Sunday, December 27, 2015

Time to help out!

Using what you have.

As we clean out the closets, wipe down the desks, set up the new technology and watch streaming movies... We are distracted by the news of a catastrophic EF-3 Tornado in Rowlett TX.

We had a big tornado back in the ‘90s that ravaged our local community, so we know exactly how devastating these events are.

As a newly licensed Ham Radio Technician, I spent some time on the radio Sunday evening. I was talking with folks in the Dallas, Garland and Wylie areas of TX. They indicated a much larger area of damage than the nightly news is reporting. As usual, the news is focusing on the most severe areas and ignoring the wide-spread damage.

DFW CBS Affiliate
Even more storms were rolling in as I signed off of their Ham Network, hopefully they all stayed rain and thunderstorms.

As I’ve done before, and as I will do again, I’m asking all of our friends and family to buy these people a beer!

Take the $10 bill you would use to head down to your local pub and have a brew and donate it to the Red Cross!

We are packing up boxes of the stuff we have collected as we pair down after the holiday, and we will be sending it off to help those in need.

I will also be sending a cash donation, as the need seems to revolve around baby cloths in the Rowlett area, and we just don’t have those any more.


I know that the people who visit are good people, and I know you will all do what you can. Even if you can’t spare the cost of a beer or cocktail, I know that you will send good wishes, prayers, vibes and any other sort of well wishes to the people who had a really suck Christmas weekend.

Thanks to everyone who tries to help!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oh, Jamaica!

Many a book have been  penned about my friend and favorite literary character, Buck Reilly! With the release of Maroon Rising, there are now five.

As much as I fancy myself a teller of stories, a chaser of adventures and a man who uses words as my magic, I admit that I have fallen under the spell of John H. Cunningham, as he is a master of all three.
I cannot speak badly of Green to Go, (book 2) Crystal Blue, (book 3) or Second Chance Gold, (book 4) because they are all great, but Maroon was always one of my favorite colors, and Cunningham does seem to have a way with colors! This is my favorite installment since Red Right Return.

I found the search function in kindle to be quite useful because there were a few times when I had to go to look up the places and people in the story. As always, Cunningham is spot on. The meticulous research that goes into each of these books is a big part of what makes them so fascinating to me!
Cunningham had me checking the web for definitions, pronunciation and location of all sorts of places in Jamaica!

Oh, Jamaica... Yes, that is where this story takes us, through Negril, Kingston, Trench Town and more remote locations that you are going to have to map for yourself!

No, Buck isn't a real person, and the stories are all made up, but Cunningham has added a new depth of historical and geographical accuracy to this adventure... Though he is still using a 20 PSI scuba tank!!

That's an inside joke you will understand if you read my review of Book #1, HERE.

After five books of Buck's antics, I hope that Cunningham doesn't ever run out of colors!

In Maroon Rising, we travel through the Blue Mountains, up the hills and down the valleys, we travel by truck, jeep, 4-wheeler and along the coast, by boat and the beast, Riley's Grumman Widgeon.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Free Book!

To celebrate tomorrow's release of MAROON RISING (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book #5),  RED RIGHT RETURN (Series Book #1) will be FREE on Kindle all week, starting today.

Get on over to THIS LINK:  and pick up YOUR very own copy TODAY! Then tomorrow, check out our review of Maroon Rising and pick that one up too!

I can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend!

You can check out my review of Cunningham's first book HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Oh Snap!

Well, would you look at that!

My Daughter talked me into snap chat!

At first, I saw absolutely no use for this app, and I still think it’s probably relatively limited, but I have thought of a way to make it interesting.

I have one fairly unique talent. I can make decisions. Right or wrong, based on fact, fiction, situation or personal preference, I’m always quick to make a decision.

So, If you ever think to yourself, What Would Kahuna Do (WWKD?) I have a solution:
Add me on snap chat and send me your decisions.

Confusing wine list? I’ll help you pick.

Need help figuring out what beer to choose off the menu? I can do that!

Standing in front of the rum section at the liquor store and can’t figure out if you want the Abuelo or the Bacardi Silver? Yup... Send me a pick and I’ll help you!

Having a hard time deciding if you want the Ahi Poke or the Swordfish.... Heck, even if you can’t decide between the Big Mac or the Quarter-pounder with Cheese... I’ve got an opinion and I’m not afraid to share.

Take the advice, leave the advice, but at least you’ll know what I would choose.

Of course, we welcome other snaps too. If you follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you know I dig a whole lot of different stuff! So feel free to share away! 

Scan the code above and let’s see what you’ve got!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Talk about Beer!

We need to talk about how we talk about beer!

One of the best parts about craft beer is the fact that you have something to talk about when you meet another craft beer enthusiast.  Even if you have absolutely nothing else in common, you can always enjoy chatting about beer.

Pretty good beer! Worth talking about!
 I love to talk beer with people... Most of the time. Sometimes, I’m just not into it, and that is what leads me to our topic for today.

A few weeks ago, I was accosted by a beer nerd. The guy was obviously very excited to get to tell someone about how he has this, that and something else. How he has tried Utopias three years in a row... but really doesn’t like it... and on and on and on and on......

Normally, I’m up for this kind of banter, but I was preoccupied and dead tired. That opened my eyes as to how I’m sure I sound on most days.

For some reason people always like to challenge me. Ever since I was a kid, I was always the biggest kid in the room. Often times, that meant the little cowboy in the corner with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas and trying to prove to the world how tough he is, would pick me to try and start a fight with.

The same damn thing happens today, when people find out I write a beer based blog.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wheat beer?

Today I face a new challenge. Not that this is anything new.

We were lucky enough to grow a little bit of wheat here in Eastern Colorado this year. This is the first crop of wheat to come off of this land in well over 25 years. We have grown other crops, but wheat was my dad's first love.  I think he'd be pretty damn happy with nearly 6,000 bushels from our little 100 acre field. That's just over 330,000 pounds.... WAIT!  I'm in the wrong business! Most brew stores sell red wheat for about $1.70 a pound.... I could have retired! But alas, we don't sell it that way!

 To commemorate such an event, I'm obviously going to brew something. But what to make? I'm not a big fan of wheat bears as such. I love some beers that have wheat in them, so that is likely the direction I'll take.

 Anyone who has ever brewed with wheat knows that she is a grouchy grain, and will reach up and smack you on the back of the head at any given moment. For this reason, most people stick to flaked wheat and keep it a relatively low percentage of the grain bill. I'm not one to do what "Most" people do! But again, you knew that going in!

Lambics and Belgians often contain quite a bit of raw wheat, so I'll likely head that rout. I want to make something that is a drink right away beer, and something that will spend years in the basement, so I'm thinking I may do a bastardized IPA with almost 50% of the grain bill being raw wheat. Obviously this is going to create some issues with the lautering process, but I think with a nice long protein rest and perhaps a decoction (and about a ton of rice hulls), I should be able to make it work.

For my second brew, I'm thinking I may do a coffee quad! essentially, I'm going to use my normal quad recipe and just replace half of everything with raw wheat. I don't want an over the top coffee presence, so I'll likely just add a cup or two of beans to the secondary and let the beer take what it wants.

 I should end up with an OG of around 1.100 or better, and if the wheat works out like I think it will, I should end up in the vicinity of 1.025 or so. If the gravity stays too high, I'm not opposed to adding additional sugar to thin things out!

That said, I'm also not opposed to aging a beer syrup for years on end. As long as there are enough initial hops and a sufficient alcohol content to prevent anything wonky, It's all a grand experiment, and what fun to see how it comes out! 

I don't know where this project will end up, but I'll be sure to let you know.

Have a great week, and Happy Brewing!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Man Can secures patent

We know that not everyone can grow a big ass manly beard, either due to genetics or obligations to your job (or wife) it's just not for everyone.

Fortunately, MANCAN is doing their part to secure man card!
Their new patent ensures that you will have the genuine article when you go looking for a growler to carry a gallon of brew back to the man cave.

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The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series