Saturday, December 29, 2012

On Cruise Control

With the year winding down, I must admit that I'm coasting through the next few days on cruise control. Nothing too exciting, hopefully nothing too stressful.
I am just kinda hanging out you know.
Key West, 2012

With some of my family just freshly back from their Grand Cayman Christmas trip, and with us taking care of last minute details at work and on the farm so we can ship out to St. Thomas in 11 days, I'm just hoping everything gets taken care of before we board that midnight flight to paradise.

I hope every one of you has a great weekend, and I hope that you have a great 2013!

Who has big party plans? I'd love to hear about them.

Party Big, Party Safe and Happy New Year!

~Cheers

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Your first homebrew

What is clean, flavorless, Very attractive and suffers from considerable Chill Haze?

That’s Right!! Mr. Beer Light American Beer!

As promised, I cracked into one of the Mr. Beer products on Christmas day... Toward the end of the day.

This is the beer that you’ve been following along with for just under 14 days now.

The brew is beautiful, minus the chill haze. In the bottle it is as clear as a bottle of water, but in the chill chest, it takes on a haze that I don’t even want to get into. Just call it Chill Haze and don’t worry about it!

Somewhat under carbonated, because It’s a rushed bottle, the brew actually did better than I expected!
There is plenty of carb for a drinkable, although not premium example. Another week will cure that issue!

The nose is tinny and smells mostly of canned extract with very little to no hop aroma.

The mouthfeel is of soda water, very thin and bubbly. Strange, as I’d eliminated the expectation of carbonation in my mind because the head fell IMMEDIATELY. (As expected for a brew with this light of a body!)

There is quite literally no flavor, but a bit of a tinny extract twang in the finish. Perhaps a touch of malt and an industrial hop extract flavor, but basically, this is like the vodka of beer. It’s NOTHING!

Overall, I detect a bit of a cider note that I suspect is from the table sugar that we used to prime... That is to say the sugar we fed the yeast to eat to create carbonation in the bottle.

Now I must admit my bias. This is likely my least favorite beer style. I don’t usually care for a Pilsner, nor a Light American Lager, nor a Cream Ale or a Kolsch... Well, maybe a Kolsch if it’s proper, but usually I go for more flavor and body.

This beer is easily more palatable than Bud Light to me, (Maybe NOT to you) but not quite as quafable as a Coors Light.  There are no real imperfections that I can point at, except those known to be attributed to my tap water, and we have beer in less than a month! I would call that success!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Pū'ali koa!

Well the big day is finally here! Merry Christmas Pū'ali koa!

Today, I hope you are surrounded by great friends, good family and a few stiff drinks to lubricate the setting!

I want to share a beer that my SWMBO picked out for me.... She thought I needed something festive to share for this very special day!

Criminally Bad Elf pours iridescent amber with a white head that settled all too quickly. It is crystal clear, perfect for viewing Christmas Tree Lights.

The nose is somewhat flat with a muddy hop aroma and sweet leathery malt.

First sip, very full body with tons of residual sugar. There could be a bit more bitterness to cover some of the sweetness. This is almost a syrupy hoppy.... Goodness. This is a pretty tasty brew.

There is much burnt sugar and roasted wheat. I find caramel and an intriguing grassiness that comes right at the end. Every sip brings mouth filling flavors and complexity. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that you can even taste this brew with your teeth!

Nursing along this 10.5% Barley-wine, before lunch, and not having had breakfast, I must say it’s giving a bit of a warming, heady feeling, perfect for Christmas morning after the symphony of wrapping paper destruction.

An occasional hard swirling of the beer in the glass keeps the aromas flowing as they settle down and don’t really release themselves.

I served myself this beer WAY too cold, and once it had a time to warm up, the flavors didn’t change as they sometimes do, but became more pronounced and very enjoyable.

I don’t care if Christmas is a day that you celebrate your religion, your family or if it just means presents... And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope your day is wonderful.

Remember, it’s every host’s duty to keep the guests in the Christmas “Spirits”... That includes good beer!

Merry Christmas everyone!

~Cheers!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Keeping the Mojo!

At some point, I tend to get bored with most things that I’m interested in. My attention span is like a light switch, once it’s on, it’s on all the way, and then when it turns off.... Boop! DARK!

Fortunately, it hasn’t been that way with craft beer!

It’s not terribly hard to stay interested. What with the thousands of beers that are on the market to keep your attention. It’s just about an endless horizon of beer. Once I find one I like better than most, I set off with renewed vigor to find one better than that! And the ones that are completely average, are still good enough to make a happy Kahuna.

But beer is a social lubricant. I think that it would get old just drinking alone. Fortunately, especially for a craft beer nerd like me that lives in BFE, with absolutely NO craft beer scene, there is social media to keep it lively.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bottling Day

And the Mr. Beer Saga continues with my least favorite of brewing tasks. Bottling Day!

Just on a whim, I opted to bottle the Light American Ale from the Mr. Beer kit last night. Everything went as planned, and it was pretty uneventful.

Sanitize bottles with included sanitizer, add 2 1/2 tsp Sugar (Yes, I did use table sugar) and fill with beer from spigot. Screw caps make the entire thing pretty simple.

I did take a gravity reading, and the final gravity was 1.010 which puts our little beer (VERY little beer) at right around 2.5% alcohol. Now that’s what I call a LIGHT beer!

Two things that I am really amazed about. First, how clear the beer was after only 11 days. My normal homebrew usually takes weeks to clear like this stuff did. Secondly, I’m amazed at how well thought out this kit is.

All 8 of the plastic bottles filled from the keg with no problem. I didn’t have so much leftover beer in the keg that I felt obligated to “Save” it and try to tip the thing for a bottle of trub beer. The screw tops are low speed and pig simple. This kit really is a no-brainer.

And the best part... The beer that came from my hydrometer sample... Wasn’t terrible. (Wasn’t great either)

Perhaps my low expectations will be a savior of this project.

Anyhoo... Have a great week, Talk to you on Saturday!

~Cheers

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2 bottles, Part 2!

Thanks for checking back in! We are tasting 2 bottles of Apricot mead from Meadery of the Rockies.

Second run:
The honey flavor is SO much more pronounced. But more of a “Background” pronounced. The wine is first, somewhat of an alcoholic “White Grape Juice” sort of thing,  the honey is second and the fruit is third. Smooth as a baby’s bottom, there is no distinct transition from nose to palate to swallow to finish! It’s BALANCED! The tangy apricot flavor hits you right behind the back teeth, but is very
smooth. Not shocking in any way!

I must say that there are no cider notes, nor any dried fruit. This is a perfect example of a fruit mead. Aroma 9, appearance 10, taste 9, finish 10.

I don’t think that this combination has any room to improve.

Glass 2

This is not an attractive smell. After the second glass, this smells very mildly oxidized with an added musk that I’d gladly wear as a cologne.
The flavor is overly sweet and missing a finish!

Is this one the aged mead?

I make glass 2 out to sound awful, but without glass 1, I would gladly take this wine any night of any
week. It is approachable, fine flavored, and pretty damn good! Anything bad I say about 2 is in direct comparison to 1!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

2 Bottles, Part 1

Ahoy fun lovers everywhere!!

You shopping today? We are! Hope you all have the great day we will! I’m set to meet up with a twitter pal for Lunch! (Perhaps Photos will come?)

Today, we have a 2 bottle conditioning comparison of mead. Honey Wine! The nectar of the gods! The ancient elixir that has charmed men and wooed women everywhere for centuries!

What we have here, are 2 commercial meads. Both holding the same name, and both from the same meadery. Both purchased at the same meadery.... One aged in my cellar for the last 3 years!
Apricot mead purchased from the Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade Co! If you don’t know of them, you haven’t been reading! I LOVE the mead that they produce, and I make no bones about it! But now I love them more... A few years ago.

As usual, I blind tasted them, and here is what I thought:

Glass 1:

The nose is sweet, aromatic and fruity. The appearance is 100 percent clear and sparklingly brilliant.
There is honey, a slight must with peach peel and apricot

Bright fruit forward clean flavor with no alcohol burn. A VERY Clean honey essence... not like honey you find on the shelf, but like you find in a fairy tail! Fruity apricot notes, but clean! Not a funky typical fake apricot flavor that you find in most products. No dried fruit. Everything seems fresh.

This is as clean as you’ll find in a flavor profile. It is crisp and refreshing, the body is between thin and slightly medium bodied. This mead is medium sweet.

There is a mildly bitter... or dry finish, typical of dry white wine.

Glass #2:

Foggy fruit, hidden behind a forresty, musty cloud. Perhaps a clalky nose? Also brilliantly clear, no
floaties and no haze. Very faint plastic aroma precludes the apricot, reminding me of a “scratch and sniff sticker.”

WOW! That’s sweet! Backed by a VERY mild alcohol burn and drying of the palate and tongue!  Not really a high finished gravity sweet, but MUCH more fruit forward than the first glass.The fruit is not hazy, but not as clean and honest as the first glass. It’s more like a canned fruit flavor compared to a fresh apricot. The finish has somewhat of a tinny sweetness to it that reminds me of licking the lid on a can of Mom’s peach preserves.... But apricot for sure!

The sweetness seems to cover most of the “Faults that I see as compared to the first glass, but compared to a glass of water, I would never call a fault.

Then I asked for a second glass of both!

Check back on Tuesday for my thoughts on glass #2 of both wines, and a synopsys of both!

Have a great rest of the weekend...
~Cheers!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hot Break

Aloha, thanks for checking in.

Things are as they always are. We have mead clearing and beer fermenting.... Actually, I guess the beer is clearing too.

Hot Break
The Mr. Beer kit seemed to ferment out very quickly, and is beginning to clear. I guess it doesn’t take long for yeast to chew through 2 gallons of 1.030 wort!

During the boil we did see a pretty good “Hot Break” where the proteins in the liquid malt began to coagulate and clump together, which of course will help the finished product clear a bit faster. It has been a long time since I’ve brewed with extract, and I didn’t remember it doing that, but I’m glad it did.

Some of the suggestions that I’ve had for what to brew next in the little brown keg.... Is for a Russian Imperial Stout and one of my friends asked for a Caribbean Stout that I brewed last year on “Teach a friend to brew day.”

I think the Caribbean stout is a better option, although I’ve not given up on the idea of an RIS!

Have a great rest of the week and I will see you on Saturday!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

As Promised, We brewed beer with a Mr. Beer Kit! As Is... Out of the box!

The can of extract! This is YOUR first beer!
 As I have stated, and as I will continue to defend, a brewer is a brewer! It’s somewhat akin to being a pilot! I don’t care if you fly a light sport Carbon Cub, a 172, or a Citation X! If you break the surly bonds of gravity, under your own terms, you ARE... In my book... A pilot!

Same with brewing! I don’t care if you brew on a 30 barrel brewhouse for one of Colorado’s wicked awesome craft breweries, a 10 gallon “Brutus” setup in your garage, or a Mr. Beer in your apartment!

If you’re turning ingredients into beer, you are a BREWER!

If you are a good brewer or not.... That’s for you and your buddies to decide!

I’ve been brewing since I was 21 and 2 days old. That was a full 15 years ago...but time flies when you’re fermenters are full!

Sanitize EVERYTHING that touches cool wort!
None of the first batches were bad, but none were really great! I was just happy because I was making my own beer! And I think that is the exact point that I am back to with the Mr. Beer system! I don’t have high expectations, but I know we will have beer in the end!

We began by sanitizing EVERYTHING that would touch the wort! Wort is the unfermented beer, and it’s a BITCH’N place for bacteria and junk to grow, but we want to make sure that the only thing growing in our beer is the yeast colony that WE put in there! So as you can see, Sanitation is of PARAMOUNT importance!

A trick that I learned from a member of the Homebrewtalk.com forum, YuriRage, was to mix Star San in a chemical sprayer. All you need to do is wet all the surfaces and wait a few minutes. There is no rinsing, no fussing and no waste! I’ve NEVER (Knock on my wooden head) had an infection using this method!

The Mr. Beer kit is essentially a can of Malt extract with hops included, a few bottles to package it in and a barrel shaped plastic jug to ferment it in. This kit is an "American Light" beer... That means a poor imitation of an American Light Lager, in my estimation!

I warmed up the syrup in some hot water so it would be a more workable substance to deal with, then dumped it into a soup kettle with 4 cups of HOT water and brought the entire pot to a boil.

Yeast in the barrel!
Because STUFF BREAKS, You add cold water to the Mr. Beer before you dump the boiling mess into it.... But that’s covered in the directions!

After topping up with cold water and making absolutely sure that the liquid is BELOW 72 degrees.... THIS IS A KEY PART.... So LISTEN! The WORT MUST BE UNDER 72Degrees! (Don’t forget to sanitize your thermometer!) I poured in the yeast! This is called “Pitching The Yeast” and is where you take on the biggest role as a brewer! This is the moment where you begin to convert sweet wort, by adding our best biological brewing bug buddies, into that wonderful liquid lubricating agent we call BEER”!

Not part of the Mr. Beer instructions, but a crucial part of my workflow, I took a gravity reading after the wort had cooled and before I pitched the yeast! The wort had a gravity of 1.030. When we bottle, I will show you how that is important in determining our alcohol level in our brew!

Now we wait! This mixture will bubble and churn for about 7-10 days, then it will clear and we will bottle it!

The beer will sit in tightly capped bottles for about a week while the yeast take on a bit of additional sugars that we will add and make our beer “Fizzy” by carbonating it, then we will taste it!

Hope you’re excited... Hope you have a GREAT WEEK!

~Cheers!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mr. Beer Part 1

Christmas is certainly on it’s way, and the Mr. Beer homebrew kit is still holding strong as the present of choice for the beer fan father-in-laws and testosterone soaked boyfriends everywhere.

The problem: The beer usually ends up somewhere between mediocre and BAD! Not unlike Alton Brown and his episode of “Good Eats” the system is basically sound, but seriously misses out on the finer points of making a good beer.

Charlie Papazian, the father of homebrewing in the USA... Nay... The WORLD, wrote in
his book, “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” to RDWHAHB! That is to say “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew!”

This is very good advice! The number one thing that keeps the average “Would-be” homebrewer from making a fine brew is worrying too much!

As luck would have it, Beer is damn easy to make! If you provide a clean environment full of fermentable sugars for yeast to consume... And add the proper yeast, give it plenty of time and then don’t worry about it too much, you are going to make beer! It really is that simple!

But the problem with kits like a Mr. Beer, is that they try to over simplify the process and that often ends up with less than desirable results!

I have been a homebrewer since I was 21 years and 1 day old. I have been brewing “All-Grain” batches since 2008, and I have brewed some of the best... And WORST beers I’ve ever tasted!
Fortunately, I tend to learn from my mistakes!










It seems more than a little backwards for me to purchase a Mr. Beer kit at this point in my life as a homebrewer! But SO MANY people, perhaps even you, are given a Mr. Beer for a birthday or Christmas, and typically end up making a batch or two before delivering the equipment to a back office, closet or the basement to collect dust until the next yard sale season.

So here is my goal: I am going to show you, the average beginning brewer with a new Christmas Present how to make a kick ass beer using a Mr. Beer Kit! As usual, I’m not going to give you any Bull Shit, and I’m not going to do anything that you can’t do in the average apartment, household kitchen or well equipped motel room! We are going to use BASIC equipment and your Mr. Beer to make a better than average brew that will impress your wife, satisfy your “Beer Friends” and really disgust your Father-in-Law that thinks “Old Milwaukee” is the “Best beer in the Grocery Store!”

The first thing we must do us unpack. In the box, you’ll find the brown plastic keg, a valve that you must install and a lid. There are bottles to package your brew in, and lids for the bottles! There is a can of hopped malt extract and a ton of Mr. Beer Stickers!

I didn’t like the Mr. Beer stickers, so I decided to break into my “Sticker Stash” and properly adorn my new kit for added Karma!

We will begin with the syrup that came with the kit as a baseline, and get you ready to brew... Just in-case you end up with one of these kits for Christmas! With any luck, we will have a drinkable, although advisedly not great brew to drink before the big day!

Stick around and see how this goes! Be sure to leave comments for your preference for what style our next (AND A LOT BETTER) brew will be! Porter? Pale? Kolsch? Cream Ale? You decide, I will brew!

~Cheers!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Redneckenomics

I know most of you all live in cities, surrounded by a bitchin’ beer scene and all the culture you can handle! But I live on a ranch. 100+ miles from the nearest decent beer that isn’t brewed by a homebrewer.

As you may have noticed, I like to travel. Taking in the culture of far away destinations is definitely a passion of mine. But we have some culture here too!

Take for example: Wine and cheese!

We love wine and cheese as an afternoon snack! But it’s not what you might expect. Our wine often comes from a box, and our cheese is very often of the “String Variety!”

Shut up! I can hear you laughing!

I very occasionally drink really good beer from a bottle, and I drink very cheap beer from very expensive glassware. I mix the best rums with the store brand cola, and I drink $3 wine with an $8 bar of chocolate.... And sometimes mix moonshine with energy drinks!

We eat Mac and Cheese with Filet Mignon, and sometimes make risotto to go with a hamburger or grilled cheese. We make chili with beer in it, and cocktails rarely have more than 2 or 3 ingredients!

It’s called Red Neck Economics!

Do your best to get what you like! Save where you can, and drink what makes you happy!

Have a great rest of the week!

~Cheers

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Party Time!

Ok boys and girls, it's time to start thinking about that Christmas Party. Of Course you know we will be bringing you a few drink ideas for keeping the uncomefortable conversations properly lubricated, but what about the parties that DON'T get run by a proper bartender like yourself?

Enter the Kahuna Swag!

The koozies are good for all sorts of events and happenings. You can use it to keep people from seeing that you're sipping on a good beer that you may have smuggled in, or to help deny yourself that you don't have good beer, so you're drinking free beer.

The flasks let you keep a little extra holiday cheer in your vest pocket or purse... you know, for when the moment arises.... or the margaritas are a bit weak! All you have to do is get out your Kahuna Flask and pour on a little "Heater" and the party will start to liven up in no time!

If you already have Kahuna swag... you can post picks of yourself living it up #KahunaStyle on the Facebook page or tweet them to @BigKahunaBrewer

If you have party picks, or sneaky picks of BigKahunaBrew stickers randomly placed in inappropriate locations, we want to see it! And just to make it easy for everyone to check out, I've created a new board on Pinterest just for you and your Kahuna Swag! Follow my boards at http://pinterest.com/bigkahunabrew/

Here are a few good ones from this week... just to get you started!

Kahuna Stickers go well with any street graffiti!

Hoping DFH Will make this a permanent addition to their labels!

Thanks to our friend Randall D. for taking us somewhere BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks for stopping in, I hope your week ROCKS!

~Cheers!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sixpoint Share

Welcome to December!  You might say that my excitement was “Brewing” as I prepared to share this new beer with you this morning! I love using morning light in photos anyway, but this was a little something extra. Beer and spirits are best tasted first thing in the morning if you’re looking for your palate to be at it’s most accurate.

Sure, this goes against the “Social Norm” of thinking that only alcoholics and college students drink in the morning, but I don’t really care. I’m not for social norms, and I’m not much for following conventional wisdom when there is a chance for greatness. And given the time and effort that was put into my getting this beer, I was certainly hoping for greatness!

I’ve been working on getting my paws on Resin by Sixpoint brewing for quite some time and I’ve got to say that it has paid off. This beer traveled a long way to get to me, so I must admit that I was anxious to give it the time and attention that it deserved... As tempting as it was to crack one open and take a swig right from the can.

Pouring a deep hazy caramel color and a little thicker than the average IPA and little darker than I’d expected as the can says it is 9.5 SRM. (That’s a measure of color from 0-100.)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No Beer Thursday?

No beer to share today, but I have a good reason.

Thanks to Chaddah over at “If My Coaster could talk” I have a 4 pack of Six Point Brewing’s RESIN IPA To share with you... But I didn’t want to waste it.

Normally, I’ll drink a beer anytime with anything. But since I only have 4 of these to partake in, and since it’s supposedly very good beer... Or very average, depending on who you talk to, I don’t want anything to cloud up my palate when I taste it.

By the time I got around to beer last night, I had pretty well destroyed my palate with a dinner that was spicy, salty and very acidic (That is to say Chips and salsa with a salad dressed with vinegar,) so I opted not to open anything new.

They (Whoever the hell “THEY” are) say that mornings are when your palate is most accurate, so I may give this a go and be ready to share on Saturday.

Also in the lineup for sharing is a nice little bottle of DFH 120 minute IPA that I will compare to a 90 minute.

Thanks for stopping in, make the most of the rest of your week.... Or at least get through it. You can see the weekend from here!

~Cheers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Salty Swag

I must admit... I fell pray to both Black Friday AND Cyber Monday! I will NOT do the Friday thing again I can tell you that! But I do like to do a fair bit of shopping online, and that’s why I’ve decided to share with you a great clothing company that I think will fit right into your holiday shopping plans!

Photo courtesy of Coastlines and Tan Lines
Photo courtesy of Coastlines and Tan Lines
My friends at Coastlines and Tan Lines have been busting their asses for over a year lining out their business model... And the models for their business!

They have decided that, not unlike a few of our favorite breweries, they would bring you environmentally responsible products that you can feel good about purchasing!

Their koozies, not only really cool and collapsible so they fit right in the pocket of your favorite party shorts, but they are made of recycled wet suits, so they actually help reduce the rubbish in landfills.

The tee shirts, ROCK! Not only do they sport some sweet rum and pirate inspired designs, but they are made from organically grown cotton, and are softer than any 15-year-old shirt I own. It’s like they are already broke in and ready to head out for a night on the town... Or a day on the couch! (Your Choice)

Carl and Shawn, the faces behind the fantastic travel, beach, beer, rum and fun inspired photos and blog posts at Coastlines have put a lot of work and research into their products, and put their standards first.

I know both of these guys, and I call them not just friends... But brothers. ( I would say something like brothers in the sun, but there seems to be a lot of lawsuits and cease and desist orders floating around these days!)

Photo courtesy of Coastlines and Tan Lines
I can tell you that you’re in good hands when you shop at Coastlines and Tan Lines!


So unless you spend you whole wad while shopping on Cyber Monday, or you managed to complete your shopping list for the year, why don't you head on over to Coastlines and Tan Lines and see what you can find for that special someone on your shopping list!


Not that you care, but my shirt size is 3XL, and I like the black koozies best!

Check them out on Twitter @_Coastlines and on Facebook at facebook.com/coastlinestanlines

~Cheers

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winter Wine

Wine country!

Doesn't that just conjure images of rolling hills of red soil lined with beautiful rows of lush green vines dotted with deep purple and green grapes, workers with large hats to shade them from the searing sun and radient blue skies?

So what the hell is there to see in Colorado Wine Country in the dead of winter... Say... Thanksgiving time?

Lots actually! We found ourselves in Palisade Colorado again, the day after Thanksgiving. Not being one to be able to drive past the Madery of the Rockies, we opted for a detour off of I-70.

There is a unique beauty to the barren branches where next year's harvests will grow. The trees stand naked where there will hopefully be a bounty of apples, peaches, grapes and now a few vines of hops growing through the summer in wait for the 2013 harvest season.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ink-B-Gone Part 2


Part 2 of tattoo removal.


The first treatment is pretty gentile. Treatment begins light, with increasing intensity over time. I had read some people’s accounts saying it feels like a grease burn and days of pain, but I don’t get it!

For me, the pain was similar to being snapped by a rubber band, about 30 times, and similar to a sunburn for about 20 minutes afterwords. Beyond that, the bandage was more uncomfortable than than the treatment by 10 fold!

Yeah, I can even smile with the laser snapping away!
After treatment, you just need to be cautious of the area and treat it similar to the way you did when the tattoo was put on. Just don’t put tight cloths on over it and keep it clean and dry. That’s it.

It does take some time for the tattoo to fade, because of the way a laser treatment works.
  
Essentially, the laser solidifies the ink and your body carries it away like any other infection.  Water helps, the more you drink, the better you are. But that goes for life in general doesn’t it!

Followup treatments are a bit more aggressive, but the pain level really doesn’t increase and the mental trauma is significantly less because you know what to expect.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ink-B-Gone Part 1


I know that I’m in the lower percentile in most facets of life. Less than 1% of the U.S. Population produces food or fiber, we call it “Production Agriculture.”  But I do!

Less than 1% of the U.S. Population has ever taken control of an airplane and flown by themselves! But I have!

Less than 1% of all Americans are homebrewers... But I am!

But somewhere around 14% of Americans have tattoos... Including me! But here is the part that makes my theory go to shit: 11% of Americans have either had, or are getting a Tattoo removed!

According to my math, that means that somewhere in the neighborhood of 78% of people with tattoos have at least some regret! That’s not exactly the upper echelon is it?

Judging by my Facebook streams and Twitter surveys... That number may be a bit off, and most of you want acceptance of tattoos.

For what it’s worth, I couldn’t possibly care less about YOUR tattoos, and rarely ever give a thought to them. But for me and my loved ones... Suffice it to say that I’d really rather not be “inked!”

I’m in the crowd yearning to be without tattoos in my life! And I’m in the group of people who are having tattoos removed, and I want to share with you the way it’s being done.

Unfortunately, the market is flooded with creams and potions that promise to fade or remove tattoos.

This is my BULLSHIT FLAG! Those products DO NOT WORK! They only serve to separate you from your cash, not your ink!

Per my personal research and trial and error... There are only 2 ways to remove a tattoo... And neither one includes potions or lotions! You can cut them off, or you can have them removed via laser!

Since I’m a bit opposed to one cutting chunks off of the Big Kahuna, I opted for laser treatment, and it’s going great! Although it takes some time, I feel that it’s a much better treatment than simply cutting them out, but I’d go for cutting if it were the only option!

After many years of feeling regret and embarrassment from my tattoos, I decided that it was time to do something... And that something was Ink-B-Gone tattoo removal in Westminster Colorado, just north of Denver!

They have been in business since 2006, are on the “Denver A-List,” and have even been on the Tom Martino show.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More searching!

Ok people, it's that time of year, if I want to admit it or not!

I am seeing pictures of peeps in Colo with SNCA! (Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale) but I don't have any!

I have been building a verticals of this stuff for years and will be quite willing to share that experience with you if I can get my paws on a few (cases) of these hugely anticipated brews!

The hoppy golden elixir awaited, I just need to find it and make it mine!

~cheers

Update, 3:00 p.m.
Success! Thanks to the fine people at Total Bev in Westminster I have 24 bottles of celebration goodness!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Planning begins

As we head into the shortened Thanksgiving week, I am bombarded with questions about what to pair with Turkey Dinner. I always have the same answer.

"Beer or Wine, Save cocktails and spirits for your after dinner cigar!"

People get all pissy at me for not having a specific beer brand or style to suggest, but I don't care. Sometimes, I dig a nice American Pale to go with the turkey.  Other times, I'm happier with a big IPA to help numb the taste buds. If dinner is really awesome, and the turkey and gravy are of stellar quality, I'd prefer to drink a sour brown or red ale. Something like The Dissident from Deschutes.

You know my motto... the one about drinking what you like! That holds true here! If you like a particular beer or wine, you're probabally going to like it with dinner. I have been known to bring two or three drinks to the table, comparing and deciding which one to finish. But that's just me!

So head off to this weekend with a bright eye, an open mind and an adventurous heart. You'll find something to drink with your dinner!  We may discuss this in a little greater detail as we get closer to the actual day!

Meanwhile, here's a fun video that the Videographer from Hell shot while we were in Key West! Thanks very much to Gary for the great coverage!



~Cheers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hi!

How y’all doing? What’s up? How’s your Mum?

With No Shave November wrapping up in a few weeks, I suspect there are a few of you that will be trimming back the whiskers for the first time in a month... Be careful!

Most of you know I not only shave MOST of my face... But also my big fat head! That is not a small undertaking!

Per my fantastic heritage... The mix of Italian, German and Irish... I don’t exactly have fine blond hair that you can shave for a month with a Bic Blue razor!

My hair is receding like a German Blue collar worker but thick as an Italian Pizzeria owner, and wiry as an Irish welder! I buck all trends, genres and odds! If it works for you, it’s not likely going to work for me... But if it works for me.... There is a better than good chance it’ll work for you!

Combine my genetics with the most dry, unforgiving and hostile environment and working conditions this side of HELL... And I think my shaving routine has come together in a way that helps overcome some HUGE challenges.

So... I want to share my shaving balm with you!

I shave with a blade! Not some sissy plastic handled setup with an “Aloe” strip for $14 a 4-pack, and not some trinket with wheels that makes it look like a Matchbox car. But a solid stainless steel piece of equipment with a precision ground blade that is guided by a lather of artisan soap that is applied with a badger hair brush!  I usually shave with a double edge razor, but occasionally I will attack the cheeks with a strait blade.

Yup... 3 or 4 topics here... But I want to focus on what I put on my face and head AFTER a shave!

In  a travel bottle that I get for 60 cents at Target, I mix 1 part Lubriderm Daily Moisture lotion. It’s dirt cheap, available EVERYWHERE and one of the most essential I’ve found.

Then I add 1 part 100% Aloe Vera Gel. Whatever you’ve got... I have even  used after sun lotion with success! I figure that the more pure, the better!
Then I top off the bottle with the flavor aftershave I want....

What? 3 ingredients? Tha’s it? Shouldn’t we need a chemistry degree?

NO! The degrees work for those that make the products we use here... We just want our face (AND the rest of our heads) to be smooth, free of bumps and comfortable!

Three of my all time favorite scents are the original... Pinaud Club Man, Pinaud Lime Sec, and Taylor’s of Old Bond Street Sandalwood (Not interchangeable with other Sandalwood fragrance!) Basically, I like pretty much anything that smells manly and tightens up the skin after a nice hot shave.

These after shave  balms are great and have been working for YEARS, but as a man with skin that has a tendency to dry out and fall off in Colorado’s 8% humidity, I want the burn of the alcohol aftershave, but also the soothing protections of a balm. That’s how I came up with this combo! It’ll take you less than $3 to try it. I started with the $0.99 travel bottles from the big box stores.

You can put this in your shave routine, and you can scent it with whatever aftershave or cologne you want... So give it a go!

If you want more info about traditional shaving options, let me know via Twitter, Facebook, or comment here! Like everything, I’m no expert, I will gladly share all of my experience with you!

~Cheers!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Spending the money!

Why can’t I quit spending money? It seems like it just burns the hole in my pocket! But fortunately, there are a lot of cool gadgets that help put out the fire and keep me from ever becoming rich!

Last Saturday, I read online that sales of the iPad Mini were going a bit slower than expected and that people would likely be able to find them in the stores that are a bit more out-of-the-way. So we took off for Colorado Springs!

Unfortunately, our normal purveyor of Mac Trinkets didn’t have any, and wouldn’t for over a week!


But as we were eating, my shopping guru of a wife managed to find some at a Best Buy store and put them on reserve while we finished dinner and headed across town. FWIW, This is the superior hassle free way to buy from the Big Blue!

The wife seems like she always wants my technology once I have it, so this time I decided not to waste the time and fuel of a return trip to the city and just blow my entire stash of beer money for the week.

We ended up with the 64GB versions WiFi only. The 4G versions are still not out and I really don’t need to add another $50 to my monthly Verizon bill!

Kahuna’s Chick hasn’t normally been much of a “Heavy” user of technology. She plays three or four
word games and texts like mad, but that’s traditionally been it. She has experience with Droid platform from her three motorola Droid phones, and experience with iOS through her iPhone 4s, although she had not updated to iOS 6.

Her Kindle Fire was her main experience with tablet type surfing of the web.

She loves the Mini, and has barely put it down in a week. She has run the battery dry nearly every day for a week, but it takes her 8 or 9 hours to do so. The word games are large and easy to play. The accuracy of the touch screen is important because with her “nails,” she really doesn’t have a finger tip to use.

My “Tab experience” started with an iPad 1 that I bought to use in the airplane with ForeFlight software. I soon purchased an inexpensive Droid tablet (Review Here) because I was really concerned about the size and “Heft” of my iPad. I just didn’t like it. I will admit that most of it’s size and weight came from the Otter Box that it is in... But that thing is the reason I still have the iPad 1!

I can draw a comparison between the 1 and the Mini only in functionality and typical “Mac” ease of use. I have grown accustomed to using a bluetooth GPS receiver for the iPad, because thanks to in ill-informed salesman when I got the first one, I’ve never had built in GPS!

Beyond that, the Mini is smaller (DUH!) Lighter (DUH!) Faster and more solidly built! The New Retina Display is fantastic, by of us were seriously impressed, and has drawn me more than once to watch a movie on the iPad while I’m on the couch in front of the enormous LCD screen.

Shot and edited with iPad Mini

Apps run fast, photos look great and the internet is nearly fully functional (Sans Flash). The thing is just plain fun to play with, and when fun turns to work, it’s plum functional for that too! The only thing it doesn’t do is work with Blogger! So not likely I’ll be posting from the mini any time soon!

I definitely throw my support behind this product for anyone that thinks that they may be interested.

~Cheers!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The thrill of the chase!

With new beers coming out left and right (That is Left Coast and Right Coast) you would think that everyone could find a brew to drink no mater where you are!

But alas, we are creatures of adventure and excitement. We yearn for the best, and once we have it we are immediately looking for something new.

On any given evening, I would gladly take a mediocre beer that I’ve never had over a good beer that I can get at will. I just like to try new things! And that is why the idea of a “Beer Trade” is so damned awesome!

Social media, mainly Google+, Twitter and blogs have allowed me to form working relationships with people that I would have never known existed, and some of those people are pure awesome! And that gives us limited access to beer that would not otherwise be available at all!

From state to state, and those right here in Colorado, I have traded homebrew and craft beer and always been damn happy about it! But there is one thing that always scorches my boil kettle about beer trades.

WHY DOES SHIPPING COST SO MUCH?

I shipped some beer off yesterday in a trade, where I will be soon receiving 4 cans of Six Point Resin.

That $9 four-pack of cans cost me an additional $19! WTF?

With major companies offering free shipping, I have to think that the shipping companies have some pretty good discounted rates available... We just don’t get them!

So I ask, who wants to take on the challenge of setting up a discount shipping club where brewers and beer enthusiasts can sign up, perhaps for a small fee, and get a discount code to use when shipping with either UPS or FedEx?

Perhaps if we had enough of us signing up, we could ship beer for less than double it’s retail cost!
I know this wouldn’t be a huge market for the shipping companies, but it would be a huge benefit to us!

I doubt they’d be up for it... But heck, it’s a nice thought!

As we head into the weekend, enjoy your local beer, keep your eyes open for something you’ve never tried before and be safe!

Have a great day!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BJ's Brew Pub

Hungry yet?  Give me a minute and you will be!

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you Pū'ali koa, the readers and fans of this little blog are a varied as the subjects that I write about.

I am sure that most of you die-hard beer guys have tried out all of the brew pubs and restaurants around, but there are surely a few wine folks, foodies, rum connoisseurs and travelers that may be coming to Colorado that have never eaten at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. And that... is a shame!

We decided to have Lunch at BJ’s in Colorado Springs one day last week because we were in the area, had been hearing about it for some time, and brew pubs are one place where Kahuna’s Chick and I can ALWAYS find something to fill our bellies.

BJ’s is located at 5150 North Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO. The location in a new, modern shopping area is well located with several other dining options, plenty of “Beer Guy” friendly shopping including a Mac Superstore and of course the reason we were there... COSTCO!

From the outside, it looks like any other brick brew pub. Revolving doors lead you into a large waiting area with a view of the bar.... A formidable bar, that makes you thirsty at first sight.

Modern, trendy, functional and inviting are the top four adjectives that come to mind as you are greeted by the friendly staff.

The first pages of the menu, are of course cocktails, wines and a beer list that goes on and on! With our first visit, I immediately ordered their biggest “House” IPA, just because that’s what I do. I wouldn’t call IPA my favorite style of beer, but it is likely the most popular right now. I figure that a brew pub is going to put a lot of time and effort into their IPA in hopes of competing amongst a really crazy market!

I ordered up a pint of the 6 1/2 % abv Hopstorm IPA. They suggest pairing it with a Crispy Jalapeño Burger, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, New Orleans Jambalaya and Cajun Pasta.... So of course, I ignored what the “Experts” suggested and we ordered up an appetizer of Calamari.

The appetizer selection, as is the rest of the menu, is as rich as the beer menu which includes at least 22 different bottle conditioned Belgian Ales.

On our first visit, I had Fish Tacos... Another staple bar food for me. Kahuna’s Chick ordered Fish and Chips. Simply wonderful, each plate that came from the kitchen was as good as the one before.

Because any place can be good once, we opted to head back to BJ’s for a followup two nights later and found that our first impression was correct.

This time I opted for the 7.3% GABF Silver Medal winning (1996) Jeremiah Red ale. This brew was a tad sweet for me, but did sport a solid malt profile that made a nice complement to the spicy Santa Fe Spring Rolls.

This spicy little appetizer of roasted corn, black beans, Jalapeño and chicken wrapped up in crispy goodness was exactly the introduction I wanted for my seared Ahi Tuna Salad.

The tuna salad wasn’t the best I’ve had, (See Lowry Beer Garden or the Elephant Bar) but was very tasty. The tuna was quite small as compared to most, but the flavor was there. The bits of tuna were approximately the size of a nickel, as opposed to the nearly 2x2 inch squares I’ve come accustomed to.

Kahuna’s chick went a bit more hearty with her menu selection and opted for the Chicken fried Chicken and mashed potatoes, which I must say, was perhaps the second best in Colorado.


On trip 2, we had one of our kids with us, and he completely approved of the “Big Kid’s” menu and their hand crafted Root Beer. He has very discerning taste for an 8-year-old, so you can trust his opinion.

Whether you are in the mood for a classic cocktail, a craft beer, or a full meal with all the fixin’s, BJ’s has certainly got you covered!  If you are in the Colorado Springs area, it’s worth the drive no matter which side of town you’re on.

Have a great week and seek out something good to eat and something great to drink with it.

~Cheers!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Buy them a beer!

Thanks everyone! PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!


I’m asking everyone to buy a beer for the American Red Cross today.

Victims of Hurricane Sandy are devastated, and we all have friends and family in that area, and they need help!

Obviously insurance and savings will eventually kick in, but I'm asking you to help out the American Red Cross. They are the boots on the ground right now. They are the ones that are keeping people safe and warm and fed. They are the ones that need your help the most.

Give what you can at www.redcross.org
 






Thanks everyone!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Share the Sailor!

I must admit, I’m a little jealous of a few of my “Rum Buddies” this week. You see, on November 2-3 is the official dates of the 2012 Caribbean Beer and Rum Festival in Granada. But as with most bloggers, they are taking every opportunity to “over achieve.”  Though I’m jealous of their vacation time there, I do respect the work that they do.  Judging rum has got to be a rough job!

But today, instead of holding onto my jealousy, I’m just going to jump right in and share some Sailor Jerry’s rum with you! That should make us all feel better right?

We are also going to dedicate this drink to the sailors who were killed or are still missing from the sinking of HMS Bounty and their families!


I have to admit, that while I’ve drank some copious amounts of rum with a hand full of the judges from the Rum XP program, I am NOT a rum judge... Well, at least not a qualified one. So as I share this rum with you, I’m also sharing my method of tasting a rum. (Perhaps some of the XP guys will jump in and give us some pointers some time!)

First, I pour about 2 oz of rum into clean and polished wine glass. To judge the color, I use a sheet of white paper because things like the TV or the crap scattered all over my desk distract the color. If I were smart, I’d do this during daylight hours so the sun could light my glass, but the living room light is going to have to do today. I would call the color a deep, rich amber. Although I could just as easily call it rum colored. I also might note that this rum is perfectly clear. There are no floaties or haze. I expect this from a distilled spirit... But ya never know!

The nose is of very sweet with strong vanilla and some nutmeg. The nutmeg is a little hard to pick up as the vanilla / alcohol aroma is so strong.

The first sip, at room temp, is very clean. The vanilla is much subdued in the flavor, and the nutmeg is paired with a bit of spice, perhaps cinnamon. There is an ever so subtle touch of clove just at the back of the palate as you swallow. There is a nice sweet flavor of lightly caramelized sugar, but without the sweetness.

Another interesting characteristic of this rum is that I keep tasting cola. No, I haven’t mixed it with a Coke, but I taste, mid sip, a distinct cola flavor. And I don’t know how or why. I don’t really know what flavors make “COLA” in my brain, but perhaps it’s just the vanilla and sugar.

The finish is very dry, perhaps intensified by the slightly above average alcohol burn. Most spirits are packaged at around 40% ABV, but the Jerry is 46%. But it’s pleasant.

This photo has absolutely no relevance to this post! ~Cheers
Further sips bring out the more intense flavors of caramel and the vanilla becomes a bit “Oakey” and less assertive on the nose.

If this rum were not making me happy, or seemed too complex to sort out, I might add a few ice cubes or a splash of water to help me sort out the flavors. But this one is pretty good as it is, so I’m leaving it alone!

Sailor Jerry is one of my favorite spiced rums, and has a solid spot in my rum collection. It’s usually pretty fairly priced, drinks nicely neat, with ice and water, or mixed with anything from ginger ale to Red Bull. So if you’re looking for a solid rum to try, this is a pretty easy one to like.

As for our friends in Granada... I hope they will be sharing their adventures with us very soon!

Thanks for stopping in!

~Cheers!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Traveling sure makes life more fun.

Even parts of life that are normally pretty cool, like going to the movies, can be a lot more fun when you’ve traveled to the locations where movies were shot.

Not that I’m a big movie buff, and I am certainly not a star chaser, but when the movie Dolphin Tail hit the theaters, we certainly didn’t waste any time getting the kids packed up and driving to Denver to see it.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hi Everyone!
What's shaking?
Thanks for dropping in.

Been pretty quiet around here, and I do apologize. But there is a reason.

This is a blog about good times, good beer, fun in the sun, and awesome food. So nobody wants to hear about the All American Dad caught up in work and kid's sports.

As for the sun part... it's in short supply at this time of year, and I'm sucking in every single minute I can!

So check out the koozies and flasks (At the top right side of the page) and get to having some fun of your own while the sun is still shining and the snow isn't flying! Then send me picks of your Kahuna Gear in action! The fun must never stop! 

And check in here for ZOMBIES ON BICYCLES! You won't be sorry!

~Cheers

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wild!

Mikkeller It’s Alright!

More like it's OK.

Pouring thin and golden, smelling of hops and brett funk, there is no fruit and very little malt in the nose.

The body is thin and crisp, but the surprize is a pronounced bitter character that follows clear through to the finish.

The middle is very horseblanket funky, but not even a hint of acidity. There is a smoky vegetable thing going on that is interresting at best.

I get a touch of pepper that is extenuated by the bitterness.

The finish of this beer is all bitterness. There isn't much else to say about it. It's not a good beer for a novice to the world of sours, but I doubt that is who Mikkeller is marketing toward.

I am not sure I'll be getting my glasses all polished up for a shopping trip to find another one of these, but I certainly would have drank another if I had it cold.

On the Kahuna Scale of 1-10, I'd give this thing a pretty shaky "Try it if you see it" But i make no warrant as to your level of enjoyment. You might dig it, you might dig a hole to pour it in. I'm just not really stricken by this brew. I did enjoy it, but I'm not doing cartwheels!

~Cheers

Saturday, October 13, 2012

5 Winners

With the medals awarded and the crowds strung about the Denver Bar scene, Saturday Night at GABF promises to be a WILD time!

I’m sure that all the big names in brewing and blogging will be at the Falling Rock Taphouse as I am writing this, and I’m sure that the bloggers have all posted the results all over the internet.

BUT! (Funny how there’s always a BUT(t) in the room!)

I know that not all of you are die hard beer guys and gals that live and die on Barley and Hops. A few of you may live and die on Rum and Whiskey... Fewer on Vodka, and even less on Mead and Wine.

So for the benefit of those who may not have seen the list, or those who may have a hard time deciphering it, I’m going to give you 5 Medal Winning Colorado brews that you should certainly try before I just give you the link to the results.

Keystone Light, Coors Brewing Co. won the Bronze medal in American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager. I know I’m going to take some flack for this, but it’s a pretty fair burger washer. It’s not my favorite style of beer, and it’s not my favorite OF the style, but it’s a medal winner you should try.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co. Took Silver in the Belgian-Style Witbier. If you’ve ever been dooped into thinking that Blue Moon is good craft beer... GRAB SOME RASCAL!

Dry Dock Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co. Is in fact, my favorite fruit beer! No exceptions. It’s also the favorite of the GABF Judges because they awarded it a big ‘ol Shiny GOLD MEDAL! WooT! WooT! This is an awesome beer, and they sell the kit at the Brew Hut, next door to the brewery so you can build a batch at home!

West Bound Braggot by Twisted Pine Brewing Co. Is another great Colorado Brew worth it’s weight in... GOLD MEDAL! I’ve long said that Twisted Pine is the most underrated brewery in Colorado. I’ve been enjoying their brews for years, and there is no reason to stop now! The Braggot style fits great with my love of mead and beer. A Braggot gets much of it’s fermentable sugar from Honey, so I tend to love them! The style is a bit obscure on most shelves, so grab this one if you can. Congrats to the crew @TwistedPine!

Butt Head Bock by Tommyknocker Brewery is the answer to those who thought that Shiner Bock (Which won Gold for Dark Lager) was ok, but want something more! I hold Butt Head in a special place, as it was 1/2 of my first beer run EVER the day I turned 21!

This list is a great place to start for those who are looking for a new brew to try. Heck... I say TRY THEM ALL! And you can download the .PDF of all the winners from the Brewers Association HERE.

Thanks for checking in... Expand your palate, try new things, but ALWAYS... Drink what ya like!

~Cheers

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcome back to Big Kahuna Brew! Thanks for checking in on this, first day of the GABF in Denver!

As I've said, I am not covering the GABF for you this year! Sad as I am to miss out on all the great beer events and to miss seeing a few friends, that I only see once per year. I don't want to be redundant! It's the same thing every year it's bigger, but it amounts to a million beers and a million drunk people.

That isn't to say it isn't a LOT of fun, but there just isn't a lot of different ways to say it... Or cover it!
I will likely go again next year, and it will all look new to me! But for now, I'm staying home and having a beer which is new to me!

I have in my hand, a $6 bottle of New Belgium's lips of faith beer, Super IPA!
Brewed in conjunction with Alpine Brewing, this Hop Bomb is sureghing in at just over 22 oz, and 9%abv, the bomber service fits this brew well, cause a 12 Ozzie just isn't enough!

Pour is a beautiful light amber color that just looks like it could be holding a ton of hops!
The nose is like sticking your nose into a bag of centennial hops! All aroma, nothing strange.

Not being one to look at a beer for too long...

The first sip is just pure hop extract! It's not super thick but its bursting... absolutely bursting with aroma. Not super bitter. Just super hop aroma'd!

Amazingly, despite the reports of this beer displaying a "boozy" character, I don't get it! To me, It is well be behaved  and very drinkable!

This beer seems to want me to decide how to drink it.

Sipping like I would a sour, or a glass of wine, I taste apple and Carmel in the base of the beer. If I just take a drink, as I might if I were washing down a burger, I get a tannic, oak presence. I like them both!

The finish, like everything else about this beer, is clean, pronounced and crisp! No muddy flavored here!

As the beer warms up a bit, I begin sensing a nice sweet wheat aroma that really happens at the very back of the nose/top of the throat.
Awesome fall IIPA

 I have another one of these, and a plan! Because I think this beer is so good tonight, I want to taste it blind against a few other IIPA style beers. Lets face it, it's easy to be impressed with a double IPA! Hard as they are to brew, they are amazingly easy to like!

I really need to get into tasting blind anyway, and this is as good of an excuse as I'm going to find.


Hope you survive GABF with your liver in hand... (Dignity is shot, so don't even worry about that part!)

~Cheers!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Are you going to the #GABF ?

Think you'll remember it well enough that you can write about your experience?

Here's your opportunity!

E-mail me 2 or 4 pictures and the story of your experience, and YOU could end up with an article on BigKahunaBrew.com

Happy and SAFE drinking people!

~Cheers

Saturday, October 6, 2012

GABF Must See.

Sean Buchan, Serious Eats.
Since I'm not covering the GABF first-hand this year, I figured I should show you where to go while you're in town. Fortunately for me, A twitter pal of mine, Sean Buchan AKA @Beertographer, already did it for "Serious Eats."

Sean is an inspiration to my beer photography, as well as one hell of a fun guy to follow on the Twitter! Check out his web page Beertographer.com and you'll be inspired too!

Thanks for stopping in, enjoy the photos and story. Have a great weekend!

~Cheers

Here is what Serious Eats had to say:


If you're planning on visiting the Mile High City during the Great American Beer Festival this year, you may notice that a lot has changed since your last visit. Eight new breweries have opened up within Denver city limits in the last year (bringing the grand total to 22), not including the dozen or so that have begun pouring outside the metro area. The product of favorable liquor laws and an atmosphere that cultivates and encourages young breweries, Denver—and Colorado as a whole—is quickly becoming an epicenter for craft beer in the United States.

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