Founders Brewing Co. is one of the 30 largest craft breweries in the U.S., but the Michigan-based outfit hasn’t lost sight of what makes its beers so exceptional—these are complex brews with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. For this team of brewers, cutting corners is unheard of.

The people at Founders were kind enough to invite First We Feast out to Grand Rapids to experience their annual Founders Fest—a street-side celebration of beer and music. Along with Founders staples like All Day IPA and Red’s Rye IPA, Founders was pouring big, high-octane beers like KBS cave-aged imperial stout (for which the brewery has developed a cult following) and smoky and sweet Backwoods Bastard Scotch ale. While sipping on their favorite brews, festivalgoers danced to the funky sounds of Brooklyn’s Charles Bradley, Lettuce, and the official brewery band, FBC All-Stars.

If you missed this year’s Founders Fest, you can still visit the Grand Rapids brewery, take a tour of the facilities (which produces 320,000 barrels of craft beer annually), and check out the 10,000-square-foot taproom/beer garden. Grand Rapids is Beer City U.S.A., so you should get there, stat.

Besides the top-notch beer and live music, the best thing about the festival had to be the beards. Craft-beer enthusiasts often have awesome facial hair, and the Founders Fest attendees were no exception. Below, take a gander at some of the most impeccably bearded men of Founders Fest 2014.

Name: Michael
From: “Planet earth”
Favorite Founders beer: Double Trouble
Time spent growing beard: 11.75 months

beard1Name: Jordan
Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite Founders beer:
 Black Rye
Time spent growing beard:
3 years


Name: Eric
From: West Branch, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Rubaeus
Time spent growing beard: 8 months

Name: Jason
From: St. Helen, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Curmudgeon Old Ale
Time spent growing beard: 20 months


Name: Big John
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Red’s Rye IPA
Time spent growing beard: 3 months


Name: Brandon
From: Rochester, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Breakfast Stout
Time spent growing beard: 9 months ooo

Name: Matt
From: Muskegon, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Red’s Rye IPA
Time spent growing beard: 8 months


Name: RJ
From: Holland, MI
Favorite Founders beer: All Day IPA
Time spent growing mustache: One yearbeauty Name: Christopher
From: Mount Clemens, MI
Favorite Founders beer: KBS
Time spent growing mustache: 2 months

beardddName: John
From: Detroit, MI
Favorite Founders beer: Porter
Time spent growing mustache: One yearbeard2