Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Beard Beer: Far-Out Fun or Gone Too Far?

New Crustacean is coming
by The Drink Nation on Jun 22, 2012 in Beer
Beard Beer: Far-Out Fun or Gone Too Far?

This week, Oregon’s Rogue Ales announced it had discovered an entirely new strain of yeast suited for brewing, and would use it to create a beer called New Crustacean. Where did the yeast come from? It’s quite a story.

In search of something new, the Rogue folks collected samples from all over their hopyard (the brewery grows its own hops, barley and rye), and sent them in for testing. Results from White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation (an industry standard service organization) came back negative — none of the samples provided yeast that could be used for brewing.

However, to the surprise of White Labs scientists, there was another sample from Rogue that did yield a good strain. It was the petri dish containing nine hair follicles from Rogue brewmaster John Maier, which had been sent in as a joke.

Maier has apparently grown his beard continuously since 1978, and works around yeast constantly, so it’s not that surprising a new strain has evolved there. New Crustacean will be based off this “beard yeast,” and is due to be released in early 2013.

Our question: does this gross you out, or are you thrilled with the innovation? Will you drink New Crustacean? Let us know by voting in the poll below. Leave a comment if you have more to say. We’re truly curious what you think about this one.

Will you drink New Crustacean "beard beer"?

Yes, it's innovative and resourceful, looking forward to trying.0%
No, it's gross and they shouldn't even brew it.0%

 

Photo via Rogue Ales on Facebook

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than at CiderFest at the historic Woodford Mansion in Fairmount ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 13, 2022
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

The team behind the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival have conjured up a spellbinding event - WitchCraft - a...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 12, 2022
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

Fishtown has a new Baja Mexican destination for tequila and mezcal fans...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 14, 2022
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing Co just launched their newest venture right in the heart of Philadelphia, making the former TG...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 26, 2021
Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Cider fans rejoice because after taking a hiatus last year, Philly Cider Week is back for it's third year....read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 14, 2021
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
 Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory Brewing Co. is opening its first Philadelphia taproom and brewery in the heart of Center City at 1776 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 12, 2021
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close