Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.


Sierra Nevada SummerFest

“This beer has been MIA for the last few years and I was happy to see it come back this summer. Nothing over the top. It’s just a crisp, refreshing lager that pairs extremely well with a sunny afternoon. I plan to keep them coming all weekend long.” Buy: $11

Pat McLaughlin, Editor


Fields Outfitting Noa Knife

“A solid knife goes unappreciated in a kitchen and especially so in the summer. Between slicing tomatoes to cutting up stone fruit, those dull knives found in my butcher block just don’t cut it (pun intended). I love this knife by Fields Outfitting, and it’ll surely be a part of my rotation. Based on the Japanese Nakiri knife, the Noa is built for slicing, dicing, and chopping fruits and veg (perfect for me, as a vegetarian). And while its functionality is great and all, it’s also just a beautiful piece of cutlery, too. Made from purple heart wood and Swedish Sandvik Stainless Steel, it’s a knife that looks as sharp as its blade.” Buy: $158

Brett Braley-Palko, Style Editor


Faccia Brutto Nocino

“I alluded to this in the last edition of this column, but my amaro selection at home needed a bit of a refresh. So, I turned to Brooklyn’s Faccia Brutto, one of my favorite Italian spirit makers in the US. Nocino is a traditional bitter Italian digestivo made from walnuts and Faccia Brutto’s rendition is brilliant. Deep nuttiness is softened by barrel-aging, vanilla, and spices. It’s luxurious and perfect as a true leather-armchair nightcap.” Buy: $65

John A. Paradiso, Managing Editor


Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths

“I have a lot of watches to take care of, and sometimes I neglect them. Cape Cod Polishing Cloths for Fine Metals are affordable, convenient, and very effective. They’re great for regular cleaning and for removing tarnish and hairline scratches on watch cases and bracelets. They come in a resealable package, and for less than ten bucks they can make your watches look like new.” Buy: $6

Amos Kwon, Auto/Watches Editor


'The Year of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion

New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ by Joan Didion ended up on my doorstep as a gift from a dear friend after the sudden loss of my mother. If I’m being completely honest, I had no interest or desire in attempting to deal with my grief by, well, reading… but once I actually delved into Didion’s stunning tome of honest exploration into the world of grief as a whole, I was verklempt before being left with an overall feeling of catharsis. Even without significant recent loss, this is a book worth reading.” Buy: $12

Ben Dahl, Senior Editor

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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