American Wild Ale
Rogue Ales/Newport, OR
Rogue Ales has made brews with maple, bacon, peanut butter, banana, chipotle peppers, juniper and hazelnuts, but this one with actual human beard yeast tops them all. The idea for this beer (which was released on April Fools' Day 2013) began as a joke, as nine hairs were plucked from brewmaster John Maier's beard and sent to San Diego's White Labs for evaluation. Lo and behold, it was found to contain a natural yeast suitable for brewing, which was then isolated, cultivated and used to ferment this golden ale. Once you manage to get over the "ick" factor, you'll find it reminiscent of a Belgian saison, with a hazy orangish hue and flavors of bready malt, spicy peppercorn, tropical mango, passion fruit and pineapple.