The TOP 12 Best BEARDS of 2020: MEANest Beard Contest

Best Beards 2020 - Top 12 Contestants from the MEANest Beard Contest

The MEANest Beard Contest is proud to announce the TOP 12 BEST BEARDS of 2020 in the world!

The TOP 12 were selected by the 5 person MEAN BEARD Judge Panel out of the 115 Best Beard Contestants from 11 countries far and wide including Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Canada, USA, and the UK all vying for the title of the 2020 WORLDWIDE MEANEST BEARD. 

Narrowing down the 115 MEAN BEARD contestants to the TOP 12 was a very difficult task for the judges as there are so many excellent contenders worthy of the MEANest BEARD title, thereby declaring their beard the Best Beard of 2020.  The judges took into consideration three main things:  the composition of the beard, the story behind the beard, and the overall fit of the person to be a representation of the MEAN BEARD brand. 

We would like to thank all contestants. You all are an inspiration to us and to the world. At MEAN BEARD, you don't earn the title of Best Beard of 2020 with just your beard.  It's also the Attitude.  You make it clear that a MEAN BEARD is a symbol of strength, freedom, truth, patience and perseverance. It was great to have you with us sharing in this event and showing the world how MEAN your beard is!

In no particular order, the TOP 12 MEANest BEARDS of 2020 are:

Best Beard of 2020 Lee Fenwick

Lee Fenwick - Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA @anslow
Bearded since 2014.
Fitness Coach, artist, potter and mid century enthusiast.
MEAN BEARD Motto:  Be authentic.
"I've had facial hair of some type since the 90's. I always wanted to grow a big beard but always trimmed. I finally told myself that life is too short and I should Go for it and so I did!! I'm proud to be big bearded and love when people ask me about my beard. I hope I inspire others to be who they want to be and to grow a mean beard!"

Best Beard of 2020 Serge Tremblay

Serge Tremblay - Québec City, Québec, Canada @tbnkqc
Bearded since 2014.
Bartender, construction, motocross, gaming, playing hockey, taking care of my family and Rottweiler.
MEAN BEARD Motto:  One day at a time. Equality, respect and mutual aid.
"6 years ago just before Movember on October 28th, I decided to let my beard grow. I also decided to stop using drugs. It's a very important date for me because I succeeded. A few weeks later, over the holidays, I challenged my godfather: "My beard will be longer than yours next Christmas" and I succeeded too! After that, I kept my beard for hockey series and as the time went by, a love story has grown up between the two of us.  Now that I have THE MEANest BEARD, it gave me the courage to become a bartender, the first male in the history of my bar."

Best Beard of 2020 George Kelly

George Kelly - London, Ohio, USA @beardassessment
Bearded since 2016.
Warehouse Supervisor, family, charity work, weekends cooking on the grill with a beer in hand and the game on the TV.
MEAN BEARD Motto:  Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack!
"Before my beard I was a pretty shy guy just going with the flow of life. Then I decided to let it grow out and boy oh boy did it change my life. I've accepted a few different promotions at work, bought my first house, started competing in beard comps, and just had my first child (a boy!). My MEAN BEARD gave me a boost of confidence that I really needed and I'll never look back!"

 Best Beard of 2020 Scott Pawlak

Scott Pawlak - Midland, Michigan, USA @oldiddy2001
Bearded since 2016.
City of Midland equipment operator, hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking and most importantly spending time with my family.
MEAN BEARD Motto:  Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
"I started my beard coming up on almost 5 years ago this coming February on my daughter's 11th birthday thinking let’s see if I make a yeard. Now this year is gonna be my feard 5 yr beard and I’m super stoked.  It’s been the coolest experience, some struggles with eating certain foods and sleeping but I’ve met some of the coolest people through this journey that I call friends. When all this COVID stuff ends, I look forward to seeing y’all again."

 Best Beard of 2020 Kevin Boling

Kevin Boling - Moses Lake, Washington, USA @kevinsbeard
Bearded since 2015.
My calling is exploring the land the good man gave us and finding ways to live off it. You can find me hanging out with my buddy and dog, Skipper, helping my daughter and son in law with their new house, fishing and planning a Columbia River two month long trip. When the season is right, my brother and I hunt for some of the best mushrooms in western Washington; oyster, lobster, morel, lions mane , and cauliflower to name a few.
MEAN BEARD Motto:  It's never too late to change your life. To be happy, to follow your dreams and live life to the fullest.
"When I found out I had high blood pressure and cholesterol, I realized if I wanted to see my grandchildren grow up, I had to get serious about my physical health. Eating right and daily exercise quickly became a priority. Happy to report I found out a couple weeks ago my cholesterol and blood pressure are finally at healthy levels! I feel like I got yet another second chance to live my life. My beard is a representation of my life. When I started growing my beard, I was smoking cigarettes and living an unhealthy lifestyle. My beard hasn't been trimmed and shows the life I used to live and the one I choose to live every day since 2016. There's even a little bit of yellow hair. Some have encouraged me to cut it off but I see it as a reminder of overcoming the struggle and turning into a healthier, happier me."

 Best Beard of 2020 Harish Maduro

Harish Maduro - Highland, New York, USA @mybeardvibe
Bearded since 2016.
Seeker of adventure and all things with good vibes. Devoted family man to my wife, raising our two teens. Currently exploring upstate NY with our four beagles. Love music, guitar, ukulele, cooking, picker of vintage stuff and bicycles.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   Be original and stand for the truth.
"Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Aruba, where the ocean was my playground, I was a sailor. My life living in Aruba I couldn't grow a beard for many reasons, plus in the Aruban heat you would never think to grow a beard. When we moved to NY a lot of my life had changed, so I decided it was the perfect timing to grow a beard. By being bald from a young age I felt the need for a little bit of hair. That's why I have grown a MEAN BEARD. My life changed and went from no Beach to growing a Mean beard."

 Best Beard of 2020 Bryan Banfield

Bryan Banfield - Eagle River, Alaska, USA @bryan.banfield
Bearded since 2015.
Father of 3, grandpa of 2, husband, journeyman plumber/ boiler operator/ HVAC tech, cooking, crafts, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   Learn, love, grow, help and be a good person!
"I really enjoy learning new things and I especially enjoy seeing people excel in life. I was taught from a young age to help where help is needed and treat your fellow man/ woman as you want to be treated.  It possibly helped that the man I looked up to growing up had a great beard himself."

 Best Beard of 2020 Robert Michaelis

Robert Michaelis - Lakeland, Florida, USA @robertwyatt13
Bearded since 2016.
Truss Designer, love family and inspiring people to be better and do better.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   I'm just blessed to be here.
"My beard usually starts the conversation and leads to me being able to share my gratitude for life and in turn makes others do the same - it has truly changed my life."

Best Beard of 2020 Wade Longan

Wade Longan - Weatherford, Oklahoma, USA @Beard_There.Done_That
Bearded since 2015.
Father of 3, one girl and two boys. Longtime Foster Care and Adoption advocate, hunting, fishing, camping, trucks, scotch, wheat beer from around the world.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   "Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor are the alpha virtues of men all over the world." - Jack Donovan
"Along with being a Foster Care and Adoption advocate, housing many children and teenagers in my home over the years, I'm a big believer in teaching young people how to defend themselves when necessary. Through boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I have been able to teach young people and see them grow in their confidence and learn real world strategies to defend themselves or escape potentially traumatic situations. It's been a great bonus to see that my beard has become a source of comfort and security for the little ones."

 Best Beard of 2020 Jacob Kutzy

Jacob Kutzy - Edgewater, Florida, USA @jakethebeardboss
Bearded since 2019.
Stock trader, golf coach, golfing, fishing, going to the beach and paddleboarding.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   The past is history ... the future is a mystery ... what are you doing today?
"The last time I was cleaned shaven was Jan. 1st 2019. I decided to grow an untrimmed, untouched beard for 365 days or one year and document the process on Instagram @jakethebeardboss with one beard selfie per day for the entire "yeard". I did this so that beard lovers worldwide could follow along this ride with me. 13k followers and 700 days/pictures later I continue to do this daily, Dec. 31st 2020 will mark my 2 year untrimmed beard journey!"

 Best Beard of 2020 Niklas Sandqvist

Niklas Sandqvist - Sorsele, AC, Sweden @niklas_sandqvist
Bearded since 2015.
I have three kids, a wife and a little Shi-tzu dog named Ester. My hobbies aside from the beard are: building a cabin in the forest, this summer we have built a place to store our outdoor stuff like snowmobiles and other building projects. I also drive tanks in World of tanks and sometimes, work on my own blog page writing and I own a web hosting company with four other part owners.
MEAN BEARD Motto:   Try it, you can do it!
"I started growing my beard back in 2015 when I broke my arm working on our holiday home. It was so painful I choose not to shave. Now it has become a kind of lifestyle finding other MEAN but kind bearded men all over the globe."

Best Beard of 2020 Praveen Parameswar

Praveen Parameswar - Adoor, Kerala, India @Praveen_parameswar_thady
Bearded since 2013.
Actor, Beard model and Assistant/Associate Director (film).
MEAN BEARD Motto:   To hold the longest beardman world record.
"I love my Beard.  The Beard is a great responsibility, because it's a gift that is not given to everybody. I am maintaining my beard like a baby. While growing my beard I am facing so many bad words from my friends and society.  Fortunately or unfortunately nowadays they are my big beard supporters."
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WIN a $100 MEAN BEARD Gift Card!

Let us know who you think should be in the TOP 3 out of the TOP 12 contestants by leaving a comment below. You will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a $100 MEAN BEARD GIFT CARD.  One entry per person.  Draw will take place at end of contest after the 2020 MEANest BEARD Worldwide Champion has been announced.  

Stay tuned-in for the TOP 3 announcement!

We expect the MEAN BEARD Judge Panel to make their decision and announcement by this weekend.

THEN, the MEANest BEARD Worldwide Champion will be determined and announced next week!  Exciting!! 

Stay with us!  Stay MEAN!

You can view all 115 contestants on MEAN BEARD Instagram or Facebook, see their full stories in the MEAN NEWS blog or a brief look in the contest photo gallery!
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  • Jacob Kutzy @ jakethebeardboss
  • A lot of great looking beards in the top 12 for sure.

    Big Rob
  • Jacob Kutzy, Brian Banfield and George Kelly and his ginger beard! Good luck to all the contestants. All the beards are fantastic!

    Denny Murray

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