By Michelle Truax/mtruax@duluth.com

Where there’s a beer, there’s a beard. It’s kind of a rule up north, right?

Well, the guys behind Duluth Beard Company just gave us a reason to celebrate our bearded brethren. They hosted their first Brews and Beards event at Lake Superior Brewing Company on Friday.

Scott Rabold and Josh Kirkpatrick invited gentlemen near and far to show off their facial hair, enjoy a pint of beer, and try Duluth Beard Company products.

Dapper Jacks Barber Shop was on-hand to whip those whiskers into shape before judging, and Andy Hauswirth played live music for the crowd.

Prizes were awarded to first and second place winners in each category, and all other participants were treated to a free beer.

Scroll down to see a few top notch beards from the evening!

Eric took first place for beards over six inches.

Nate took first place for beards under six inches.

Phil was the runner up for beards over six inches.

Dale, sporting a fresh trim from Dapper Jacks Barber Shop, came in second for beards under six inches.

Brad received a last minute touch-up before judging.

After enjoying a trim from Dapper Jacks Barber Shop, Brad won overall Best Beard by a popular vote.

Jack nearly beat out Brad for Best Beard thanks to a lively crowd cheering him on. He was just shy of the top prize.

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