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No Regular Article Today

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today, as the title may suggest, I won’t have a typical article up today. The reason being that I’m currently preparing for a couple collaborations with A Vintage Athenian! She’ll be interviewing me for an article on her blog which I’ll be sure to let you guys know about when it releases! Also, she and I will be putting out articles on each others’ blogs on Monday where we both give our opinions on our favorite fragrances and perfumes/colognes. Elena and I are both incredibly excited for what we have coming in the next couple days, and we think you’ll be excited too! In the meantime, make sure you check out my last article about My Favorite Beers, or Elena’s latest article about Vintage vs. Retro! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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Manly Skills

My Favorite Beers

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s article will obviously be more opinion-based, but even so, I’ll hopefully give you young gents a semi-reliable guide so you can get an idea for what you might want to drink when cracking open a cold one with the boys! So here’s a list of some of my favorite beers in the hopes that you can find a brew that you enjoy.

Disclaimer: While I will be talking about alcoholic beverages and encouraging my readers to enjoy said beverages, I also encourage them to drink responsibly. I will not be responsible for the consequences of your actions if you overdrink or get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Please be careful, and know your limits.

1. Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Alcoholic content: 4.74–5.9% alcohol by volume

While it may be stereotyped as “white trash” or “frat boy” beer, I love a good PBR just about any time. It’s the perfect amount of home-grown and home-brewed nostalgia. This is an especially preferred choice for the 4th of July, since the brand’s red, white, and blue coloring fits right in with the celebration of the Stars and Stripes.

2. Red Stripe

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Standard serving: 11.2 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Jamaica
Alcoholic content: 4.7% alcohol by volume

If you’re looking for a bit more of a unique brew, Red Stripe might be a good place to start! Not only does it have a distinctly shaped bottle, but how many beers can you name that are made in Jamaica? In any case, Red Stripe is a perfectly adequate brew that is a prefect fit for just about any occasion.

3. Blue Moon

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Golden, Colorado, United States
Alcoholic content: 5.4% alcohol by volume

This one is one of my dad’s personal favorites, and I love it as well! Now, to be fair, I’ve only ever had just the regular, run-of-the-mill brew, but Blue Moon offers a variety of different brews or flavors,  even some more special ones depending on the deason. During the fall season, Blue Moon puts out a pumpkin-flavored Harvest Moon brew, which I still have yet to try, but if you’re  looking for a brew with a bit more variety, Blue Moon is the perfect place to start.

4. 805

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Paso Robles, California, United States
Alcoholic content: 4.7% alcohol by volume

Of course I’ll love a brew that represents the homestead! For those who don’t know, 805 is actually an area code, the area code of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. And anyone who’s been reading for a while most likely knows that I was born and raised in Ventura, so of course I had to try this almost as soon as I turned 21. And thankfully, this one has started to be distributed to other places outside of California, which I could not be happier about. Any of you who want to get at least a little sense of the Southern California lifestyle, see if you can find some 805 at your local grocery or liquor store!

5. Corona Extra

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Standard serving: 7-12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Mexico
Alcoholic content: 5.4% alcohol by volume

On my 21st birthday, I decided to watch a movie, have some cake, and drink a beer with my roommates. That beer we had was Corona Extra, and for being one of my first alcoholic beverages, I really liked it. This one can be a great fit for anybody looking to host any party or shindig!

6. Früh Kölsch

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Standard serving: 12-16 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Cologne, Germany
Alcoholic content: 4.4%-5.2% alcohol by volume

And now moving on to the country best known for its beer! I first tried this brew while I was at a German restaurant with my cousins in San Francisco, and I must say, it’s probably the best beer I’ve had so far! When I first tried it, I thought it literally tasted like liquid bread, but unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to have it again since it can be hard to come by in the States. But if you get a chance to try Kölsch, I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

So there it is! Apologies if these descriptions were extremely superficial, I just don’t know too much about beer, I just wanted to share some of my favorites in an attempt to maybe give you young gents an idea of what you might like! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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Love/Relationships

4 More Summer Date Ideas!

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here and happy summer! It’s around this time that my local school district lets their students out for their summer vacation, and in light of the season being upon us, I thought it would be fun to talk about more fun dates that you and your lady can partake in during the summer season! And if you’re wondering why I said more, I actually have another article about fun summer date ideas which you can check out right here! But in any case, here are four more things you can enjoy with the lucky lady while you’re off for summer!

1. Dancing/A dance class

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In my hometown, there are multiple swing dance clubs that I’ve gotten to play music for, and seeing them dance makes it look like so much fun! Even just learning how to dance can be a great way to connect with your partner, plus it’ll be great exercise for the both of you. If you look online to try and find some local swing dance clubs or classes in your area, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something near you!

2. The beach

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Disclaimer: The woman in this picture is not topless, the top strap of her bikini is just really hard to see because of the lighting

I’m surprised I didn’t mention this in my last article about this. Though to be fair, this one would be hard to do if you don’t live on the coast. Even so, spending an afternoon at the beach can be an incredibly fun time for you and your partner. Lying out together in the sun, splashing around in the shallow water, or even just walking on the sand can be a simple and fun way for you two bond. Bring some finger food and and a few drinks and you can turn it into a picnic!

3. Wine tasting

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This one really only applies to those of you over 21 (if you’re reading this in the United States, that is), but it’s still a wonderfully romantic setting for the both of you. Sharing a few drinks, responsibly, and possibly making a road trip out of it with a wine tour can make it even better! Wine in and of itself can be very romantic, and who knows? Maybe you two can find your regular wine to have with dinner, or maybe even your wedding reception later on down the line.

4. Independence Day parade/fireworks

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Apologies to any of you across the pond who are reading this, since this really only applies to anyone living in the United States. Of course, anyone who lives in the States knows how excited people get to celebrate their independence on the Fourth of July, and the pinnacle of all that excitements come in the form of either a parade, a fireworks display, or both. Taking your girl to see either of those displays can be great fun for both of you. Plus in my hometown, there’s a trope among the teens and young adults that they need a “fireworks kiss”, so it’d be nice to have that too.

So there you go! If you and your special are getting tired of the same old thing, maybe try some of these things out, or check out my last list if you need more ideas! If there’s anything I missed or if you have any more ideas, then leave a comment and let me know! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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Teddy Roosevelt: The Personification of Class and the Perfect Gentleman

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! I’m so sorry I don’t have an original article for today, I just got a serious case of writer’s block. I still felt guilty about not having an article for you guys, so I decided to share this one that I published on The Classy  Libertarian a while ago. This one isn’t very political, even though it is about a famous political figure. In any case, I hope you enjoy reading it, and make sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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Tools of the Trade

The Gentleman’s Guide to the Wristwatch

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s article is coming to you courtesy of The Art of Manliness, and this article I found on their site gave me inspiration for this one, I’m just hoping I can put my own spin on it! In any case, the wristwatch is a classic accessory that every gentleman should have in his arsenal. But what many of you may not know is that wristwatches come in a variety of styles, sizes, and even purposes! So I’m going to list various styles of wristwatch and explain their features, and possibly a little bit of their history. Also, most of the info and all of the images are from The Art of Manliness, but I am in no way sponsored or endorsed by them. I just find their information very helpful, and I think you will too!

1. Dress Watch

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These watches first came into relevance when gentlemen started to wear watches on their wrists as opposed to carrying them in pockets. Nothing super flashy or outstanding, but certainly classy. They’re typically very small and thin watches, so as to easily slip them in and out of your sleeve or cuff. As shown in the picture above, the case can be circular or rectangular, and the face usually consists simply of hourly indexes. Such indexes can be represented by traditional Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4), Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV), or simple tick marks, or saber-style indexes as they’re formally called. Also shown in the picture above, the band is almost always leather. There are a select number of companies that give you an option of either metal or leather bands with their dress watches, but as AoM puts it, “leather is the classic way to go.” If you’re going to a formal affair, or even just a dinner date, these can be a great option!

2. Field Watch

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These types of watches are said to have evolved from the WWI “trench  watch”, which in the exact words of the AoM article, were “designed for officers who needed to coordinate attacks, tell time at night, and sport a wristwatch that could withstand the rigors of battle, all while still looking good.” As such, these watches were meant to be rugged, sturdy, and stylish all at the same time. They’re typically small or medium-sized watches, since a large watch would just get in the way of the task at hand. The face has a white dial with very distinct black numbering, or vice versa, for reasons of making the watch easy to read. The hands also often light up so you can easily read the watch at night. The band can be made of either leather or canvas, depending on your preferences. These watches can be used for a wide range of jobs or occasions, and work very well with just about any outfit. For those of you who don’t very often wear a suit, then these watches can be a great place to start!

3. Dive Watch

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This is one of the most common watches you’ll see a man wear. My father actually gave me a watch like this as a gift for becoming an Eagle Scout. This type has also always been 007’s watch of choice, with the Rolex Submariner always being on his wrist from Dr. No to License to Kill, and then Pierce Brosnan switching it to the Omega dive watch from Goldeneye onward. As if the name didn’t make it clear enough, these kinds of watches are meant for those who spend a majority of their time around water, with their biggest selling point being that they’re water resistant, usually up to 100m or sometimes more. Another defining feature is that dive watches have a bezel that can rotate counter-clockwise to act as a sort of makeshift timer if the wearer is actually diving. The way it works is that you rotate the bezel to where the “0” lines up with the minute hand, and whatever number on the bezel the minute lines up with shows how many minutes have passed while in the water. But not only are these timekeepers functional, but they also look very classy, making these watches very versatile. Sporty or classy, casual, or formal, a dive watch can be a great fit for any occasion.

4. Pilot/Aviator Watch

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Wristwatches have been involved in aviation practically since the airplane was invented. As a matter of fact, the very first watch ever made for a specific purpose was made for a friend of Louis Cartier’s who was a pilot. Over the years, other watchmakers took the original design and ran with it, making watches that made them easy to read for those men in the cockpit. However, unlike most of the other watches on this list, aviators don’t usually don’t come in one specific style, but their features are more or less the same. Similar to the field watch, their faces usually have black legible numbers on a white background with hands that illuminate to make them easy to read, especially for pilots in the dark. The band is usually made of leather and is usually longer than normal, as they were originally meant to fit around the cuff of a pilot’s uniform. Nowadays, these watches are more commonly used for more casual occasions, an aviator watch would be perfect for something like a summer barbeque or first date!

5. Racing/Driving Watch

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This is one I know A Vintage Athenian would appreciate! Watches have been used in car racing ever since the 1930s, and that really shouldn’t come as a shock. In a race where time is everything, racecar drivers would obviously want an accurate timepiece, and Rolex was more than happy to oblige. Their famous Oyster watch was one of the first watches to capitalize on a driver’s needs for an accurate timepiece. However, it was TAG Heuer that went on to define the racing watch with the chronograph and tachymeter. After originally being made for pilots in WWII, racecar drivers started using TAG Heuer watches in the 1950s since their watches were the most accurate they could find, with Steve McQueen immortalizing the TAG Heuer Monaco 1133 in the 1971 film, Le Mans. The faces of these watches are typically pretty large, so as to make room for the chronograph, and the cases are made to be very sturdy, so they’re usually made from stainless steel. The band can be either leather or metal, depending on your preferences or the manufacturer. Because these watches tend to be a bit more flashy and pronounced than most dress or dive watches, they mostly work with simple casual wear.

Now that we’ve gone over most of the different styles of watches you can find, another thing that we need to go over is how to properly proportion your watch to the size of your hand and wrist. If your watch is too large it’ll just stick out like a sore thumb, but if it’s too small, it’ll look like you’re wearing a lady’s watch. the AoM article puts it perfectly:

“The general rule is if the circumference of your wrist is 6 to 7 inches, you want to go with a watch that has a case diameter of 38-42 mm wide. If your wrist is larger than 7 inches, then you can go with cases that are 44-46 mm wide.”

And if nothing else, you can just simply eyeball it or just ask friends and family to give you their opinion.  Just remember that  not every timepiece will look great with every outfit, so be sure you know what you’re getting as well as the wardrobe requirements for whatever affair you’re attending. Also, be sure to check out the original AoM article. They go much more in-depth about the different watch types and they also provide links to manufacturers or companies that make those specific timepieces. Also, be sure to check out Vintage Gentlemen. They have a great selection of watches that can fit for a variety of situations!

Apologies for how long this article was, I just had a lot of info to give! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!