  In addition, there will be no style guidelines for this contest. It doesn’t have to be a hop bomb, but it does have to have hops in it and be a good beer. Your beer will be judged on if it’s a beer, if it’s hoppy and if it’s good. It’s that simple.

The People’s Choice contest is a little different. It’s has the dual purpose of getting people to socialize with each other. When you arrive at HopMadness you will be given a ticket, you will then set up your camp with your keg of beer (you could also serve out of bottles or growlers on a table) and attach a red solo cup to the side of it. People will then walk around the camp sampling beers and if they like yours best of all then they will drop their ticket into your red solo cup. Sometime around 6pm we will go around and do a count of all the tickets and the person with the most tickets wins.

As you can see both of these contest are both fairly low key and low prep time, and that’s the things that makes them so great! HopMadness is supposed to be a nice relaxing weekend where you can enjoy the company of other homebrewers from across the state/region. It’s not one of those things that you come home completely exhausted from and then face Monday morning at work. You’ll have a good time.

The winners of both contest will be announced later in the night and prizes will be awarded then. For more information, please visit our Contest Page

HopMadness is 14 days away!

August 3rd, 2013

HopMadness is just 14 days away. If you don’t have your tickets now, what are you waiting for???? Head over to our Purchase Tickets page and get one today. Look for info on how to enter the Best Damn Hoppy Beer and Peoples Choice Contest later this morning.

2013 National IPA Day

August 1st, 2013

It’s National IPA day, what are you drinking?


Hopmadness is less than 30 days away!!!!!

July 19th, 2013

Hopmadness 2013 is now less then 30 days away. If you haven’t had a chance to brew up a hoppy beer for the “People’s Choice” or “Best Damn Hoppy Beer” contest you’re slowly running out of time. If you need some inspiration to develop a winning recipe then check out our Winning Recipes where we have recipes going all the way back to the 2003 winner. Winning either of these contests not only gives you bragging rights for the year, you also get a ton of great prizes from our sponsors. Last years winners went home with over $250 worth of prizes and gift certificates. It really is one of the best contest in the area to win.

If you haven’t purchased you tickets, please do so soon. We encourage people to buy early so we can make sure we have enough hops on hand for everyone to get a chance to pick fresh hops from the field to brew with. All the details about the Hopmadness 2013 can be found on our About page. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hop Profile: Liberty

July 4th, 2013

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be doing a hop profile on the Liberty Hop

General Info
American 1983 cross between Hallertauer Mittlefrüh (USDA 21397) and downy mildew resistant male (USDA 64035M). Spicy (cinnamon), resiny, and slightly sweet. It is an early ripening variety and similar in technical data and aroma to Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

Cross between colchicines-induced tetraploid female hop cultivar Hallertauer Mittlefruh and downy mildew resistant male.

Early to mid-season

1100 – 1900 kg./ha. or 1000 – 1700 lb./ac.

Growth Habit
Columnar and quite vigorous

Disease/Pest Susceptibility
Moderately resistant to downy mildew. No Verticillium wilt symptoms observed.

Fair to good

Smallish plump, dense cones

Moderate amounts, dark yellow in color

Mild with a slightly spicy character

Alpha Acids
3.0 – 5.0% w/w

Beta Acids
3.0 – 4.0% w/w

24 – 30% of alpha acids

35 – 55% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20º C

Total Oil
0.6 – 1.2 mls/100 grams

20 – 40% of whole oil

35 – 40% of whole oil

9 – 12% of whole oil

<1% of whole oil

General Trade Perception
Aroma variety with close similarities to imported German aroma varieties, especially Hallertau.

Possible Substitutions
US or German Hallertau, German Tradition, Mt Hood, possibly Spalt

Typical Beer Styles
Lager, Pilsner, Bock, US Wheat, Kölsch

Additional Information
Released in the US in 1991. Of the four triploid Hallertau varieties released, Liberty most closely resembles the Hallertau cultivar. resembles the Hallertau cultivar

Hop News: 2013 New Zealand Crop report and Industry Update

June 28th, 2013

Unfavourable weather conditions have impacted the harvest yield of the highly sought after New Zealand hop crop. The New Zealand Hop Industry 2013 Crop Report has reported that the harvest weighed in approximately 30 metric tonne lower than expected, with the two major varieties of hop – Wakatu and Nelson Sauvin – being the worst hit.

The 2013 yield came in at 682,500kg and was comprised of 15 unique New Zealand varieties, 8 traditional varieties and a mix of certified organic varieties.

While the harvest itself took place under ideal conditions, from mid February and until the end of March, the growing season was impacted by the cool spring and dry summer weather patterns.

Doug Donelan, New Zealand Hops Chief Executive, says that while the results were disappointing, the result could have been much worse considering the persistently dry summer weather.

Read the full report here:

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