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Everything of interest to the modern bourbon lover.

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How to Split Firewood the Right Way

Whether you’re heating exclusively with wood or just revving up the occasional blaze in the fireplace, there comes a time when you’ll need to split a few too-large, unwieldy logs, or make use of those cut up stumps your friend just thoughtfully dumped in your backyard.

Avocado Toast for brunch

4 Easy Ways to Host the Ultimate Brunch

Avocado Toast for brunch

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’re on notice: Brunch now rules as the most popular meal of the week.

What used to be a Sunday morning-after hangover cure has fanned out to overtake Saturday and, in some enlightened places, Fridays, too. In fact, it has morphed into a new social experience entirely unto itself.

What Wins in Poker

Poker is a gentleman’s — or woman’s — game, so you’re probably not going to need to put a six-shooter on the table like in an old Western movie. But just so no misunderstandings arise, especially if you’re playing in your first friendly low-stakes game, it does help to know which hands beat other hands, as well as a few other handy tips. Like the fact that Ezra Brooks bourbon makes a great wingman.

Kentucky Derby

Win-Place-Show: Here’s How to Lay Down a Derby Bet

Kentucky Derby

In the topsy-turvy world of COVID-19, the 2020 Triple Crown of horse racing — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes — has been turned on its head. The traditional last leg of the three, the Belmont Stakes, was run first on June 20. And the Derby is now being held on September 5, and the Preakness Stakes on October 3.

The Ezra Brooks Guide to Starting Your Own Whiskey Club

Groucho Marx famously said, “I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have me as a member” — but no one says no to whiskey.

Forming a club dedicated to whiskey is a fun way for you and your whiskey-loving friends to share your passion.

The Art of the Perfect Burger

While the Fourth of July may look a little different in 2020, there’s one thing that’s a given — the all-American burger is a staple for that day. As it stands, it’s the undisputed star of any summer grilling menu, and with a few simple steps, you can ensure you’re putting a perfect burger on everyone’s plate.

A Modern Man’s Tutorial on How to Sew a Button

You’re just about to head out the door when a button pops off your shirt. Now what? Sure, you could just change shirts, but whether you take care of it now or later, knowing how to sew on a button is one of those essential life-skills that every man should know how to do. And sometimes, you just really want to wear that shirt.

Man grooming his beard

13 Grooming Essentials Every Man Needs

Man grooming his beard

There was a time when a man could head out for a potential overnighter with nothing but a toothbrush in his pocket. If that.

We know better now. Among other things, we’re aware of the dire effects of excessive sun exposure. The appeal of the leathery Marlboro Man look is long gone, and for men who want to maintain a healthy — not to mention handsome — exterior, a few grooming essentials are in order.

Bourbon Truffles

4 Recipes for Bourbon-Infused Desserts

Bourbon Truffles

Bourbon straight is a classic; in a cocktail, it’s sublime. But sometimes we crave more ways, unexpected ways, to enjoy our bourbon. Like bourbon for dessert.

The idea of pairing spirits with sweets is not new. But bourbon and dessert is a game-changer. For starters, bourbon is not as sweet as the liqueurs you commonly see drizzled and doused on cakes and such.

Men's suits

The Modern Gentleman’s Guide to Buying a Suit

Men's suits

As our old friend Shakespeare notes in Hamlet: “The apparel oft proclaims the man.” In other words, it’s time to step up to an adult suit that wasn’t picked off the rack for you by Mom.