When you go to bacon and beer breakfast, you know you are in for a great time, guaranteed. It’s then a bonus then when you come across a great beard to go along with your bacon and beer! Meet Casey, who was serving up tasty bacon from the Denver Bacon Company at the Denver Beer Company’s beer and bacon breakfast on a recent gorgeous Saturday morning in Denver. Casey, who is the Chef De Cuisine at Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver, has had this beard for the past seven years. Casey has called Denver home the past nine years, and originally hails from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area (thus the love of bacon is not surprising). We liked Casey even more when he told us he hasn’t been clean shaven since he was 19 years old–start man. Casey’s sweetheart loves his beard–wise woman–and his two brothers also have the ability to sport beards, but don’t always grow them–we hope they’ll follow Casey’s lead, look at that beard, why wouldn’t you? Thanks Casey!
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.
Who else could rock an awesome beard like this but someone who loves playing Ultimate Frisbee? Meet Brandon. Originally from the amazing and wonderful state of South Dakota, Brandon’s been in Denver the past few years, but has called Colorado home since his CU Boulder days. Brandon, unfortunately, is one of our Beard Season Only beards; he’s not as big of a fan of his beard himself, but the adoring public loves his beard so much he grows it out to please the masses each year. “I have the ability to grow a beard, so I need to exercise it” he told us, and we couldn’t agree more. We’re glad he aims to please! And we forgive his lack of true beard love since he loves Stout Month at Vine Street as much as we do. Thanks B-Rod!
We found Rick and his great beard behind the Hogshead Brewery taps at the Denver Beer Festivus on Saturday. Originally from San Francisco, Rick and his beard first came to Colorado in 1993. He started growing his beard again about five months ago when he and his wife moved back to Denver from Malaysia after living there for three years. Rick hates shaving, and even though his wife doesn’t like kissing him with his beard, he still sports it proudly. Rick and his beard have been managing Hogshead Brewery for about three months, and we highly recommend stopping into the brewery, saying hi to Rick, and sampling the delicious Gilpin Black Gold beer—you won’t be disappointed with the brew or the beard!
Josh was another beard spotted at the Denver Beer Festivus in Civic Center Park on Saturday. Pictured with Josh and his amazing beard are his father on the left, who was visiting from Lincoln, Nebraska for the weekend (and is quite possibly Sean Connery’s doppleganger), and Josh’s brother on the right, Jarrett, who greatly assisted in Josh’s beard interview. We learned Josh has had his beard for the past decade, and has been growing a beard since he was 15 years old. Jarrett used to have a rockin’ beard, too, but because of fear of bird attacks he cut back. Due to Jarrett’s top-notch interviewing skills, we learned that Josh has never been attacked by flying objects because of his beard, but he did recently have a sparrow trapped in his house and it came perilously close to nesting in Josh’s fantastic beard. Luckily, it seems he was left unscathed. But, birds beware: we can’t imagine the beard power if all three of these gentlemen grew their beards out!
Zach was another bearded gem we encountered at the Denver Beer Festivus on Saturday. Zach is a brewer at Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield, and started growing his beard about three months ago when he decided to break into the brewing industry. He’s still a newbie to the Denver area, being here about a year, arriving via Dallas. Obviously, local beard fans are very lucky he made the switch to D-town. Zach boldly declared he is never going to stop growing his beard until he retires, or dies first. We admire such beard dedication!
We had the pleasure to meet Nick at the Denver Beer Festivus sponsored by Imbibe.com on Saturday in Denver. Nick is the proprietor at TRVE Brewing Company located at Second and Broadway in Denver, which specializes in making great brews AND playing metal music. Nick, originally from the east coast, started growing his beard around 2006, and has had his current beard about six months. His favorite thing about his beard is the attention it gets him, and deservedly so! TRVE Brewing Company is currently open Wednesday through Saturday, but in January you can enjoy a brew there on Sundays, too. We encourage you to drop by sooner than later—it’s not everywhere you can enjoy a great beer, metal music, and admire an awesome beard!
We couldn’t NOT approach Cory at the Bacon and Beer Fest on Sunday and inquire about his bold and brash beard. A Colorado native, he and his beard have resided in Denver for the past two years, and he’s been growing his beard about five years. He rocks his beard mainly because his wife loves it (obviously, a woman with great taste!) and he used to like “bad facial hair” and thought it was funny to groom his facial hair in a variety of ways, until he realized the beard suited him best. Cory works as a social worker in the Denver area, helping connect the community to a variety of resources, and we’re sure his awesome beard is a great asset to that cause. Awesome to meet you and admire your beard, Cory!
We had the pleasure of meeting Dan and admiring his awesome beard while sampling the Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout beer at the Bacon and Beer Fest at Mile High Station Sunday (trust us–the beer was extremely tasty and the beard extraordinarily rad). When Dan isn’t hocking Wynkoop beers at the Bacon and Beer fest, he’s busy with sales for Wynkoop around the Denver area. He’s been growing his beard since October 1st and plans to grow it until April 1st, and we’ll be sure to have a progress report for you at that time–we can’t wait to see the final results! (Though we hope he doesn’t decide to shave it all off at that time).
We met Scott, self-professed Owner, Brewer, and Dreamer at Wits End Brewing Company in Denver at the Beer and Bacon Fest at Mile High Station in Denver on Sunday. Scott’s been growing his impressive beard since August, and when asked if the coloration was natural his response was “Do I look like a guy who’d dye his beard?” It’s that amazing natural talent we love and appreciate here at Beards of Denver. Originally from Seattle, Scott’s been in Denver about 11 years and we highly recommend going to Wits End to say hi to Scott, admire his beard, and sample Wits End’s amazing coffee beer–you won’t be disappointed in the coffee brew or the beard!