Penn State Extension

Growing Rosen Rye Since 2015

The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation has worked closely with Greg Roth, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy, and Mark Antle, PSU Research Support Technologist, to develop and propagate Keystone Rosen Rye for Pennsylvania's farmers since 2015. 

On September 20, 2019, 50 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye seeds were planted on Penn State Agricultural Extension's experimental plots at Rock Springs Research Farm in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.  This begins our 5th year of collaboration for our SeedSpark Project.

On July 18, 2020, approximately  1,100 pounds of Keystone Rosen Rye was harvested. Our 6th harvest was donated in its entirety to Stoll & Wolfe Distillery in Lititz, Pa. The distillation run took place on  October 9, 2020.  Stoll & Wolfe's 2nd  distillation run of Keystone Rosen Rye was barreled into 2x 53 gallon barrels on October 13th, 2020.

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Dancing Star Farms

On September 12, 2019, Greg Roth delivered 200 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye to Dancing Star Farms in Imler, PA. The seeds were planted on September 29, 2019.

Robert McDonald is now the first independent farmer to grow Rosen Rye in Pennsylvania in over 50 years. He has been growing and selling distilling grains for over 6 years.

On July 14, 2020, Robert McDonald harvested approximately 4000 pounds of Keystone Rosen Rye seed. 400 pounds went to Quantum Spirits in Carnegie, Pa to make into rye whiskey. 200 pounds went to CNC Malt House in Fenelton, Pa to be floor malted for brewing and distilling purposes. 100 pounds of that malted rye went to Olde Bedford Brewing Company in Bedford, Pa. The remaining 100 pounds of malted rye also went to Stoll & Wolfe Distillery to distill a special batch of rye whiskey honoring Dick Stoll. 

On September 9, 2020, 2550 pounds of seed was planted on 20 acres of Dancing Star Farm's rolling hillside farmland. We look forward to its successful harvest next summer!

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Delaware Valley University

The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation donated 50 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye seed to Delaware Valley University on September 27, 2019 to be planted in experimental fields in Doylestown, PA. The efforts were funded by the DVFF.

Greg Hinderliter, DVU crop production manager, used detailed information and guidance provided by Greg Roth and Mark Antle at PSU to manage production of the crop on an experimental agricultural plot in Doylestown, PA.  

The harvest of approximately 700 pounds was cleaned by Double Eagle Malthouse in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Approximately 100 pounds was planted in Lancaster County, PA on a small experimental plot of farmland on the Kline Family Farm in Lititz, PA.  

Approximately 600 pounds was to sent to Liberty Pole Spirits in Washington, PA to be made into rye whiskey. The distillation run took place on October 7, 2020 and was entered into a 53 gallon barrel the same day.

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Stoll & Wolfe Distillery

The team at Stoll & Wolfe Distillery was the first distillery in Pennsylvania to receieve a donation of Keystone Rosen rye in 2019 from the SeedSpark Project. After 6 years of seed propagation, a large batch of rye whiskey was produced from over 600 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye.

10 cases of new-make rye whiskey were raffled off in a fundraising event at the distillery and 100% of the money raised was donated to the farmers working on our SeedSpark Project. A 30 gallon barrel was filled on September 8,2019 and the straight rye whiskey will be bottled and available for sale in 2021.

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