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The Spirit Awards

How does someone narrow down the greatest American distilleries to 27 different spirits, in 9 categories? Through a lot of hard work! The Manual team has taken this effort upon themselves and today we discuss how they did it, what the categories were, and what the team looked for. It's pretty complicated and a huge endeavor. Sam Slaughter explains the important factors that they looked for and some great cocktails that you can make with this year's selections.


The $100 Backpacking Challenge

Can you go on a backpacking trip without spending over $100? That was the challenge laid forth by Drew Prindle from Digital Trends and Nicole Raney from own The Manual. They spent a night in the woods of Oregon, placing their priorities on different items, learning a lot along the way. What kind of sleeping bag should you get? What about a backpack? How can you possibly survive on such a small amount? Along with tips for everyone, they cover their entire, hilarious, and informative...


James Bond Episode

James Bond is a fascination with all of us at The Manual and we start the show off discussing our favorite actors in the role. We came up with a consensus favorite, but a lot of debate ensued for number 2. For the gear, we are joined by Prindle, Drew Prindle, from Digital Trends to discuss his favorites. The classic Aston Martin is covered, as well as Sam's favorite...the martini.


Portland, Oregon

What is the city of Portland, really like? We're joined by Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Travel Oregon. We discuss the changes that have happened, but more importantly what has stayed the same and gives Portland it's unique culture. We'll also cover where you should visit, what is a must see, the nationally leading craft brewing industry and even the uptick of urban distilleries. Portland also has sister cities, which is a fascinating endeavor. If you've ever wanted to know about what...


Foraging for Food

Chef Drew Adams of Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C. joins us today! We start off by learning about the art of urban foraging, what it entails, how to stay safe, and what some of the odd things are that you can find in a city environment. There are incredible resources available right in front of us, and probably foraging groups wherever you are. Then we discuss the most expensive beef on earth, served at Bourbon Steak, and why it tastes like olive oil.


Hawaii: The Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is full of fantastic adventures and Chase lays out his favorite places and things to do. From volcano tours, to roadside stands, to snorkeling locations, and the best places to stay, he covers it all. Then Sam fills us in on the fascinating history of Sailor Jerry, plus he provides a cocktail from his upcoming book. You'll want to hop on a plane immediately after this one.


Sagamore Rye

Brian Treacy, President of Sagamore Spirit joins us today to talk all about their distillery and rye whiskey. With a very unlikely path to distilling whiskey, Brian has some great insight into what it takes to make it in the tough business. We'll also go in depth with the intricacies of rye whiskey, what it takes to make it, what it means to have 'straight' whiskey and a lot more.


Indy Car Racing with Zach Veach and Dalton Kellet

Zach and Dalton are professional race car drivers on the IndyCar and IndyLights series, respectively! We sit down with them to talk about what it's like racing in the fastest cars on earth, how they got to this point and what Mario and Michael Andretti are like in person. Want to know what drivers say to each other on the track? We cover that too... A really great interview with great people. See them live in Portland, August 31st to September 2nd, as well!


Harpoon Brewery

The craft brewing scene in the US seems like such a staple of our beer-drinking culture. However, not that long ago, golden macrobrew lagers were the standard of the day. Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery helped lead the charge to diversify our options. Today we learn about the history of the brewery, the changes to craft brewing over the years and what we can look forward to in the future.


Weird World of Amazon

As we reel from the craziness of Amazon Prime Day, we take a look at some interesting statistics regarding the phenomenon of drinking and online shopping. More people than you probably imagined do it! We also examine our articles regarding some the weird things that can be found online. From strange grooming products like the Clip-In Man Bun to bizarre foods that you can eat like canned rattlesnake, today's show is as weird as some of Amazon's deeply bizarre products.


2018 Grooming Awards

Our own Chase McPeak has spent weeks turning himself into a human guinea pig, to test out the latest and greatest in men's grooming products. Burgeoning on a $60 billion dollar industry, we cover beards, razors, oils, face creams and many other things. You'll know what products to start with and what the best of the best is. Meteorite cream? Hangover cures? We've got it all on today's episode!


Outdoor Project

Tyson Gillard, CEO of Outdoor Project is our guest today. We've probably all used Outdoor Project's wonderfully comprehensive site at some point and we discuss the history of the company, why it was started, and some of the incredible work that goes into keeping up with all of these adventures. From great Block Parties, to hiking tips, to "camping" in Fire Lookouts, we cover a LOT of ground. On this episode: Nicole Raney, Tyson Gillard, Jake Rossman, and Greg Nibler.


Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

We are live on location in Portland, Oregon at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider this week! Reverend Nat himself, fills us in on the origin of his Cidery (we discuss the proper terminology, as well) and what he experimented with in the beginning. Ciders have also long ago branched out from just using apples, to a number of unique ingredients including...smoked bacon. Oregon Cider Week is also a celebration of all things cider, which is happening right now.


Hugh Acheson, Slow Cooking, Athens

Our guest today is Top Chef veteran and author of The Chef and The Slow Cooker, Hugh Acheson! We discuss everything from Hugh's first restaurant, to his love of slowcooking, to what styles of cooking he is most interested in exploring currently. We also discuss Athens, GA, the subject of The Manual Awards 2018. Athens has a very interesting culinary scene that is combined with a growing and diverse craft brewing scene. Hugh is a fantastic guest and you won't want to miss this episode!


Navigating a Wine List

Katherine Cole is a renowned wine expert, radio host, and author of several books on the subject of wine. Her wonderful book How To Fake Your Way Through A Wine List provides the impetus for our questions today. What are some key terms you can use when asking about wine? Should you take a risk on that random bottle, or stick with a more established producer? How do you know what wine to pair with your food? Katherine covers it all! We'll also discuss her new book Rose All Day. Today's...


Road Trips

Road Tripping season is upon us and The Manual has got you covered with articles on everything associated with it. We'll cover the essentials you have to bring along, what you should definitely plan for ahead of time, the best kind of road trips and even the best playlist for it. Rick Stella of Digital Trends joins us, to help review the Airstream Basecamp. Today's episode features: Rick Stella, Nicole Raney, Jake Rossman, and Greg Nibler.


Las Vegas: Palms Casino, Vegas Golden Knights, Local Drinks

Roulette is the game of choice for two members of BBB, but only one received a sweet nickname while playing. Chase McPeak's will detail his stay at the recently renovated Palms Casino (get the Russian Baller Caviar Tower). Then The Manual's Pat Evans gives us an inside scoop of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, for whom he is reporting for! Then Pat and Sam will give some details on local places to drink when heading to Vegas. Today's episode features: Pat Evans, Sam Slaughter, Chase McPeak,...


BBQ Tips and Tricks with Pitmaster Chad Ward

BBQ Season is upon us and we have a fantastic guest to provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to get ready. Chat Ward is a Pitmaster with Traeger Grills, who has competed in over 100 BBQ competitions. From which tools you need to get started, to common practices that are completely unnecessary, you'll learn a lot in this episode. Also, what is the weirdest thing Chad has ever grilled? You'll have to listen to find out. You'll definitely come away fully prepared to grill and also,...


The Legendary Guide to Everything

The incredible staff of The Manual has put together The Legendary Guide to Everything presented by Blue Apron. On this episode we'll give you a sampling of some of the fantastic content in this series of articles. The most legendary fashion pieces of the American man, some incredible hotels from around the world, the best food pairings of all time, and so much more. Check out the entire feature on the site! Today's episode features: Cator Sparks, Sam Slaughter, Chase McPeak, and Greg Nibler.


Mother's Day

If you've forgotten to buy a gift for a Mothers in your life, or you're just looking to pick up a few extra things to go along with brunch and cocktails, this is the episode for you. Chase covers the very extensive Mother's Day gift guide from The Manual. Then Sam provides some great brunch tips and a recipe you should try at home, followed by some cocktails that will either win a Mother over, or help you trudge through the day. Today's episode features: Sam Slaughter, Chase McPeak, and...