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Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Corner Brewery employee in the running for Best Beard of Craft Beer

By Jessica Webster


Corner Brewery packaging manager Aaron Stryker is a finalist in the Best Beards Of Craft Beer Contest. Voting continues through Sunday.

Courtesy of Aaron Stryker

Corner Brewery packaging manager Aaron Stryker started growing a beard as a project last June. Now he's a finalist in's Best Beard of Craft Beer contest.

"Why did I grow my beard out? I guess I was just lazy," laughed Stryker. "Shaving is hard!"

When put out the call for all bearded brewers on the Brewer's Association site to submit a photo for their Best Beard contest, it seemed like a no-brainer to Stryker. He sent in a photo with the caption, "I would like to win because I did not choose this beard, it chose me."

Craft beer fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite brewer beards on Facebook, and Stryker eventually scored enough votes to land in the top 20.

The Corner Brewery is encouraging fans to vote Stryker into the number 1 spot before voting ends on Sunday.

The competition for best beard of craft beard is fierce. Stryker is currently trailing a couple of east coast brewers with impressively long facial hair and two Colorado brewers with remarkably bushy beards.

"I was surprised I made it to the final 20," said Stryker. "In fact, funny thing, I kind of forgot I had entered the contest. I had to start over, and now my beard is kind of puny."

Never fear, beard fans. Stryker's new project is to see just how far he can take this beard.

"I understand, if you take care of your beard, there's a terminal point beyond which it starts to dred up. I am going to see just how long I can grow it before that happens."

You can vote for Aaron Stryker's beard on through Sunday, March 17.

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Dirty Mouth

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 2:28 a.m.

Jesus, it's like we're in Portland!


Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 2:06 a.m.

I have a neighbor who says he has been growing his toenails for 42 years, shooting for the Guinness Book. I'll drop you a line when he dies.

Jessica Webster

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

That's pretty gross. Can your neighbor wear shoes?

dading dont delete me bro

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 2:04 a.m.

thought it was a duck dynasty reunion...

Jessica Webster

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

I had to look that up. Those are impressive beards.

Ann Dwyer

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 10:35 p.m.

I'll vote for him only because there are no Dark Horse guys on the list.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 9:45 p.m.

What is it with brewers and beards? Good luck in the contest, Aaron--and don't forget to wear your hair/beardnet at the brewery! :)