Capital Beards: Washington, DC's First Annual Beard & Mustache Competition

by Nicholas Karnaze

Capital Beards: Washington, DC's First Annual Beard & Mustache Competition

On Monday, August 3rd 2015 we made history in the District. Beerds & Beers, DC’s first annual Beard & Mustache competition, was held at the Satellite Room in Washington, DC. An amazing group of men and women descended to partake in what turned into one hell of a beard & mustache competition. All walks were represented; from bikers to hipsters to men with flowers in their hair err, beards. The beer flowed freely, and the sense of brotherhood was palpable in the evening air. Leading the charge was Jake Shields (below), who, with his stubble & ‘stache fueled beard, and sick cut from the Barber of Hell's Bottom, won the Best Beard category.

 Jake Shields | stubble & 'stache

When people think of bearded cities, places like Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland all come to mind. Most associate DC with politicians and dysfunctional government…not masculine men with epic beards. Well, we’re here to tell you that based upon Monday’s showing, DC has an amazing bearded population. While this may come as a surprise to some, as a DC based beard care and skincare company, this is of no surprise to us. We took some time to walk the crowds and got to know some of our bearded brethren.

 Jason | stubble & 'stache

Jason (above) always wanted to grow out his beard. He used to refer to his beard as being “salt and pepper, “ but then realized "Gingers don’t have salt and pepper, they have cinnamon and sugar.” We couldn’t agree more.

Tom and Ben | stubble & 'stache

We had a blast talking with Tom (left) and Ben (right). While a lot of men have a nickname for their beards, Tom doesn’t. When pressed, he said his tricolor beard would be known as the “Lady Pleaser.” His answer was met with much approval from the ladies in attendance.

This is Ben’s first beard. His friends refer to him as the “Bearded Lady.” For Ben, his beard is a total game changer on the dating scene. He has become a bit of a bearded celebrity in DC and receives much admiration from the gentlemen of DC, which he finds quiet flattering.

 Andrew | stubble & 'stache

Andrew’s been rocking his beard for 11 months. This is his second competition, and he’s big into the flower beard. His girlfriend normally selects seasonal flowers to stick in his beard, both for fun and competition. Pro tip: Dandelions are great for flower beards. They stick in well due to their robust stems.

The evening culminated with an impromptu singing of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and smiles all around. DC is definitely embracing the beard movement, and we are excited to be a part of it. For those of you looking to grow your beard, you can learn more here. While its not rocket science, there are some tricks.

Beard On.


stubble & 'stache was founded by a former Marine Corps Special Operations Combat Veteran in memory of his fallen comrade. We donate a percentage of profits to organizations supporting those men and women suffering from the mental wounds sustained in combat.


Nicholas Karnaze
Nicholas Karnaze


Warfighter turned entrepreneur. Founder, stubble & 'stache. Grooming expert. Skincare nerd. Marine Corps combat veteran.

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