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!
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!
The El Camino tavern in Highlands proved to be an EXTRA good choice on Sunday, because we also met Shad. Shad, a Denver native, has served up drinks to the thirsty masses of Denver as a bartender at El Camino for the past few years, and more importantly has been growing his impressive beard since October. Shad was taken under the wing of one of the bearded gents who works at Fire on the Mountain up the street from El Camino, who gave Shad a pep talk on what products to use on his amazing beard and how to best care for it–we love these stories of beard brotherhood! Shad said he’s been single for awhile (which we find very hard to believe) so he decided to grow a beard since he had gotten flack about it from ladies in the past. Obviously, Shad’s making some seriously great choices. Make sure to head into El Camino soon and tell Shad and his beard hello!
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!
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!
Meet Dave and Cush! These two are friends of the already famous beards on the right, Phil and Jeter. Dave’s from NY and has been a Colorado mountain man for the past 15 years. He typically always has a beard but recently shaved it—we won’t hold it against him. This kayaker is only clean shaven for the season and once it’s over he quickly grows it back to stop the feeling of being consistently naked in public. He is an all natural type of man, has never once let a comb touch his locks. To his left is Mr. Cush from Hotlanta! He’s been living in Denver for the past two years. Upon arrival to the Mile High City, Cush let the beard do as it pleased. He finally escaped the clutches of corporate America and was free to live as the universe intended; with beard. He thanks the beard every day on the slopes for his free ski mask. Nice meeting these ‘Fire on the Mountain’ Beards!
We were lucky enough to run into Ryan at the Irish Rover a few weeks ago, and Ryan is quite possibly the happiest beard we have met to date! Ryan has had his fantastic beard since Mid-October and credits its stellar growth to multiple factors: laziness, never straight razor shaving, participating in No Shave November, desiring winter warmth, and growing it to support his two favorite football teams–the Packers and Broncos–in their playoff pursuits (sadly, no dice for either team this year, but that is certainly no fault of Ryan’s kick-ass beard). Ryan has lived in Idaho Springs for just over a year, and used to live in Denver; before that he spent 24 years in Flagstaff, AZ. We’re certainly glad he’s come to call Colorado home! Ryan, who’s single, said most of the ladies like the beard, and with his high quality beard he likely won’t be on the market for long!
No matter what part of town we’re in, we seem to be lucky enough to encounter some amazing bearded men, and last Saturday on South Broadway was no exception to that rule. Zach is a Colorado native we met while he was ordering a pint at the Irish Rover. Zach keeps his beard most of the year and claims it holds lots of secrets–we can only imagine. Zach and his beard live in Capitol Hill and when not out in SoBo he can be found helping people out with their insurance claims at the DMV when they jack up their cars; a noble trade indeed. Zach assured us his lady friend loves his beard–or else she’s a talented liar–and that his dad is jealous of his beard skills; he hopes to grow his own beard out once he retires. We’re glad Zach’s father has his eyes on the prize. And did we mention that cardigan? Yeah, probably didn’t have to, but it sure adds to the whole lot of awesome here. Thanks Zach!
Who says chivalry is dead? We met Seth Williams, a true southern gentleman originally from Tennessee, working the door at Goosetown Tavern (one of B of D’s fave haunts) last week. Seth and his impressive beard have lived in City Park in Denver the past three years, and he proudly declared that he “ALWAYS” has a beard. Seth and his beard love Colorado and when he’s not carding thirsty patrons at the Goose he can be found hiking 14ers with his dog, Mary, attending Widespread Panic shows–over 100 to date–or at the Ecotech Institute, where he’s a full-time electrical engineering student. Seth’s one busy gent, as he also works at Home Depot where his colleagues refer to him as “The Bearded Wonder” (we’re not surprised). He also noted that he’s considered having a shirt made that reads, “I had a beard before it was cool.” Of course, we at Beards of Denver never knew when beards weren’t cool. Make sure to say hi to Seth next time you’re at the Goose!
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!)