Hackney brewer Tim O’Rourke triumphs in Beard of the Year poll

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Contact Keith Flett, 07803 167266

29th December

Hackney Brewer Tim O’Rourke triumphs in Beard of the Year poll


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Hackney brewer Tim O’Rourke, who is at the Howling Hops brewery in Hackney Wick has won the annual vote for Beard of the Year.

There was a record vote in the poll, which saw Amber Valley Councillor and Jeremy Corbyn supporter Ben Bellamy just shaved for the prized accolade by O’Rourke.

Other well-known beard wearers including Welsh football star Joe Ledley, and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker also featured in the Top Six Beards of the Year for 2016.

O’Rourke’s victory underlines Hackney’s place as the beard capital of Britain, the centre of new beard styles from hipster to organic

Beard of the Year 2016 poll winners: the Top Six

1 Tim O’Rourke, Hackney brewer

2 Ben Bellamy, Belper Councillor

3 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer

4 Philip Wilton, North London cheesemaker

5 Moeen Ali, England cricketer

6 Gary Lineker, broadcaster

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, East London is often held to be the centre of the beard revival in the UK so it’s fitting that Tim O’Rourke has won but the top five reflect a diversity of beards across the country from sportsmen to politicians and artisan craftsman

Beard of the Year Winners: 2000-2015

2015 Bryan Spooner

2014 Conchita Wurst

2013 Gareth Malone

2012 Robin Lustig

2011 Jay Rayner

2010 Ai Wei Wei

2009 Zach de la Rocha

2008 Rowan Williams & Tom Jones

2007 Robert Plant

2006 Monty Panesar

2005 Andrew Flintoff

2004 Andrew Flintoff/Paul Mackney

2003 Robin Cook

2002 Charles Clarke

2001 Jeremy Corbyn

2000 Frank Dobson


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