Portland, Oregon is home to many beards... so many, in fact, that one can scarcely walk down the street without tripping over one! Thus, our Nob Hill hat shop hosted the First Annual "Hats Off to Beards" Competition last month. In attendance were sixty or so of the rowdy Portland Beardsmen and their bawdy, boastful beards. One happy partygoer even dressed up in a full Abraham Lincoln costume! It was a night was full of camaraderie, booze, hats, and facial hair of all shapes and sizes.
Goorin Bros. Nob Hill teamed up with Portland Beard Company, maker of fine oils and cleansers for beards, and local favorite Rouge Brewery. The beer cocktail of the night was a delicious blend of Rogue's "Dead Guy" whiskey, Beard Beer (brewed from the yeast of the beermaster's beard), Aperol, and fresh lemon juice.
The Tex cowboy hat looked smashing on none other than Tres Shannon, judge of the facial hair competition and owner of world famous Voodoo Donuts. David Allen Cress, the producer of Portlandia, donned a Jimmy Butler fedora. And real life career judge, The Honorable Chris Dorr sported a wintery Moose Run cadet cap. It was a highly-competitive affair, with "Longest Beard", "Best Natural Beard", and "Fanciest Beard" being just a few of the categories.
The hatters of Nob Hill came out on top in the "Best Female Facial Hair" category, and holiday shoppers will be able to see our trophy proudly displayed in the shop.
We were proud to hat so many of Portland's finest men (and women), and can't wait for next years battle of the beards. Remember, nothing tops off a handsome face like a Goorin.
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Written by Jennelle Barajas