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Bluegrass Barrels: Awesome Gift Idea

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So I am not sure how many women out there read this website, but I figured I would give you women a great valentines day gift idea. Granted, there is absolutely no chance of it shipping in time for Saturday – but really cool to give even if it’s a few weeks late.

A while back my fiancé got me a Barrel from Bluegrass Barrels. I actually mentioned/featured the barrel in my article on Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey, back a few months ago.  This is a great way to keep and age spirits, such as whiskey, bourbon, scotch, tequila…etc. The barrels are handmade in Kentucky, with American White Oak with a medium char on the inside. They have three sizes to choose from between 1 – 3 liters, with a choice between the metal used for the hops that hold the barrel together.

To personalize the barrel, you can put up to two lines of text with a maximum of 10 letters per line. Additionally, these barrels can feature your favorite NCAA logos.

Goto  their site, and order one.

Abita Brewing Company: One of My Favorite Breweries In ‘Merica

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As you can probably tell by now, I am pretty obsessed with Abita Amber. It is definitely one of my favorite beers, and I was convinced the best Abita product – until a shipment from Abita arrived at my apartment.Came home from dinner @ Kuma Inn (Followed by Drinks at Los Feliz and Spitzers), walked into the mail area and saw a huge box addressed to yours truly, Hedge Fun NY. In a semi-drunken state I ran into the apartment and opened up the box like a kid discovering the awesomeness of Christmas. Cutting through the tape, and throwing packaging peanuts everywhere, I got down to the bottom and found 6 six-packs of three different types of Abita Brews (36 Beers for all you non-mathletes) and a beer koozie. They sent Abita Bock, Abita Restoration Pale Ale, and Abita Wrought Iron IPA. In a burst of excitement I threw them in the fridge, and there they sat getting cold until the right night to give them a try.

A week later, I decided to have my buddy Nick come over and give me his opinion on these Abita beers. Since he works at Brinkley’s, thought it would be a good idea to involve him since he knows beer. Also, similar to my article on Anchor Brewing Company, I had Nicole drink some of the beer to see her comments. The night prior we ordered Mile End Deli, so we figured this was a perfectly good time to order it again and start the drinking process.

In their package to me, and on their website, they have a great display of color/bitterness – ‘Color and Bitterness Comparison Chart’. I put this below so you can check it out as well.

Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale (APA)
Availability: All Year-Round
ABV: 5.2%
Chart: Color 9 / IBU 25

Side Note: Abita’s brewery is located in Abita Springs, LA about 30 miles north of New Orleans. Through their sales of Restoration they have raised over $550,000 for hurricane relief efforts. Round of applause gentlemen, now back to the beer…

The Restoration Pale Ale is brewed with pale, caramel and carapils malts. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with Cascade hops. Fresh out of the bottle and into a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color. Nicole mentioned it was more orange, which she may have been right considering I stare at Bloomberg and Excel sheets all day. Picked up some of the floral aromas from the Cascade Hops, and I was ready to drink.

From the initial appearance and reading the ingredients, I was expecting it to be similar to the Anchor Brewing Company Liberty Ale. After tasting I realized they were similar but definitely not the same. Similar to the aroma we all picked up a citrus, piney, hoppy taste on the backend that  left the bitterness of the grapefruit/lemon zest taste in your mouth. Definitely a characteristic of most IPA, but where as some ales overdue it I find the Restoration Pale Ale to be mildly bitter, which left us all with the same conclusion: We can drink 1 or 2, definitely not something we can drink all night. Abita suggests pairing with fish, and different types of cheeses. We had it while eating a ‘Smoked Meat Sandwich‘ on rye bread from Mile End Deli – think the two went well.

Abita Wrought Iron IPA
Type: Indian Pale Ale (IPA)
Availability: All Year-Round
ABV: 6.9%
Chart: Color 9 / IBU 80

Remember back before the weather was below freezing, and their wasn’t snow blanketing the side walks? While walking through Central Park, you would see something called grass. This beer smells like freshly cut grass, so much so I am using it as an air freshener in my apartment because I miss warm weather.

This IPA is forged with the intensity of Apollo, Equinox and Mosaic Hops. Brewed with pale ale malt, the beer pours a golden/copper color, not much different than the Restoration Ale. The name Wrought Iron comes from the color of iron when it’s being forged – thinking outside the box with that one.

One sip in Nicole’s face looks like a little kid eating a Shock Tart for the first time. She hates bitter IPA’s, and with an IBU of 80 safe to say we should have known she was going to  dislike it. But still fun to see her reaction.

Nick seemed not to mind the beer. Being around a multitude of different beers, he has definitely tried his fair share of IPA, i.e. having Ithaca Flower Power  IPA on tap.

For me, this was a one every once in a while type of beer. Abita suggest pairing the Wrought Iron IPA with meats, luckily my diet consist of 98% Red Meat, 2% Bread/Potatoes. As mentioned earlier, we were eating smoked meat from Mile End, and the two definitely went well. The overpowering of the malts by the hops gave the bitterness and piney resin feeling, so biting into smoked brisket and mustard was an awesome mix with it.

Abita Mardi Gras Bock
Type: Bock
Availability: Seasonal (Jan – March)
ABV: 6.5%
Chart: Color 13 / IBU 25

Let me start off by saying, this is one of my new favorite beers – and a contender for my favorite Abita product over Abita Amber. I never thought those words would leave my mouth, but I love this Bock Beer. I also think I might like this as much as Shiner Bock, which is another thing I thought I would never say. When we finished drinking the beers, we all said Abita Mardi Gras Bock was the best of the three.

Once poured into a pint glass we were able to see the amber/auburn color, and with a color of 13 it is just a few shades away from Abita Amber. Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts and German Perle hops. This combination is great, and the beer goes down smooth. I didn’t even realize the size of my gulps until I would be done with a bottle after a minute or two.

From the first taste you pick up the malty sweetness and caramel, a bit of a bread taste – which I thought may have been left over from the rye bread on my sandwich. But once the sandwich was long gone I realized it was part of the beer.

I am a little confused as to why Abita lists this as having an IBU of 25, which is the same as Abita Restoration Pale Ale. I tasted no hoppy bitterness as all, and for Nicole (who hates IPAs) and Nick (knows all things beer) not to notice it further confuses me. From drinking so many IPAs lately, and having my mouth punched with that piney resin everyone loves so much, this was exactly what I needed. Considering my love for Amber, Bock, Brown, and Dark Beers – I think this is the reason I enjoyed this so much.

The only true complaint I have about this beer is that it is not produced all year-round. I wish they would send me over a 6 month supply along with some of the Abita Turbodog that I have been wanting to try that the waitress at Balthazar steered me away from … But that’s a whole different story all together.
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Spring Time: Oxford & Chinos

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Anchor Brewing: America’s First Craft Brewery?

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In 1849 German brewer Gottlieb Brekle (hence Brekle’s Brown Ale) settled in California. Purchasing a saloon a few years later in San Francisco, this later on became the brewery known know as Anchor Brewing – which officially was born in 1896. Over the next couple dozen decades, the brewery witnessed two of it’s founders die in freak accidents, The Great San Fransisco Earthquake, Prohibition, the brink of bankruptcy – and being shipped in a box delivered to the lobby of my apartment. My life is pretty awesome.

I open the fancy box, which was shipped from my friends at Dog and a Duck, and threw the beers right into the fridge. The other night while my fiancé was over, I figured this might be a good time to taste the beers. She isn’t a beer drinker, but on occasions she will order one. Additionally, I will usually make her try my beers sometimes if they are good to see what she thinks. She has been getting pretty good at picking out details of each beer, so I felt like this was a good idea since the Anchor Brews would be something she would probably like.

Anchor Steam Beer
Type: California Common / Steam Beer
First Brew: 1896
Availability: All Year-Round
ABV: 4.9%

This is the flagship beer, and as you can see was first brewed the year Anchor Brewing  was founded. The beer gained early popularity prior to the years of Prohibition, and in fact was the reason the company was saved from the brink of bankruptcy by one of its fans, an Stanford Graduate named Fritz Maytag. By the 1970s, the brewery began pumping out bottles of this recipe out of its newer locations.

The beer pours a golden, almost burnt auburn color with a thick white head. The Anchor Steam Beer has a blend of pale and caramel malts, which provides a bit of malty sweetness with a hint of biscuits. There is also a slight taste of minty, fruity taste (citrus/apricot) however not as much as I tasted in the Liberty Ale. The hops, which are Northern Brewer, which gives mild bitterness but far from overwhelming. Nicole mentioned she tasted something familiar, the only thing she could relate it to was Blue Moon. The smell of the beer is nice, mix of floral and fruit smell, which makes sense due to the taste mentioned above. The beer is finishes extremely crisp, and very refreshing. The carbonation level is almost perfect, and I think this would be a great beer to drink on a hot day. Highly recommend this beer, and after drinking it is no wonder why the company has been around for so long built of the back of this beer.

Liberty Ale
Type: American IPA
First Brew: 1975
Availability: All Year-Round
ABV: 5.9%

Although considered an IPA, this beer is extremely well balanced. The ale is brewed with pale malted barley, cascade hops, and a special top-fermented yeast. Liberty Ale is also goes through the process of dry-hopping which is the practice of adding fresh hops to the brew during aging. During this time period, Anchor Brewing also produced some of their other beers including Anchor Porter, Old Foghorn Barley Wine Ale, and it’s first annual Christmas Ale. For reasons such as this, they believe they are America’s first craft brewery/micro brewery – and to be honest, they are putting up a pretty good argument.

Once we put the glasses up to our mouth, we smelt the citrus, earthy, and pine smells from the cascade hops. The taste, was exactly like the smell – but with less bitterness then I expected considering there was a prevalent aroma of grapefruit and pine. The carbonation, which the company describes as ‘champagne-like bubbles’, makes the beer very drinkable. I recommend this as well, this was Nicole’s favorite due to the lemon-zest and resinous taste. If you girlfriend drinks beer, or is willing to try beer, this is a good beer to have her try.

Anchor IPA
Type: India Pale Ale
First Brew: 2014
Availability: All Year-Round
ABV: 6.5%

This is one of Anchor Brewing’s newest beers, and they included the press release in their package. From reading over the details, you can see the company went out to establish an IPA that stands out from the overcrowded space. According to their Brewmaster, Mark Carpenter,

“Right now a lot of Pas are so hop forward that your palate can only enjoy one because of the high bitterness . Our IPA will have a strong hop flavor so you know you’re drinking an IPA. But, the combination of malts we’re using are strong enough to hold up to the bitterness, allowing you to enjoy more than one.”

Once I poured the beer, I was able to tell there was a huge difference in the color from the other two beers. The first two, poured a golden/auburn color, this more of a bronze caramel color. I think the best way to describe the Anchor IPA is calling it the ‘Liberty Ale on Steroids’. Some of the same characteristics, but more intense – for example the piney hops taste. This is due to Anchor using Cascade hops, like the Liberty Ale, but with some additional hops as well. Also, they use five hops during the dry hopping process. The hops give a bitter bite to the beer, and the strong metallic after taste. Way to much of an IPA for Nicole, however if you are big into IPA’s, this is definitely the beer for you.

Where to Find?

On their website, they have a great Beer Finder App, which shows you where you can finder their products. After searching a 1 mile radius from Soho, I can see this a long list of places where I can find their beers. This includes both restaurants, bars, and stores.

Luke’s Lobster + Coney Island Brewery + Boat

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Looking for a fun idea, call the girl and ask her if she wants to do something a little different. There are currently three days left, so act fast before they are sold out May 19th, June 2, and June 16

Basically the guys @ Luke’s Lobster have teamed up with Coney Island Brewery, and the people of Clipper City for a Lobster & Beer Fest. For $150, you and whomever you decide is worthy enough, get to take part in Maine-Style lobster rolls (2 per person), chips, pickles, coleslaw, and potato salad. Thirsty, they are being supplied by one of my favorite NY Breweries. Also, you will be on a boat, which will be cruising around the waterways of New York City.

You can buy the tickets through Gilt City here.

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What to Buy: GHOST Bikes

Let’s face it, you are too old for that Huffy your left in your parents garage. Also, everyone looks like an idiot on a CITI Bike. That’s why I bought a GHOST Panamao X3.

With the weather getting nicer, and needing to shred the beer-gut prior to the wedding, I figured doing a couple miles a day would be great exercise. I went to REI in Paramus, since the Soho location didn’t have the bike in stock, and I test-drove the bike for about 20 minutes. After feeling great while riding, and speaking to their knowledgeable staff – I made the decision and purchased the bike.

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Prior to doing some research on the company, I never heard of GHOST before. They are a German company, that has been making some pretty high-end bikes for the past twenty-years, and are sold exclusively in the US by REI.

I have been riding the bike for the past few weeks, and this thing is awesome. The model I purchased is considered a Hybrid, which is good for city riding but can also go off road with no problem. The suspension system is adjustable and can go from locked for pavement riding, to unlocked to handle any rough surfaces. This is a nice feature if you decide to leave the city and hit some trails.

I have also downloaded MapMyRide which tracks all of our riding. This app is pretty cool because it will show you details like distance, average speed, elevation, calories burned… Pretty cool.

With Manhattan having tons of bike paths, you should definitely pick up a bike. You can pretty much bike around the whole island of Manhattan with ease. We have been doing the paths on East Side, and going down and around to the West Side. Now if only my apartment was big enough to easily store this…

Work Clothes: Working at a Hedge Fund

Back when I was younger, people who worked in finance looked different. They all wore suits, tie, cufflinks with their facial hair clean shaven. Now a days it’s a little different. You don’t wear a suit unless you work at a bank, and if you are at a hedge fund – business casual can be pretty open to interpretation.

Here is exactly what you will need to survive your first spring/summer working on the buy-side:

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American Crew Fiber: Probably the best stuff you can put in your hair. They have a few different types but Fiber is definitely the best.

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts: One of my favorite brands, and they have great quality items for really cheap prices. You can generally get 4 Shirts for $200, and they will last forever.

Hugo Boss Metost: My goto dress shoe. Not overly done, kind of simple, and looks good. Read my review here. $225.00

Bonobos Weekday Warriors: The best pair of pants you can buy. They are comfortable and come in three different fits (Tailored, Slim, Straight) and a bunch of different colors. Checkout their physical locations to get fitted (my review here) and start ordering. $98.00

Patagonia Vest: Also known as the douche-vest, or finance-vest. This thing pretty much just says “I work in finance, and am presumably smarter than you.”

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Apple Watch: Buying Guide

I personally do not know if I will be buying an Apple Watch. I just don’t know if it really is a necessity and something I would even enjoy wearing. Despite the Milanese Loop band (kind of like the Breitling Bands) I really think the product is only okay-looking. Additionally I don’t think I would enjoy the feeling of a pulsating tap every time I get a notification.

However, time will tell (no pun intended) and I have included an awesome Buyers Guide from my friends at Business Insider. This is an extremely helpful guide to understanding the different models, accessories, and price points. image

Most Important Chart of the Day: Beer Taxonomy Chart

Today in honor of ‘National Beer Day’ our friends at Business Insider/RateBeer.com put up their Beer Taxinomy Chart to show the different types of beers. I personally hate any type of ‘National (Insert Stupid Object) Day’ posts from any website – but this one is actually pretty awesome. Enjoy image

ALT-J: Live at Madison Square Garden

A little more than two years ago I was moving into my apartment in Nolita. I remember walking around and seeing signs posted on the side of Sohotel, where now Bacchanal calls home. There were posters for back then little known bands, only reason I knew them was due to a serious addiction to Alt Nation on Sirius Radio. For example, Bastille, GroupLove, SmallPools all playing Terminal Five, before there more well known songs.

Out of all these posters the one that stood out the most was The Bowery Presents ALT-J @ Terminal Five. The poster was everywhere. The construction on Crosby Street, the walls of the shitty grey parking building across from Toby’s Public House… The concert was March 24, 2013 – and I would have never guessed almost exactly two years later I would be seeing them live in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Last nights show was great, and if you weren’t there you could have listen to the live stream last night on Alt Nation. I am sure this will be again, as they have a tendency to play the same things over again, so definitely keep your eyes out for it.

If you like ALT-J definitely make the attempt to see them live, they put on an awesome performance. Also, if you are into this type of music, than you should make sure you are subscribed to The Bowery Presents.
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JCrew: Abingdon Weekender Bag

If you like me, you have reached the aged of no longer being able to pack clothes for the weekend in a gym bag. Apparently at some point we all need to grow up, and look like an adult, so that’s when I picked up a JCrew Abingdon Weekender Bag. I now use this thing constantly, and a lot of people throw some pretty nice compliments.
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The Abingdon Weekender Bag is a great size, which makes it perfect for packing clothes to get away for a few days. It has a an outside pocket, which I usually put all my shaving products, cologne, and stuff. The exterior of the bag is made out of a waxed cotton canvas, which is extremely tough. I literally bump this bag into subway turnstiles, fire hydrants, cars – and no visible damage at all. I chose the Deep Olive color, but the bag also comes in Khaki and Navy.
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If you getting ready for the Spring/Summer, aka getting ready for taking the LIRR out to the Hamptons, pick up one of these.
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Books: The Frackers by Greorgy Zuckerman

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I am currently reading ‘The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters’ by Gregory Zuckerman. A few years back he wrote one of my favorite books, about John Paulson’s rise to Hedge Fund stardom titled ‘The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History’. If you have not read his Paulson book, trust me go buy it – it is a must read for anyone working in finance.

As I am only one-hundred pages deep into The Frackers, I cannot give a full review, but so far it is a great book. Below is an excerpt from Zuckerman’s site which gives an overview of the book.

In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world’s fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened.

The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world—and made astonishing fortunes in the process.

Zuckerman’s exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he’s now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than $2 billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them.

He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow.

Website: www.gregoryzuckerman.com

Wine Wednesday: Louis Jadot

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Want to impress your girlfriend’s family with a good looking bottle of wine without spending your bonus check? Walk to your liquor store, and pick up pretty much any bottle of Louis Jadot. Not only does it look vintage, fancy, and more-expensive than it really is, the wine is really good. I personally have been drinking this vineries’ wines for years. When I am drinking red, which I usually am, I go for either the Beaujolais  (Around $13/per bottle) or the Pinot Noir (Around $20/per bottle). On the rare occasion I have white wine, Pouilly-Fuisse is a great bottle.

So next time you are forced into going to one of those dinner parties, or family parties, drop one of these bottles in the hands of the host – and look like a boss.

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Blunt Umbrellas: Best Umbrella Ever

All this snow and rain is starting to get extremely depressing…A few months ago I made one of the best purchases of the year, a well constructed umbrella. This is no regular umbrella, I constantly tell people it is the umbrella Bruce Wayne would have, if he were real.

The model I bought, Blunt_XS Metro, is compact and durable. Like all Blunt Umbrellas, it features their Radical Tensioning System (RTS). The RTS redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout its entire canopy surface. Once opened, you can see how taut the fabric becomes around the ribbing, which helps combat the wind. These umbrellas are aerodynamic, and tested in Wind Tunnels to ensure they can withstand even the toughest of storms. Additionally, this umbrella is so easy to walk around Manhattan with. The XS Metro, is 37″ in diameter – and has rounded tips, which help avoid injuring people next to you.

You can buy this directly on their website, Blunt Umbrellas, or you can sometimes see them on Urban Daddy for cheaper. The XS Metro on the site is $49.00 while UD has it listed for $39.00 – so utilize the 20% Off.

Patagonia Sale: 30% Off Online

Paycheck gets direct deposited, already spending it all on www.Patagonia.com. Lets face it, you do not work at a Hedge Fund unless you own at least one Patagonia Vest – so do yourself a favor and stock up on some of there items. I picked up two new ski jackets (Black/Green Dimensions Jacket & Green Super Cell), along with the below items. Now if only I had time to get over to Killington for the weekend…

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Parm: Super Bowl Catering

What is the best way to throw a Super Bowl Party, ordering Parm to your party. They have recently put out their catering menu, and I have already sent in my order to party@parmnyc.com. Check out their menu below, but since they come with ten rolls per tray I ordered 1 Tray of Meatball, Chicken, and Eggplant Parm. Don’t be a bad host, place your order and pick up some good beers to wash down the mozzarella and red-sauce.

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TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue Club

Let’s face it, we are a few months away from Golf Season – but it feels a lot longer. Soon we will be on the course, abusing your buddy’s country club memberships, escaping the kids, and drunk driving a fucking golf cart. But until then, you can at least buy some new gear online.

At the end of last season, I bought a TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Hybrid. Only got to use it a few times, but the results were awesome.

I picked up the 4 Hybrid, figured it would be the best fit for me. I hit my Cobra Amp Driver around 285 consistently and was looking for something to replace my 4 iron – but give me an added few yards. In the GolfSmith on 54th and Lex – while on my lunch break (doesn’t really exist but happened to be slow) – I went into the simulation bay and whacked the shit out of this club. Originally was going to get the 3H, but it was giving me a little to much distance. My main objective was 200-210, and this club was working great on the simulator. Now, walking around Manhattan and taking the 6 Train feeling like a real douche – in my apartment the club sat for a week or two until I played. Didn’t have time to hit the range before we teed off – and on the third whole, I decided to give this club a shot. Was about 250 out and I knew I couldn’t hit the green from there with this club so – in my head I told myself to take a nice easy swing and make good contact for a 210 yard shot. What really happened was a lot different, swung to hard – flubbed the shot. Later on, same thing. Around the 6th time, I slowed my swing down, and was hitting this club great. On the second to last hole which was a Par 5, hit a good driver shot – leaving me 200 out. Pulled out the 4H took a nice swing, landed on the back of the green. I proceeded to four-putt for a bogey…

This is a great club, feel like it could work for anyone – if they follow the main rule of golf – and do not try to crush it. The club will do the work, but you have to let it.

The club itself is fairly cheap, can find for around $100 now, and is definitely a great value. Look to add some extra yardage to your traditional 4 iron shots – and hopefully I will see you on the course.

Hugo Boss: Best Everyday Dress Shoe

Prior to my first pair of Hugo Boss shoes, I would only buy Salvatore Ferragamo. I would pay between $400.00 – 625.00 for a pair of shoes that would last maybe 6 Months with everyday use. Also, these shoes were not made for New York Winters. I now only have two pair of Ferragamo’s, both of which I wear maybe once or twice a month – so they are in good shape.

Last year I purchased my first pair of Hugo Boss Metost Lace-Ups. They are awesome and look great, even better they cost around $225.00 per pair – and last more than double the average life of my more expensive pairs. I bought two pairs during Bloomingdales Friends and Family for around $330.00.

I pretty much wear these shoes almost everyday, with the exception of when I need a brown shoe – which I also picked up John Varvatos. The Hugo Boss shoes are comfortable, not heavy, and durable. Despite the occasional shoe shine when they guy comes to the office, or before big meeting, I really never take care of these shoes.

The shoe itself isn’t overdone like a lot of other brands. There is a toe cap, and some brogue work – that’s it. The picture below, makes he show look a little shiny, however it is more close to matte.

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Laphroaig 10: The Smoky Single Malt

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It is currently  19 Degrees in New York City, and dropping down to 10 degrees around 10:00PM. Cold weather means no happy hour, straight back to apartment for binge watching Netflix and binge drinking Single Malts. Over the past few years I have been drinking some peaty scotches/whiskeys. The best, and most reasonably priced, is by far Laphroaig 10.  The minute a glass is poured you can see most people’s reaction to the strong smoky scent – kind of like huffing a camp fire. Definitely keeps you warm and makes you feel that smoke – with some tastes of seaweed. I either drink neat, or with one or two cubes which helps open up the flavor.

It is definitely an acquired taste, and you will either hate it or love it – so keep that in mind before buying a bottle.

In regards to a similar bottle, you could pick up a little older of a bottle and get Lagavulin 16 – but it will run you an extra $30, for a very similar taste. Both are made in Islay, and are made next door to each other – so save the money and go with Laphroaig 10.

Sale at Charles Tyrwhitt – Shirts for $29.95

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Lets face it, we just passed the holiday party season – and you probably ruined some dress shirts. Scotch stain on the right chest pocket, burn hole due to a cigar ember, miscellaneous stains from one of the many Gentleman’s Clubs visited …

Charles Tyrwhitt is doing one of their sales again, rather than their everyday 4 shirt for $200.00, they are doing shirts for as little as $29.95 – which is a great deal. Thinking about picking up a few myself, check out the website and order some replacements. Also, sale on suits brings them down to as low as $324, might want to invest in some of those as well.

Stone Brewing Company: Levitation Ale

Had this for the first time yesterday while at Mercer Kitchen, second time having something out of Stone Brewing Company – the first was an Arrogant Bastard while at Minetta Tavern. This is definitely more subtle than Arrogant Bastard, being close to 3.0% lower in ABV, definitely cannot consider it an American Strong Ale. The Levitation Ale seems to be considered a Amber Ale or a Red Ale, however definitely has more characteristics of a Red IPA. You pick up the hops from the beginning of the sip, with a little bit of a citrus tasted to it with tones of caramel and toasted malt. On the end, you pick up some of that bitter aftertaste you would expect from an IPA. Definitely would consider this more of a session beer rather than something you can drink all night, but would suggest it if you like both Amber Ales and IPAs.

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Best Beer of the Month: Fat Tire Amber Ale

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For years my buddy has been telling me that Fat Tire Amber Ale is the best beer around. He went to school in Colorado, which is where New Belgium Brewing Company is based, and he was able to pound cases of that while I was drinking kegs of Natty Ice. While we were out in Vegas, we had breakfast at Aria Cafe – which so happened to be carrying Fat Tire Amble Ale. So ordered a Steak and Eggs, and began the consumption of amber/copper colored liquid deliciousness. First thoughts, kind of similar to one of my other favorite beers, Abita Amber, but strangely better and with 0.7% more alcohol. It has a crisp, toasted malt, medium-bodied sweetness to it which makes it extremely easy to drink.

Went through two bottles prior to my food coming, and then a few more after. Since having this, I have been trying to find it everywhere I go. Coincidently, across the street @ Randolph’s they have a sign on top of the bar for it – but do not carry it. Its not there fault, for some reason I will never understand – the company does not ship to New York, or New Jersey, or Connecticut … According to their website, which has a BeerFinder application, the closest location I could find a Fat Tire would be Wilmington, Delaware – awesome.

So, if you are lucky enough to come across this – do yourself a favorite and drink one. Than, please send me an email/call and I will provide my shipping address in return for a reservation at where ever you would like (this is a serious request/proposal).

NY WHISKEY: Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

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Hudson Whiskey, made by Tuthilltown Spirits, is the first distillery to produce whiskey in New York (legally) since Prohibition Ended. Furthermore, their Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey was the first bourbon to be made in New York. So, being a native New Yorker (who lives no where near Gardiner, NY) I felt it was my responsibility to try their products – Drink Local. Over the past few years, I have been seeing their bottles at pretty much every bar in Manhattan – kind of looks like an shorty stumpy Absolute Bottle (but with better stuff filling it).

Each bottle comes with the Year, Batch and Bottle written down on the back – Mine Year 12 Batch 15 Bottle 2500. Another fun fact on the back of the bottle, instead of being made with the bare minimum of 51% corn (to be considered bourbon by definition) they use 100%. Also, due to their usage of 3 Gallon Barrels – it really gives the bourbon a nice oak taste/smell. Along with that oak scent, you pick up some vanilla as well  – but no overbearing. Drank it so far on the rocks, and it goes down smooth with sweet upfront taste – and for the price, I would pick up another bottle.

**In the picture you will notice my Bluegrass Barrel my fiancé ordered me a few months ago. Possibly one of the best gifts ever, check them out and get one for your self.

***Also, you may note in the picture a vinyl of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z — if you do not own that album, you should feel like less of a man.

 

JCREW & VANS = COOLEST SHOES EVER

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Last night my fiancé gave me one of the coolest gifts ever, the MEN’S VANS® FOR J.CREW SK8-HI REISSUE SNEAKERS. I have been wanting to pick these up from the JCrew Soho shop for a while – but they never had my size. They come in two colors, grey or navy, and for $70.00 a pair you could be as cool as me…

Check them out on the link, www.jcrew.com

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WSJ Wine Club: Gift that keeps on giving, hangovers

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For Christmas one of my family members shipped over possibly one of the best gifts – to my parents house. I received fifteen bottles of wine, seven of their favorite whites, seven of their favorite reds – and one Bordeaux. The best part, in 3 months – I get an additional 15 bottles – with no shipping charges and for $70.00. Also, there are some options in terms of the redelivery – i.e. send only reds, send only whites, send mix …etc.

Since I just got this – only tried one of the bottles which was the 2012 Collezione di Paolo Chianti. The bottle retails for around $16 in stores, and received an 82 out of 100 on Wine-Searcher. Bottle was nice, we crushed it pretty quickly. Reviews to come over the next few weeks.

Click the link (www.wsjwine.com) to checkout this program and custom tailor a package to your taste.

Below is a breakdown of some of the bottles I will be receiving over the next few months.

Reds:

  • J-P Moueix Bordeaux 2010 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
  • Schroeder Estate Patagonia Pinot Noir 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • Pagos de Tahola Rioja Reserva 2007 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)
  • J Opi Malbec 2014 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
  • Domaine Ginestieres Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~12.00 per bottle)
  • The Inaugural R Collection by Raymond Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)
  • Las Barracas Gran Reserva Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Retail ~25.00 per bottle)
  • Meridion par Pierre Perrin Cotes du Rhone 2012 (Retail ~13.00 per bottle)
  • Corsiero Nero 2013 (Retail ~16.00 per bottle)

Whites:

  • Stonewall Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Retail ~19.00 per bottle)
  • HJ Fabre Chardonnay-Torrontes 2014 (Retail ~15.00 per bottle)
  • Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay 2012 (Retail ~22.00 per bottle)
  • Principe Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013 (Retail ~10.00 per bottle)
  • Sendero des Santos Albariño 2013 (Retail ~20.00 per bottle)

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The Best Shave You Will Ever Get

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Working in an office, it is important to look clean shaven every morning. But I found a hack this, if you get an excellent close shave on Monday – you might not have to shave until Wednesday. Just like that, you saved yourself a few minutes on Tuesday. So to accomplish this, I ditched those Big Company razors and bought my self a single-blade safety razor. There are a few options out there, I mean even Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars is selling one on infommercials.

I decided to walk up Elizabeth Street to New York Shaving Company and pickup one of theirs. They have a few options to choose from – short/long handle, different metals , and finishes. So for $30 I purchased the Long Handle razor, with a gunmetal finish (because I am a badass). I also purchased some blades, and received some tips from the woman ringing me up on how to use the razor properly.

They had a ton of different products available, including Shaving Cream, Pre-Shave Oils, and Aftershaves – all of which come in different scents. They also sell sample packs in which you could test out there creams/oils – which I bought as well.

If you are interested in a better shave, I would suggest checking out one of their Shaving Kits/Setts. For $70 you can get their kit which includes shaving cream, brush and razor – which is a great deal. The place has kept the old school vibe, and makes you feel as if you time warped back into 1900s. They have two barbers onsite, which can give a range of services from skin care to shaving to haircuts.

Oh, best part – a package of razors will cost around $2-5 for a 5 pack of razors – which will last you about 25 shaves. Yea, good bye Gillette and your Fusion bullshit. You can also say good bye to ingrown hairs, yea that happened.

NOLITA/Soho Location
202 B Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

Midtown Location
146 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017

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Watches Larsson & Jennings

Swiss Watchmaking meets British Style, definitely something I am looking forward to picking up this year. The line I really like, the KULOR– which has a 40mm dial, and nylon strap which comes in different color schemes. For USD 300 – You have an awesome watch to cruise around the Hamptons with. Guarantee you wont see many people with these stateside – yet. www.larssonandjennings.com

 

KULOR Models

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Big Sound, for a Small Apartment, and Low Budget.

A year ago, I purchased two Polk Audio bookshelf speakers from PC Richards in Union Square. Now, you can pick these up from the store for $99/each and they are an amazing deal. They are loud, crisp, and have great range. On top of that, for a little bass, I am using my older Polk Audio 10” subwoofer – which for a small living room is definitely overkill, but it sounds amazing. Between this and the projector, we basically never leave the apartment. Look into these speakers, as they will give you exactly what you are looking for

Polk 2 Way Bookshelf Speakers (MODEL: R150) – $99/each @ PC Richards
Polk 10” Powered Subwoofer (MODEL: PSW10) – $120 @ Best Buy

Holiday Gift Idea: Big Screen Viewing

You work your ass off, you stare at Bloomberg Terminals all day – and than go home to a big screen TV with 60 inches of viewing … That is not what you deserve. I return to my apartment, kickback, turn on the projector and I am looking at full 1080p on a 120 inch screen. Yeah, it is awesome. Luckily, you too can have this and I have listed the details below to get this amazingness. Forget what you heard in the past about picture quality, these things put out pictures comparable to any other TV on the market. Also, since this system is a few years old – you can probably pick this up at your local Best Buy for around $1,000.

Projector: Epson Home Cinema 8350

Your Aunt’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Suck Compared to This: PARM Catering

I am not saying I know your aunt, or that I know she is a bad cook. But even if there is a chance she is a good cook, she cannot compete with PARM. For $90 you could pickup from their Mulberry Street location Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, and Gravy – which feeds 4-6 people. Pretty awesome deal, especially if you are looking to do one of those douchey friends-givings parties. If you are interest, send them over an email for more details.

PARM Mulberry
248 Mulberry Street (bwtn Spring and Prince)
New York, NY
party@parmnyc.com

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