Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Cuffing Season and Gift Guide Episode

stormtrooper helmet star wars
manual podcast beards booze bacon japan travel bbb the itunes button v2What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music.

This week’s Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast spends some time thinking about the holidays and the holiday season. We mention the season in general, because first up on this episode is Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks discussing Cuffing Season, what the hell it is, and what the hell do you need to prepare for it? Hint: it doesn’t have anything to do with shirt or pant cuffs. Stream the episode to hear more about this mysterious, but all-too-common seasonal condition.

The round-table transitions from cuffing season directly into gift guide and giving season with Associate Editor, Chase McPeak giving us the low-down on all the best gifts for bearded boys and men and follows up with all the best Star Wars gifts out there ahead of the release of “The Last Jedi” on December 15 (even though he hasn’t seen any of the new films).

Spirits Editor, Sam Slaughter gives the group the rundown on the best whiskeys, wines, and other spirits to give for the holidays and also talks his personal favorites.

And the group, including Managing Editor, Nicole Raney, wrap up the episode with a feisty discussion about the worst gifts they’ve received, gifts they never want to receive, and live-wrote an Anti-Gift Guide article (which you can check out on the site later this week).

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Cuffing Season and Gift Guide Episode

Further Reading

What is Cuffing Season and What Do You Need to Survive It?: Writer Jennifer Jones gets to the bottom of this newly acknowledged phenomenon.

Spirits Gift Guide, Wine Gift Guide, and the Whiskey Gift Guide: More booze than you can handle? Why not give a few to a friend?

Star Wars Gifts and Columbia Star Wars Jacket Giveaway: Check out the latest and best Star Wars related gifts and enter for your chance to win a limited edition, Columbia Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket.

Food & Drink

Learn All About Irish Whiskey with From Barley to Blarney

From Barley to Blarney is a paean to all things Irish whiskey from the proprietors of The Dead Rabbit.
Food & Drink

How to Make a Proper Moscow Mule

Don't forget the copper mug! We're not saying it's the most important ingredient, but it's definitely cool.
Food & Drink

The Best Cheap Beer Money Can Buy

Some cultures may value spirits or wine or something else entirely, but at the end of the day, chances are you’re going to be able to find a cheap beer no matter where you go.
Podcast

The Craft, Art, and Journey of Woodworking, According to a Master Craftsman

On this episode of The Manual podcast, we talk with Gary Rogowski, director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Podcast

How Changing Your Diet Can Change Your Life

On this episode of The Manual podcast, celebrity chef Seamus Mullen dishes on how he changed his diet and improved his life.
Podcast

Cheesemakers Whey in on Why Cheese is So Un-Brie-Lievable

Talking about cheese is something that just gets feta and feta.
Podcast

What You Need to Know About North Carolina Barbecue, According to Tyson Ho

We've got Carolina on our minds during The Manual podcast. 'Cue this episode up and prepare to be hungry.
Podcast

Turn Your Tastebuds Towards the Tropical with Avuá Cachaça

So fresh and so green ... and by green we mean vegetal. Check out cachaça on this week's episode of The Manual podcast.
Podcast

From Spring Cleaning to Spring Fashion, We’re Ready for the Season to Change

From cleaning out your closet to refilling it with the hottest spring fashions, this week's episode of The Manual podcast proves that spring has sprung.
Podcast

Over My Dead Body’s Matthew Shaer on Making a Great True Crime Podcast

Ever wanted to know what it takes to create a successful true crime podcast? Tune in as we interview Over My Dead Body creator and host Matthew Shaer.
Podcast

Talking Irish Whiskey with Tullamore D.E.W.’s Tim Herlihy

Ever wanted to learn more about Irish whiskey? This week's episode of The Manual podcast dives into the topic.
Podcast

Celebrating World Whisky Day with Bacardi, Beards, Booze, and Bacon

World Whisky Day is March 27 and to celebrate we sat down with two Bacardi Single Malts Brand Ambassadors to talk all things Scotch whisky.
Podcast

Behind the Scenes: Finding the Best Men’s Grooming Gear of the Year

On this week's episode of The Manual podcast, associate editor of lifestyle Chase McPeak breaks down everything that went into The Manual Grooming Awards 2019.
Podcast

Learning to Cook with Cannabis and Chef Brandon Parsons

Want to learn how to take your cooking to a higher level? On this episode of The Manual podcast, we talk culinary cannabis infusions.