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Everything of interest to the modern gentleman.

Year: 2019

Rancourt & Co. Shoes

Honestly Good Stuff: Rancourt & Co. Hand-Sewn Shoes

Rancourt & Co. Shoes

What does it take to keep a family business going? Dedication, perseverance, and — perhaps most important — timing. That’s what the Rancourts learned not once, but twice, over the decades while hand-making moccasins.

Grilled Ribs

The Modern Man’s Grilling Guide

Grilled Ribs

The joy of sizzling meat on an outdoor grill is practically part of a man’s DNA, a skill usually handed down by preceding generations. But if you still haven’t flipped your first burger, it’s time to start. Here are some basics for bringing the heat.

Cocktails made with Ezra Brooks bourbon and bitters

Bourbon and Bitters: A Primer (With Recipes)

Cocktails made with Ezra Brooks bourbon and bittersBitters are some of the bartender’s most powerful ingredients. These potent extracts serve as super-concentrated shots of flavor: Just a drop or two is all you need to give a cocktail that extra something.

Man tying a tie

The Modern Man’s Guide to Tying a Tie

Man tying a tie

There comes a time in every man’s life when he must put aside the clip-on ties and step up to the plate with the real thing. This is no problem if you know how to tie one. Otherwise, read on.

Dragon Glassware Diamond Glasses

Ezra-Approved Whiskey Glasses for Your Home Bar

Dragon Glassware Diamond Glasses

Putting together a well-stocked home bar is a chance to show off your personal style. But it can be overwhelming, especially when selecting glassware, because there are so many types, styles, and price points.

Your Ezra Brooks bourbon deserves the right drinking vessel. Here are five suggestions for high-quality and stylish whiskey glasses.

Whiskey aperitif

A Whiskey-Lover’s Guide to Aperitifs

Whiskey aperitif

Looking for a fresh way to enjoy your whiskey? Then try it in an aperitif. The centuries-old tradition of pre-dinner cocktails has seen a major revival in recent years. There’s something inherently civilized about setting aside time to sip a light, sophisticated drink before you sit down to dinner.

Normal Brand duffle

Ezra-Approved Duffle Bags Made in the USA

Normal Brand duffle

Every modern gentleman knows the importance of seeing the world, but it’s hard to globe-trot without a good duffle bag. These three stand out for their American craftsmanship, because you should never have to sacrifice style or longevity.

Cigar holder from Holtz Leather Co.

Honestly Good Stuff: Holtz Leather Company

Cigar holder from Holtz Leather Co.

When looking for an American success story, it doesn’t get more authentic than that of Coleen and Rick Holtz. Despite a series of tragic events, including almost losing their home, the resilient couple rebounded by starting a monogramming business in their garage.

Ezra Brooks bourbon with stack of books

Literature’s Great Bourbon Moments

Ezra Brooks bourbon with stack of books

In 35 B.C., the great poet Horace speculated in his XIXth Epistle, “… no poems can please long, nor live, which are written by water-drinkers.” William Faulkner took it a step further: “Civilization begins with distillation.”

While Horace preceded the creation of bourbon, Faulkner was well-steeped in the knowledge. He mentioned whiskey frequently in his novels, going so far as to write, “There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.” Noir mystery author Raymond Chandler mirrored the line: “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”

Many of the manly writers of the first half of the 20th century were bourbon aficionados. Think Hemingway: “Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.” Or F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. Said Daisy to her husband, “‘Open the whiskey, Tom,’ she ordered, ‘and I’ll make you a mint julep. Then you won’t seem so stupid to yourself.’”

But references to bourbon run throughout the literary canon. Here are a few more well-read morsels to skillfully slip into your next sipping session with friends: