The Beard Salutes The Human Porcupine

Jeff Langum

Jeff Langum

The Beard offers his congratulations to Jeff Langum, the new Guinness World Record holder for most toothpicks in a beard.

The Beard also cautions would be challengers that similar efforts should only be attempted under the supervisions of qualified medical personnel.


The Beard In Seattle

Following an active and successful stop in Seattle, as part of the 2015 World Wide Tour De Beard, the Beard has returned to his hometown of Newport, Oregon.

The Beard has released the following images of highlights of his Seattle visit.

The Beard at the Latona Pub.

The Beard at the Latona Pub.

The annual dinner held in honor of the Beard at Seattle’s Latona pub is one of the Beard’s favorite events, one he hasn’t missed in 24 years.

Affixing his autograph to the wall at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Affixing his autograph to the wall at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

The Beard with Arlen Harris and Drew Culey at Holy Mountain Brewing.

The Beard with Arlen Harris and Drew Culey at Holy Mountain Brewing.

The Beard visiting Chuck's Hop Shop.

The Beard visiting Chuck’s Hop Shop.

The Beard always finds time to visit a local bike shop.

The Beard always finds time to visit a local bike shop.

Ask The Beard – Red IPA, Ponies and Odd Brews

Dear Beard,

I’m brewing a Amarillo Red IPA. I’ve heard Carared and a little Roast Barley will give a red color, if so what percentage do I need in my 10 gallon recipe?

– Zox Zoomer

beard logoI would use Carared at about 20% of the grist. I stay away from Roasted barley except in stouts, using it in a IPA could easily ruin the flavor with its roasted, acrid character.


Dear Beard,

Do you like ponies?

– Tom Brooks

beard logoNo! But I do like pony kegs.




Dear Beard,

Has Rogue toyed with (or thought of toying with) the idea of a truly aged beer? Maybe something aged in dead guy whiskey barrels?

– Luke Evans

Rogue BarrelsWe have been doing aged beer for a long time, we archive our Old Crustacean Barleywine and Imperial Stout in kegs and bottles, we are currently aging beer in our freshly dumped whiskey barrels.


Dear Beard,

What was the first odd beer you brewed?

– Gage Aguirre

beard logoI think it was our garlic beer, we put garlic cloves in a keg of our golden ale, it wasn’t half bad. 



Dear Beard,

What is the highest number of generations you’ve let Pacman (yeast) go before a new pitch was made?

-Chris Rogers

Beard 1988 - 3Back in the early days of my career at Rogue when we were real small, I remember going as high as 12 generations, after that the flavor of the beer started changing and the yeast would not flocculate as well, these days we don’t exceed 7 generations.


Ask the Beard is a public service provided by the Beard. Submit your questions to the Rogue Ales Facebook page. Void where prohibited by law.

Brunch With The Beard Sunday

beard logoThe Beard announced today a new stop on the 2015 World Wide Tour De Beard. The Beard will be present for a brunch held in his honor at the Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA on Sunday, February 15th starting at 10am.

The menu for this family friendly event includes Voodoo doughnuts, Eggs Benedict, Voodoo Bacon Maple Vodka Bloody Marys, and more. The brunch will be served buffet style and costs $12 per plate. For more information please visit the Beard Brunch Buffet page on Facebook.

The next day, the Beard will make his annual appearance at the Latona Pub in Seattle. For press accreditations for either event, please email Cher at Additional stops during the Beard’s tour of the Seattle area will be announced as they become available.



Seattle Welcomes The Beard

beard logoAnticipation is brewing in Seattle, following the Beard’s announcement he will return for his annual visit to the Latona Pub. The Beard has not missed this event in more than two decades and it is one of his favorite stops in the World Wide Tour De Beard.

From the Washington Beer Blog, please click on the text to read the full story…

Join Latona Pub on Monday, Feb 16th at 8:00 as they welcome back an old friend for a Brewers Night celebration. Each year the Beard, makes the trek from Newport, Oregon to Seattle to visit his friends at Latona Pub. In addition to your favorite Rogue Ales, he is sure to bring some interesting surprises.

Please visit the Latona Pub Facebook page for information on how to attend this lively and informative evening with the Beard.

Ask The Beard – Homebrewing, Cycling and Brew Tunes

Dear Beard,

What would you say to someone who really loves beer and is thinking about actually trying to make some? Anything would be greatly appreciated as this is a big step I am thinking about taking. Thanks! ROGUE NATION ROCKS!!!

– John Solberg

beard logoGo for it! I would really suggest getting Charlie Papazian’s “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” and start small – read the book, do a gallon batch, use an extract recipe, but most importantly have fun. As you’ll see when you read the book it’s best to “relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew!” And, don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

Dear Beard,

Is there any other field of work that you have thought about besides brewing? Any other passions besides all things beer related?

– John Hale

beard logoI started my career in the early 70’s at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, CA and worked there for about 12 years. I worked swing shift, which was great, but when I started homebrewing I realized this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I quit Hughes and went to Siebel Institute in Chicago, worked for Alaskan Brewery for 2 years, met Jack Joyce, and the rest is history. When I retire I’d like to become a Master Recycler.

amgenAs for other passions – my dogs, 2 Curly Coated Retrievers, and my wife. I love cycling. I pedal to work every day, rain or shine. I love the feeling of freedom, health and independence you have on a bike. I rarely even drive anymore unless I have to. I enjoy touring and this year will be my 5th time riding and fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation in the Amgen People’s Coast Classic. We ride the entire Oregon Coast – 363 miles.

Here’s the link to my page: The Beard Donation Page.

Join me on the journey!

Dear Beard,

What is your musical preference while brewing awesomeness??

– Matimus Hernandez

What soundtrack do you listen to while brewing?

– Robb Miller

beard logoI get up really early and start work at 6 am so I generally will listen to the Breakfast with the Blues show on KRVM, then maybe some jazz or bluegrass mid-morning either from CDs or ITunes then usually back to blues. I like a lot of different kinds of music but no rap.


Ask the Beard is a public service provided by the Beard. Submit your questions every Monday to the Rogue Ales Facebook page. The Beard will choose three questions to answer every week. Void where prohibited by law.