Give Thanks for This Beard

Here at Beards of Denver, we are thankful for ALL the beards we encounter, but we are especially grateful for meeting Charlie Houston during the Underground Music Showcase at the end of July. Charlie and his bad-ass beard were preparing to perform at UMS with the band Thanks to Philo, a blues-rock-reggae crew Charlie's been a part of for three years. Charlie, who lives in Parker, says people love his beard and he gets a lot of attention for it. The only reason he would shve it is for a charity event for the Children's Miracle Network; yet another reason we're so thankful for Charlie and his philanthropic mane. Charlie's family also loves to weigh in on his beard: his mom loves it while his dad isn't a fan (likely because he only has a 'stache himself). Charlie's sweetheart is a big fan (smart woman!) we don't know how she couldn't be. Thanks Charlie!

Here at Beards of Denver, we are thankful for ALL the beards we encounter, but we are especially grateful for meeting Charlie during the Underground Music Showcase at the end of July. Charlie and his bad-ass beard were preparing to perform at UMS with the band Thanks to Philo, a blues-rock-reggae crew Charlie’s been the drummer in for three years. Charlie, who lives in Parker, says people love his beard and he gets a lot of attention for it (why are we not surprised he has other beard-groupies?) The only reason he has shaved in recent memory is for a charity event for the Children’s Miracle Network; obviously, his is one philanthropic mane, folks. The lesson here is ONLY shave if it’s ABSOLUTELY necessary for the children. Charlie’s family has polarizing opinions on his beard: his mom and his sweetheart love it while his dad isn’t a fan (likely because he only has a ‘stache himself). We’re with Charlie’s ladies on this one; a man with this stylin’ of a beard is apt to keep smart women around! Keep up the good growth, Charlie!

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No nonsense Beards

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 kjnow 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.

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.

Red Beard For the Win

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!

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!

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This Beard Will Make You Go Boom

It's not every night that you're having a PBR at your neighborhood bar (in this case, The Atomic Cowboy on East Colfax) and spot an amazing red beard rockin' AK-47 t-shirt, but when you do, you know the stars have aligned. Such was the case when we met Owen recently.  From Santa Fe, Owen was visiting friends in Denver with his girlfriend GiGi. GiGi loves Owen's beard, and we can certainly see why. When he's not taming that masterful beard Owen works in carpentry and framing, and of course, picking food out of his beard also keeps him occupied. Owen's had this iteration of his glorious red beard since December and plans to keep it for at least a full year.  But, really, why stop there Owen?  We'd vote for FOREVER.

It’s not every night that you’re having a PBR at your neighborhood bar (in this case, The Atomic Cowboy on East Colfax) and spot an amazing red beard rockin’ an AK-47 t-shirt, but when you do, you know the stars have aligned. Such was the case when we met Owen recently. From Santa Fe, Owen was visiting friends in Denver with his girlfriend GiGi. GiGi loves Owen’s beard, and we can certainly see why. When he’s not taming that masterful beard Owen works in carpentry and framing, and of course, picking food out of his beard also keeps him occupied. Owen’s had this iteration of his glorious red beard since December and plans to keep it for at least a full year. But, really, why stop there Owen? We’d vote for FOREVER.

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Comic Gold Beard

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 every fourth Thursday where he also combines his love of cooking into the funny business.  Adrian's beard here I believe was four months of stellar growth; we certainly hope he keeps it up!

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!

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Not Your Avs-erage Beard

As fans of Beards of Denver may not be surprised to learn, Red Rocks is one of the meccas of spotting epic beards. But when we saw Sean tailgating before the Avett Brothers show recently, we knew we'd spotted a bearded diamond in the rough. Sean, who lives in Colorado Springs and is a tattoo artist at Nostalgia Tattoo Co. there, not only can obviously grow an impressive beard, he has used his stunning handsomeness to his advantage, trying out to be a beard model in Bend, Oregon after he had heard about European Beard Models (that sounds like a trip we need to take!) Sean, who's a huge Colorado Avalanche fan, told us he and many others specifically will grow out their beards when the Stanley Cup starts, which seems like as good a reason as any for showing off that rad facial hair. When we asked Sean's lovely sweetheart Mandy if she was a fan of his beard, she noted she couldn't imagine him without it, since he's had it the entire three years of their courtship. She did say though that sometimes she grabs his beard at night instead of a blanket, which really seems like a better thing to nuzzle up in anyway! Also, apparently Sean and Mandy's cats aren't afraid to nuzzle right up in all that bearded-fierce-fantasticness, either! Obviously, they recognize. Thanks Sean! Keep up that great beard work.

As fans of Beards of Denver may not be surprised to learn, Red Rocks is a mecca for spotting epic beards. But when we saw Sean Walrad tailgating before the Avett Brothers show recently, we knew we’d discovered a bearded diamond in the rough. Sean, who lives in Colorado Springs and is a tattoo artist at Nostalgia Tattoo Co. there, not only can obviously grow an impressive beard, he has used his stunning handsomeness to his advantage, trying out to be a beard model in Bend, Oregon after he had heard about European Beard Model competitions (that sounds like a trip we need to take!) Sean, who’s a huge Colorado Avalanche fan, told us he and many others specifically will grow out their beards when the Stanley Cup starts, which seems like as good a reason as any for showing off that rad facial hair. When we asked Sean’s lovely sweetheart Mandy if she was a fan of his beard, she noted she couldn’t imagine him without it, since he’s had it the entire three years of their courtship. She did say though that sometimes she grabs his beard at night instead of a blanket, which really seems like a better thing to nuzzle up in anyway! Also, apparently Sean and Mandy’s cats aren’t afraid to curl right up in all that bearded-fierce-fantasticness, either! Those cats RECOGNIZE. Thanks Sean! We now know where we can get an awesome tatt AND gaze at an amazing beard.

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Too Hot to Handy Randy

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 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

Seafaring Beard

The ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to meet the delightful and charismatic Levi Wells last month at the Ogden Theatre before the They Might Be Giants show.  And, where there might be giants, there will definitely be Great Beards. Levi, who is originally from Cody, Wyoming, told us his beard is a result largely of laziness and a hatred of shaving, combined with the fact he previously was a documentary filmmaker for the Semester at Sea program, and shooting footage during at sea doesn't bode well for doing a lot of shaving, obviously. He told us he was also working on a documentary currently that was going to require him to sail in the Carribbean for two months, so we can only imagine the lengths his beard may reach. A talented photographer as well, you can check out more of his work here. Keep up the great work darlin!

The ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to meet the delightful and charismatic Levi Wells last month at the Ogden Theatre before the They Might Be Giants show. And, where there might be giants, there will definitely be Great Beards. Levi, who is originally from Cody, Wyoming, told us his beard is a result largely of laziness and a hatred of shaving, combined with the fact he previously was a documentary filmmaker for the Semester at Sea program, and shooting footage whilst at sea doesn’t bode well for doing a lot of shaving, obviously. He told us he was also working on a documentary currently that was going to require him to sail in the Caribbean for two months, so we can only imagine the lengths his beard may reach! A talented photographer as well, you can check out more of his work here. Keep up the great growin’, Levi!

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Bad Ass BBQ Beard

We met up with J. about a month ago at one of our favorite beard hunting grounds: Goosetown Tavern. Not only does J. rock an amazingly impressive beard, he is also a complete 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 the beard culture (and Makers Mark shots, which we approve of, of course). This is the first time J. has grown his beard this long, and he said his roommate had one and that was part 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!

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.!

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Beard Progress Report: Dan!

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, which according to Dan, he is still rocking. As lovers of the beard, we could not be more proud! Thanks buddy!

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!

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