Brew Master for Rana Dorada (Golden Frog) brewery here in Panama does not have a beard. They have 3 locations around Panama City now and turn out consistently good brews. Assistant Brewer has no beard either. Brew Master was also involved in the start up of Bogotá Beer Company which is the flagship of Colombia's growing craft brew industry (I plan to be in Bogotá next month...yum).
I have a beard and a lot of folks like my homebrew.
So, maybe there are other variables besides just the beard.
time to resurrect this thread: who else has grown a #coronabeard?
for the first time in my life i have a full face of hair. stopped shaving at the start of the pandemic, haven't been bald-faced since.
BREWERS REPORT: i have brewed 6 times since the start of the pandemic. in blind taste-tests, 100% of tasters (AKA me) preferred the post-pandemic/post-beard beers to my pre-pandemic/pre-beard brews. some nitpickers will point out that the pre- beers are old and stale, however i counter that they were brewed without a beard so of course they're inferior - don't hide behind excuses like oxidation!!!
(i'm considering shaving for the inauguration... need to put an end to this at some point, seems as good a milestone/excuse as any other)
I've always kept mine short and neat, but now I'm trying to grow it out long for the first time. It's a whole different grooming skill set! I've screwed up and had to start over like 3 times already! I think I've finally got it figured out.