Top 10 weirdest beer ingredients

22nd February, 2013 by Andy Young

3. Beard yeast

Beard BeerA brewer in Oregon created a beer using the yeast found in his beard.

John Maier of Rogue Ales Brewery Company in Newport, Oregon and the company president, Brett Joyce, were apparently looking for a new source of yeast for their brews when a lab technician swabbed Maier’s beard as a joke.

Having found it to be a viable yeast source (Maier hasn’t shaved his beard since 1978 apparently) they set about cultivating more of the yeast for wider use.

“You’re really not drinking a beard,” Joyce said. “You’re drinking a great beer that happens to have yeast that comes from a beard.”

2 Responses to “Top 10 weirdest beer ingredients”

  1. Gareth says:

    Mikkeller? Norway?

  2. Mads says:

    Yes… sounds wrong to me also.

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