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CM’s Top 20 Products of 2013

Another year has come and gone. We played with lots of gadgets, sampled plenty of beer, and drove some mighty nice cars all in the name of “research.” And while we stand by everything we’ve tossed up on Cool Material, there are always going to be certain items that go over better than others. We combed through all our stats and found the 20 items you guys checked out the most this past year. Here they are for your nostalgic ... ... continue reading
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Heritage: Jon Contino

Forget about getting a driver's license or graduating from high school; in my family, getting your own tape measure is the true rite of passage. When my father gave it to me he didn't sit me down by a fire and tell me how special it is to have your own tape, instead it was more of the “throw a sweaty jersey at a ... continue reading
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LyteShow: Military-Grade Gatorade SPONSORED

Raw eggs, tripe soup, and bull horn tea are just some of the hangover cures people swear by around the world. A less gross and far more effective way to feel better is to simply get liquids and electrolytes back in your body as quickly as possible. Instead of downing bottles of water and Gatorade, use LyteShow. The electrolyte-packed concentrate is the quickest way to feel better after a night of heavy drinking. The mineral base was tested on wildfire firefighters, and unlike sports drinks, LyteShow contains no calories, sugars, carbs, or artificial flavors. It's the healthy way to kill a hangover fast. ... check it out
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Brew Trip Vermont: Switchback Brewing Company

You can credit part of the success of Switchback Brewing Company to bologna. Yes, bologna. You see, it was in a bologna factory where Bill Cherry, the owner and brewmaster at Switchback, learned the importance of an efficient workplace. And as you talk to Bill and tour Switchback Brewing Company, you see it everywhere. The equipment he’s found/acquired, the thought out workspaces, heck, there’s even a control board in German. ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: Rock Art Brewery

With a wider distribution area than many Vermont breweries (VT, MA, NJ, PA and CT), Rock Art may already be a name on your radar or in your fridge. The brewery, which started up in founder Matt Nadeau’s basement, has grown considerably in its 16 years of existence and is one in a string of well-known Vermont breweries to open in ’97 (Magic Hat, Long Trail, Catamount, and Otter Creek did, as well). ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: The Alchemist

At 9 am, on the first truly bone-chilling day of the season, a line stretched around The Alchemist and out into a small parking lot behind the building filled with empty pallets. The reason these people were lined up is two-fold. First is the obvious: Heady Topper. And, while you may think waiting in line for hours for a case of one beer is insane, the double IPA is truly one of the finest that will ever cross your lips. ... ... continue reading
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The Guide to Collecting & Aging Beer

The Guide to Collecting and Aging Beer Just to be clear, no beer needs to be aged. In fact, lots of beer shouldn't be. Still, some finely crafted beverages out there can develop over time and really display different characteristics when you decide to crack them open. You may be well on your way to enjoying ... continue reading
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Everyday Carry: 1950s

Slick hair and the rise of rock-n-roll gave men in the 50’s a truly unique style. It was a combination of rebellion and corporate sophistication. As a man living in the 1950’s, here are a few of the items that would have been in your everyday carry arsenal. ... continue reading
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Heritage: Andrew Payne

I'm a lucky man to have known my great grandfather, even for just a brief time. He was born in 1882 in Chapel Hill, N.C., grew up working on the railroad, and eventually became the Clerk of the Court. Not one to forget about the details, he most often wore a tailored black suit, crisp white shirt, bolero tie, black ... continue reading
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Mapped Out: Banksy’s Month in New York

Ask the average person to name a few street artists and you’ll probably be met with blank stares. At most, the average person could name one: Banksy. The world’s best-known street artist set up shop in NYC this past month to slyly tag the city with his clever work. Here’s a little map recap of his New York City residency. ... continue reading
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Heritage: Anthony Lawson

When I was around 13 my grandfather handed me his old Buck knife and tells me "every man should have a knife." Years later I realized that the gift was less about the knife and more about the unsaid sentiment, which is why I cherish it. This also might explain my obsession with knives. I stopped carrying it years ago ... continue reading
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New Apps You Should Know

Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems and break out your iPhone, iPad or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys. ... continue reading
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Heritage: Bill Hovard

This magnificent German numerator (circa 1920) was found on the top shelf of a dusty cabinet in a Stockholm thrift store. Offering both a sans-serif and serif font selector, the numerator also offers four distinct font sizes. This object has become one of the Hudson Made essential tools and we use it to date the batch ... continue reading
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Current Obsession: Datsun 280Z

The mid to late 70s were not kind to sports cars. Combine the oil embargo and stricter government regulations on both fuel economy and safety and you have a recipe for the Mustang II or the AMC Gremlin or even the Chevy Monza. Basically we are saying style got tossed right out the f’ing window in favor of safety. ... continue reading