If you’ve been bearded for a long time, it can be shocking to see yourself in old photos sans beard. That’s exactly the case this week with actor Kristoffer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones), who shared a throwback Instagram post of himself when his face was a lot less hairy. Fair warning: you may want to sit down for this one. Thankfully, Hivju isn’t planning to go back to his clean-shaven look anytime soon, and in fact has some prize tips for starting a beard – including drinking beer, lots of beer.

Another brother whose beard won’t be going anywhere is MLB closer Jason Motte, who’s currently clean shaven due to his stint for Triple-A Gwinnett. Now that he’s signed on with the Atlanta Braves, which has no rules about facial hair, he promises his beard will be back in full force.

In politics, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is being scrutinized for keeping his beard (the first for his party since the early 1900s), and evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks looks at the economic and social reasons for beard growing.

Also, we gear you up for summer hangs and trips with our guide to lifestyle essentials for the beardsman.

Beard On,

The Zeus Team

A two-parter that’s shocking and then funny: a flashback to Kristoffer Hivju (Tormund) without a beard, and his tips for growing a beard (Refinery 29).

An evolutionary biologist explains the meaning of the hipster beard, and much more. (Quartz)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is running for British prime minister, but it’s his beard that’s getting all the buzz. (The Economist)

Photos from the International Beard Competition in northern France. (The Washington Post)

Jason Motte returns to the major league without his trademark beard. (ESPN)

Don’t leave home this summer without these 7 outdoor essentials for the beardsman. (Zeus Beard Blog)

…Then throw it all into this rad duffle bag by the folks at Tanner Goods. (Zeus Beard Blog)