Rogue Ale & Spirits Founder Jack Joyce Has Died

Jack Joyce
Jack Joyce Photo: Courtesy of Rogue Ale & Spirits

Lawyer and former Nike executive turned craft brewer Jack Joyce, who founded Rogue in Ashland, Oregon, with friends in 1988, died earlier this week at the age of 71. Joyce is widely credited for pushing the limits of the craft-beer industry, then in its early days, by releasing intensely hoppy beers, stouts, and ales in a dizzying succession of flavors and varieties. In the decades since its debut, Rogue has grown to include farming and distilling operations. “Jack Joyce will always be larger than life,” writes Julia Herz of, and today is being recognized as a “visionary and pioneer” by Oregon Congress Member Peter DeFazio. [Oregonian]