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Oct 15, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Single Malt Scotch Under $30?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.   

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Oct 02, 2015

Seriously...This is the Best Drinking Snack of All Time

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There is bar food and there is drinking food. Bar food tends to center around the deep fryer and the reheating of frozen goods within, and it can certainly be delicious, and also horrible.

Drinking food, on the other hand, is designed to be a foil against your beverage, a complement. The beverage enhances the food, the food the beverage, and everyone has a good time. 

This is not a recipe for chicken wings, or for putting pretzels in a bowl. But it is an amazing, and unbelievably simple, snack that you certainly need to make the next time you bust out the bottle opener. 

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Oct 02, 2015

How to Drink That Whiskey The Right Way: An Introductory Guide

created at: 10/02/2015Enjoying a glass of something strong is a good way to end the night every now and then. But do you know how to actually get the best out of the experience? Here's a quick and dirty take on how to get the most fun, flavor, and enjoyment.

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Sep 30, 2015

5 Fall Cocktail Recipes Guaranteed to Keep You Warm This Season

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As the leaves change color and the nights cool down, it's time to take a look at a few of our go-to hot cocktails to keep the party going into the cold fall nights.  

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Sep 25, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Irish Whiskey under $25?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to put away the gin and tequila of summer, and embrace the ultimate cool weather spirit: whiskey. Over the next few weeks, 

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Aug 19, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Tequila under $20?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      

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Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

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Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    

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Jun 26, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Gin under $20?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...

And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time. 

Now that it's officially summer, let's apply that search to a great bottle of gin. Gin is a particularly diverse spirit. Besides Scotch whisky, I can't think of one that has a broader spectrum of flavors. And different bottles will showcase the distiller's creativity and play better with certain ingredients. But there is one bottle that I recommend for almost any cocktail that calls for London Dry Gin;  the thing I would take to a party or use in a punch or batch drink for a big group.    

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Jun 24, 2015

30 Things Every Man Should Know About Wine

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The existence of wine predates the written language and for good reason. At ManMade, we take our wine-loving and appreciation seriously, so we partnered with our brothers at Murphy-Goode Winery to bring you the essential things we believe every man should know about wine. It's Murphy-Goode's 30th anniversary (their Maniversary), so we thought we'd share thirty tips, ideas, and bits of trivia to celebrate. Here we go: 

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Jun 12, 2015

How to: The Simple, Easy Trick to Improve Your Gin and Tonic

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For years, I didn't think I liked a gin and tonic. Actually, for a while, I thought it was gin in general that I couldn't stand, but some wiser friends helped me learn with some really stunning gin-centric cocktails, and I quickly moved away from vodka in favor of gin's special aromatic and botanicals qualities. So, then I figured I just didn't care quinine-heavy tonic water, but that didn't make sense, since I'm particularly drawn to mineral and bitter flavors in cocktails and other beverages. Maybe it was the combo of the two...but by this point, I was already committed, so I was determined to figure out what was going awry, once and for all.    

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Apr 09, 2015

A Brief History of Gin

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Whether you like yours mixed with a splash of tonic, some soda and lemon, or stirred with vermouth and a twist, we can all agree: gin is indeed the spirit of spring. And throughout its history, its been proposed to cure everything from the black plague to malaria. 

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Mar 17, 2015

How to: Build a Bicycle-Mounted Bar and Drink Station

created at: 03/17/2015Cycling enthusiast and maker OddJob has created the "BAR T.A.B.," a "take along bar" mounted to the inside of a bicycle frame. It's basically all our favorite things in one simple project.    

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Feb 27, 2015

History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years

These days, the throwback "artisanal" cocktail scene can be easy to mock, what with its arm garters and ____ + ____ names and all. those. tinctures. But, don't forget that just a very short time ago, a "mixed drink" typically meant something frozen, blended, and saturated with sugar, with colors so unnatural they rivaled 90s candy aisles, and drinks named for sex acts and bizarro body parts. 

If our current cocktail culture is a throwback to the post-prohibition era of WWII and its aftermath, what exactly happened in the middle there?  What was going on with those three or four decades where baby boomers ordered neon slushies at airports and shopping malls?   

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Jan 16, 2015

An Beginner's Guide to [Affordable] Single Malt Scotch

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When it comes to something as potentially elitist as single malt scotch, it never hurts to hear what the experts have to say.   

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Jan 12, 2015

This Is Your New Favorite Beer App

created at: 01/11/2015I don't know about you guys, but it took me years to get a sense of what kinds of beers I liked and disliked...and why. Now, with some experience, I have a fairly good idea, but I was pretty impressed with this new app, Next Glass, which keeps track of which beers you enjoy and recommends others based on similar tastes.   

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Jan 05, 2015

Build Your Own Copper Still and Make Your Own Spirits at Home

If you're ready for a new kind of DIY challenge, consider building your own copper still, which will allow you to distill your own spirits for DIY whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. (Or tequila, I guess...if you can get your hands on a giant agave piña.)

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Jan 02, 2015

How To: Make Wax Dipped Bottles

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If you want to make that drinkable gift very personal, go ahead and add a wax seal to those bottles for a personal touch.  

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Dec 18, 2014

Brewed Part IV: Fermenting and Finishing Your Homebrewed Beer

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Once that lid is on the fermentation bucket, it seems like everything is complete. This final part of the series looks into what happens during the fermentation period, and the final step before you can sit back and enjoy a handcrafted beer.  

Primary FermentationPrimary Fermentation As the yeast begins the very important (almost magic) job of converting the sugars into alcohol, quite a few things need to happen. 

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Dec 10, 2014

5 Seasonal Drinks to Make for Your Next Holiday Get-Together

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I'm always looking for a great seasonal drink to match the theme of our get-together. This winter weather calls for a few creamy, spiced, and even buttery drinks to help brighten up the season. Here are 5 drinks guaranteed to usher in some holiday cheer.  

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Dec 04, 2014

ManMade's 2014 Guide to Gift Card-Less Holiday Giving

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You owe it to your friends and family to be a good gift giver. Rule number one: cool it with the gift cards ... there's always a better solution. Below is our list of ideas to spark your true gifting spirit, sponsored by our friends at the Murphy-Goode Winery (who believe in serious wine, serious fun, and doing good).

Every gift says something to the recipient. Another $25 to spend at Amazon says, "I'm lazy" and doesn't capture season's spirit. No one will be moved because you stopped by that end cap before exiting the grocery store.

ManMade Gift Guide 2014 - Sponsored by Murphy Goode

Instead, give something that shows you actually care. Here are some gift card-alternatives with enough appeal to give to nearly anyone on your list.

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