Beards at the Brewery – Tavistock

Woohoo! We're back!

After a few years of sitting back, drinking beer and watching all the other idiots run beard competitions, we figured it was time to get back into action.

Presenting...
Beards at the Brewery
2pm, Saturday 25 September
Stannary Brewing Co, Tavistock, Devon

Yes, we have literally organised a piss up in a brewery!

How to enter

There's no advance tickets. To enter, just turn up on the day and make a donation.

The taproom opens at 12pm, and Mrs DCBMC will open the signup sheet for competitors at 1pm.

Go and see her, put some money in the box, and she'll confirm your category and give you a numbered badge.

Wear the badge all day because there's public voting for People's Choice.

The signup sheet will close at 2.30pm.

There's no cost for spectators, but we'd be very grateful if you could pop some cash in the box too.

Categories

Beards at the Brewery competitors will be judged in four categories - moustache/partial, short beard, full beard and creative.

 

Moustache/Partial Beard

If you shave any part of your face, this is your category. It includes all styles of moustache, goatees, sideburns, and Alaskan/whaler beards.

You can use any styling products you like, but no styling into weird shapes, dyes or decorations.

We will award first place for moustache and first place for partial beard, then second and third places across the whole category.

 

Short Beard

If the end of your beard is UP TO 1 INCH from the end of your chin, your category is Short Beard. So long as your facial hair joins up all the way round your face and over your top lip, it can be any length from George Michael style stubble up to exactly on the 1 inch line. Yes, we have a ruler!

You can use any styling products you like, but no styling into weird shapes, dyes or decorations.

We will award first, second and third places across the whole category.

 

Full Beard

If the end of your beard is MORE THAN ONE INCH from the end of your chin, you're in Full Beard. So long as your facial hair joins up all the way round your face and over your top lip, it can be any length from just over the 1 inch line to tucking it into your waistband.

You can use any styling products you like, but no styling into weird shapes, dyes or decorations.

We will award two first places, one for beards UP TO 4 INCHES from the end of your chin and one for beards OVER FOUR INCHES, then second and third places across the whole category. Again, we have a ruler!

 

Creative

If you have styled your moustache or beard into a weird shape, dyed it or added decorations, or made the whole thing by hand, this is the category for you. Your beard can be partial or full, and any length, it's all about the creativity.

Handmade competitors can create a moustache or beard, using anything they wish - we've seen beards made of bread, long hair tied around the face, all sorts of crocheted creations, and the entire contents of people's craft boxes!

We will award first place for naturally-grown facial hair (usually known as freestyle) and first place for handmade, then second and third places across the whole category.

 

If you're not sure what category you're in, check with us when you sign up to enter.

Kids competition

Despite all the beer and nonsense, these are family-friendly events.

So create a beard or moustache for the kids and bring them along!

Any and every kids competitor is very welcome. We've known people to spend hours crocheting different styles of 'hat and beard' for all of their kids, or pin down a wriggling 1 year old and draw a moustache on with eyeliner pencil, or have them make a beard-shaped cake and try not to eat it before the judging starts!

There's no cost for kids competitors (although, again, all donations are gratefully received) and the judging is a bit more 'it's about the taking part', but there will be first, second and third places awarded.

It's more than a competition

If you've been to a beard competition before, you'll know that there's always a raffle!

Mr DCBMC hates them coz it takes him about 2 hours to draw all the tickets, but everyone else loves them so we have to have one.

The more prizes we have, the more tickets we sell. So if you have a raffle prize to donate, please let us know. All sorts of prizes are gratefully accepted - we've given away beer, tattoo vouchers, beard grooming products, prints, t-shirts, event tickets, commemorative Royal plates...

We've also got a rowing challenge, to give you some idea of what A Shore Thing will be facing. More details on that to come soon.

In support of...

We usually support the local air ambulances, but this event is fundraising for A Shore Thing.

DCBMC 2017 Handmade Champion Su Douglass is one of four 'ordinary' women taking on the extraordinary GB Row Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Cornwall Mind and Devon Mind.

Next summer they'll be rowing 500 miles from London to Lands End, non-stop and sleeping in short shifts, through the international shipping lanes of the English Channel.

Just getting to the start line is a feat in itself - the training and kit isn't cheap! So if we can help to get them there, then more of the money they raise can go to their very worthy charities.

Sponsored by...

We're very grateful to the following sponsors for their support and generosity.

Mariner Jack
Dave and Nat have been fantastic supporters of our beardy nonsense right from the start, and it's been wonderful to see them grow from 'taking over the dining table' to 'moving in to a 1200sq/ft workspace and shop'. With a delicious range of scents and a wide range of products, there's something for everyone - check them out at https://marinerjack.co.uk/

Fine Fettle
Headed up by Essex Beardsman Stu Morse, we're delighted that he decided to relocate to the Southwest's lovely Cornish shores. Check out Fine Fettle's grooming, styling and conditioning products on their website at https://finefettlegrooming.com/

Roam Brewing Co
Roam is one of Mr & Mrs DCBMC's favourite places, we love them for beer, buns, and teaming up with other local businesses for all sorts of collaborations. Their taproom in Plymouth is open Thu - Sun, so we highly recommend a visit while you're in the area. The bakery is open on Saturday mornings, so if you're going there then please bring us cinnamon buns!

Fownes Brewing Co
Big supporters of all things beardy, Fownes brew Dwarfen ales and tell Dwarfen tales, with outstanding artwork to match. They're based up in the Midlands, so Simon Sheffield of the Whiskered West Midlands is representing them and bringing the beer with him. He'd better bring some Elephant Riders for Mrs DCBMC!

Stannary Brewing Co
Our venue for the afternoon, Stannary is run by good friends Mark, Garry and Chris - and they're good friends of Mr & Mrs DCBMC too! The taproom on the edge of town is popular with all sorts of local drinky folks, from twiddly craft beer nerds (who, us?!) to families out with the kids and Gran. If beer's not your thing, there's cider, wine, G&T, even bottles of fizz and rather fancy soft drinks too.