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First Look: Reviving a Lost Bourbon Landmark

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineSeptember 2, 2015

Like a scene from a Southern gothic novel sprung to life, the Old Taylor Distillery—complete with a kudzu-covered turreted limestone castle, overgrown gardens, and a crumbling Roman-style springhouse—languished in beautiful disrepair for nearly forty years. Then in May 2014, Kentucky natives Will Arvin and Wes Murry bought the sprawling property and set about reviving this piece of bourbon history.

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The Ultimate Tailgating Coolers

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorAugust 31, 2015

Tailgating, like football, is a sport in and of itself in the South. To kick off the 2015 season in style, we bring you a trend worth noting: the leather-wrapped cooler.

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The Perfect Brunch Cocktail

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsAugust 28, 2015

Not many people would make the leap between breakfast cereal and whiskey, but that’s just what triggered New Orleans mixologist Kim Patton-Bragg’s inspired riff on bourbon milk punch. “I’d been asked to create a breakfast drink for the Tales of the Cocktail festival,” she says, “and one morning, when I was looking down at my Cheerios, I saw the whole grains label on the box. My next thought was, well, whiskey has whole grains, too, and from there the idea of combining milk, cereal, and bourbon all made perfect sense.”

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Meet Georgia: G&G's Good Dog of the Week

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusAugust 26, 2015

Start snapping those pics! This year’s Good Dog Photo Contest begins Tuesday, September 15. In anticipation, we’ll be spotlighting some of our favorite pups from last year's contest each week until the contest’s official start date. And what better day to begin than National Dog Day?

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How Hope Bloomed From a Hurricane: The Katrina Rose

By CJ LotzBelow the LineAugust 26, 2015

Thirty-six hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Peggy Rose Martin looked over her garden one last time.

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Southern Classic: Sour Corn

By Jed PortmanGood EatsAugust 25, 2015

If you like sauerkraut, chances are you’ll like sour corn. 

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Gregg Allman is Back and Better Than Ever

By Matt HendricksonSouthern SoundsAugust 24, 2015

“Garden. And. Gun. How ya doing, man?” Gregg Allman sounds just plain giddy, giving a little extra oomph for each word. The last time G&G talked with the rock and roll icon, he was recovering from a liver transplant and the post-op medication he was on had zapped much of his energy. But today, he’s on the good foot: joking and laughing with a sizzle in his voice that is as infectious as it is gravelly from nearly 50 years of being a rock God.

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A New Memoir: From Bayou Duck Hunts to Hollywood

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineAugust 20, 2015

The writer Michael Lewis once wrote a 7,000-word magazine feature story on Blaine Lourd based on Lourd’s uncommonly influential career in the financial industry. But Lourd, a Louisiana-bred investment adviser who has managed money for A-listers such as Matthew McConaughey and the Rolling Stones, sums up the roots of his success in just one word: Coonass (his term, not ours). In his new memoir, Born on the Bayou, just released Tuesday, he reveals why. “When I say ‘Coonass’—which technically relates to a certain type of Cajun,” Lourd writes, “I’m not talking about a class distinction. A Coonass can be wealthy or poor, wise or foolish…However, at heart, he’s generally unpretentious and comfortable with himself, listens to his gut…In the end, it’s an identity. Shared proudly.”

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Before and After: From Timeworn Farmhouse to Handsome Homestead

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorAugust 20, 2015

We’re always inspired by fellow house romantics who appreciate Southern homes with history. This month in our Before and After series, we profile a Georgia farmhouse that’s lived many lives.

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The South's Strangest Garden?

By CJ LotzBelow the LineAugust 19, 2015

There’s always more to know about every Garden & Gun story. In our August/September issue, we visited a conservation-minded Chesapeake estate garden. Here, the owners take us behind the scenes.

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