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!


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!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


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!


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!


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!)


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!


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!


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.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Better in KeyWest

Everything is better in Key West… or so it would seem.

When we awoke on Friday morning, getting ready for a few drinks and some breakfast, it became clear that I packed in quite a hurry and forgot some necessities. Fortunately, there is a Walgreens just a block and a half down Duval!

I took out in a hurry to gather our needed toiletries and some Coke for Kahuna’s Chick. Walking up to the store, I was greeted with the most glorious advertisement I’ve ever seen on a drug store.  

The Walgreens has CRAFT BEER! I know… no big deal for most of the world I’m sure, but for a guy from Colorado, where our liquor laws are as crazy as a crack house rat, where it’s easier to find a dime bag of weed than a decent beer outside of specialty liquor stores, I’m damn excited!

They, no shit, had a better craft beer selection than about 60% of the liquor stores I visit in Colorado! Everything from the just better than BMC all the way to 5 facings of Brooklyn Brewing beer.

I selected a 6 pack of Terrapin Hopsecutioner to get me through the morning. Nothing like a big IPA to get you through the morning I always say!

Weighing in at 7.3% and only 71 IBU, this isn’t an enamel stripping IPA, but rather a drinkable and tasty barley pop that helps cut through some of the oppressive heat and humidity of the southern Florida sultry morning haze.

Brewed with Munic, Crystal 24 and Victory malts, there is a solid background for the Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe and Cascade hops.

The initial aroma is very strong with the Cascade hops, but you can certainly tell that it’s a pretty complex hop aroma that doesn’t come from the over use of a single variety.

I wouldn’t, in this day and age, call this thing an aggressive IPA, but it’s certainly capable of holding its own against all the major players in this classification.

The deep golden / amber color looks beautiful in a well washed hotel glass, and looks even better sparkling in the mid morning sunshine.

The malt holds up well to all of those hops. There is a well balanced quality to this beer that makes it quite drinkable, and the mildly high alcohol content makes that a dangerous thing. This beer could pretty easily get ahead of me if I had a bunch of them cold and a bag of chips.

The finish is a bit dry and the bitterness really lingers at the back of the palate and leaves you a touch thirsty… inviting another drink.

I wouldn’t call this the best IPA I’ve ever had, nor would I place it in my  top 10, but thanks to its time and location, it will always hold a special place in my heart and I will drink it every chance I can get!

On a Kahuna scale of 1-10, Terrapin Hopsecutioner scores a solid “Try it if you see it!”
Key West… Scores a total “Hell Yes!” I think any beer tastes just a little better on the rocken’est rock in the United States, when drank with good friends in the sunshine… You just can’t beat it!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boy how I love Technology!

No doubt you saw my post on Google + the other day (You do have me circled right?) about how I had gotten stuck in a 5th-grade pissing match on Facebook. Like there is any other kind?

I love what social media can do for us! Had it not been for social media, I wouldn’t know 90% of you! I wouldn’t be brewing at the level that I am, I would have likely NEVER even heard of Mead. I wouldn’t know how to open a beer bottle with a sheet of newspaper and I wouldn’t be much of a bar-stool philosopher!

No doubt about it, social media makes a lot of things possible! But you have got to be careful of what you get involved in! You can get stuck in those stupid little bickering matches, you can say shit that you would never even consider saying in person, and you can really be taken wrong when you are trying to be funny!

It’s a tough situation! That’s why I’m so glad we have this place to hang out, share a few beers, talk about music, BBQ, photography, partying and travel. We do have a good time!

I’m going to take a second and bitch about the internet and the  way it works, as I’ve got a red spot on my forehead from bashing it against the wall for the last 12 hours!

Had I not built a good working relationship with my hosting site, (Not for BigKahunaBrew) I would have just registered a domain with Google and been done with it. But I like my hosting company, I like my domain name and I’m going to make this work!

Problem? You bet! The hosting company doesn’t provide enough room to add the CNAME information to give my Blogger account access to the domain name! DOH!

Did that go right over your head?

If Yes, you are in good company! Me too!


Anyway, I’ll be working on making the other bog come to life, promoting it when it does, and trying to provide it with quality content... Once the help team figures out how to make it work!

Check in on Thursday... I’ve got a beer for you, purchased in Florida and tasted in FL and CO! I’ll share it with you!


The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series