Category Archives: Beards and Bars

If Your Daddy Don’t Got a Beard…

The ladies of Beards of Denver love frequenting the local haunts in their neighborhoods, and Park House at East Colfax and Madison has emerged as a favorite spot over the past few months. With frequent bluegrass shows, great drink specials, and a homey feel, there’s no shortage of bearded men milling about, which is an added bonus. But one beard stood out above the rest on a recent visit: Beards of Denver lovelies, meet Brian, the head chef at Park House. Originally from Alabama, Brian first came to Denver in the early ‘90s to play baseball at CU Boulder. Though that never materialized, he did earn a degree in sociology, but discovered culinary school was his true calling, which he went on to complete in New York. After a stint in St. Petersburg, Florida, Brian made it to Denver nearly two years ago. Back in St. Pete’s, Brian entered many a beard contest, and we can certainly see why based on his beard-prowess. When asked if the beard is a staple for him, Brian’s response was, “I always say, if your daddy don’t got a beard, you got two mammas” (we take that as his beard is a mainstay for him). Brian’s fiancé, Kat, is a huge fan of his beard, and even asked him out first while he was still building up his courage to ask her out (a woman after our own hearts!) You may also notice Brian sporting a Reba McIntyre t-shirt; which, he assured us, isn’t ironic—he went to the concert when he was 13. He likes Reba, has a southern accent, AND sports a bad-ass beard?  Color us smitten.

The ladies of Beards of Denver love frequenting the local haunts in their neighborhoods, and Park House at East Colfax and Madison has emerged as a favorite spot over the past few months. With frequent bluegrass shows, great drink specials, and a homey feel, there’s no shortage of bearded men milling about, which is an added bonus. But one beard stood out above the rest on a recent visit: Beards of Denver lovelies, meet Brian, the head chef at Park House. Originally from South Carolina, Brian first came to Denver in the early ‘90s to play baseball at CU Boulder. Though that never materialized, he did earn a degree in sociology, but discovered culinary school was his true calling, which he went on to complete in New York. After a stint in St. Petersburg, Florida, Brian made it to Denver nearly two years ago. Back in St. Pete’s, Brian entered many a beard contest, and we can certainly see why based on his beard-prowess. When asked if the beard is a staple for him, Brian’s response was, “I always say, if your daddy don’t got a beard, you got two mammas” (we take that as his beard is a mainstay for him). Brian’s fiancé, Kat, is a huge fan of his beard, and even asked him out first while he was still building up his courage to ask her out (a woman after our own hearts!) You may also notice Brian sporting a Reba McIntyre t-shirt; which, he assured us, isn’t ironic—he went to the concert when he was 13. He likes Reba, has a southern accent, AND sports a bad-ass beard? Color us smitten.

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Luck ‘O The Irish Beard

We've all heard of Luck of the Irish, but it was luck for the ladies of Beards of Denver to meet Mr. Al Trout on St. Patrick's Day at the Whiskey Bar in Denver. Al, who is originally from Kansas City but has lived in Denver about four and a half years, usually has some sort of facial hair going, and we were glad it was a beard when we met him! Recently, Al boasted a full-on handlebar mustache, and is attempting to grow it back since the New Year. Bad-ass beards run in Al's family,  as his brother first encouraged him to grow a beard several years ago. Though we're sure Al spends lots of time contemplating his beard, he spends much more of it playing music; you can check out his Americana gems here. Thanks Al!

We’ve all heard of Luck of the Irish, but it was luck for the ladies of Beards of Denver to meet Mr. Al Trout on St. Patrick’s Day at the Whiskey Bar in Denver. Al, who is originally from Kansas City but has lived in Denver about four and a half years, usually has some sort of facial hair going, and we were glad it was a beard when we met him! Recently, Al boasted a full-on handlebar mustache, and is attempting to grow it back since the New Year. Bad-ass beards run in Al’s family, as his brother first encouraged him to grow a beard several years ago. Though we’re sure Al spends lots of time contemplating his beard, he spends much more of it playing music; you can check out his Americana gems here. Thanks Al!

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High Caliber Hi-Dive Beard

On a recent jaunt to the Hi-Dive, we were lucky enough to meet JJ.  JJ, who is the head bartender at the Hi-Dive, hasn't been clean shaven in--get ready--12 years. He's grown his current impressive beard for about two and a half years, which started, much like some of our other amazing beards on Beards of Denver, as a battle with his buddies to see who could grow the most awesome one. When asked about care for his beard, JJ said he only started washing it about six months ago, but brushes it out everyday. Though he grew up in Kansas, JJ and his beard have called Denver home for the past nine years. He and his beard are celebrating their 30th year on June 21st with an art show at the Hi-Dive; seriously, his beard is a work of art on its own. Keep it growing, JJ!

On a recent jaunt to the Hi-Dive for some great live music, we were lucky enough to meet JJ. JJ, who is the head bartender at the Hi-Dive, hasn’t been clean shaven in–get ready for this–12 glorious years. He’s grown his current impressive beard for about two and a half years, which started, much like some of our other amazing beards on Beards of Denver, as a battle with his buddies to see who could grow the most awesome one. When asked about care for his beard, JJ said he only started washing it about six months ago, but brushes it out everyday. Though he grew up in Kansas, JJ and his beard have called Denver home for the past nine years. JJ’s celebrating his 30th year on June 21st with an art show at the Hi-Dive, where it’s reported the theme of the show will revolve around him; seriously, his beard is a work of art on its own. Keep it growing, JJ!

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Bearded Road Warrior

On a recent week day night, at the Hi-Dive in Denver (little known fact, that was where Beards of Denver was born!) we were lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Ruston Kelly, one of the musicians performing that night. From Nashville, Ruston was on tour with Marcus Foster and was kind enough to chat with us about his beard.  Normally, he says he has it much longer (you can check out his website for longer beard photos, and for his music) but he says he has to change it up. Something to spice up those long stretches on the road between gigs, we imagine! We look forward to catching his show next time he's in town--and updating you all on the state of his beard!

On a recent week day night at the Hi-Dive in Denver (little known fact, this was where Beards of Denver was born!) we were lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Ruston Kelly, one of the musicians performing that night. From Nashville, Ruston was on tour with Marcus Foster and was kind enough to chat with us about his beard. Normally, he says he grows his beard much longer (you can check out his website for more photos of his beard, and, of course, for his music) but he says he has to change it up. Something to spice up those long stretches on the road between gigs, we imagine! Not only can he grow a mean beard, he’s an amazing musician and perhaps a personal favorite of the ladies of Beards of Denver for covering “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams. We look forward to catching his show next time he’s in town–and, naturally, updating you all on the state of his beard!

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Lone Star ‘Stache

A few weeks ago, Beards of Denver ventured down to Dallas, Texas.  When not searching for Willie Nelson and admitting that, yes, everything is bigger in Texas, we were fortunate enough to enjoy some whiskies while a country band played at Adair's Saloon in Dallas, and lucky enough to encounter our latest Guest 'Stache: Rhett. Rhett, who's had his 'stache in this amazing condition for the past three years or so is Fort Worth born and raised and now lived in Texas, but interestingly enough, had a Colorado connection of a friend's band touring in Denver the same weekend we met him; we thus loved he and his stellar 'stache even more. Rhett originally decided to grow out his 'stache to battle a buddy who was also growing out his beard, and he had--he said, regretabbly--recently trimmed up his 'stache. A hair stylist by trade, Rhett took extra pride in his 'stache, and we can see why!

A few weeks ago, Beards of Denver ventured down to Texas. And when not searching for Willie Nelson and admitting that, yes, everything is bigger there, we were fortunate enough to enjoy some whiskies on a raucous Saturday night while a country band played at Adair’s Saloon in Dallas, and happened upon our latest Guest ‘Stache: Rhett. Rhett, who’s had his ‘stache in this amazing condition for the past three years, is Fort Worth born and raised and now lives in Dallas, but, interestingly enough, had a Colorado connection of a friend’s band touring in Denver the same weekend we met him; we thus loved he and his stellar ‘stache even more. Rhett originally decided to grow out his ‘stache to battle a buddy who was also growing out his beard, and Rhett had–he said, regrettably–recently trimmed up his ‘stache. We still thought it more than impressive, and weren’t surprised to learn he’s a hair stylist by trade; that ‘stache ain’t from just any amateur. Pleased to meet you, cowboy!

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Long Distance Denver

Nothing makes a B of D lady you feel more at home than meeting a great Denver beard out in southern CA! Meet Lance! We had the pleasure of chatting with Lance and his lovely lady, Lindsay, while nursing our sea level hangovers this weekend. Lance and his sweetheart recently moved to San Diego after spending 8 years in Denver. They may eventually be pulled back to the Rockies---especially if they need to support the opening of a local craft brewery (hint hint). Lance is a big fan of the beard comb. He shampoos, conditions and blow dries, but only on Fridays (weekend warrior!). This is one lucky dude, Lindsay fully supports his bearded efforts--she's never seen his chin naked and wants to keep it that way. Lance loves the Broncos and keeps it real while in Charger country. He proudly showed us a shirtless picture of himself with Peyton Manning. Seriously. It was awesome. Lance, hope you don't mind---you're going to be the first dual site beard and the first post on our brother site, beardsofsandiego.com!

Nothing makes a B of D lady feel more at home than meeting a great Denver beard out in southern CA! Meet Lance! We had the pleasure of chatting with Lance and his lovely lady, Lindsay, while nursing our sea level hangovers this weekend. Lance and his sweetheart recently moved to San Diego after spending 8 years in Denver. They may eventually be pulled back to the Rockies—especially if they need to support the opening of a local craft brewery (hint hint). Lance is a big fan of the beard comb. He shampoos, conditions and blow dries, but only on Fridays (weekend warrior!). This is one lucky dude, Lindsay fully supports his bearded efforts–she’s never seen his chin naked and wants to keep it that way. Lance loves the Broncos and keeps it real while in Charger country. He proudly showed us a shirtless picture of himself with Peyton Manning. Seriously. It was awesome. Lance, hope you don’t mind—you’re going to be the first dual site beard and the first post on our brother site, beardsofsandiego.com!

Bearded Wine Wizard

On one recent weekday, late night excursion to Steubens, the ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to late night dine with Bob and his fantastic beard. Bob not only can grow a stealth beard, he is also a wine connoisseur, as in, this bearded boy knows how to make the sauce! Because he's also extremely sharp, Bob's had his beard since he was 20 years old. Originally hailing from Southern Missouri, he's been in Denver for the past 10 years. A hustler at dominos, he also told us he excels at gold brickin', making hooch (as previously stated), and wrastlin'. Combine all that with his beard, he's really the total bearded package.

On one recent weekday, late-night excursion to Steubens (following an amazing concert from Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff at the Mercury Cafe), the ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to late night dine with Bob and his fantastic beard. Bob not only can grow a stealth beard, he is also a wine connoisseur, as in, this bearded boy knows how to make the sauce! Because he’s also extremely sharp, Bob’s had his beard since he was 20 years old. Originally hailing from Southern Missouri, he’s been in Denver for the past 10 years. A hustler at dominoes, he also told us he excels at gold brickin’, making hooch (as previously stated), and wrastlin’. Combine all that with his beard, he’s really the total bearded package!

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Fear the Beard

Fans of Beards of Denver, meet one of our favorite ginger beards thus far, Steve from Boulder! We were lucky enough to encounter Steve at the Beer and Bacon Breakfast at Denver Beer Company, where he was downing a few mugs of brew and showing off his amazing beard on a bright Saturday morning. Steve began growing his impressive beard on Halloween, when he went as Dexter (hence, the fear of the beard). He says his beard has acted as a superior face mask this winter while snowboarding, even though it often gets ice chunks stuck in it. Steve works at West End Tavern in Boulder while at the same time going to CU for psych and business; with that beard, we don't think he'll have any trouble navigating the business world once he graduates. Steve's been in Colorado for four years, and is originally from Chicago. With a beard like that, we hope he stays for good!

Fans of Beards of Denver, meet one of our favorite ginger beards thus far, Steve from Boulder! We were lucky enough to encounter Steve at the Beer and Bacon Breakfast at Denver Beer Company, where he was downing a few mugs of brew and showing off his amazing beard on a bright Saturday morning. Steve began growing his impressive beard on Halloween, when he went as Dexter (hence, the fear of the beard). He says his beard has acted as a superior face mask this winter while snowboarding, even though it often gets ice chunks stuck in it. Steve works at West End Tavern in Boulder while at the same time going to CU for psych and business; if his study habits are equivalent to his beard-growing skills, we don’t think he’ll have any trouble navigating the business world once he graduates. Steve’s originally from Chicago, but has called Colorado home the past four years. With a beard like that, we hope he stays for good!

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Here’s to the Happy Beards

There’s something to be said about going to Vine Street Pub in Denver in February (perhaps multiple times). It is Stout Month, after all, where nearly everyday a new Stout beer is unveiled to quench the thirst of Denverites who oh-so-love their beer. And, a well-known fact (which anyone who has gone to Vine Street even once can attest to) is that it is a mecca for encountering handsome bearded men.
Thus, we weren’t surprised–but were definitely delighted–to meet Andy and Mike (L-R) on Monday. These boys have known each other for several years, as they are both musicians, and a mutual affection for each other’s music lead to them playing in bands together in Denver.
Mike, who is originally from St. Louis but currently calls Littleton home, has a reason for donning a shorter beard these days; he’s currently undergoing chemotheraphy to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with only a few months ago. He told us earlier in the day he had cut off his long hair and donated it to Locks of Love, but his beard is holding on, despite the chemo (normally around the 18th chemo treatment most people lose their hair; Mike and his beard are at around 25 treatments now). Mike is very proud of his beard’s stamina, and rightfully so; he really, really wants his beard to keep on keepin’ on.
Andy, whose amazingly well-groomed beard was what first caught our eyes, has been in Denver, off and on, since 1995. In October 2012 he shaved his face clean to celebrate his divorce, and declared that his current off-the-charts beard is hence a completely happy version. You’ll find no sadness lingering here, people; Just a seriously kick-ass example of bearded bliss. Andy did note that the ladies LOVE his beard; about half the time women just come up and grab his beard rather than first ask permission. That’s some serious bold moves there, ladies.
Thanks for being such good sports and letting us crash your dinner guys! You are delightful.

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Sideshow Trio

What better night than Valentine's day to meet a bearded triple-threat? Meet Tim, Clint, and Matt (L-R) who we happened upon at the Bonnie and the Beard show at the Hi-Dive on Thursday. Tim, rockin' the cowboy hat, had his amazing clay sculptures and art on display during the Carnival-themed pre-show party, and his buddies Clint and Matt were helping Tim lure in the customers (with their charm and awesome beards, of course). Tim, who is also a pedi-cab driver in Denver, doesn't rock his beard all year, but he assured us his wife loves it. Clint, who lives in Longmont and has been in Colorado since 1998, has had his beard about three months and though he doesn't sport it all year long, does sport it with style. And Matt, a drummer and marijuna grower who is originally from Detroit, has been in Denver three eyars and ALWAYS has his beard. Which we certainly appreciate.

What better night than Valentine’s day to meet a bearded triple-threat? Meet Tim, Clint, and Matt (L-R) who we happened upon at the Bonnie and the Beard show at the Hi-Dive on Thursday. Tim, rockin’ the cowboy hat, had his amazing clay sculptures and art on display during the Carnival-themed pre-show party, and his buddies Clint and Matt were helping Tim lure in the customers (with their charm and awesome beards, of course). Tim, who is also a pedi-cab driver in Denver, doesn’t rock his beard all year, but he assured us his wife loves it. Clint, an acupuncturist who also works  in construction, lives in Longmont and has been in Colorado since 1998. He’s had this iteration of his beard about three months; though he doesn’t sport it all year long, he does sport it with style. Matt, a drummer and marijuana grower who is originally from Detroit, has been in Denver three years and ALWAYS has his beard, which we certainly appreciate. Thanks for making Valentine’s day a little brighter for everyone, guys!

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