Beards Are Healthy

beard logoThe Beard is pleased to see that science has confirmed what he’s known all along, Beards Are Good For You.


The 2016 New Beard Resolutions

In 2016, Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier resolves to:

John with Barrel_edited-1Dare: In the coming year, the Beard will challenge the status quo, to carry the fight against boring beer, and to proudly declare his independence against a growing wave of mergers and acquisitions that threaten the creativity and spirit of the craft brewing movement.

Risk: The Beard will take risks, inventing new world-class ales, porters, lagers, stouts, meads and kolsch, he will experiment with new ingredients from the proprietary palate of flavors grown at Rogue Farms, and will do so knowing full well that mistakes may be made along the way. But the Beard also knows that Revolutions are hard, and that trying to please everyone is the surest path to failure.

Dream: The Beard will be led by his dreams, to be honest about the battlefield, to throw out old rules that don’t make sense, to get out of his comfort zone, to get to the front of the battle and stay there, and to cut out all the BS.

2015 By The Numbers
Batches brewed: 1086
Barrels brewed: 104,000
New varieties of beers, spirits, ciders and sodas created: 26
Total batches in 26 years: 19,317

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.

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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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Beard Beer Joins An Infamous List


beard logoRogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier states for the record that Beard Beer, brewed with yeast cultivated from his beard, is a legitimate craft brew made from wild yeast and has nothing in common with tears, yeast infections or breast milk.

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Sprechen Sie Beard?

International acclaim is growing for Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier and Beard Beer. The Beard is pleased to bring to your attention, the following article from Craft Beer Magazine of Austria. The Beard can’t think of any better way to celebrate the official beer of No-Shave November.

For those of you who are German language impaired, a translation is provided below the image.

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No Constraints!

The German brewmasters uphold the Reinheitsgebot since 1516 as their main law when producing beer. Beer is to be produced from hops, malts, yeast and water – not more, not less. But if you think of diversity, this law is rather restricting and controversial. Although we love creativity and diversity, some ingredients we are not sure should pass our lips.

Freedom is something John Maier’s beard was able to enjoy for the last 34 years. His beard was left alone and allowed to grow without being trimmed. But one day the beard’s destiny changed and yeast production was his new calling. Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon, had been searching for the perfect and most exclusive yeast for some time and found it in the facial hair of the Brewmaster. You can taste it in Beard Beer, an American Wild Ale – which is an ode to hipsters and other bearded folks.

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From The Beard: Meet The Family Behind No-Shave November


Today, Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier shares the following video that tells the heartfelt story of the Hill family. They began No-Shave November as a tribute to their father who died of colon cancer in 2007.

The first No-Shave November raised $2,000. Last year it raised more than a million. Revolutionary ideas often have small beginnings.


The Beard is a strong supporter of No-Shave November and its goal of growing awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.

The Beard is pleased to make a personal contribution to the No-Shave movement. Beard Beer, brewed with yeast cultivated from the old-growth follicles of the Beard, has been named the official beer of No-Shave November. During the month, some of the proceeds from the sales of Beard Beer will be donated to the No-Shave campaign against cancer. To help the Beard in his efforts, please click on the image below.

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Join The Beard For No-Shave November

Beard Beer No ShaveThe Beard calls upon all his fellow hirsute and pre-hirsute to join him for No-Shave November, a unique way to grow awareness about cancer.

During No-Shave November, participants put away their razors, blades and shaving cream for one month, and let their beards, burns and mustaches grow wild and free. Many cancer patients lose their hair during treatment. In No-Shave November, those who can grow facial hair embrace their hairiness to support for people with cancer and raise money to fund research, education and prevention.

From The Beard, here’s how you can help.

Drink Beard Beer: Beard Beer, made with yeast cultivated from the old-growth follicles of Rogue Brewmaster John “The Beard” Maier is the official beer of No-Shave November. During the month, Rogue Ales will donate proceeds from the sales of Beard Beer to the No-Shave Movement. Find the nearest bottle of Beard Beer using the Rogue Beer Finder.

Don’t Shave: Join the No-Shave Movement online as a rugged individual or put together a team. Sign up here.

Shave: Pogonophobiacs can contribute to a team, a friend, or just make a donation to the cause using No-Shave’s Donation Page.

Go Viral: Tell your story using the #LetItGrow and #BeardBeer hashtags.

The Beard’s old-growth whiskers have remained uncut since 1978. He’s ready for No-Shave November. Are you?

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