BossToberfest – Our Favorite German Beers Available in North America

October 18, 2016

Oktoberfest cathedral

Oktoberfest has come and passed, and chances are good that you did not make the trip to Mecca Munich to join in the festivities and sample some of the greatest beers on the planet.

First celebrated in 1810, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, with over 7,000,000 litres served every year. Only breweries within the city limites of Munich are permitted to be on tap at Oktoberfest but with and average annual consumption of 110 litres per person, there are more German brewers than you could possibly imagine. Trying to figure out where to start can be daunting, and you may find yourself reaching for that comfortable favourite when trying to decipher the labels in the import aisle.

Well don’t fret, we’ve done the “hard” work for you- sampling lager after lager, cleansing our palates in between each with handmade pretzels, sausages and of course…sauerkraut. (Lots of sauerkraut!) In total we poured over 30 different types of beer, all in observance of the German Purity Laws of 1516, to bring you our favorite Weissbier, Kolsh, Pils, Helles, and Dunkel available right now, in your local beer store.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Dressing For Any Occasion

October 11, 2016

gentlemans guide to dressing for any occasion

Canadians recently celebrated our Thanksgiving, signifying that the upcoming Holiday season will soon be in full swing. Holiday parties, work parties, New Years eve – will all be arriving in just a few short months. Determining the appropriate dress for each event – how formal/traditional? – can be difficult to decipher.

Here is a compilation of the best infographics created by the Men’s Lifestyle website, Art of Manliness – to give you the ultimate lowdown on dressing like a Gentleman; at every event!

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The Best Autumn Beers For Pumpkin Lovers (And Haters)

October 7, 2016

the best autumn beers for pumpkin lovers and haters


As the pages of the calendar fall away and the leaves begin to change color, your taste buds evolve and you begin to look past the smooth, refreshing ales for beers with more complex character…and maybe the occasional pumpkin.

While the world is waiting in line for pumpkin spiced lattes, a handful of us find ourselves humming and hawing over the seasonal selection at the local pub, or circling the craft beer section of the liquor aisle looking for something new. The entire crew here at Straw Boss HQ combed through every seasonal beer we could get our thirsty little hands on, to build a list of essential Autumn beers for the pumpkin lover (and hater).

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It’s a Hold Up! Belts vs Suspenders – As Voted by You

September 28, 2016
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Late last week we ran a poll on our Twitter page to let you weigh in on a debate that pits form against function. An argument over preference as polarizing as the 2016 Presidential Election: Belts vs Suspenders

While belts have existed for thousands of years, holding up tunics and togas, suspenders came in late to game, shaking things up to improve on an age old problem that still effects us to this day. But what factors do we consider when choosing one over the other? Is this simply a matter of superior support, or are we looking for more than a practical solution to our wandering waistlines.

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How To Argue Like A Gentleman – Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

September 27, 2016


In lite of the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I’m reminded of a quote from Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, regarding the dangers of Argument:


“[It] is apt to become a very bad habit, making people often extremely disagreeable in company by the contradiction that is necessary to bring it into practice; […] Persons of good sense, I have since observed, seldom fall into it”

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50 Things to Do This Autumn

September 21, 2016

50 activities to do this autumn


Whether you love Autumn or not, it’s coming. Tomorrow, as a matter of fact. But crisp air and amber leaves don’t have to be a bummer – there are a ton of amazing things to do during Fall.

Here’s our list of 100 different things you can do this Autumn.

And, I promise they don’t involve a romp in the leaves.

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Write Drunk, Edit Sober: Your Favorite Writer’s Favorite Cocktails

September 17, 2016

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Surely you’ve caught yourself imaging what it would be like to spend an afternoon in a cantina with Ernest Hemingway, or to go pint-for-pint with Hunter S. Thompson in a Las Vegas dive bar. Though some of your favourite authors are now spoken of in the past tense, their works have become their legacy. But in their time, while they were living the life that would later define the dash between two dates in a lengthy obituary, their reputation (and behavior) made them infamous.

What better way to celebrate the memory of great artist than raising a glass of the very same cocktail responsible for nights worth writing about?
We’ve compiled the recipes of 10 cocktails as strong as the personalities they attracted, for you to discover and toast your favourite authors.

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Beats of the Week DoubleShot! – Dreamers + Narcos

September 12, 2016

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No doubt, you’ve been binging season 2 of Narcos on Netflix. The entire Straw Boss crew is completely obsessed and it’s made for some refreshing new additions to the office music choices. If you’ve caught the salsa bug as well, then this week’s recommendation is for you. In a rare Double-Feature, Straw Boss is bringing the heat back home with a deep cut from the (incredible!) Narcos soundtrack, as well as a foot-stomping crowd-pleaser from Brooklyn’s DREAMERS.

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