This post is going to be out of the normal order of posts for those who are familiar with my writing. This story is about a side business of the Rogue Brewery and Distillery that has been growing throughout the Northwest, this business is building the barrels for the distillery part of Rogue Nation. I promise I will return with later posts to fill you in on the brewery itself and the spirits that they are producing.
A little about the cooperage. First I had to search for a meaning, I found the definition of the word as; The word on its own is derived from Middle Low German; it simply means “barrel.” But just about anything that the cooper creates is referred to by the name coopering. The shop where he works is often called a “cooperage.”
From Rogue Nation website:
In 2015, Rogue acquired vintage French WWII-era coopering equipment and built Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. Longtime employee Nate Linquist was tapped to be Rogue’s first cooper and spent a year and a half apprenticing, learning the ancient art of barrel making.Using Oregon Oak, Nate assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, heads, hoops again, cauterizes, sands and brands each barrel, one at a time, all by hand. At full capacity, he makes one barrel a day.
The Revolution began in 1988 in the basement of the first Rogue Public House on Lithia Creek in Ashland, Ore. where American Amber Ale and Oregon Golden quickly became popular brews. Before long, our founder Jack Joyce was looking for a second location.
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