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    Newport, OR -- At the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, a brigade of bottles are lined up to be filled, labeled then ready to ship. On a recent day, it was their most popular brew "Dead Guy Ale".

    The mischievous names of their handcrafted ales suggest that at Rogue, irreverence is intoxicating.

    "Things that we think are fun, you know tongue in cheek," says President of Rogue Ales Brett Joyce.

    But what's brewing now is truly cheeky.

    Rogue is developing an ale made from wild yeast harvested from the whiskered beard of Rogue's award-winning Brewmaster, John Maier... a beard which hasn't been cut since a six-pack cost under two bucks.

    "Thirty-four years. I never shaved it. 1978... is that 34 years?" jokes Maier.

    "Hey, why not look for a different place that might have some magic yeast in it," says Joyce.

    Joyce explained they'd tried to harvest new yeast strains from some of their own hopyard, but nothing developed, so kind of as a joke...

    "We had our lab guy take a couple of swabs, by putting a q-tip in here, or taking a clip off," explains Maier. "I don't know what I thought about it, I said, whatever, you know."

    But amazingly, the lab guy found a yeast cell, did some fermentation tests and the unorthodox "beard beer" was born.

    "The beard beer is in one of those tanks, I think the one over here," says Maier.

    For Maier, who's equal parts artist and scientist, he questions the initial "ew" factor some may have... that beard equals weird.

    "I don't know why, yeast is everywhere," says Maier.

    "You're really not drinking the beard you're drinking a great beer that happens to have a yeast in it that comes from a beard," says Joyce.

    Right now the "beard beer" is being fine tuned. Maier took a sip.

    "Yeah that's it," he says.

    From a test barrel sample.

    "What's it taste like?"

    "Tastes like it's got some spices in it," Maier says.

    The salt and pepper of his beard and his personality, distilled in the brew.

    "It's gentle and expressive at the same time," he says.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    No thank you.
    Chicken ass!!!

    It's just beer with stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    Chicken ass!!!

    It's just beer with stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    Chicken ass!!!

    It's just beer with stuff!

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    I really don't think Olo would try it, nor would it sway me of my opinion if he did. I'm 40 years old and have forgotten what peer pressure even is anymore. This is beer, made from the yeast in some fuckers BEARD....DUDE. That's too burly for me. Call me a sissy, I ain't drinkin no beard yeast beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    I really don't think Olo would try it, nor would it sway me of my opinion if he did. I'm 40 years old and have forgotten what peer pressure even is anymore. This is beer, made from the yeast in some fuckers BEARD....DUDE. That's too burly for me. Call me a sissy, I ain't drinkin no beard yeast beer.

    No shit. What's next? Beer made from pussy yeast??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnangel View Post
    No shit. What's next? Beer made from pussy yeast??!!
    Rosie O'Donelle pale ale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    I really don't think Olo would try it, nor would it sway me of my opinion if he did. I'm 40 years old and have forgotten what peer pressure even is anymore. This is beer, made from the yeast in some fuckers BEARD....DUDE. That's too burly for me. Call me a sissy, I ain't drinkin no beard yeast beer.
    Good, it's settled then!

    I'll get you a couple of 6 packs of this fine, whisker ale! I'll have it shipped to you before the holiday season kicks off! Please let's us all know how it taste!

    You're a good man for doing this, Seen! I'm not alone when I say that you are a true pioneer, a test pilot, a fearless Titan, you're titanic in bravery! The late Neil Armstrong would tip his hat to you! One small sip for man, one giant gulp for mankind!

    Enjoy, and happy early holidays to you, bro!!!!


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