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Whisk(e)y  July 2020

Guest Contributor- Christian Bringolf @denim_and_whiskey


There’s really no right way or wrong way to start your whiskey journey....unless of course you don’t start it OR you start it with fireball whiskey....then (with a ton of sarcasm in my voice) you’ve started your whiskey journey wrong. Whether you spell it whisky or whiskey it's still pronounced whisk(e)y; welcome to a niche community where you will have endless bottles to taste, arguments to get into about what’s the right way to spell whiskey, and what’s the best whisky out there.

If you’ve read this far, there’s a chance you like what I have to say. Maybe you're thinking that it’s time for you to see what all the hullabaloo is about but you don’t know where to start. You’re in good luck, I can help!! When most start their whisky journey, they tend to view rye higher priced whiskey as the best and the lower priced stuff as garbage. I’m here to tell you that’s not exactly true.


If you’re at the grocery store and you see a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 (the 101 stands for the proof of alcohol in the bottle) for $20, pick it up. It’ll be amazing bourbon (bourbon is whiskey) and some would argue more amazing than that bottle of MaCallan 12 for $80 (at least that’s what it costs in Seattle....damn triple taxes!!!!)

But there is something to be said about a whisky that has been aged for 20+ years, something that tends to be more common in Scotch Whisky (also known as scotch or single malt whisky....not sure why the later gets more applied to scotch because it’s true for Irish Whiskey as well....but I digress). In my opinion, whisky that ages longer tends to be superior in flavor profile and is smoother even at higher proofs.



Ok, enough with facts...you need recommendations. For the whiskey veteran that is reading this, I’m sure you have your own list of whiskies you would be directing newcomers to....but for now we’ll go with my list.
Scotch Whisky (spelled without the “e”)
Irish Whiskey
Japanese Whiskey
Canadian Whiskey
Also, one other thing about how you drink your whisky...try it with a drop of water, ice cube (on the rocks) or neat (just the whiskey). Lots of veteran whiskey drinkers will try to convince you that their way of experiencing is the right way. Disregard all absolute truth when it comes to whiskey, especially this point...but not about fireball whiskey (blech). And whatever you do when you get your new found bottle, don’t drink it with coke!




Being Dad  June 2020

Guest Contributor- Christian Bringolf @denim_and_whiskey

ACG Father's Day


Being a dad is probably one of the best things I’ve done with my life. The cool factor for me was when when my daughters entered into my life. They help me strive to be a better father and man. They teach me daily about being patient and compassionate. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.


Growing up, I always viewed my dad as invincible. He was a man that knew, in my opinion, how to do just about anything. He knew the names of the most obscure tools. He could remove a 350ci engine from his '78 Corvette and put it back in, in a single day. He almost never needed to measure wood before he cut it. He would just cut it to the right measurements.


My dad has always had style too. I didn’t know it growing up, but he knew how to wear denim and boots and look good doing it. Probably the coolest thing about my dad was his ability to sacrifice himself for his family. He did not like going to work, but he did so so his kids could have a future. He wanted to spend time on his hobby which was photography, but he wanted to pour into his kids emotionally and wouldn't sacrifice that for anything.


Now that I’m older and have kids of my own, my dad shares some of his inner feelings and thoughts about  being a parent when we hang out together. He talks to me not just as a dad, but as a friend and peer. Somehow he’s able to balance all that out and be an amazing father.


Stuff I’ve learned from my father, is that being a dad is hard and not always immediately rewarding. It has many thankless days and days you wish you could do over. My dad showed me consistency. He was not a perfect father, but he was always quick to change and learn from his mistakes. He was never above asking for forgiveness from his children. My dad showed me love and gave me a working framework for how compassion should look.


Thank you Dad and to all the dads that are out there, dadding it up, loving their kiddos, showing up and being present. Raise a glass, this day is for you. Cheers!! 


The Accidental Cool Guy- Denim & Whiskey  May 2020

Guest Contributor- Christian Bringolf


Who’s a cool guy? Be it rebel, explorer, philosopher, or gentleman, he’s the guy that everyone wants to be around. He’s the guy that has the right answer for every question. He’s tough. He can hold his whiskey and he’s got tattoos. Truth be told this guy isn’t me. There are some similarities between us, but they are pretty few and far between. Despite what my images project, I’m not necessarily as cool as that guy in the pics. Denim & Whiskey is more of a persona and alter ego, one that developed as somewhat an exaggerated extension of myself.


I was the poor kid in school, wearing hand-me downs that had gone through several other owners before reaching me. I also was born color blind (like many guys) and couldn’t figure out how to color coordinate my clothing. Sometimes I still struggle with outfits. I became more painfully aware through high school how I was not one of the cool kids. I worked hard to fit in with them, but no matter how hard I tried, I just simply wasn’t “cool”. I somehow had a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, which kinda gained me a reputation as a dummy.

It wasn’t until I was about 30, that I began to realize that I needed to accept myself and stop trying to impress others. I began to focus less on what others thought of me and shifted my attention to hobbies, interests and personal development. What came out of it was a genuine like for who I am and an enjoyment of what I was capable of doing. I wasn’t trying to fit in and by doing this I found that people wanted to be around me. People wanted to listen to what I was saying. People genuinely wanted to be friends. I wasn’t trying to be a cool guy anymore, and somehow that’s how I accidentally became cool.

The Denim and Whiskey “character” exists as somewhat of an exaggerated extension of myself. I do dress the same. I do drink good whiskey. I do like boots. I do love denim and quality leather goods. I don’t think I’ll ever be as cool as Denim & Whiskey; but I’m ok being an accidental cool guy in real life.