PORTLAND – A local brewery went rogue to find yeast for a new batch of beer.
Rogue Brewery used a sample from the beard that Brewmaster John Maier has been growing since 1978.
As a joke, the brewery sent in the sample for testing. Then after hitting a wall while looking for a new yeast strain, they found out that the strain they had sent in was perfect for making beer.
“I think people are going to be excited about it,” said self-described Rogue Mad Scientist John Couchot. “I mean this really is the needle in the haystack, and to find it on our brewmaster is phenomenal.”
The beard yeast is currently being used in test brews, to fine-tune a beer that will be released early next year.