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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 hearts for Valentine's Day

The Modern Gentleman’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Ezra Brooks bourbon with hearts for Valentine's Day

Even without all the candy hearts, flower displays, and jewelry commercials, a modern gentleman wouldn’t forget Valentine’s Day. He knows to honor his significant other on the most romantic day of the year. Even if the holiday feels a little contrived, an authentic celebration of love never is.

If you’re looking for some V-Day inspo, here are five Ezra Brooks-approved ways show the love.

How to Make a Bourbon-Glazed Turkey

If there’s one thing a modern man should know how to do, it’s make a turkey for holiday entertaining. You can prove your kitchen prowess by serving this bourbon-glazed turkey for Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner — forever sealing your fate as master of the bird.

If you’re feeling plucky, you can spatchcock* your turkey before roasting. Yeah, we went there.

Beyond-Basic Whiskey Accessories for the Modern Man

Your home bar may be stocked with the basics — and of course that includes a bottle (or two) of Ezra Brooks — but there are so many accessories out there that elevate your drinking experience.

It’s even better when you amass items with a history, ones that are handcrafted by artisans who are just as dedicated to quality as you are. Read on to see what you’ll need.