There's nothing quite like the holiday season, mostly because of the unique beer releases that make their way to bottle shop shelves. 21st Amendment Brewing in San Fransisco agrees, and treats us with Fireside Chat ($12) to help usher in the season. Just like the depression-era radio addresses FDR used to churn out, this spiced winter ale is both warming and illuminating. It's a dark English-style ale with a nice balance of spices that bring to mind vanilla, nutmeg and caramel malt. A flavorful, comforting beverage for any winter evening.
In an ongoing attempt to make drawing and painting on an iPad more like its real-life equivalent, the guys who brought us Paper have introduced their take on the artist's stylus, the Pencil ($50-$60). Available in either graphite or walnut, and inspired by the shape of a carpenter's pencil, this stylus sports a range of features that let you create digital art more easily. Palm rejection makes sure that Paper doesn't pick up the presence of your hand while you work, while the built-in eraser lets you simply remove mistakes. Bluetooth connectivity, a month of battery power, and a highly sensitive tip make it wonderful to work with every time.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo ($TBA) provides indisputable proof that you don't need to drop damn near a million bucks for a track-ready supercar. Underneath the hood, you'll find a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine producing a ridiculous 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, making it the fastest GT-R to date. A race-inspired suspension setup, exclusive Dunlop tires, a more rigid body structure, and significantly-improved aerodynamics make it an impressive beast on and off the track. Inside you'll find carbon-fiber Recaro racing seats, Alcantara details throughout, and red accents to dress it up. Overall what you get is an incredible sports car that's barely slower than rides likely costing four times its price. Not too shabby.
Taste the flavors of the world without ever leaving your zip code with Old Salt Merchants Teas, Salts & Sugars ($10-$15). Imported from far-flung destinations across the globe, their curated selections of teas, flavored sugars, and seasoned salts will liven up any of your meals and recipes, whether you're enjoying rum and cola tea with breakfast, sea smoke salt on grilled salmon, or Jamaican ginger sugar on the rim of your favorite cocktail. Each one is made from a blend of high-quality ingredients, with no artificial flavors or additives, and nothing but the best natural stuff.
There are sports memoirs, and then there's Undisputed Truth ($18), Mike Tyson's tell-all autobiography charting his journey from poor Brooklyn kid, to millionaire heavyweight champion of the world, to bankrupt addict, to today. Whether admitting to being high on cocaine and marijuana during his fight with Lou Savarese in Hampden Park (whom he beat in an incredible 38 seconds), or describing how he misplaced $1m in a Louis Vuitton bag after a wild night in Vegas, you've never experienced a window into the life of a troubled athlete quite like this. Learn everything there is to know about how he rose and fell, and then climbed back up to where he is today: philosopher, broadway headliner, hollywood actor, family man, and addict.
Whether you're outfitting your local militia, or you just need the kind of vehicle that will stand up to some serious punishment, you need the Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV ($15,000). Built to military specifications, this ATV features industry first non-pneumatic tires that can't get flats, won't tear, rip, or otherwise puncture — they can actually stand up to a .50-calibre round and still ride for up to 350 miles. It also comes with a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton, steel racks, huge towing and hauling capacity, 77 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.
We're all well aware the American maker mentality has waned in recent times, but at Shinola in Detroit, made in the USA is alive and well. What started as a local watch company quickly transitioned into a purveyor of all things made in America. Possibly the finest example of this is The Runwell Di2 Bicycle from Shinola ($4,500). Starting life at the legendary Waterford Precision Cycles factory in Wisconsin and then hand-assembled in Detroit, this handsome commuter improves on the company's two-wheel offerings, upgrading the bike with more performance and technology. Built upon a lugged steel frame and fork, the classically-styled Runwell Di2 offers smooth riding and excellent handling, and features Shimano electronic shifting, Alfine hydraulic brakes, a handlebar-mounted LED control panel, internal cable routing, an aluminum front rack, black alloy fenders, as well as front and rear lights. On top of all of that, she's a real looker too, sporting a stark black-and-white design. Built to order, only one remaining, and shipping in March 2014.
Sponsored by our friends at Shinola.
Light up the slopes on your next nighttime run with the Nike LunarEndor QS Snowboard Boot ($TBA) thanks to the thirty LEDs implanted in each swoosh. They're powered by a built-in lithium ion battery, and controlled by a convenient power button in the boot's cuff, so you can decide when to switch them on and off. The technology doesn't stop at the lights though — they feature Lunarlon foam for a soft ride and improved impact resistance. They also have a customizable flex line system that lets you choose from three levels of stiffness, so you can optimize the ride for the park, the half pipe, or the backcountry. Available mid-December.
The third generation 2014 MINI Cooper ($TBA), continuing the trend set by previous generations, is a little less mini, with a longer wheel base, longer, wider, and taller body, and increased interior capacity. Available in two models, the Cooper and Cooper S, you get the choice between a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine, both featuring turbo chargers. The faster of the two can make it to 60 mph in just over six seconds, thanks in large part to a healthy 162 pound-feet of torque. Also available — in addition to a kitted out interior with plenty of technology like a heads up display and improved entertainment system — are new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Just because you have a tiny apartment, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fun in your down time. With the Teckell Intervallo Foosball Table ($5,900) you get a fully-functioning foosball table — albeit a good bit smaller than your average one — that takes up no more space than a coffee or end table. Built with just three wood players on each side, this table features crystal glass construction surrounded with a wood frame. The glass top is removable, letting you access the game inside, as well as functioning as a serving tray.
Fall bird hunting is a Southern tradition. Just don't run afoul of the cooler weather.
Langdon Pullover ($145). Beige Harwood Pullover ($145). Orange Cullen Brushed Oxford ($155). Green Byrne Shawl Collar Sweater ($225). Free Union Belt ($165). Grey and Blue Mcpherson Tattersall ($155). Navy Flynn Boot Sock ($35). Navy Gatewood Cashmere Hat ($75). Olive Roane Cashmere Tweed Scarf ($195). Military Watch Co. MK111 LTD. Edition in Black ($280). Garrett Leight San Juan in Brushed Gold-Moss ($340). Filson Double Hunting Pants ($190). Red Wing x J. Crew Wabasha boots ($320). Otter-Messer Anchor Sailor's Knife ($38). Black Peyote Keychain ($45). Penfield Idlewood Day Pack ($75)
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Ledbury.
Instead of that boring baked turkey you have every year on Thanksgiving, do something a little different with the Waring Pro Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer ($250). Capable of cooking up to an 18-pound bird, this turkey fryer can prepare the most important part of your fall feast in just over an hour thanks to its rotisserie mechanism. Once turkey season passes, you can still get plenty of use out of it as a deep fryer for chicken wings, french fries, and more — or you can fill the reservoir with water and use it as a steamer.