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Belly Up

August 26, 2010
By Jared Curtis


Sweet ’stache bro


Des Moines Area Moustache Network hosts second annual Moustache Brew Bash

From Burt Reynolds to Rollie Fingers to Ned Flanders, moustaches have been a part of pop culture for years. It takes a special kind of person to rock a moustache and wear it well, which is why the Des Moines Area Moustache Network (D.A.M.N.) is celebrating the soup strainer with its second annual Moustache Brew bash on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Mullets, 1300 S.E. 1st St.
“This is our second year as an official event, but the third year for throwing a moustache party,” said Pete Blink, President of D.A.M.N. “It all started as a goofy backyard party and has continued to grow in size each year.”

Everyone in attendance must sport a ’stache (real or fake), and organizers have them for sale if needed. The event is a celebration of all things moustaches, but it also raises money for local charities. The group describes itself as “an Iowa non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for local charities while re-establishing Manliness in the 21st century.”

“We like to spread the love around. Last year we raised money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and this year we are working with the Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa,” Blink said. “It’s a great time, and we get to help some local charities in the process.”

Blink started the event with Heart Cumpton, a friend and local homebrewer. Blink had just moved back to Des Moines and had “a good handlebar moustache going.” Cumpton was also sporting a moustache, so they decided to throw a party. The event has evolved from a backyard bash to an all-day celebration featuring live music from 10 bands including The Jitz, Rumble Seat Riot, The Atudes, Dustin Smith, Three Legged Dawg and Suicide Blondes. Attendees can also expect moustache trivia and prizes for the Best Real Moustache, Best Fake Moustache and Best Crappiest Real Moustache.

“The crappiest real moustache contest is my favorite because it gives the guys who can’t grow them a chance for glory,” Blink said.

Along with the music, contest and prize give aways, the Iowa Brewers Union (IBU) will also be offering samples of their homebrew creations. A Best Beer Award will also be handed out.

“The IBU is awesome, and they bring some tasty beers,” Blink said. “We’ll have 10 to 20 different kinds to try. It’s a great mix, and it gives them a chance to show off their product.”

The event draws a number of people — male and female — from across central Iowa.

“It’s surprising to see how many people show up, and it’s always fun to see the ladies walking around with big fake moustaches on their face,” Blink said. “I think people enjoy it because it’s like wearing a costume. Besides, how can you not have fun with a few hundred people all wearing ’staches?”

Blink hopes the event continues to grow in size and attendance, and he invites everyone to come out and party with D.A.M.N.

“It’s a great event for charity. There is some tasty homebrew and plenty of different styles of music. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and with Mullets double-decker patio, you’ll have a great view of everything,” Blink said. “Above all, it’s chance to hang out and bask in the sexiness of the ’stache.” CV


Attendees salute the’stache at last year’s Moustache Brew Bash. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at Mullets, 1300 S.E. 1st St. The event starts at 3 p.m. (bands start at 4 p.m.) and admission is $10. For more information, visit Des Moines Area Moustache Network (D.A.M.N.) Facebook page.
Photo by Ben Wissler


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