The name Beard Beer is probably the most literal name for a beer that I have ever seen. The yeast used in the brewing of this beer was discovered in Rogue brewmaster John Maier’s beard. You read that right. A strain of yeast that has grown in this man’s beard for the last 36 years. It takes balls to look at that and say “hey, let’s make beer from that!”
I first caught wind of this from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader’s blog (I have all their books, that’s why I so smrt!) Since then, you can find articles from some of the most popular website like Mental Floss, Huffington Post, and even journals and newspapers. So, when Mark unwittingly picked it up in Florida and sent me a picture, I was extremely excited.
When we decided to do Rogue day again, I wanted to make sure that we didn’t ruin Beard Beer by having something harsh before it. That is why I asked the Rogue Twitter guy where we should put it. Through that conversation, we agreed that third would be a good spot, after Good Chit and Irish Lager.
When the time finally came, I could hardly contain myself. Mark had the honours of pouring while I stood there and went “squeee!” Unfortunately, Mark stouted it when he opened it (he’ll claim that it stouted itself, but we know better). We managed to get most of it into the glasses, but it had a huge head on it, so I had to wait even longer……..
It was a dark yellow colour in the glass and it smelled kind of like a non-alcoholic apple cider. We had no idea what to expect, so it was a relief that it wasn’t dark brown or some shade of grey and smell like, well, a man’s beard.
It tasted like…..a mild Belgian doubel, or a light tripel. It was actually really really REALLY good. Like, it has already made my Top 10 of 2014, no questions asked.
I would have loved this beer even if it wasn’t made with yeast from a man’s 36 year old beard, it just wouldn’t be as much fun. Next time I find it, I’m buying it all!
As a beard enthusiast this was easily the most anticipated beer of the day for me…possibly the most anticipated ever!
The story on this beer is one of the greatest/grossest beer stories ever, depending on your point of view. For me it was amazing.
So what will a beer made from man’s face taste like? Heaven! My notes literally say “tastes like awesome man face. Yeasty, clovery, just great” I gave this beer 5 stars, and am confident that it will land on my 2014 Top 10.
Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 5.6%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle