The Holy City Beard & Moustache Society welcomed a visit from two-time world beard champion Jack Passion at the Recovery Room on Monday night. Passion is the first American to win the title in Europe and is a celebrity among bewhiskered locals.

With a film crew in tow, he barely got through the door before being surrounded by the bearded mob. It was a chance to get their picture taken with a legend.

Earlier this month, he won “Best Full Beard – Natural” at the 2010 European Championships in Leogang, Austria.

He was a pretty humble guy and the local bearded breathren had a good time hanging out and telling hairy stories

Here’s a short interview and slideshow.