The Unipiper’s New Beer

Neatorama’s favorite unicycle-riding flame-throwing bagpipe-playing cosplayer, Brian Kidd, also known as the Unipiper, has teamed up with Rogue Ales to produce a beer called UnipIPA, which is an IPA beer (explained here) featuring “bagpipe-roasted habanero peppers and lots of geeky goodness,” according to Kidd.

"I've never used the bagpipes as a cooking utensil before," said Kidd. "I just have these ideas and somehow I just make them work."

With help from Buckman Botanical Brewers, Kidd is now roasting habanero peppers with his flame-throwing bagpipe to spice up the IPA naturally named UnipIPA.

"It's like, yes, this makes perfect sense," said Kidd.

"We were just going to roast the peppers like normal people, but he's got flames on his thing, [bagpipes] so we decided to do that obviously," said Buckman Botanical Brewer Danny Connors.

UnipIPA beer will be unveiled May 5 with a tasting at Green Dragon Bistro and Pub in Portland. See a news video about the beer at KPTV. -Thanks, Brian!

(Image credit: The Unipiper at Facebook)

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As a Portlander and a professional brewer I must state that this is not anywhere near as cool as it sounds on any level it is attempting to be. There are three solid reasons why this is nothing but a pointless pile of cr@p.

1. The unipiper is one of the most annoying people this city has to offer. I know this because he used to bring his schtick to my neighborhood. Believe me, the last thing you want before noon on your day off is some d-bag on a unicycle with a set of bag pipes while you're trying to sleep off a hangover.

2. Rogue beer in general sucks. They had their moment back in the late '90s and early '00s when craft beer was still a new enough thing that people couldn't recognize a bad product for what it is. These days their beer is at best mediocre ad at worst completely undrinkable. The only reason anyone claims to like the Voodoo Doughnuts beer is because they don't want to admit they wasted $10 on a bottle of grotesque sugary swamp water.

3. Buckman Botanical is the worst brewery in the whole Rogue empire. I have never tasted any beer from that brewery that I found even remotely drinkable. They have managed to combine weird ingredients with some of the worst sanitation in a brewery I've ever seen.

Final thoughts: I am speaking with first hand knowledge here. Seriously, Rouge beer isn't very good, it's just well marketed.
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