Saturday, March 15, 2014

What is Green Beer?

As we approach the impending St. Patrick’s day on Monday, or as I like to call it, “Amateur Night” where everyone will be drinking wearing... and turning GREEN, I must remind people that the term “Green Beer” has real life meaning.

I understand that a vast majority of you have never brewed a batch of beer. A shame really, but a fact all the same.

If I could get the opportunity, I’d love to brew with each and every one of you that visits BKB! But since that isn’t going to happen, I will enlighten you as to the meaning of the term.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Time for Colorado to grow up!

I think it is time Colorado, and plenty of other states grow up a little bit when thinking about their liquor laws.

I know that this is a bold and somewhat political statement, but I think it needs to be said!
Colorado had “Blue Laws” preventing alcohol sales on Sunday for most of my life. Whenever the issue came up, smaller liquor store owners would piss and moan that they cannot afford to stay open on Sunday and only the larger stores will benefit. They claimed that it would put them out of business if they had to be open on Sunday.

 Well, guess what? The are not required to be open on Sunday. Some stores choose to be closed, but the ones that are open, make money just like they do every other day of the week! Funny how that works!

Colorado has looked at allowing liquor sales in grocery stores several times over the last few years. You can purchase 3.2 beer at the grocery store, so I ask why you can’t buy a full strength beer or wine?

Mostly because the liquor store owners are afraid that it will put the small stores out of business!

This fear even has some craft brewers opposing the idea. They think that if small stores go out of business they won’t have anywhere to put their beer. (Apparently they don’t realize that the grocery stores could carry their craft beer as well as wine and spirits!)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mark your calendars!

American Craft Beer Week® is just around the corner! May 12-18, 2014

 For the ninth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) a celebration of U.S. craft brewers. From May 12–May 18, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the craft beer revolution via hundreds of events that showcase the innovative and economic contributions of today’s small and independent brewers. Across all 50 states, craft breweries, brewpubs and retail partners, will host exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course pairing dinners, collaboration beers, retail promotions and much more.

 Where will events be held, you ask? Here. There. Everywhere.
Visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar, hosted by, for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations in all 50 states.

With more than 2,700 craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year, the observance of ACBW is more relevant than ever. It’s a time to both honor and celebrate the art and tradition of small brewers.

ACBW gives beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and beer geeks in all 50 states the chance to share the renaissance of flavorful, appealing, world-class craft beer produced by American small businesses—the backbone of this country. For the last three years, ACBW was celebrated by breweries, brewpubs and retailers in all 50 states. Last year, more than 55,000 beer lovers were part of the Facebook community and the hashtag #ACBW was used more than 26,000 times in the month leading up to and during the week. With the continued interest in and growing popularity of craft beer, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Rum?

I get asked, "What kind of beer should I order?" a lot. This is an easy question for me to answer... With a question... What do you like? With some effort, I can almost ALWAYS come up with a beer for you to try.

Rum is as varied as Craft Beer and people often don’t know what they like. Everyone has had a beer, but how many people have had a glass of good rum?

Not unlike #CraftBeer, if someone tells me they don’t like rum, I just say “You just haven’t found a rum you like.”

Now, I don’t know if you follow us on Instagram, (If you don't, you should!) but that is where I was asked what rum to try next.

WHEW! That’s a BIG Question, and a timely one at that! Especially given that Rum Bahamas festival starts in 2 days. So, simply put, just go to the Bahamas and find out! No

Ben, aka @Hopperbolic on the Twitter and Instagram is just getting into rum. He is a BIG fan of Craft Beer and often makes me drool on my shirt with the picks he posts. If you don’t follow him, you should! And don't forget his "Significant Other" @TravelingTricia But what to recommend?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Leap of Faith

Ok, Who wants a vacation?

We are all suffering through the cold and snow, pretty much anywhere you look people are complaining about the cold... Unless you look to the south of Florida, and even they are starting to consider socks!

I formed my dream of retiring on a boat about a week after taking my first real job. The unfortunate part, is that I never took that dream seriously. I always figured it was just out of reach and something I could talk about for the rest of my life.  Had I started, any time in the last 15 years, I could probably be writing about fishing instead of books written by people who are fishing.

Leap of Faith, quit your job and live on a boat is a book by Ed Robinson, and is one I’d classify as “Self Help.”

I wish I had read this book 10 years ago! Ed Covers everything from how to save money (A must if you are going to live without a job) all the way to the more intense details of living on a boat.
There is no enlightening magic formulas or secrets. There is nothing but common sense put into words in this book.
Ed gives inspirational examples of crap you already knew, but really just needed someone else to say, so it could sink in!

Simple things like provisioning plenty of bug spray, taking junk out of boxes BEFORE you take it to the boat, and not buying junk in the first place.

This is a country boy approach to retirement! Spend less, save more. Simple as can be! Even if you have no desire to ever touch a boat, this book is worth reading. But if you are interested in living without any cares... Robinson covers the step by step details that you may not have thought about. Things like getting rid of furniture, pictures, dishes.... Pretty much all of it! But that’s the secret and the point.

Robinson covers many aspects of living on a boat, and that makes me laugh as well. Things like planning ahead when provisioning. It is certainly a good idea to plan ahead when you live afloat, ya can’t just run back to Walmart. I laugh at this thought, because it’s pretty much like living in the country! You have to be a bit self sufficient.

I have had Ed Robinson on my Facebook for over a year, but never read Leap of Faith. I don’t know why.... Just never got around to it I guess. And to be perfectly honest, I only read it because I wanted to read his second book, Poop, Booze and Bikinis. But I am certainly glad I read the book, and I will likely read it again. But for now, Ed has me thinking I need to box some shit up and get rid of it!

You can pick both books up on Amazon for just a few bucks each. Heck, they are cheaper than the Red Box movie I forgot to return for a week.... So give them a read and let me know what you think!

~Cheers all!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Breakfast at Harriette's

The secret is out! I love to eat! I love everything about food! I love to cook it, I love the smell of it, I love the sights and sounds of  a bustling restaurant and I LOVE TO EAT IT!

I told you last week that we wished that we could have had our friends and family with us at every meal while we were in the keys. Harriette’s Restaurant at 95710 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo was no exception.

We stumbled on Harriette’s by chance. We went driving in search of Breakfast and something new to see. After 15 minutes of driving, the kids were getting hungry and I was starving. When Kahuna’s Chick saw the quaint teal and yellow diner on the other side of the road and said, “That place looks popular,” I nearly jumped the car through the ditch Dukes of Hazard style.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Last Meal!

Have you ever had a weekend where you wished that all of your friends were at every meal because it is so good?

We had exactly that kind of weekend when we went to Islamorada to kick off  2014!

From Biscuits and Gravy and Conch Burger for breakfast to Conch Salad for lunch to Cracked Conch and Conch fritters for dinner.... I simply love all that comes from the sea, especially Conch!

With Islamorada being nationally known as the sport fishing capital of the world, I’m not surprised that there is an abundance of good seafood available.

But the meal I want to share with you first, was our last meal on our way to Miami to fly home.

When I was 15, my mom and I did the ultimate trip from Miami to Key West and back. I think we stopped at every shell shop and SCUBA store along the way.

Many memories were made that week, but two stick out in my mind. First, we watched the movie Wayne's World at the theater on Tavernier Key, and we ate at a place called the “Fish House” on Key Largo.

So, when I saw that humble little restaurant, I knew right away that I was going to ensure that my wife and kids got to experience some of the best seafood in Florida!

To tell you how great the place is, we waited 25 minutes for a table at 3 in the afternoon. Just too many people looking for great food for the number of tables in the restaurant.

We ordered appetizers of Cracked Conch and Calamari, both were the best of the weekend. And, given the great food we had consumed, that’s saying something!

Jessica and the kids ordered up assorted platters of fried seafood, including conch fritters, clam strips, fried oysters and fried snapper.

I normally don’t dig that much fried food. I prefer my seafood grilled, broiled or raw, but I must admit that I was fully impressed with this pile of fried sea succulence!

I ordered a lobster ruben on marbled rye. Honestly, I think it was 95% as good as the grouper ruben at Frenchy’s in Clearwater... And that’s my all-time favorite sandwich available on this planet!
Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for a plate or two of Key Lime Pie, but I hear it is worth saving room!

So if you find yourself anywhere near Key Largo, make sure and stop into the Fish House! It’s 100% Kahuna Approved!