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!
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.
There are good choices in life, and there are bad choices. Some would say, going to a bar at 5 p.m. on a Sunday is a bad choice, but the ladies of Beards of Denver beg to differ, because if that was a bad choice, we would have never met Dave Yob. Dave is a bartender at El Camino bar and restaurant in Highlands, and he not only loves The Terminator, but is a major connoisseur of Monster Sports Drink. Dave has tailored this particular beard of his over the past two years, and claims his mom is supportive of his beard; his dad is jealous (he can’t grow one, a pity!); and his sweetheart is a big fan, “She’d probably leave me for another bearded man if I cut it off,” Dave declared. She must be one wise woman! (Plus she gifted him that Terminator shirt; the lady is a gem!) Born in Texas, Dave grew up in Fort Collins and has called Denver home the past 8 years. We encourage all of you to head over to El Camino soon and say hi to Dave, he and his beard are a delight!
It’s not everyday you meet someone with an off-the-charts beard who also has a serious love of Spike Ball (if you haven’t played, or heard of it, check it out! Hours of fun to be had). But then we met Nathan, who rocks the beard and harbors a deep love of Spike Ball. Nathan, who lives near City Park in Denver, has had his beard off and on since college. He dated a woman in the past who told him he wasn’t “Brad Pitt attractive” because he didn’t have a chin; and so from that comment was born many years of carefully groomed beards! Nathan now is dating a wonderful woman, Catherine, and she declared her love for his beard, stating she has “no complaints”. Obviously, like the ladies of B of D, she knows a good thing when she sees it!
Beards of Denver fans, meet Brian from Boulder. We met Brian, and his lovely wife Kate, at a recent house party in Denver’s South City Park neighborhood. Brian, who is a Political Science PhD candidate at CU Boulder, has had his amazing ginger beard about 8 years, the past 7 of which he has resided in Colorado. When asked the most memorable comment anyone has made about his beard, a recent evaluation from a student came to mind (Brian’s also a professor at CU Boulder): “Brian’s beard brings benevolent warmth to the classroom that can’t be put into words.” We’re pretty sure that student got an A+.
Jon gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘Bad Ass Beard’. This self described “shady Broncos orange” beard has made one hell of a come back. His poor chin was temporarily naked while Jon kicked the shit out of cancer. Two years later, the beard is back and better than ever! Thanks for sharing, Jon! A beard that can take down A.L.L is one beard you don’t want to mess with.
We met Jeter and his fantastic beard based on a hot tip from one of our other local bearded gems that we must check out the bearded gents at Fire on the Mountain restaurant in Highlands, and boy were we glad that we did. Jeter hails from Mississippi, but has called Colorado home for the past two years and landed in Denver in September 2012. He and his sweetheart Jessica had been visiting friends in Vail and Avon for years and finally decided to make the wise choice and move to Colorado . When we encountered Jeter last week, Jessica had just trimmed his beard because it literally was becoming a fire hazard; he had burned it the day before! Jessica noted she loves Jeter’s beard, despite the fact he often gets beer in it and that she occasionally finds that he’s left her comb in the shower because he’s been grooming his glorious beard with it. She doesn’t mind though; that’s what we call true beard love! (And we must mention, the wings at Fire on the Mountain are fantastic–and yes, fiery–as well!)
We recently read that according to research, beards can predict whether you’re a badass or board room material. Let us introduce you to the beautiful badass beard of Brian. B of D met Brian when providing some moral support for a friend’s shoulder getting some beautiful work done. Brian told us a razor has not touched his face in over 5 years and his current beard is 5 months old. His favorite part about the beard is “obviously not shaving”. He particularly loves the auburn rich color that it provides. His beard prep routine includes an occasional brush and some added jojoba oil to replace some of the natural oils. Brian has called Denver home for the past 2 years. He hails from North Little Rock, Arkansas and has been tattooing for 8 years. You can find him at Denver’s Th’Ink Tank Tattoo Studio on Broadway where he can create exactly what you’re searching for—that includes beard tattoos. He mentioned a couple of beards that are on his portfolio. He created a centaur with his lovely mug as the head and he also tattooed a bearded lady on his buddy’s kneecap. Perhaps the women behind B of D will one day have the crest permanently placed on their bodies?
Of course we weren’t done with the Trampled beards! It was a pleasure meeting “Woody” (left) and “D” (right) last week at the show. We know (perhaps from research) that you can find Woody and his beard slinging brew at the one and only Denver Beer Co. He told us his favorite part about having a beard is the lack of attention it needs and the amount of attention it gets. He must have good taste in women because his girlfriend loves his facial fur. Believe it or not, more milk than beer ends up getting caught in his beard. D’s from Duluth, MN and is a bluegrass man through and through. We quickly learned that “D” is a man of few words. When asked about what he’d like to say for his beard he told us, “pretty sure the beard speaks for itself”. Sure does, my friend.
Roland from Golden! We also met this beauty of a beard at the Trampled show. Is the a pattern here? Roland’s been growing his beard for most of 2012. He also is a lucky man and has the support of his beard lovin’ beauty—who he happened to meet in the 7th grade. She did mention that if he ever shaves his face she’s out the door. Beard loyalty! He recommends using a dry conditioner oil to help keep his locks in check. With beard spottings like this, the Ogden is sure to get more of our paychecks.