When you think of the 1990s, your first thought may not be bad-ass beards, but we are about to seriously change your frame of reference. Meet Mr. Rob Engelberth (left) and Mr. David Sands (right), whom the ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to encounter at a ‘90s house party in Congress Park recently. Between listening to those sweet ‘90s melodies of Blink-182 and Nirvana (and drinking from the keg) we got the skinny on these two buddies and their beards. Mr. Sands was not only sporting his bitchin’ beard at the party, but also duct-taped together Air Jordans (‘90s, represent!) and besides showing off his style, he was also photographing partygoers, as he is the photographer behind David Sands Pictures (that is, when he is not caring for his beard). Speaking of beard-care, Mr. Sands applies coconut oil to his beard weekly under the direction of his lovely sweetheart Rachael, who is his “Beard Manager,” and she adores his beard even though it often smells like food and has ice cream in it (seems like a bonus!) Mr. Sands is a Colorado boy who has been in Denver the past 10 years, and he likes to keep his beard trimmed to about this length as the norm. Rachael has only seen him once clean shaved and “I hated it,” she told us. We knew we loved this woman almost as much as Mr. Sands’ beard. Mr. Engelberth (which means means “Birth of an Angel” in German, in case you were curious) has been in Denver since 2008 and shared with us the history of his mad facial-hair skills, as he was blessed with a full goatee when he was only a strapping young man of 17. Mr. Engelberth works downtown on his bike, and said he keeps his beard all summer because, even when it’s hot out, since he works outdoors, it just feels so damn good. We certainly appreciate and approve of that true-blue beard-dedication. Mr. Eneglberth’s amazing fiancé, Kim, is his number one beard fan and she attempts to help him care for those pesky split ends. A Congress park couple, we’re happy to be neighbors with this bearded gem and his lady. Thanks for keeping the beard pride rollin’, darlins!
One of our favorite parts about this bearded community is that there really is an outpouring of support for the bearded man. Always wear your beard with pride, men of Denver. You never if there’s a B of D ghost writer on your trail. We owe a big “thank you” to our friend Amy for introducing us to these fine gentlemen. Meet Dave and Jack. Amy put together a question and answer sheet for them and set up a photo shoot. Nicely done, friend! Here’s how they answered (Dave loves the striped tie. Jack puts his hand in his pocket when drinking coffee): Dave: How old is your beard? Grew full beard when I turned 21 (When all men should) Does the beard give you trouble in the corporate world? No. I don’t let the man keep me down. (Gave us chills) Favorite part? Stroking it when in deep contemplation. What do the ladies think of your beard? Ladies love the beard. A woman who isn’t into bearded men probably isn’t into men. (Note: new t-shirt idea). Would you shave your beard for a particular job? Yeah, because the great thing about beards is they grow back. What does mom think of the beard? I’m not sure, we’ve never had “the talk”. She’s never said she dislikes it so I’ll go ahead and say she’s a fan. Jack: How old is your beard? On and off for the past 7 years Does the beard give you trouble in the corporate world? No. Favorite part? Do you know how the drink “Tom Collins” got it’s name? What is the fastest route in and out of an IKEA? Those are the kinds of questions you have to be able to answer when you have a beard, so I guess it is the sense of public stewardship and responsibility that I enjoy most. What do the ladies think of your beard? It’s tough to discern the difference between a ‘good’ double-take and a ‘bad’ one, but so far I haven’t had any complaints. Would you shave your beard for a particular job? Are astronauts allowed to have beards? What does mom think of the beard? She thinks I’m covering my face. Like my beard is some sort of catcher’s mask that I’m forced to wear from time to time. At this point she’s used to it, but suffice it to say she’s not a huge fan.
Here at Beards of Denver we can’t get enough of our Ginger Beards. When Zac reached out to us to share his amazing beard, we were thrilled. Zac has been growing his beard on the regular for about six years, ever since he met his wife Blanca. It’s only been in the past four months that Zac has let his beard grow and really “be itself”. This bold move of free-flowing Beard Growth has earned him the nickname “BeardMan” with his colleagues at Wright Tree service, where he is the head foreman for the dead beetle kill trees in the Rockies west of Boulder. He and his Blanca moved to Denver about a year ago from Deadwood, South Dakota and can’t imagine living anywhere else, and we can’t imagine having this great beard move away! Bianca loves Zac’s beard because she feels it’s extremely unique and not just any man can grow a beard like his; we have to agree! Thanks Zac!
Some men are born funny, some men are born to grow beards, but it’s the rare gem who’s born to do both. Luckily for you, Beards of Denver fans, we’ve brought him to you. Meet Adrian Mesa and his amazing beard. Adrian, who is originally from Florida, now calls Denver home, which is fortunate for all of us because not only can he grow a bad-ass beard, he’ll also make you laugh on the regular as he often performs stand-up at Comedy Works and also hosts a monthly comedy-event at The Deer Pile called 3 Course Comedy. Held every fourth Thursday, 3 Course Comedy brings in three comedians who prep an app, main course, and dessert for the audience whilst delivering food-based jokes; sounds like a winning recipe to us! Adrian’s beard here is representative of four months of stellar growth; we certainly hope he keeps it up!
We love hump day for a variety of reasons; camels are amazing, ‘The Humpty Dance’ is set on repeat in my office from 12-1 every Wednesday, Whiskey Bar has some sweet specials and we typically have a fantastic beard to share. Meet Randy. Randy Whitsmill. A big thank you to his fellow co-worker and avid BofD supporter (and guest), Androo—without you, this glamorous beard wouldn’t have gotten the recognition it so deserves. Here’s the play by play of his interview. Enjoy: (3:40:50 PM) Androo: how old is your beard (3:41:00 PM) Randy: that’s complicated (3:41:10 PM) Randy: the mustache is 7 months, the sideburns are 3 weeks (3:41:56 PM) Androo: what’s your favorite thing about it (3:42:23 PM) Randy: it traps my food, so then I get a snack later (3:42:32 PM) Androo: bonus (3:42:47 PM) Androo: what does your mother think about it? (3:43:19 PM) Randy: she thinks it takes away from my stunning good looks (3:44:57 PM) Androo: do you agree with mom? (3:45:33 PM) Randy: no – I think if anything it helps (3:45:47 PM) Randy: alternate answer: yes – it’s hard living a normal life with such stunning good looks (3:46:07 PM) Androo: haha (3:46:22 PM) Androo: moderating that a bit helps you go out to lunch without attracting a crowd, I’d imagine. (3:46:29 PM) Randy: correct (3:46:41 PM) Androo: where are you from originally (3:46:55 PM) Randy l: originally? the uterus, I guess (3:47:08 PM) Androo: and after that? (3:47:31 PM) Randy: Oshkosh, WI – which is where I got the lust for salted, cased meats (3:47:44 PM) Androo: and you’re now a vegetarian? (3:48:16 PM) Randy: correct – even a midwesterner has his limits (3:48:27 PM) Androo: how long have you lived in CO? (3:48:35 PM) Randy: 8 years (3:51:56 PM) Androo: has having facial hair helped in any surprising ways in your life? (4:04:50 PM) Randy: Personally – people look at me and sometimes laugh. They think I must be funny. But that’s not really the case. Professionally – I would really attribute all of my success thus far to my appearance. It’d be a shame should I interview with someone who is blind. (4:06:20 PM) Androo: any particular grooming practices? (4:07:22 PM) Randy: Grooming? I’m not sure what you mean. This is just how my beard grows naturally. (4:07:30 PM) Androo: impressive (4:08:08 PM) Androo: anything else you’d like to add about yourself (4:10:02 PM) Randy: Don’t ever let anyone tell you you shouldn’t grow out your beard because it’s too spotty. That’s just your body being creative. (4:10:27 PM) Androo: words to live by
We met up with J. about a month ago at one of our favorite beard hunting grounds in the city: Goosetown Tavern. Not only does J. rock an amazingly impressive beard (and awesome “Keep Denver Beard” t-shirt), he is also a complete and delightful southern Mississippi gentleman to boot. And J. isn’t an alias; he was named after his dad’s best friend J.P. and has gone by J. his entire life. He originally moved to Denver a few years ago from Mississippi to attend culinary school, and now works at the multiple (and delicious) Moe’s BBQ locations, where they are very welcoming of beard culture (and Makers Mark shots, which we approve of, naturally). This is the first time J. has grown his beard this long, and he said his roommate had one and that was part of the inspiration to grow his out. While his mom isn’t his beard’s biggest fan, he does believe his dad has some Beard Envy (and we can see why!) J.’s an Eagle Scout from back in the day, and if we had any say, he’d definitely earn the badge for Bad-Ass Beard! Keep up the great beard work J.!
We first brought you the story of our favorite Bearded Beer Trafficker, Dan from Wynkoop, back in December. He promised us a 6-month progress report, and boy, did he deliver! Feast your eyes on these chops (photo taken in April), which according to Dan, he is still rocking. As lovers of the beard, we could not be more proud! Thanks buddy!
Occasionally, the Ladies of Beards of Denver go on a hunting expedition with a bit too much whiskey and sass (well, let’s be honest, the sass is always present). On those said occasions, we may not take the best notes…which is why this amazing beard is so mysterious, because from our (less than) detailed iPhone notes, we are not sure if he is Jesse or Seamus, but really, what does it matter because LOOK AT HIS BEARD!!! (yes, Jesse/Seamus’ beard warrants three exclamation points). We met him at the third night of Lucero performances at the Bluebird back in April, and he lives in the City Park ‘hood and has resided in Denver the past six years, before that hailing from Albany, New York. Jesse/Seamus said he’s a retired bartender and loves to hang out. With his amazing beard we imagine he has tons of takers! Thanks darlin’!
The B of D went on a spiritual journey last weekend and traveled to Telluride (aka beard mecca) for the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Oh boy, get ready for some fun festival beards! We kick off our T-town special with a return visit from one of B of D’s favorite beards. Remember Coleman? Manly name, manly beard? We were lucky enough to bluegrass jam with Coleman and his bearded crew for much of the weekend. Coleman is known for having one of the best beards in Denver, having possibly the most fabulous sweetheart in Denver (she’s a big supporter of the bearded cause) and he loves to protect the beautiful Rockies by occasionally putting out a wild fire or two. Thanks for saying ‘no’ to the razor, Coleman. No one works that bearded magic quite like you do!
Every once in a while it is the joy of the Beard Huntress to happen upon a handsome bearded man who is willing to share the various stages of change his beard goes through. Such was the case when we were fortunate enough to run into Mr. Johnny Moses a few months ago. Johnny is one of our favorite Denver beards–a native–and was kind enough to share with us the evolution of his beard, which happened over the span of four or five months this year. Johnny works both at the Elm bar and restaurant on East Colfax and Elm in Denver, as well as at Park Hill Methodist preschool, and is shown in the bottom right being given the infamous Ice Cream ‘Stache by some of his students. When Johnny’s not molding the minds of our great city’s youth, or rubbing elbows with the locals at the Elm, he plays in the Denver band I Sank Molly Brown. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Holy Moses, Johnny! We love your beard.