Hophead is a rum-based aftershave that incorporates hops as a principal olfactory component. I brewed up a small batch of this aftershave and have been using it with my straight razor for a couple of years. If ever taken to full scale production, Hophead will come in an array of hop scents, including (but never limited to!) Williamette, Nugget, Chinook, Citra, Saaz, and (my personal favorite) Centennial.

I came up with the idea of a hop-infused aftershave several years ago because the Bay Rum I had been using made me "smell like an old man" (quote courtesy of Geoff Baldwin), but I was never inspired to take the next step until meeting Brandon Leedy, a friend and colleague at Stress Engineering Services. Under his urging, I whipped up a batch of Cascade hops-infused aftershave, while Brandon created the beautiful hand-illustrated graphics for the labels. Sarah Branscum provided the copy that fills the back label of the bottle.

Today, I have only twenty bottles of the original batch and have made almost no effort to produce a production run. If you're interested in this project, please let me know. I'd love an excuse to take this full scale!