The 2015 Beard In Review

beard logoIt’s been a remarkable year for Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier.

The 2015 World Wide Tour De Beard opened in Great Britain, where the Beard brewed a special collaboration batch of Brutal IPA with the Head Brewer of Adnams Brewery in Suffolk; and concluded with a Christmas beer tour of Europe.

The Beard added another 7,256 miles to his trusty bicycle, taking part in rides from Yellowstone, Washington and the Oregon Coast. The Beard is pleased to note that with the help of his loyal legion of followers, together they raised $3,848 for the Arthritis Foundation.

At The End Of The Ride

The Beard also took time out of his busy schedule to answer questions submitted by fans from around the world. Offering insights on a wide variety of topics, the Beard discussed such issues as the meaning of beer, and how to put banana in a beer bottle.

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The Beard was especially proud that Beard Beer, made with yeast cultivated from the Beard, was named the official beer of No-Shave November. He was even prouder when several of his fellow Rogues answered his call to join the No-Shave Movement and gave up shaving for the month.

Bulent "The Turk" Simsek

Bulent “The Turk” Simsek, winner of the Best Presentation Award for No-Shave November.

When the hirsute community came under attack by the tabloid press, the Beard offered words of encouragement, and spoke up on behalf of British bobbies, persons of all genders and the natural habitat of beards everywhere.

He celebrated the accomplishments of the hirsute, and reminded the would be bearded there were no shortcuts in the pursuit of whiskered perfection.

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Jeff Langum, the Human Porcupine.

In 2015, being his 26th year of brewing for Rogue Ales, the Beard marked the milestone of 19,000 brews as he crafted his annual batch of Wet Hop Ale using fresh Freedom Hops picked earlier that morning at Rogue Farms.

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What will 2016 bring for the Beard? More beers and new recipes yet to be created, another year of riding, new travels to spread the Rogue Revolution around the world, and the endless efforts in support of his fellow hirsute.

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Ask The Beard: Inspiration, Homebrewing And Bananas

In today’s edition of Ask The Beard, Rogue Brewmaster John “the Beard” Maier answers your questions on what inspired him to become a brewer, if he still homebrews, and what’s the best way to put a banana in beer?

Ask The Beard, What Is The Meaning Of Beer?

Today, Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier answers your probing and important questions.

What is the meaning of beer?
Do you ever get brewing ideas at night?
Do you name your fermenting vessels?

Have a question for the Beard? Please leave them below in the comments section.

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.

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.