There is a certain kind of awesome macho-ness about boats, BBQ's and big beers. Newport has it all. The Rogue Brewery has been somewhat of a highlight on our itinerary mainly because of its relatively wide availability in Australia.
Jim Cline, Vice President/Manager, met us at the bar where we were enjoying our first beer for the day, the Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner (8.8%abv). The original Rogue Brewery has been put together with around 13 different types of wood salvaged from a local lumbar yard. Nothing quite matches up. Scattered throughout the traditional brewing equipment you will find converted dairy and medical equipment. None of it bought brand new.
Rogue is by no means the biggest brewing operation we have seen so far. Every beer in their range comes from this 100 barrel brew house. But they are arguably the furthers reaching American craft beer into the Australian market.
Tasting highlights on draught were the XS Imperial IPA, Yellow Snow IPA, Morimoto Pilsner, the hot dogs (smothered in minced beef and black beans) and the oysters...first boiled, then BBQ'd and boiled again in garlic and butter.
We also visited the Rogue distillery and tasted some fine whiskeys and gins. Though the whiskeys are only aged for a short time on new American white oak, only a fraction of the evaporated spirit is used, 5-7 gallons out of the initial 150 gallons.
No visit to Rogueland is complete without being sworn in to the Rogue Army...and this was no exception.