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A podcast for men about how to buy cool things like bourbon, beers, watches and more, from experts who know their sh*t.

It's always good to "know a guy." BLAG is collection of interviews and solo podcasts that cover the important things in life, like bourbon, beer, watches, and how to knock your girl's pants off with killer gifts. Third generation jewelry store owner and diamond expert, Andy Koehn and his guests will take you from confusion to confidence by opening the playbooks of experts who know their stuff. Think diamonds have nothing to do with bourbon or beers? Think again!

Buy Like a Guy Andy Koehn

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    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

A podcast for men about how to buy cool things like bourbon, beers, watches and more, from experts who know their sh*t.

It's always good to "know a guy." BLAG is collection of interviews and solo podcasts that cover the important things in life, like bourbon, beer, watches, and how to knock your girl's pants off with killer gifts. Third generation jewelry store owner and diamond expert, Andy Koehn and his guests will take you from confusion to confidence by opening the playbooks of experts who know their stuff. Think diamonds have nothing to do with bourbon or beers? Think again!

    Crafting Time Part II: The Artistry, Challenge and Value of Independent Watches and the People Who Make Them

    Crafting Time Part II: The Artistry, Challenge and Value of Independent Watches and the People Who Make Them

    In this episode Tim Jackson, founder of Independent in Time, continues our chat about the Independent Watch world, something most people know very little about. 
    We'll talk more about the dedication, discipline, and expertise required to excel in this field. The craftsmanship, technology, and artistry behind mechanical timepieces is impressive to say the least!  These watchmakers have a lot of skin in the game, and the successful ones continue to produce fine timepieces year-after-year. 
    Takeaways:
    Tim emphasizes the value of independent watchmaking as a form of micro-mechanical horological art, distinct from mass-produced timepieces. He also sheds light on the dedication, passion, and skill required to bring an independent watchmaker's vision to life, highlighting the unique qualities of their creations. Follow Tim's Instagram page at @independentintime, or reach him via email at tim@independentintime.com.
     
    If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy or girl,” that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 23 min
    Crafting Time: The Artistry, Challenge, and Value of Independent Watches and The People Who Make Them

    Crafting Time: The Artistry, Challenge, and Value of Independent Watches and The People Who Make Them

    It was a pleasure to welcome Tim Jackson on the show again!  Tim is the founder and owner of Independent In Time, and a passionate supporter and dealer for Independent Watches and they people who make them.
     
    He shares his journey into this niche industry and the unique challenges faced by Independent Watchmakers. The discussion also explores the dedication, discipline, and expertise required to excel in this field. The craftsmanship, technology, and artistry behind mechanical timepieces is beyond comprehension for someone like me, and I must say my appreciation is sky high after this interview. 
     
    The challenges and unique qualities of independent watchmakers compared to established brands are worth considering when you decide if their watches are worth the price you'll pay. (They are.)
     
    Takeaways
    The world of independent watchmakers is a niche industry that requires dedication, discipline, and expertise. Crafting mechanical timepieces involves intricate details and precision, with a focus on traditional watchmaking techniques. The journey of independent watchmakers involves overcoming unique challenges and competing with established brands in the industry. Independent watchmakers combine mechanical expertise and aesthetic design, showcasing a rare blend of skills. The process of creating a mechanical watch involves meticulous hand-finishing, precision assembly, and rigorous testing for accuracy. The marketing landscape for independent watchmakers has evolved, allowing direct connection with potential customers through social media and the internet. Be sure to find and follow Tim's Instagram page at @independentintime, and I'd love to connect with you on the @buylikeaguy page as well!
     
    If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy,” (and of course you can be a woman) that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 24 min
    Bourbon Slang: The Angel’s Share, The Devil's Cut, Tater's, Legs, and Other Such Things

    Bourbon Slang: The Angel’s Share, The Devil's Cut, Tater's, Legs, and Other Such Things

    Me and Derek, our resident bourbon expert, explore more aspects of the bourbon world, including brand loyalty, the cost of collecting bourbon, and the emotional connection people have with their favorite brands. 
    We talk about 'taters' (bourbon enthusiasts who wait in line for rare bottles and collect them without opening) as well as some other bourbon slang, such as the 'angel's share' (the alcohol vapor that evaporates from the barrel during aging) and the 'devil's cut' (the bourbon that soaks into the wood of the barrel). 
    What about a "fake tan," a reference to distillers adding artificial caramel coloring to bourbon to make it appear like it has aged longer.   We also discuss bourgon related topics like the difference between whiskey and bourbon, the use of flavorings and finishes, the importance of glassware, and the moonshine.
    We cover a lot, and I can tell you that it brought up another idea for our next episode: History Lessons from the Bourbon World.    
    Takeaways
    The bourbon world is more complex and involved than expected, with a wide range of brands and information to explore. Brand loyalty is common among bourbon enthusiasts, who find emotional connections to their favorite brands. Collecting bourbon can be costly, especially when seeking rare and limited-edition bottles. The 'angel's share' refers to the alcohol vapor that evaporates from the barrel during aging, while the 'devil's cut' is the bourbon that soaks into the wood of the barrel. There are discussions about the possibility of distillers adding artificial caramel coloring to bourbon to make it appear aged longer. Bourbon is a type of whiskey that must meet specific legal requirements, including being made in the United States and aged in new charred oak barrels. Flavorings can be added to whiskey, but not to bourbon. However, bourbon can be finished in different barrels to add additional flavors. The choice of glassware, such as the Glencairn glass, can enhance the tasting experience by concentrating aromas and maintaining the temperature of the whiskey. Moonshine refers to illegally distilled spirits, and the term should not be used to describe legally produced grain liquor. Personal preference plays a significant role in choosing and enjoying bourbon, and there is no right or wrong way to drink it. If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy,” (and of course you can be a woman) that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 33 min
    Men's Wedding Rings: From Gold to Breastmilk (Yes, You Read That Right.)

    Men's Wedding Rings: From Gold to Breastmilk (Yes, You Read That Right.)

    [Look at me.  I'm your expert now.] In this episode, I'm going to talk about the different materials used to make men's wedding rings. I'll cover the most popular options like gold, platinum, titanium, tungsten carbide, palladium, tantalum, and cobalt, and touch on additional materials you've heard of, and probably not heard of. (A ring made with breast milk?)
    I'll explain the advantages and disadvantages of each material and ultimately settle on the most important aspect to consider: your personal likes and dislikes. (I know...revolutionary!)
    Key Takeaways:
    Gold: A timeless choice, but prone to scratching and denting. Platinum: Durable, tarnish-resistant, and patina-prone. Titanium: Lightweight, hypoallergenic, but non-resizable. Tungsten Carbide: Ultra-durable, but can shatter. Palladium: Platinum-like, but potentially pricier. Tantalum: Shades of gray, with resizing challenges. Cobalt: Affordable, bright white, but not easily resized. Even More Materials: From meteorite to breast milk.  There are almost endless choices for rings these days. The most Important Thing: The most important factor when choosing a wedding ring is personal preference. If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy,” (and of course you can be a woman) that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 10 min
    A Man's Guide to Wristwatches Part 2: Finding The Right Watch Style

    A Man's Guide to Wristwatches Part 2: Finding The Right Watch Style

    Tim Jackson and I continue our discussion about fine watches, and what makes them "tick." Tim is the Founder and Owner of Independent in Time, a company that deals in watches made by Independent Watchmakers from around the world.
    We cover a lot of ground here, including different watch options, brands, and other things to consider when choosing the perfect timepiece.
    Key Takeaways:
    Well known watch brands are a great starting point for discovering what kind of style appeals to you. If the price tag is out of reach, all is not lost!  There are alternatives. Micro brands are emerging as exciting contenders. These smaller, enthusiast-driven companies offer unique designs, quality craftsmanship, and affordability. Questions to ask yourself: Is historical prestige essential, or are you open to newer players? Do you prioritize performance, aesthetics, or both? Explore micro brands that blend innovation with affordability. They often deliver impressive features and designs. If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy,” (and of course you can be a woman) that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 16 min
    A Man's Guide To Wristwatches: How to Choose the Right Watch

    A Man's Guide To Wristwatches: How to Choose the Right Watch

    In this episode we’re going to talk about watches with Tim Jackson, the Founder and Owner of Independent in Time. He deals in watches that are made by Independent Watchmakers from around the world. When it comes to watches, he knows his sh*t.
    We talk about the basics of buying a "nice watch," the appeal of owning and collecting fine watches, the different kinds of movements, and ultimately, what you should look for when you’re shopping for a fine quality watch.  

    Key Takeaways: 
    Buying a watch is often about more than just telling time; it can be a form of self-expression and a way to communicate personal style. There are different types of watch movements, including mechanical (self-winding) and quartz (battery-powered), each with its own advantages and characteristics. Determining the quality of a watch can be subjective, but factors such as price, reputation, and craftsmanship can be indicators of a well-made timepiece. The watch industry has a wide range of brands and styles to suit different tastes and budgets, from classic and traditional designs to avant-garde and modern aesthetics. Marketing and brand reputation play a significant role in the perception and value of watches, with certain brands commanding higher prices due to their heritage and reputation for quality. If you need expert advice about something you don’t know much about, and need a little guidance, send me an email at andy@buylikeaguy.com and I’ll do my best to cover it in an upcoming show. 
    If you’re “that guy,” (and of course you can be a woman) that people should hear from because you know your sh*t about a certain subject, please reach out to me, and let’s talk about how we can work together.
    Music credits: Preacher Man by Miles Neilson and The Rusted Hearts, used with permission. A killer band with original songs that get stuck in your head.  They're awesome.
    Listen To Preacher Man on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ImcaJKIk0ZVtPzuUVV4vc?si=80581c74a9be4987

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

cutdog5000 ,

so helpful!

Love how Andy makes the connection between the customer’s experience and our experience on the other side of the counter. It doesn’t have to be hard…. Every guy should listen!

Goody1128 ,

Well done!

Andy has created a niche podcast for his target audience. He is a great host offering up meaningful info and tips to his audience. Good stuff!

AnonymousAndrewPodcast ,

Brilliant

What a great concept for a podcast and very good subject as I think many men are lost when it comes to buying jewelry from women. I’d like to learn about selling an engagement ring. Maybe do an episode on that concept. Great job Andy.!

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