NEWS: Portland, Maine announced as 2016 CanAm Host City

CanAm Beard Comp to be held in Portland Maine March 19, 2016

Competitors Agree: It’s Not Just About Length; Grooming and Girth Count Too

Jesse Wall won first place in the Full Moustache, Natural at the 2014 CanAm Beard and Moustache Competition. Photo by Samuel Cousins
Jesse Wall won first place in the Full Moustache, Natural at the 2014 CanAm Beard and Moustache Competition. Photo by Samuel Cousins

MONTREAL, QC – The CanAm Beard and Moustache Competition, a large international event held annually in border states or provinces, has been awarded to Portland, in the American state of Maine, search committee members announced today. The event will be held at the USM’s Sullivan Gym on Saturday, March 19 at high noon.

“Portland, Maine is known worldwide as a haven of safety for bearded men,” said CanAm organizer and 2016 search committee chairman, Zeke Callanan from his office, five hours outside of Montreal. “It has everything a city should for a world class facial hair competition: awesome women, cold weather, hairy men and damn delicious beer.”

Callanan said the search committee was impressed with the packet submitted by Maine’s top facial hair organization, The Maine Facial Hair Club, to sanction the event.

“The Maine Facial Hair Club has hundreds of volunteers and a veritable war chest of donations,” said Callanan. “For a bunch of dudes in tats and leather those guys seem to really have it together.”

Maine Facial Hair Club president Steve Trask is proud his club was able to win the bid to host the 2016 CanAm.

“We are excited, but it’s kind of a lot of pressure for the club,” said Trask. “We totally stretched the truth a bit on that application. I sincerely hope we don’t make our state look bad.”

In the past, winners of the CanAm have used the competition as a springboard to success in other facial hair competitions. For example, after winning the Full Beard Natural, 6 inches or longer, category at The 2015 CanAm, beard grower Bryce Royal went on to win first place in the Freestyle category at the Gardiner (Maine) Beard & Mustache Competition at 2015 Swine & Stein Oktoberfest.

“Winning the CanAm had absolutely nothing to do with any of my other victories,” said Royal. “My beard is just wicked long and cool-looking so I win lots of beard contests.”

With the biennial World Beard and Moustache Competition coming up on September 1-3, 2017 in Austin, TX, CanAm competitors have little time to waste.

Categories at The 2016 CanAm include:

  1. Full Beard, Natural (6 inches or more)
  2. Full Beard, Natural (6 inches or less)
  3. Full Beard, Styled Mustache
  4. Partial Beard, Natural
  5. Full Beard, Freestyle
  6.  Full Mustache, Natural
  7. Full Mustache, Freestyle

Winners of each category receive a trophy mug and a framed photograph of themselves.

CanAm Organizers expect over 200 competitors in seven categories to compete in the 3/19/16 event at the prestigious Sullivan Complex on Falmouth Street in Portland. The competition will take place during the Bearded Brewfest – a trade show featuring men’s health products and craft beer tastings. Interested parties can register to compete at and spectators can buy tickets to attend the event at starting on November 11, Veteran’s Day.

This event’s 2016 motto is: “A celebration of the two things that get a Maine man through the long cold winter: beer and facial hair.”

This is the second Bearded Brewfest. In 2015, there were over 40 vendors and 600 attendees. Breweries who have made the early commitment for 2016 are: Allagash, Foundation, Geaghan Bros, Rising Tide, Tributary, Henniker Brewing, Sebago and Samuel Adams.

Elizabeth Morin, Conference Services director at USM, stated that, though the on-campus Sullivan Complex has been rented for the 2016 Bearded Brewfest, USM is strictly the venue and not a partner of the event in any way.

“I thought the Callanan boys were crazy for taking this on, but I’m not one to judge.” said Morin.  “I will say I was surprised by the number of female beard fans last year,” she added. “I guess young women really dig beards and beer these days.”

The charity partner of the CanAm and the Bearded Brewfest is Til Duty is Done, a non-profit that supports veterans. For more information visit:




2016 CanAm Beard and Moustache Competition

When: Saturday, March 19, 2015, noon-5pm

Where: USM Sullivan Complex, 66 Falmouth St., Portland, ME 04102

Competitors must pre-register online at:

Spectators may purchase tickets at:


The Maine Facial Hair Club

The Maine Facial Hair Club is the hosting club for the 2016 CanAm. MFHC is dedicated to promoting positive facial hair awareness through community involvement and various charitable organizations. The Maine Facial Hair Club is open to all men and women enthused by facial hair. The club does community organizing outreach in the areas of blood drives, anti-bullying campaigns, animal rights and facial hair competitions.

Visit the Maine Facial Hair Club on Facebook


2016 Bearded Brewfest

When: Saturday, March 19, 2015, 1pm-5pm

Where: USM Sullivan Complex, 66 Falmouth St., Portland, ME 04102

There are GA and VIP tickets available.

All attendees (except “Designated Drivers”) get unlimited 4oz (or smaller) samples.

All tickets are sold through EventBrite and go on sale on November 11, 2016 at

The Bearded Brewfest is a fundraiser for Til Duty is Done, a non-profit that supports veterans.


Til Duty is Done

The mission of Til Duty Is Done is to provide a safe and secure community for veterans through supportive housing, employment training, and employment opportunities. It is a non-profit organization aimed at reducing veteran homelessness, unemployment, and

Register to Compete in the 2016 CanAm Here