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Beard Beer? Rogue Ales to culture and brew with yeast from brewmaster John Maier's beard follicles.

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Todd, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. Todd

    Todd BA Founder Staff Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    (Newport, OR) -- Columbus may have discovered America but Brewmaster, John Maier, has discovered a new wild yeast that was developed from his old growth beard.

    In cooperation with White Labs, samples were collected from Rogue Ales' hopyard and sent to White Labs for culture and testing. Sadly, all three samples proved incapable of producing a yeast suitable for brewing.

    As a joke, nine beard follicles were carefully cut from the beard of Rogue brewmaster, John Maier. The follicles were placed in a petri dish and sent in for testing.

    To the shock of the experts at White Labs, the beard samples had produced a yeast strain that was perfect for use in brewing. Additional testing was conducted and confirmed that the yeast strain was not Rogue’s yeast. White Labs' Chris White said, "we were shocked and thrilled with this remarkable discovery."

    John has been growing his beard continuously since 1978 and he has claimed that he will never cut it off. When told of the discovery, John said simply, "It was in front of me the whole time and it only took two centuries and five decades to grow."

    The beard yeast is currently being used in test brews to determine the perfect style and yeast combination. The beard beer, New Crustacean, will be released in early 2013.

    Rogue Ales and Spirits is dedicated to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley and rye, by growing our own, one acre at a time.

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    Brewmaster John Maier, Rogue Ales

    http://www.rogue.com

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  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Well, at least it came from facial hair....

    Guess I'll give it a try.
    Extravadanza, smutty33 and Duff27 like this.
  3. ant880

    ant880 Member

    Location:
    New York
    I am at once completely repulsed and strangely intrigued...like examining belly button lint
    jacob4999 and Mavajo like this.
  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    They should brew a chicha with the yeast, that way those with weak stomachs (probably not an inconsequential market segment) can avoid one beer, rather than two.
    Duff27 likes this.
  5. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    talk about hair of the dog
    JohnB87, black13 and sandiego67 like this.
  6. stupac2

    stupac2 Member

    Location:
    California
    Yet another delicious-sounding invention from Rogue!
    Pahn likes this.
  7. ColForbinBC

    ColForbinBC Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Oddly intriguing.
  8. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    Just another Rogue beer that I won't be interested in drinking...
  9. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Member

    Location:
    New York
    Copy cat!!! I've been getting my yeast from pubic hair for years!
  10. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Member

    Location:
    California
    BOOYA! Nice to see they're trying to improve upon their current lineup...
    Hatzilla and Duff27 like this.
  11. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Are they going to put it in a dead squirrel?
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  12. alfrantzell

    alfrantzell Member

    Location:
    California
    Don't be ridiculous.
    litheum94 and MADhombrewer like this.
  13. djaeon

    djaeon Member

    Location:
    California
    About 2 and a half months late for for an April Fools joke, lol;)
  14. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Male or female or does it depend on the style?
    cavedave likes this.
  15. litheum94

    litheum94 Member

    Location:
    California
    Sweet. I hope they have a version that is dry hopped with his sweaty socks.
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  16. black13

    black13 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Finding a hair in your beer sucks, but in this beer it means something entirely different. :eek:
  17. Drewskis

    Drewskis Member

    Lulz @ some of the comments! I will try it.
  18. superspak

    superspak Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    The new beer name would be more suited if the yeast was cultured from some other type of hair. >_>
  19. tewaris

    tewaris Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I guess the yeast from a vajayjay would be the natural progression of truly wild beers.
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  20. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Member

    Location:
    California
  21. Etan

    Etan Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
  22. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Member

    Location:
    California
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  23. Zaphog

    Zaphog Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Weird. Beard.
  24. ryan1788a5

    ryan1788a5 Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I thought I'd read an article about this a while back. Somebody (thought it may have even been Rogue) tried brewing beer from beard yeast, but it didn't come out so well.
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  25. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    There's a fine line between "Can we do this?" and "Should we do this?".

    I believe Rogue has crossed that line.
    mitch3114, 5thOhio, Slatetank and 2 others like this.
  26. mschofield

    mschofield Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    It's not like they're throwing beard hairs in the fermenter. It's been cultured, cleaned and bred through dozens of generations by now.

    I don't get squeamish over taking Penicillin because it was found on moldy oranges.
  27. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Pretty sure I remember the brew master of Alameda talking about this himself at a beer dinner I attended. His beard beer didn't turn out too well either.
  28. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Member

    Location:
    California
    This is gross and awesome. I'd try it for sure.
  29. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
  30. Danielbt

    Danielbt Member

    Location:
    Texas
  31. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    It was Rogue. It was in a BA article a while back.
  32. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    So long as they use some of that free range coastal water, im sure it'll be good.
  33. Keffa

    Keffa Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    You know, I expected Shorts to cross that line. Guess that means I lost my bet with the bookie...
  34. egrace84

    egrace84 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
  35. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    I can only imagine what they're gonna charge for this concoction...
  36. JdoubleA

    JdoubleA Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    -I remember the same article, and it was rogue, because when I saw this title, I thought two things... "I thought they said it turned out horribly" and "This must be an old article from before they found out that it was horrible".

    -Not sure which magazine it was though... although I'm positive it was print and not online. I seem to remember another brewer who used whole pies... in a beer that was actually good.
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  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Member

    Location:
    California
    I remember that too. I think another one from the same company used a smoked pig in a beer of theirs.
  38. Etan

    Etan Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
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  39. sinkas

    sinkas Member

    Location:
    Australia
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