[tps_header]The thin line between a finely groomed beard and one that’s in dyer need of a shape and trim isn’t as fine as you might think. In fact, if you think the girl next door enjoys a face load of scruff rather than neat “Five O’Clock” shadow, you’re in for a rude awakening.
But don’t tell that to the men who reach for the sky when it comes to going head-to-head in facial hair battles. Beard competitions aren’t anything new, but the lengths to which modern day competitors are willing to go in an effort to lay claim to the crown are down right insane, or at least to the average beard going man. This past weekend marked the 6th annual National Beard and Mustache Championships, presented by the Traveler Beer Company at Brooklyn’s King Theater.
While 300 beard and mustache enthusiasts turned out from across the globe to compete in 18 categories, one mystery guest stole the show: veteran beardsman Eric Brooks donned a gigantic bird cage-style beard made entirely of the contestant’s facial hair — with a working cage door that opened up to allow him to chug an entire bottle of Illusive Traveler shandy, the National Beard and Mustache Championship sponsor product.
The now infamous Traveler “Beer Cage” was a nod to a grand hoax viral video meme Beard Cage rumored to have been staged in Los Angeles at The Groundlings improve stage (and not actually a circa 1991 Beard and Moustache Championship, as it had been falsely tagged on YouTube as a parody). The super mega stunt upstaged even some of the best in show facial hair, which represented challengers from 36 states and seven countries.
Even though Brooks took the top spot, there was also a plethora of contestants with some rather interesting beards that definitely seem to have taken a few months to perfect showcased at this years event.