It seems to be part of the uniform of beer brewers across the country: a big, bushy beard.
And thank goodness, because now one local brewer has another trophy to display at his business.
The event awarded ribbons for the best beards in several different categories, and Ward won for Best Full Beard between 6 and 12 inches.
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The ribbon will be displayed in the brewery at 1710 E. Douglas.
Lattin has been growing his beard for eight years, ever since he accepted a college bet. A friend who hated Guinness beer said he'd drink one, but only if Lattin grew a beard. (The friend drank only half the beer.)
But Lattin liked the beard, and he's grown it ever since.
Lattin said he doesn't know exactly how long his beard is — he's never taken a ruler to it — but it's big. He trims it from time to time to make sure it doesn't get too big.
Still, he said, it's his signature, and people all over town know from far away when Lattin has entered a room.
He'd never entered a beard contest in his life, Lattin said. His wife and brewery co-owner, Stacy, said she "made him do the competition."
"Well," he said. "She asked politely."
If you want to see Lattin's big beard or drink his beer, visit Hopping Gnome from 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 3 to midnight Fridays, from noon to midnight Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
A list of other impressive local beer brewer beards
Ned Vahsholtz, Wichita Brewing Company: WBC's head brewer keeps winning awards for his Shaven Yak beer, but he isn't much of a shaver. His colleagues Greg Gifford and Kyle Banick also are members of the beard brigade.
Nathan Jackel, Central Standard Brewing: Jackel wins the award for best beer brewing beard at the popular Central Standard Brewing. Co-owner Ian Crane is a runner-up.
Ryan Kerner, River City Brewing Co: No beard, but Kerner's sculpted mustache makes him easily recognizable.
Dan Norton, Nortons Brewing: Owner and head brewer Norton has his own brewer look — mustache-free but full-on beard. Abe Lincoln would approve.
And here is a full list of winners from Sunday.
Full Beard 6-12 inches
3rd Place – Tim Aimes
2nd Place – Brandon Moxley·
1st Place – Torrey Lattin
2nd Place – Matthew Barnes
1st Place – Jerrod McNutt
3rd Place – Chris Baldwin
2nd Place – Keith Lumry
1st Place – Patrick Shields
3rd Place – Robin Bone
2nd Place – Omar Shifri
1st Place – Colin Eation
Full Beard Under 6 inches
3rd Place – Mike Alexande
2nd Place – Nathan T. Kaiser
1st Place – Johnny Rogers
Kids Fake Beard (All Received 1st Place Ribbon)