Rogue Ales is a brewery founded in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon, United States. The following year the company opened their second brewpub in Newport, Oregon where they are now headquartered. They operate brewpubs in Oregon, Washington, and California. Rogue exports throughout the US and internationally.
The company has also expanded into distilling as well, with micro distilleries in Newport and Portland.
Rogue Ales was founded in Ashland, Oregon in 1988 by three Nike, Inc. executives: Jack Joyce, Rob Strasser, and Bob Woodell. The company relocated to Newport in 1989 and opened its flagship brew pub on the town's waterfront. The first brewery was developed in partnership with Mohava "Mo" Niemi, the founder of Mo's Restaurants.
Rogue has sponsored the annual surfing event "The Gathering Longboard Classic" on Newport's South Beach.
Rogue has repeatedly come under fire for union-busting tactics at their Newport brewery, and are well-known throughout the region for paying their employees low wages.
Rogue's Eugene Public House and Track Town Brewery was shut down in 2014 with a similar reputation. "The atmosphere combined with Rogue’s cheapskate management tactics to finally wear away the glossy veneer of rebellion that enchanted locals, tourists, and brewers alike."
Oregon Brewing Company (parent corporation of Rogue Ales) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in 2013 against Rogue 24, a molecular gastronomy restaurant in Washington DC which opened in 2011. Oregon Brewing Company is also asking the restaurant to transfer their domain name of www.rogue24.com. Chef/owner R.J. Cooper of Rogue24 stated "We never have sold any Rogue Brewery products nor spirits in the restaurant."
Rogue also sued a local frame shop in 2011 claiming that they had lost a photograph of a naked woman in a bathtub the brewery wanted framed copies of. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.
Complaints have surfaced regarding the company's hiring notices, and there was also an unverified story that surfaced on Reddit several years ago about from a disgruntled former employee. Brett Joyce addressed the issues recently in an interview in MarketWatch.
John C. Maier, current brewmaster, joined the company in 1989 after a chance encounter with Joyce at an airport. Rogue to date has produced more than 60 different ales. The company uses a proprietary yeast known as "Pacman".
Maier says that all of their beers are meant to go with food, and the company has worked with chefs, brewing industry experts, and restaurateurs.
Rogue has collaborated on brewing beers with the likes of Rogue Creamery, Portland State, Voodoo Doughnut, Marvel Comics, and others. The brewery released Hot Sriracha Stout in 2013, made with the sauce of the same name.
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).