The Whithertos and the Whyfors of Beer Soap

“You make soap with BEER?!”

…yes, yes, I do! There are many reasons for that, which we’ll get to in a moment, but first: No, it will not make you smell like beer. It will not make your boss believe you binged for breakfast. It will not provide a convenient “But ossifer it’s just my soap!” excuse. The beer provides part of the inspiration for the final scent, but the soap is, as always, an entity in its own right, and ends up with a fascinating and non-boozy scent of its very own.

Right, so, let’s talk about why one would make soap with beer. First, the proteins and sugars in the beer itself (especially in big chewy malty beers) help make soap extra sudsy, for semi-complicated chemical reasons that this post isn’t really about. Second, craft beer is a fascinating art form, and it is tremendously satisfying as an artisan to take a carefully crafted beer and build a soap around it, creating a derivative work which is awesome in its own right but gives plenty of credit to its inspiration. And third, well, beer is just pretty great stuff, right?

We have a fairly extensive selection of beer soaps at this point, which we call our “Hops in the Shower” line. They’re all made from local Wichita beers from two local breweries, and with two new breweries this summer, we’re excited to get to design some new soaps for new beers, too!

Here’s a couple of our favorite Hops soaps from the last year – but check out the whole selection on Etsy or Amazon, too!

Chile Down, made with a green chile beer from River City Brewing Company which was available last summer, called Cerveza de Chile Verde. That beer is gone now, but they always (ALWAYS) have something new and fun on tap. The soap is scented with a faint peppery sharpness, a hint of cilantro, and an overall green, fresh fragrance.

Chile Down, made with a green chile beer from River City Brewing Company which was available last summer, called Cerveza de Chile Verde. That beer is gone now, but they always (ALWAYS) have something new and fun on tap. The soap is scented with a faint peppery sharpness, a hint of cilantro, and an overall green, fresh fragrance.

Quittin' Time, made with 5:02 Amber Ale from Wichita Brewing Company, one of their regular brews and a favorite of mine. The soap is scented with amber, with a hint of bitter myrrh and just a touch of sweet orange.

Quittin’ Time, made with 5:02 Amber Ale from Wichita Brewing Company, one of their regular brews and a favorite of mine. The soap is scented with amber, with a hint of bitter myrrh and just a touch of sweet orange.

Happy – or should that be hoppy? – sudsing, and remember – don’t drink the soap!

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About Amy Young

Founder of Foam on the Range soaps. View all posts by Amy Young

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