NEWPORT, OR – Are you having a pretty sweet week? Then let’s call this story a palate cleanser. In other words, get ready to be grossed out.
Rogues Ale brewery in Newport, Oregon is known for their unique concoctions like Dead Guy Ale and Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale. Recently, they were trying to cook up something brand new and awesome but were having no luck.
They thunk and thunk and then realized the answer was sitting right in front of them– literally… in the form of John Maier, one of their own brewmasters. They decided to harvest yeast from his wild and wooly beard that he hadn’t shaved since 1978.
“Why not look for a different place that might have some magic yeast in it?” said Brett Joyce, the Rogue Ales president. Let’s be thankful they got it from his beard and not some other hairy spot.
“We had our lab guy take a couple of swabs by putting a Q-tip in here,” said Maier, referring to his salt and pepper face fuzz. There, they discovered yeast that gave their lager a brand new twist.
“Tastes like it’s got some spice in it,” said Maier, making us throw up a little bit.
“You’re really not drinking a beard,” Joyce assured. “You’re drinking a great beer that happens to have a yeast that comes from a beard.”
We’re sure ‘someone else’ will enjoy that. Instead, we’ll try the Yellow snow pale ale. What’s in that one? You really don’t wanna know.