Bonobos Lightweight Chambray Shirt

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods wasn’t the only shocking move made last week. Buried beneath all that hype was Walmart’s seemingly random purchase of Bonobos. It was shocking to say the least (at least if you hadn’t heard the rumors it was happening a little while ago). There don’t seem to be two brands more dissimilar than the two, especially in terms of style.  Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Father’s Day

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Urban Artifact Sliderule

When The Complete Beer Course hit shelves in 2013, author Joshua Bernstein offered up one tasting option in the gose section and remarked, “I’m not going to make you run around like a headless chicken to find a second gose.” Funny how times have changed.  Continue reading

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Castaway Clothing Island Madras Chase Shirt

Back in the days before Madras became known as Chennai, the eponymous fabric of the city was still woven using hand looms. But even while madras tends to hearken back to a time where craftsmanship was prized, the truth is that most “madras” fabric today is made in factories using machines. When the team at Castaway Clothing approached the Original Madras Trading Co. to source fabric for a line of madras shirts, they wanted to do something a little different and reach back into history. Continue reading

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Bell’s Mars

What’s old is new again. At least that seems to be the case lately, particularly in the Midwest. Beers that were more or less considered one time offerings have begun to appear on shelves again. Doom, a barrel-aged double IPA that was part of Founders’ Backstage Series, has been resurrected as part of the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series (let’s hope the trend continues and CBS is one of the two yet to be named entries in that series). Regional staple Gluek is making a return to the Twin Cities. Stone brought back a ton of retired beers to celebrate its 20th anniversary last year. Even nationally Zima is set to be brought back from the dead. But the first beer that tipped this trend off to me was Mars, a double IPA from Bell’s that originally appeared in 2014. Continue reading

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Collared Greens Classic 9″ Shorts

These pages have been a bit quiet lately. A combination of work, visiting family, an almost two-year-old and a newborn (plus a healthy does of Master of None) have conspired to zap most of my time the past couple weeks. Hopefully now that some of those factors have slowed down I’ll get back to being a bit more consistent, but if you don’t hear from me for stretches of time, just know it’s because I’m now changing double the diapers. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Indy 500

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Founders Palm Reader

Long before Washington’s Yakima Valley became synonymous with American hops, the vast majority of American hop production took place in the East. While the Pacific Northwest cultivates all but a small percent of American hops, hop production is beginning to see a resurgence in other areas. Continue reading

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Forbidden Root Fernetic

Intense bitterness? Doesn’t faze me. Coffee? I’ll take it black, please. 100 IBU double IPA? Sign me up. Shot of Malört? Gladly. It’s no wonder then that I’m also a fan of fernet, the bitter Italian amaro, also known as the “bartender’s handshake.”  Continue reading

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New Republic Flynn Boat Shoe

It’s rare that a new brand pops up that offers style while also remaining affordable, especially when it comes to shoes. You can throw a stone and hit a dozen companies handcrafting boat shoes for $300 but it’s a lot more difficult to find a variety of quality brands in the sub $100 range. That’s what makes the Flynn Boat Shoe from New Republic so enticing. Continue reading

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