Not everyone can grow them. Not everyone respects them. But there exists a society, both mysterious and elite, composed of those who have made it their duty to wear beards and mustaches with class.
This is my long-time friend Ryan Kennedy, who competed in the 2009 World Beard & Moustache Championships held in Anchorage, Alaska this past May.
He created a blog to document his time there and it covers his participation in the competition itself, as well as his experiences while visiting Anchorage in the midst of this phenomenon, which attracted nearly 300 bearded men from around the world.
If you like beer, and if you like facial hair--even a little--do yourself a favor and check this out.