Set in Stannary Brewery Co’s taproom in Tavistock, the Beards at the Brewery event a few weeks ago was not the first rodeo for experienced “bearders” Mike & Clair who have previously run several very successful Devon & Cornwall Beard & Moustache Championships.
Competitors and beard lovers began arriving midday with some going the extra mile with costumes and accessories to add some razzmatazz to a cold September afternoon. Like most things beard comps have been off the agenda for at least a year so it was wonderful to see old friends reacquainted, beards admired and people brought together simply for a day of silly fun and great beer. The space at Stannary Brewery was perfect for the event with a mostly covered outdoor area where we set up a Concept2 for a little rowing challenge and a lovely welcoming indoor space with bar central to it all and serving up a full menu of their own beers plus some guests ales.
Judging started with the Freestyle and Handmade categories which meant a wizard, a craft beer(d), keys, wool and baby beards plus a little banter with Mike on the mic. Next up was moustaches and partial categories for those not entirely scared of the razor, here we had a tiger king, some glorious goatees and some pointy moustaches that could have had someones eye out.
After a little break to refill glasses and stock up on raffle tickets we were on to the short beards under 1″ in which we saw some beautiful business beards and anyone with the slightest stubble found them selves somehow in a beard competition. Lastly to full beards where all the hairiest, most devoted beard bearers where celebrated in all their glory.
The judges certainly had some tough choices to make but in the end kudos go to:
Thank you to Mike & Clair for organising, Stannary Brewing Co for hosting, Fownes Brewery, Roam Brewery, Mariner Jack, Fine Fettle for donating prizes, Opie’s Beard Co., Twisted Moustache, Brenin Beard Co., No 5 Aesthetic & Beauty Clinic, Hollie May Tattooist, bearded_bloke_71, Home Of The Beardos – HOTB, The Urban Gent, for raffle donations, to the judges and to everyone that turned up to have fun with us.