My 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.