Cloudwater DIPA v8 rated highly on Beard Friendly Beer scale
The latest Cloudwater DIPA, Version 8, is available at IndyManBeerCon now and until Sunday. No doubt it will appear elsewhere before long.
BLF experts have tested the beer for beard friendliness (see guidelines below) and found the beer to score highly.
V8 is a full on hop sensation but with balance to provide a very drinkable beer (in small amounts).
Early indications are that it may be the most beard friendly DIPA since Version 3.
When is a beer, beard friendly?
The answer is subjective and no definitive guidance can or should be given.
There are guidelines developed after long practical investigation by the Beard Liberation Front Research Department.
1] Bland beers are not beard friendly. A beard is a statement of style and outlook. The bland are clean shaven preferring to avoid such ‘in your face’ approaches to life.
2] Brown beers [with or without twigs] have been historically beard friendly. From Marston’s Pedigree to Timothy Taylor’s Landlord’s generations of the hirsute have been nurtured on these well- made and robust beers.
3] Beard Friendliness in beer is not a static category and is re-defined and reconfigured overtime
4] The new range of ‘craft’ cask and keg beers has begun to provide a new definition of beard friendly beers.
5] The new beard friendly beer is typically full flavoured [although not necessarily strong in alcohol] and can vary in style from an imperial stout to an ipa to a sour.
6] There are key tests:
a] when the beard is immersed in a pint of a beer broadly defined at  it invigorates the beard hairs and promotes growth.
b] Drinking the beer promotes a general sense of well-being and beard friendly ambience
7] The Beard Liberation Front encourages regular trials of beers using the procedures outlined at 
8] If either or both of the tests noted at  are passed a beer may be deemed ‘beard friendly’
9] Beard friendly it not a commercial benchmark or an indication of beer quality. A beer that is generally beard friendly may not be when served at a particular moment and location
10] If Nigel Farage is spotted drinking it, a beer is automatically defined as not beard friendly