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Brad Bourque

Brad Bourque

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Brad Bourque is a beer and sneaker writer, retired fantasy football commissioner, and devout Portland Timbers. On the weekends, you can find him checking out the local music scene, grooming his beard, or shouting at a soccer pitch.

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The Manual’s Guide to the Perfect Cup of Coffee for National Coffee Day

Break off the chains of corporate coffee and start brewing your own, much more delicious, and dare we say perfect cup of coffee. Come caffeinate with us.
Reef Spiniker

Take to the Streets in the Reef Spiniker Mid

Reef footwear has been spreading its wings into new areas, such as these attractive leather mid-tops, the Reef Spiniker.
Old Street Barber

The Old Street Barber Co Brings Vintage Quality to Beard Oils

The Old Street Barber Co's beard oils are sourced from local ingredients, and come in lively, fresh scents like vanilla, or peppermint and lemon peel.
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Index PDX is Portland’s Premier Sneaker Spot

Index PDX is a consignment shop that puts sneakers on the wall for purchase, even the pairs that never made it to shelves before they sold out.
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Daft’s Flip-Out Man Comb is a Switchblade Grooming Tool for the Modern Gentleman

The idea of a switchblade-style comb isn't exactly new, but the Man Comb is a bit more sophisticated than that plastic one you bought as a kid.
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Bluprint’s Plimsolls are packed with cushioning

Loaded with special foam and a deep, puddle-jumping outsole, the Encinitas plimsolls by Blueprint are as comfortable as they are attractive.
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Five Fresh Hop Beers You Should Already Be Drinking

From the juiciest amarillo IPA to the stickiest simcoe pale ale, we've found the best fresh hop beers around. Act fast, these brews don't stay fresh forever
Whisker Dam

Keep it clean with the Whisker Dam

The Whisker Dam is the perfect blend of form and function, keeping your hirsute upper lip clean without strapping anything metal over your chops.
Organic Beer Fest

Inside the world’s only Organic Beer Fest

Portland, Oregon is home to many special beer events, and near the top is the Organic Beer Fest, the only one of its kind in the world.
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The best sour beer in America was brewed in Portland

For the second time in five years, the New York Times has awarded the Cascade Kriek a perfect four stars, and named it the best sour ale in America.
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Jazz up your next burger with these four, creative toppings

Everyone puts pickles and mustard on their burgers. Try one of our creative burger toppings that are sure to surprise even your Instagram foodie friends.
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Breakside heralds in a barrel-aged collection with generous pours

It was a busy weekend for beer drinkers in Portland, Oregon, but the real party was just a few minutes south of downtown at Breakside Brewery.
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Midnight Moon is so good it used to be illegal

For the Johnson family, decades of hard work and fast driving paid off in the form of one of the most recognizable moonshines in the country, Midnight Moon.
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Tabor Made’s Dark/summer elevates casual clothing

You may think all T-shirts are created equal, but Tabor Made will quickly disprove that with the exquisitely contrasted Dark/summer collection.
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Every pair of these limited edition Sperrys is totally unique

While every look is unique to its owner, Sperry took it one step further with intentionally mismatched, used sailcloth on these limited edition sneakers.
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Don’t call them thongs – Reef x Boy + Girl Voyage flip-flops

I love a good pair of flip-flops, and Reef has paired up with California surf brand Boy + Girl for a seriously laid-back pair of premium sandals.
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Choosing a bottle of wine with E&R wine shop

No tricks or secret methods here, just two wine enthusiasts sharing their hard-earned bottle selection experience.
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Timberland wants you to have say in your next boot’s design

Timberland wants input from the public on the next big boot line, Crafletic, so it's letting you vote to decide everything from design to materials.
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Cole Haan’s GrandPrø Tennis Shoes are lighter than a bloody mary

The new GrandPrø Tennis Shoes from Cole Haan are the perfect blend of classic and modern, with a impressively lightweight construction.
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Oregon and California team up for the perfect boots

Southern California-based Iron & Resin and Portland's own Danner have a lot in common, and it really shows on the duo's riding boots.
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Single Malt Caribbean Heaven

Balvenie's 14 year Caribbean Rum Cask has everything you want in a Scotch, aged in oak for 14 years and finished in rum casks.
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New Balance’s ultra-limited 3D printed sneakers

Sooner or later, 3D printing is coming to sneakers, and New Balance is jumping in right now with the Zante Generate.
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Adidas’ new runner is an instant classic

Adidas has been changing its tune over the last year and half, and the NMD is a sign that the paradigm really has shifted, and the Three Stripes are on top.
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Festival of the Dark Arts: the only brewfest with tattoos

Forget the stale tents and plastic cups of lesser beer gatherings. Festival of the Dark Arts celebrates excess, hedonism, and even a dash of lust.
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Adidas drops the top on the Tubular

The Tubular sneaker is already a hit, but Adidas is rolling out a low-top rendition in tonal, lightweight materials for the summer months.
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Thursday Boots is ready for the spring, are you?

It's hard to go wrong with a nice pair of suede chukkas for the spring, and Thursday Boots has just the thing with the Scout, in honey or chocolate suede.
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Filling Pieces’ new collection tells the brand’s history

Filling Pieces takes to the jungle with a new lookbook that showcases the changes the brand has undergone since its inception in 2009.
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Homegrown Dunk Highs for the discerning sneakerhead

While Nike often rolls out collaborations with skateshops, these Dunk SBs have a certain charm to them that a lot of others lack.
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New Balance and Grenson leather take quality to another level

When it comes to quality sneakers, there's no matching New Balance, but the sneaker brand has outdone itself this time with an ambitious partnership.
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Some of the best shoes of 2015 are still available

If you didn't get what you had on your list for the holidays, don't fret! There are still plenty of great 2015 releases waiting on the shelves for you.
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Pop bubbly the classy way – with a sword

The art of champagne sabrage is mostly seen in tasting rooms and lavish restaurants, which makes it all the more appropriate for your New Years party.
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Hypebeast is making Adidas’ best look even better

Adidas' Ultraboost is a rising star in the sneakerhead world, and the uncaged version is seeing a special release for Hypebeast's 10th anniversary
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Adidas’ Xeno sneakers have to be seen to be believed

The pictures don't do them justice - the Xeno pack's iridescent coating will turn heads and surprise even the most hardened sneakerhead.
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Greats and Marshawn Lynch have a smart sneaker for black Friday

Greats and Chronicled have had it with fake sneakers, so they developed a smart chip that lets users connect their pair to an app to check its authenticity.
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An exclusive look at Timberland’s new naturally dyed Black Quartz collection

Timberland has been showing off versatility lately, and the naturally dyed, limited edition Black Quartz collection is yet another successful example.
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K-Swiss taps designer Billy Reid for natural sneakers

Always looking forward, K-Swiss and Billy Reid have created a new sneaker, the Arlington, that blends classic styling and modern, natural inspiration.
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Tretorn has a special pair of Nylites just for UnionMade stores

As collaborations between stores and brands become more popular, SF-based Unionmade wants to share a pair of Tretorn Nylites with their customers.
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Celebrate Jordan’s college days with these high-top Retro Ones

It may be the first time these Jordan 1s have been seen in high-top form since 1984, but that's not the only reason this release has so many chasing a pair.
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Converse taps Fragment Design for unique low-tops

When it comes to streetwear with a fashion kick, Converse and Fragment Design's Hiroshi Fujiwara is a match made in heaven.
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Lace up for the fall with Greats’ Hirsh Cadet

If you're looking for a clean pair of suede boots as the weather starts to turn, Greats has a pair for you that won't break the bank, but looks like it.
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SWIMS Fall and Winter lineup will keep you warm and classy

If you need to look professional as the weather takes a turn for the worse, SWIMS has the fall and winter gear to keep you dry, and looking fly.
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Sperry teams up with YMC on suede chukkas

You may think of Sperry just for the Top-Siders, but this collaboration with YMC shows there's a lot more going on under the surface.
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100 years later, the Converse Chuck II gets a makeover

Converse has decided it's finally time to give the Chuck a makeover, improving comfort and technology, but are they messing with perfection?
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Filling Pieces is already looking forward to fall, and so are we

It may still be hot out, but Filling Pieces is rolling out their fall and winter lookbook with some new materials, but the same great quality and design.
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Fragment and Nike strike with another pair of LD-1000s

With a classic Nike Cortez upper and a modern Roshe outsole, the Fragment Design x Nike LD-1000 is a must-have sneaker, but pairs will be limited.
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On Your Feet: Diadora brings the S8000 back in limited quantities

Italian footwear brand Diadora is making a return to roots with high quality, limited edition S8000s crafted by hand in their Caerano di San Marco factory.
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Love him or hate him, Kanye is helping Adidas make some noise

Love him or hate him, Kanye West's collaboration with Adidas Originals is exploding, and you can be part of the rush with the Yeezy Boost 350.
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On Your Feet: J. Crew and New Balance celebrate the dog days of summer

With dark brown and blue suede over off-white nylon, the New Balance Hilltop Blues 998s from J. Crew are the perfect summer sneaker with a touch of class.
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Sunskis revives classic Australian sunglasses for summer

Whether you're surfing or just taking it easy this summer, you'll need sunglasses. Sunski has you covered with unique and fresh shades to keep you cool.
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On Your Feet: Moccasin inspired sneakers from Clearweather

Clearweather is the result of the labor of two brothers, whose vintage inspired silhouettes are remarkably modern, and the One-O-One is proof of that goal.