Willett Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen doesn’t have time for bullshit. It’s not something he has to tell anyone. The message shoots from his eyes like a railgun. Even at a relatively young age, it’s clear he’s heard it all before. He talks like someone who’s lost years listening to others dribble on, and worked hard to eradicate the behavior in himself; his speech is terse, verging on curt. You can’t blame him for him ignoring the noise. A lot rides on his shoulders. He and his family worked for years to rebuild the family distillery, which reopened in 2012, and now he’s determined to prove a point.
How a next-generation master distiller helped relight the stills
Red Bull Air Race Champion
In the world’s fastest motorsport, pilots fly at 230 mph and pull upwards of 10 g’s through the track. GP sat down with Nigel Lamb, Breitling’s Master Class pilot, ahead of the Red Bull Air Race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Big Mountain Freeriding Disciple
Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders on the planet, but you won’t see him on the podium at the X Games or in highlight clips on SportsCenter. The 32-year-old Swiss native started out as a competitive snowboarder, eventually reaching the top of the international circuit, but hung it all up to push the progression on the sport on bigger canvas: big mountain free riding.
23-Year-Old Cyclocross Champion
Slight at 5’7” and 128 pounds, Dutch cyclocross star Lars van der Haar, 23, wields heavyweight power at the races. He rides with a style so explosive that it inspired American cyclocross fans to coin the phrase “Go van der Haarder”. Like Belgian Sven Nys before him (#svenness), van der Haar has transcended the bounds of the sport and stands perched on the cusp of becoming a legend.
The Real Ironman
Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.
The Age of Innocence Editor Reuel Golden Talks About His Latest Book
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic eulogy for the first era of worldwide soccer obsession, documenting the lives of international legends — Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Maradona, Johan Cruyff and more — on and off the pitch. We spoke with Reuel Golden, the book’s editor, about soccer’s golden age.
Founders of Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales
We sit down with Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing and Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales to talk about brewing technology, stout glasses and Miley Cyrus.
5-time Kiteboarding World Champ
By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level — but that was in 2008. Now the sport’s most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney.
British author and adventurer
Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.
GP was on the scene at Outside Lands 2014. We interviewed the members of Brothers Comatose, Local Natives, Tycho, Typhoon and Warpaint.
Chef and Co-owner of Joe Beef
Montreal has been good to the co-owner and co-chef of Joe Beef. But it’s the country that inspires him — and in turn, inspires his restaurant, a relatively small place in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood that has, almost despite itself, become one of the city’s most celebrated dining spots. We recently sat down with McMillan to discuss all things Montreal, the importance of classic intentions, and drinking lots of Burgundy wine.
Burgeoning Seattle Chef and Restaurateur
From catering obscurity to acclaimed chef, Seattle native Ethan Stowell is living his dream. As the chef and owner of nine Italian-inspired restaurants, a pizzeria, wine cellar and more, he’s taking over this northwestern city.
CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race
How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years. We sat down with Frostad in Newport, Rhode Island, which will serve as a stopover in the upcoming race, to discuss its global appeal.
Being a pedestrian or a cyclist in a city can be as harrowing as it is liberating. Nobody knows that better than Paul White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a New York City non-profit promoting cycling, walking and public transit.
Conversations over a straight razor
We talk to Big T, a.k.a. Tobias Olsen, owner of the beloved Royal Barbershop in Stockholm, about life’s second acts, what it takes to be an excellent barber, and how to care for your skin — and yourself.
Pool Hopping in Sweden, 26 Times
The Ö Till Ö run/swim race in Sweden is 46 miles long. That’s an impressive distance — especially when you consider that 6 miles are in the water and the remaining 40 miles take racers over the rocky terrain of 26 islands off the coast of Stockholm.
3 Interviews, 3 Days of Music
Governors Ball is a three-day music festival in New York City that draws crowds of over 40,000 each day. The culture is defined by the musicians, which range from big name headliners to up-and-coming young talent. We spoke with three young musicians to see what festival life was like on the other side of the stage.
Founder of KelSo Beer Co. and Barrel-Aging Pioneer
We interview Kelly Taylor, owner and operator of KelSo Beer Co., who recently made beer history by becoming the first American brewer to age beer in Jameson’s coveted whiskey barrels.
Striker on the U.S. Men's National Team
We interview Jozy Altidore of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team about philanthropy, the new U.S. head coach and his team of choice when playing FIFA.
Short Board to Stand Up
We caught up with Slater Trout after he returned from Nicaragua, where he was competing with the U.S. team in the Stand Up Paddle Racing World Championships, to talk developing SUP as a national sport and being a force in the water.
Gravel Racing Pioneer
Rebecca Rusch quit her day job to pursue her love of competition. It worked out, and today she’s a professional cyclist with sponsors like Red Bull and Specialized.
First impressions go a long way in this world, and Jeff Carvalho knows it. The 39-year-old cofounder of the men’s style and lifestyle site Selectism presents himself like a real-life version of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark: intelligent, well-dressed, confident. People listen when he talks. Or maybe they listen because he tells great stories. Or because he’s the kind of guy that can go out for a night of karaoke and wind up sitting in Big Boi’s living room.
Prolific actor, Director and producer
Director, producer and actor Griffin Dunne (who starred the cult classics An American Werewolf in London and After Hours) talks with us about life, confidence and that time he wept on an airplane.
Israel's Most Important Hotelier
Rooftop showers, gratis Champagne and sunsets over Tel Aviv. Interested? Leon Avigad is the guy to know.
Long Distance Hiker Extraordinaire
The summer before his senior year at Duke University, Andrew Skurka thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, his first ever backpacking trip, alone and in only 95 days (that’s 23 miles a day). He had caught the bug. He’s since hiked 7,775 miles from Quebec to Washington and the Great Western Loop (6,875 miles) and has been named the 2005 “Person of the Year” by Backpacker Magazine and the 2007 “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic Adventure. We caught up with him to talk about success and failure on the trail.
Your average valedictorian Nascar champion
Racing since age eight, missing prom so he could suit up for the Nascar Nationwide series, winning Nascar’s Busch series championship at the tender age of 20: Brian Vickers sounds like a man of one dimension. That would be a false assumption.
Neptune's grandson on his record-breaking undersea endeavor
We talk with Fabian Cousteau as he preps for Mission 31, an endeavor to live underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 31 days.
A Cheese Professional Talks Aging
If you walked into your place of employ and found mold colonies growing on your workspace, chances an alarm would sound: time to improve your hygiene. Not so for Brian Ralph. In his world, this is just another day at the office. This gives him a particular view of the world — and you can learn a lot from a guy like him.
Producer and Director
Jim Wilson may not be a household name, but his resume speaks for itself. As the producer behind films like Dances with Wolves and The Bodyguard, he developed a reputation for making films whose cultural impacts belied their modest budgets. His upcoming film 50 to 1, which tells the story of 2009’s unlikely Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, is no exception. Jim carved out a window from a hectic promotional tour to talk about making this film a reality, working with his longtime friend Kevin Costner, and even his thoughts on Avatar.