Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Area served
U.S. and international
Key people
Dharma Tamm (president)

Rogue Ales is a brewery founded in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon. The company brews their own beer, distills their own spirits, farms their own ingredients and coopers their own barrels. Rogue has locations in Oregon and Washington.[1]


Rogue Ales was founded in Ashland, Oregon in 1988 by three Nike, Inc. executives: Jack Joyce, Rob Strasser, and Bob Woodell.[2]

In 1987, Jack Joyce, Bob Woodell, past University of Oregon fraternity brothers, and another friend, Rob Strasser, were approached by Jeff Schultz, Woodell's accountant and avid home brewer, with an idea to open a brewpub.

Construction began in June 1988 in Ashland along the Lithia Creek. The 10 bbl brew system was set up in the basement with a 60-seat Pub above. The first brews were American Amber Ale, Oregon Golden Ale and Shakespeare Stout. The Brewery and Pub opened in October 1988 to moderate success and soon, the company started looking to expand.

In February 1989, construction began on the Bay Front Brew Pub in Newport, Oregon. In March, John Maier, a former Hughes Aircraft F15 designer and Seibel Institute graduate, joined the company. Mair was previously a brewer at Alaskan Brewing before he was recruited by Joyce. [3] The pub opened in May 1989. Rogue now has eleven locations dispersed throughout Oregon, Washington, and California [4].

Rogue has sponsored the annual surfing event "The Gathering Longboard Classic" on Newport's South Beach.[5][6]

In October 2018, the company announced that Brett Joyce, president of Rogue Ales & Spirits for 13 years, would be stepping down at the end of the year. Dharma Tamm succeeded him as president on January 1, 2019.[7]

Rogue Farms[edit]

Rogue has grown their own hops, barley, rye, pumpkins, honey, hot peppers, and other ingredients in Independence, Oregon since 2008. They also have honeybees, prickless marionberries, pumpkins, and cucumbers.

Rolling Thunder Barrel Works[edit]

In 2015, Rogue acquired vintage French WWII-era coopering equipment and built Rolling Thunder Barrel Works (RTBW).[8] Nate Linquist was tapped to be Rogue's first cooper.


Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House in Portland

Brewmaster John C. Maier joined the company in 1989 from Alaskan Brewing.[9] Rogue has produced more than 60 different ales. The company uses a proprietary yeast known as "Pacman".[9][10]

Maier says that all of their beers are meant to go with food, and the company has worked with chefs,[11] brewing industry experts,[12] and restaurateurs.[13][14][15][16]

Notable brews[edit]

Rogue has collaborated on brewing beers with the likes of Rogue Creamery, Portland State, Voodoo Doughnut, Dark Horse Comics,[17] and others. The brewery released Hot Sriracha Stout in 2013, made with the sauce of the same name.[18]

The brewery once created a beer using a strain of yeast found in Brewmaster Maier's beard, known as their Beard Beer.

Rogue has entered contests held by the Brewers Association multiple times, and has received several medals. Rogue has entered both the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and the World Beer Cup (WBC).[19][20]

Beer Style Awards
American Amber Amber Ale 2008 GABF Bronze

2017 United States Beer Tasting Championship - Best of the NW/Pacific Region

Chocolate Stout Chocolate Stout 2009 GABF Silver, 2001 GABF Silver, 2000 GABF Silver

2017 World Beer Championship - Gold 2018 Barcelona Beer Challenge - Gold

Hazelnut Brown Nectar Nut Brown Ale 2012 GABF Gold, 2011 GABF Gold, 2010 GABF Bronze, 2008 GABF Silver

2018 World Beverage Competition - Platinum

Dead Guy Maibock 2016 World Beer Championships, Gold

2016 San Diego International Beer Festival, Bronze 2015 The Great International Beer & Cider Competition, First 2015 World Beer Championships, Gold 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2010, 2011 World Beer Championships, Best of Year 2018 World Beverage Competition - Platinum

Honey Kolsch Kolsch 2018 World Beer Championships - Gold
Mocha Porter Robust Porter 2009 GABF Silver, 2001 GABF Bronze, 2000 WBC Silver

2018 United States Beer Tasting Championship - Best of the NW/Pacific Region 2018 World Beer Championships - Bronze

Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale Black Ale 2008 WBC Bronze, 2006 WBC Silver
Morimoto Soba Ale Ale 2008 WBC Gold, 2004 GABF Silver
Old Crustacean Barley Wine 2004 GABF Bronze, 1993 GABF Gold, 1992 GABF Silver
Rauch Smoked Beer 1990 GABF Gold
Russian Imperial Stout Imperial Stout 2007 GABF Bronze, 2002 WBC Gold, 2000 WBC Gold
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout 2010 GABF Bronze, 2006 WBC Gold, 2005 GABF Gold
Smoke Ale Smoked Ale 2011 GABF Gold, 2010 WBC Silver, 2002 WBC Gold, 2000 GABF Silver, 2000 WBC Bronze, 1998 WBC Gold, 1998 GABF Silver, 1997 GABF Gold, 1996 GABF Gold
St. Rogue Red[i] Red Ale 2008 GABF Gold
Welkommen Smoked Ale 1993 GABF Silver, 1992 GABF Silver, 1991 GABF Silver
  1. ^ previously known as Dry Hopped Red


In 2011, a small group of employees from the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon moved to unionize but ultimately did not move forward. Rogue was accused at the time for union-busting tactics at their Newport brewery, and has been questioned for their salary standards.[21] Since that time, the company claims to have made changes to their human resources policies to better benefit their employees.[22]

In 2013, the company advertised a job posting for an IT manager that stated the position would not be paid well for the amount of work required.[23][24] The company responded in 2019 saying the ad was a poor attempt at humor, a mistake, and is not representative of the company.[25]

When asked about complaints from employees and ex-employees about the company's business practices in an interview in July 2015, company president Brett Joyce, said "The key terms are 'ex-employees' and 'disgruntled employees'. These are people that obviously have an ax to grind for whatever sets of reasons and I don't spend a lot of time figuring out who they are and what their issues were."[24]


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  2. ^ Brettman, Allan Brettman (2014-05-28). "Jack Joyce cut a path through Nike during tough times before Rogue Ales". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  3. ^ "Rogue Ales Turns 30 Years Old – A Video History". Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  4. ^ Wolinski, words: Cat (2018-01-19). "10 Things You Should Know About Rogue Ales". VinePair. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  5. ^ "City of Newport and Rogue Ales Brewery announce commemorative bottle in celebration of Newport's 125th Anniversary". Newport News-Times. August 27, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  6. ^ Eberly, Laura (September 8, 2006). "The Gathering Longboard Classic returns". Newport News-Times. Retrieved September 17, 2007.[dead link]
  7. ^ Funari, Chris (2018-10-18). "Rogue Ales President to Step Down as Company Promotes From Within". Brewbound. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
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  9. ^ a b Bryson, Lew (2005). "Rogue is different". Beverage Business. New Beverage Publication, Inc. Archived from the original on October 30, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  10. ^ "Rogue celebrates 10,000 brews". Newport News-Times. March 17, 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2007.[dead link]
  11. ^ Chou, Hsiao-Ching (May 6, 2003). "Iron Chef hawks book, two beers and self". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  12. ^ Beertalk[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Murphy, Linda (May 4, 2006). "Chipotle beer heats up Cinco de Mayo". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 17, 2007. Chipotle Ale"...smoky, subtly peppery palate matching the heat and spice of chilie-based cuisine."
  14. ^ Foyston, John (July 18, 2007). "Fred Eckhardt 's Beer-and-Cheese Tasting". The Beer Here blog. Oregonian. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  15. ^ Fletcher, Janet (February 17, 2005). "Forget wine and cheese parties -- the true soul mate for fromage isn't made from grape juice". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  16. ^ Strong, Andrea (September 2, 2007). "STIR FRY IT UP". New York Post. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  17. ^ Lauter, Carla Jean. "Hellboy Turns 21 and Rogue Ales Gets Him His First Beer". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  18. ^ Galligan, Jim (16 December 2014). "Burning question: Was Sriracha Hot Stout Beer worth a taste?". NBC. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Past Winners". World Beer Cup. Brewer's Association. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  20. ^ "GABF Winners". Great American Beer Festival. Brewer's Association. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  21. ^ Tucker, Angie (2011-06-17). "Rogue Ales puts chill on Teamsters Union campaign". nwLaborPress. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  22. ^ "r/IAmA - I am Dharma Tamm, President of Rogue Ales & Spirits, a team of over 300 brewers of beer, distillers of spirits, farmers, coopers and pubsters. Ask me anything". reddit. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  23. ^ Rogue Ales. "IT Manager (SE Portland)". Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Notte, Jason (July 24, 2015). "MarketWatch". Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  25. ^ Rogue Ales. "Rogue Ales Twitter". Retrieved February 26, 2019.

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Coordinates: 44°37′13″N 124°03′08″W / 44.6202°N 124.05236°W / 44.6202; -124.05236