Leinenkugle’s Sunset Wheat Lip Balm

I find beer balms interesting, although I suspect that some/many of them do not actually contain beer. Anyway, I came across one for the brewer Leinenkugle’s.

Leinenkugle's sunset wheat lip balm

The Leinenkugle’s Sunset Wheat Balm is described as a natural orange citrus balm with aloe and beeswax.

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Beer Balm! Beer in a Lip Balm

BeerMy recent astonishment at the existence of a lip balm branded by favorite brewing company made me curious. Are there any lip balms that are actually made with beer?

Well, off to the land of Google and Dogpile searches I went, and sure enough, there is such an amazing thing!

It turns out that one of my favorite homebrew companies (even though I don’t currently brew), Williams Brewing, carries the Old Chub Stick–a balm that is made with beer–Scottish Ale to be exact. A bit more searching credits the manufacture of the balm to the Oskar Blues Brewpub in Colorado. Here is the ingredient list:

Active (drug) ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate (7%), and Oxybenzone (4%). Both are added as sunscreens.

Inactive Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Chocolate, Cocoa Extract, Shea Butter, Old Chub Scottish Style Ale, Malted Barley, Hops, Vitamin E, Natural Flavoring, and Rosemary Extract.

I purchased one and it really is a pretty tasty balm with a nice feel. The flavor is unique, although not particularly that of beer. It has a bit of a chocolate taste, I imagine from the cocoa extract. But the beer and malted barely does give it an interesting and quite good flavor. I recommend it not just because it is a neat novelty item, but because it is a good balm all around!

Next, I found that My Lip Stuff (read previous review), home of 400 (yes 400) lip balm flavors not surprisingly also has one– but not all the time. The My Lip Stuff Limited Edition New Years Beer Balm was still available when I ordered it. The balm is not actually made with beer as far as I can tell. In all honesty it didn’t taste a thing like beer either. Instead, it just plain tasted odd and I actually didn’t care for it, although I do like other flavors from the My Lip Stuff company.

Also of interest, although not exactly made with beer, the Schlafly Hopstick from another of my favorite brewers, Schlafly, is made with hop oil. I was recently at the Schlafly Tap Room and unfortunately was told that they have at least temporarily quite making the balm. So I couldn’t try any. Here’s hoping (hopping?) that they get it back in stock again!

Photo courtesy of Mike Wagner.


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New Belgium Brewing Company Lip Balm

New Belgium Brewing Company Lip Balm How I missed this I’ll never know! First, a bit of back story:

I love beer. Seriously, I LOVE BEER! I am a member of the beer of the month club (thanks Mom!). I also help manage the Waymarking.com Brewpub Category (I initially created it in the beta days). I would homebrew, except I worry that all the beer consumption would make me fat.  I even have a domain registered for a beer blog, but haven’t found the time to get it rolling. Then there is the fact that my husband and I have  personal Mmm Beer Bottle Opener Geocoins. You get the picture…

It also really love Ft Collin’s Colorado, which is the home of the New Belgium Brewing Company and my favorite (on tap, I don’t care for it much in the bottle) American Wheat Beer, Sunshine Wheat. I have been on multiple camping trips, traveling from Nebraska (I am now in Illinois) to North Park Colorado, where I detoured and stopped in Ft Collins just to pick up growlers for the trip.

So imagine my surprise….. No, actually imagine my shock, when I learned that the New Belgium Brewing Company makes a lip balm! My two addictions have come together! It sounds decent enough as well. Here are the ingredients:

SPF 15 – Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%). Oxybenzone (3%). Other Ingredients: Organic Soybean Oil, Candelilla Wax, Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Comfrey, Calendula, St. John’s Wort

OK, so there isn’t beer in it (the addition of St John’s Wort is a bit interesting though), and as far as I know it isn’t beer flavored (I haven’t tried it yet). I also admit that if it did taste like beer that would likely be a bit (OK a lot) weird.

I kind wish they would make it taste like beer anyway…… Which leads to this:

Stay tuned for more on beer lip balms next week!

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