Though it may seem like it, Rogue brewery’s Beard Beer is no joke.
“Beard Beer is brewed with a yeast created from brewmaster John Maier’s beard,” reads the explanation on Rogue’s website.
After searching for a yeast to complement the local Oregon ingredients in a new beer, Maier — whose “old-growth” beard has been flourishing since 1978 — eventually turned to his own beard yeast.
According to Details, the beer has been named the official brew of Movember, the worldwide event that raises money and awareness for men’s health. Many men grow beards and mustaches in support of the month-long observance.
As for the taste of Beard Bear, reviewers on Beer Advocate say the golden ale has notes of bread, citrus, and banana, with a slight sourness and a dry finish.
Let’s just hope Maier washed his beard before he took the specimen.