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Friday, November 21st
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An inside look at the insider's home of horse racing

A Visit to Keeneland

From the Archives: While most think of the Kentucky Derby as the focus of horse racing, Keeneland, located 80 miles east in Lexington, is the true center of gravity for the sport.

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Today in Gear: November 21, 2014

Today in Gear: Dewar’s 15 Year Scotch, a flawless Logitech iPad stand, and another reason to cut cable.

Thursday, November 20th
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A Roaming Journey of America's Spirit

5 Days on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 3

By GEAR PATROL

Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours.

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Demystifying World's Most Famous Bourbon

The Complete Guide to Pappy Van Winkle

I’d say that Pappy Van Winkle is a brand that needs no introduction, except that it does. The truth is that most people don’t know anything about “Pappy”, other than that it’s supposed to be the best of its kind. So let’s set the record straight by getting a couple of basic facts out of the way.

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Staying Sober in Bourbon Country

Off the Trail: Kentucky’s Sober Attractions

We posed the same question to everyone we spoke to on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: “If someone is only going to visit Kentucky once, what should they do?” Here are their responses.

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Wilderness Trail, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and More

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Travelogue: Day Three

In day three of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we check out small (Wilderness Trail) and big (Four Roses, Wild Turkey) distilleries on the way to Lexington — and get to taste something particularly special.

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Distillery-Exclusive Bourbon Bottles

Finding the Rarest of the Rare

At some of the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, there are bottles you can’t find anywhere else — rarities that can only be purchased on-site. These were the exclusive bottles we found in the dozen or so distilleries we visited.

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The Best (and Only) Hotel in Lexington’s Historic District

Stay: The Gratz Park Inn

The Gratz Park Inn isn’t just the best place to stay at in Lexington’s Historic District — it’s the only boutique hotel in Lexington’s Historic District. You’re just a short walk from enough comfort food, bourbon and good Kentucky weather. What else could you want?

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 20, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the best adventurers of 2014, a new film about Nolan’s 14, GoPro messes up, performance-enhancing weed and more.

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Taking a Beating in the Deserts of Vegas

Off Road, the Toyota TRD Pro Eats Dust (In a Great Way)

In the deserts of Vegas, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro proved it could handle just about everything thrown at it. It can make any sports car lover seriously consider abandoning the track in favor of life in the dirt, gravel, mud and sand.

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The Best Support the World Has Ever Seen

Viewfinder: Twelfth Man

In the northeast of England, Sunderland A.F.C. and Newcastle United F.C. are separated by less than 15 miles. Both teams are notoriously average of late, finishing in the middle to bottom half of the English Premier League. But their supporters are some of the most zealous in all of football. The short film “Twelfth Man”, directed by Duane Hopkins and scored by Michael Gardiner, is a visceral experience; it doesn’t take much to intensify scenes where hundreds seem poised to beat each other bloody.

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11 States, 15 Hikes

15 Best Hikes of the South

From the Archives: We found the 15 best day hikes near major cities in the South.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: November 20, 2014

Today in Gear: John John Florence-inspired board shorts, breathable winter cycling caps, Brunton’s HeatSync Collection and more.

Wednesday, November 19th
The Bourbon Trail
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A Roaming Journal of America's Spirit

5 Days On The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Day 2

By GEAR PATROL

Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours. Here’s yet another update to our investigation, following our play-by-play of day one.

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Maker's Mark, Willet, and More

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Travelogue: Day Two

In day two of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we get lost in the backwoods, explore the Willet Distillery, taste a few bourbon cocktails made by a pro, and more.