Drew Prindle

Drew Prindle

Drew is our resident tech nerd. He’s spent most of his life trying to be James Bond, so naturally he’s developed an unhealthy obsession with cutting-edge gadgets, top-shelf liquor, and well-timed puns. When he’s not composing articles for TheManual and DigitalTrends, Drew prefers to spend his time on the outskirts of Portland, buried in neck-deep powder at Mt. Hood.
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Food & Drink

Forget barrels; age your hooch in small batches with the Oak Bottle

Oak barrels are magical. Put something inside of them, and with a bit of patience they spit out something drastically better. The only problem is that aging is traditionally done in 55-gallon oak barrels -- unless you've got an Oak Bottle
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You can finally preorder this ridiculous leaf-blower-powered hoverboard

About a year ago, back before the current hoverboard zeitgeist had hit critical mass, a tinkerer by the name of Ryan Craven took the Internet by storm with a video of his own take on the idea. Instead of using fancy supercooled magnets…
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PhotonGrill is a portable, inflatable solar grill that fits in a backpack

Regardless of who you are or where you come from, I think we can all agree that the concept of a completely solar-powered grill is something that carries an undeniable appeal. Armed with one of these bad boys, you can cook anything from…
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Apparently, Whiskey Aged in Space Tastes Different than the Earth-Aged Variety

Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting…
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Swill: Rogue Just Released A Chipotle Flavored Whiskey

I'm trying really hard not to get my hopes up because Rogue has had a few less-than-stellar experimental creations in the past few years, but I have a feeling that this one is going to be a home run.
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Kole: A Fresh New Take On Flask Design

The Kole flask is a complete departure from the tired old hip flask design. Instead of the curved but not-quite-pocket-friendly form that you're used to seeing, Kole is boldly and unapologetically cylindrical.
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Swill: Gin Made With Dead Wood Ants Tastes Way Better Than It Sounds

According to the description, each bottle of Anty Gin contains the essence of "approximately sixty-two wood ants" -- along with a blend of wood avens, nettle, alexanders seed, and the obligatory juniper berry.
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Swill: Elephant Gin does London Dry with a Unique African Twist

Elephant Gin is a bit of an oddity. It's a London Dry gin that's made in Germany with a bunch of African ingredients -- and it's probably one of the most interesting gins I've ever tasted.
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This giant artificial wave park just opened up to surfers in Wales

Located in a small mountain town in Wales, Surf Snowdonia is supposedly capable of generating "the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet" -- and it just opened for business this month.
Food & Drink

All the grilling gear you need for summertime cookouts

You'll be able to get by with the most basic grill and a set of busted old tongs -- but if you want to step up your game, a few extra pieces of kit can drastically improve your overall grilling experience.
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These Magical Chunks of Wood Really Do Make Whiskey Taste Better

Remember Whiskey Elements? Those nifty little chunks of strategically-cut oak that supposedly make your whiskey taste more mature in 24 hours? I got my hands on a set and put them to the test.
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Chimichurri Steak: An Open-Ended Recipe

Chimichurri steak is basically just grilled steak with a badass Argentinian green sauce on top. It's totally different than what you're probably used to putting on steak -- so if you haven't had the pleasure of sampling it before, ditch…
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Cilantro, Lime, & Smoked Paprika Corn on the Cob

Don't get us wrong -- salty, butter-drenched corn on the cob is delicious -- but it's definitely not the only way to prepare the stuff. If you want to step up your cob cooking game, you need to get down on some cilantro, lime, and paprika.
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Swill: We Drank a Bottle of Coca Leaf Liqueur, For Science

Instead of making you see little green fairies or suddenly decide that going nude sounds like a great idea, Agwa De Bolivia will allegedly give you an energy boost.
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Swill: Ardbeg’s 200th Anniversary Single Malt Islay Scotch

For the big 200, the company made a scotch designed to showcase its past, present, and future. To do this, the distillery's head "Whisky Creator" drew inspiration from the different styles of whisky his predecessors had created over the…
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Swill: Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum Tastes Just Like It Sounds

You've probably tried both spiced rum and flavored rum before, but I highly doubt they were served in the same glass. Generally speaking, the two styles are kept separate, which is why Coffee & Cigarettes is so intriguing.
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Filet Mignon Beef Jerky is the Best Kind of Beef Jerky

Rather than haphazardly stuffing some mechanically processed meat into a dehydrator, these guys start with one of the best cuts you can find on a cow: the lean, tender, and supremely succulent filet mignon.
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Here’s 6 Ridiculously Good Barrel-Aged Beers You Should Be Drinking

All kinds of complex chemical reactions take place when you put alcoholic beverages in an oak cask, and just as with spirits like whiskey, rum, or wine; a bit of barrel aging can work wonders on beer.
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Stop Using Crappy Tonic Water and Make a Legit G&T with Bradley’s Kina Tonic

Back in the good old days, tonic water was typically a complex infusion of cinchona bark, cane sugar, and various botanicals. Today, it's a watered-down mixture of powdered quinine, high fructose corn syrup, and carbonated soda. Bradley's…
Living

How To Turn an Old Washing Machine Drum Into a Fire Pit

Now that the weather's starting to warm up, it'll soon be prime season for all manner of fireside shenanigans. That means you'll need a fire pit of some sort, and if you don't already have one, we've got the perfect DIY project to help you…
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Swill: Del Bac Smoked Whiskey

I'll try anything once -- but over the years i've learned to steer clear of flavored whiskey. Regular ol' bourbon is awesome by itself, and frilly additives typically make it worse, not better. Nine times out of ten, it's horrible, but…
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The Coolest Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Get at the Hardware Store

I spend infinitely too much time wandering around hardware stores, and over the years I've found a lot of hidden gems. There's tons of little tools, materials, and parts that most people have no idea exist, but are ridiculously useful to…
Food & Drink

How to cook the ultimate steak

Is there an upper limit on how "good" a steak can be? Could you, in theory, create "the ultimate steak" if you got the best possible cut of meat known to man and cooked it in the most scientifically perfect way possible? The answer, as it…