Saturday Sip Showdown: Craft Malt Liquor

Don’t ask me why, but apparently 2017 is the year malt liquor went craft. Perhaps breweries have ran out of styles to make a splash with. (“You know what would be better than making another NE IPA? A malt liquor!”) Maybe craft beer has jumped the shark. This is still a style that counts Steel Reserve Alloy Series Hard Pineapple 211 as a top 50 beer in the style on RateBeer. Despite all of this, for whatever reason at least two Michigan breweries have released fairly high profile malt liquors in the past year. Continue reading

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Ledbury Scott Check Shirt

Don’t let this heat wave fool you. Sure it’s nearly going to hit 90 this next few days, which may be the hottest it’s gotten during this relatively cool summer, but fall is quickly approaching. It’s time to get prepared with a few new seasonal-appropriate shirts that call to mind flannel-filled treks through the woods. For one that’s still certainly office appropriate, go with the Scott Check from Ledbury. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Topo Designs

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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Southern Proper Richard Quarter Zip

Quarter zip season has arrived unseasonably early in Michigan this year. Even before August was out, temperatures were dipping into the 40s after dark. Things appear to be warming up here over the next week but it’s only a matter of time before the cooler temperatures are the norm. And for that it’s best to be prepared with a quarter zip or two, like the new Richard Quarter Zip from Southern Proper. Continue reading

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Oxford Pennant Midwest Pennant

As important is clothes are to style, they’re not the only aspect of it. Style transcends cloth and incorporates other areas such as home design. What’s outside your closet is as important as what’s in it. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Cole Haan

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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Odd Side Passion Juice

If you ask the experts the fruit trends of 2017 seem to be watermelon and coconut. And I wouldn’t say they are wrong, but I think they’re missing the impact passion fruit has had on craft beer. Likely due to the tropical notes found in many of the new “it” hops, passion fruit has taken a starring role in everything from IPAs to sours. Continue reading

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WarPigs Lazurite

Copenhagen is a city at the top of my list for visiting. It’s a town known for excellent food and, more recently, excellent beer. Those are always two strong considerations when I make plans to visit somewhere. But with a two-year-old and a three-month-old at home, it doesn’t appear that I’ll be making my way across the Atlantic anytime soon. Instead I’ll just bring a taste of Copenhagen to the Midwest. Continue reading

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The Cordial Churchman Eric Bow Tie

Madras is a staple summer fabric, but in the right form it can transition to other seasons as well. For instance the lightweight nature of the fabric, which would make no sense to wear as a shirt in the winter, is not a detriment when transformed into a bow tie. Sure by the depths of winter you’ll likely want a little more heft and texture to match the wool you’ll be sporting, but even as temperatures begin to cool in the fall, the madras bow tie is still a great choice.  Continue reading

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Sanborn Canoe Co. J.A. Latsch Canoe

I’ve always made a point to make sure the products I highlight are attainable to my readers. There is nothing more frustrating than the magazine pitching a $200 t-shirt. But from time to time there are some grail level finds that, while pricey, are at least something to aspire to. This is one of those times. Continue reading

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