Hackney v the Midlands: splitting hairs for Beard of Year title

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

21st December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Hackney v the Midlands splitting hairs for Beard of Year title


Hackney v Midlands

The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said with the on-line vote for Beard of the Year which ends at midday on 24th December there is a battle for the spiritual home of the UK’s hirsute underway.

Hackney based Howling Hops brewer Tim O’Rourke is currently splitting hairs with Ben Bellamy a Councillor in Derbyshire.

Hackney is often held to be the centre of the hipster beard, on trend and carefully styled, while the Midlands can be seen to be the home of a more of a rugged industrial beard.

In 2015 London brewer Bryan Spooner won the vote.

The campaigners say that the award is specifically not about who has the best or most magnificent beard. Rather it focuses on the beard wearer who has made the most positive hirsute public impact during the year.

The winner is announced on 29th December.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, of course regional differences are far from the only factor in determining the Beard of the Year but this year’s poll has promoted an interesting dialectical polarity.

Beard of the Year shortlist

Joe Ledley, footballer

Stig Abell, Editor, TLS

Gary Lineker, broadcaster

Simon Stevens, NHS CEO

Moeen Ali, cricketer

James O’Brien, broadcaster

Tim O’Rourke, Howling Hops brewer

Philip Wilton, cheesemaker

Jurgen Klopp, football manager

Alexander Van Der Bellen, Austrian President

Michael Sheen, actor and activist

Ben Bellamy Labour Councillor


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