What Everybody Ought to Know about the Beard

Beards and beers – what a great combination!

Dr Alun Withey

This week came the startling revelation that, in the past year, manufacturers of razors and related goods such as shaving foam, have seen a drop in sales of more than £72 million pounds. Market analysts IRI noted that men’s shopping habits were changing and, even though the total market still accounted for 2.2 billion pounds, this was a substantial dent. The cause of this change? Beards.

Image from: https://gdblogs.shu.ac.uk/b0027028/2013/12/28/what-is-a-beard/


Nobody can have failed to notice in recent months the ubiquity of facial hair. Keep your eyes open as you walk down your local high street and you will probably notice a variety of styles, with the ‘Amish’ style seemingly especially popular. It is also interesting how newsworthy beards are. Just look at how often they have appeared as a topic for discussion in recent months. The furore caused by Jeremy Paxman’s beard for example. There were lengthy discussions about…

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How a craft beer helped me change the world!

Just starting out on this journey – to explore beer, books and animal rescue – not necessarily all at once but…..

We all know that Colorado brews great beer – but did you know the breweries have great hearts too?

Me neither – until I discovered The Brew Dogs of Colorado

BrewDogsBookThe Brew Dogs of Colarado must be the greatest book ever – and I’ve read many of the greats on beer –

“The best beer is where priests go to drink. For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” — William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

“I tell you, Mr. Okada, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer. Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn’t taste good, but I couldn’t disagree more. The first beer should be so cold you can’t even taste it. The second one should be a little less chilled, but I want that first one to be like ice. I want it to be so cold my temples throb with pain. This is my own personal preference of course.” — Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“Terence O’Ryan heard him and straightway brought him a crystal cup full of the foaming ebon ale which the noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and Bungardilaun brew ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of deathless Leda. For they garner the succulent berries of the hop and mass and sift and bruise and brew them and they mix therewith sour juices and bring the must to the sacred fire and cease not night or day from their toil, those cunning brothers, lords of the vat.” — James Joyce, Ulysses

Glad they like their beer – but this is better.  It’s a big beautiful “coffee table” book (beer table?) with big beautiful pictures.

The breweries and Colorado have the best people.  These breweries both rescue dogs and donate to animal causes: the proceeds from this book go to DreamPower Animal rescue in Colorado Springs.  And the books are beautiful.  The photography is superb – and you get information about each brewery, their eco credentials, awards they’ve won and a peep at the wonders of Colorado’s landscape at times. But most importantly you meet the dogs.


Come, join me in raising a glass (buying a book?) to Colorado’s brewers and their work towards a better world for dogs.


Let's work together, read together, and drink together, and change the world!