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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 Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
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    (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.


    Brewmaster John Maier, Rogue Ales


  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 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 Nov 7, 2010 New York

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

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 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 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

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

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

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

    ColForbinBC Sep 9, 2005 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Oddly intriguing.
  8. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

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

    Thickfreakness Oct 2, 2010 New York

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

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

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

    MADhombrewer Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Are they going to put it in a dead squirrel?
    yamar68 likes this.
  12. alfrantzell

    alfrantzell Jul 11, 2005 California

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

    djaeon Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

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

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

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

    litheum94 Dec 29, 2008 California

    Sweet. I hope they have a version that is dry hopped with his sweaty socks.
    Duff27 likes this.
  16. black13

    black13 Apr 11, 2010 Oregon
    Beer Trader

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

    Drewskis Jun 20, 2012 Louisiana

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

    superspak May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

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

    tewaris Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    I guess the yeast from a vajayjay would be the natural progression of truly wild beers.
    pixieskid and TheMultiYeast like this.
  20. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

  21. Etan

    Etan Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

  22. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

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  23. Zaphog

    Zaphog Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Weird. Beard.
  24. ryan1788a5

    ryan1788a5 Nov 27, 2009 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    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.
    JdoubleA likes this.
  25. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 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 Oct 16, 2002 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 Aug 28, 2009 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 Sep 4, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

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

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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  30. Danielbt

    Danielbt May 4, 2012 Texas

  31. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

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

    imbrue001 Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

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

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

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

    egrace84 Mar 25, 2012 Illinois
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  35. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Apr 5, 2009 Oregon

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

    JdoubleA Apr 27, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    -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.
    Mantooth likes this.
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 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 Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

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  39. sinkas

    sinkas Jul 9, 2008 Australia
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  40. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

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