It has been a couple of years since it's popped up on the scene consistently but the Beard is definitely a modern hip look: Now hopefully we are past the hipster age, so the question to ask is To Beard or not to Beard:

I think I misspoke a little, the Hipsters are still around but it's not as predominate as it was 2 maybe 3 years ago. The question is though why the beard ? It seems like it would be a lot of work to maintain each day and also would think during the summer it would be super uncomfortable.

There's an interesting article by Esquire magazine that gets into the psychology of the beard and the meaning in today's society, so If you want to check it out it's at Esquire Magazine.

What I got from the article is the fact that having a beard can make you seem like an outsider but it can also identify you as someone that enjoys nature and the natural way of things. I know some people that have it because they feel it's artistic expression whether as a brewer or a musician or painter.

The bottom line though is that having a beard is a conscious choice and it would be a good conversation to find out why with one that has one. As for me I like the clean shave look :)