Saturday, June 30, 2012

Okay! Here’s the deal:


You choose to travel by air, deal with it!


I know some of you travel, some don't. But I  know some of you travel a LOT! Either way, I've got some words for all of you!

My wife and I tend to disagree on quite literally everything! We are the perfect example of the old phrase “Opposites attract!”  But one time that we DO agree.... even though we totally disagree... Is when it comes to air travel.

We only agree on one part of this issue, but it’s something to hold onto!

Simply put, “If you don’t like it, DRIVE!”

I’m venturing a guess that not a single one of you are so ignorant as to think that you can take knives, guns and gallon jugs of gasoline through the security check point at the airport! That’s because YOU... The readers of this blog... Tend to be quite a bit smarter than the average traveler. Whether you travel or not.

You know that you’ll be frisked and fondled, you know your drinks and finger nail clippers will be confiscated and you know that your flight will NOT leave on time!

You understand that it would be a better idea to load a plane from the back to the front, and you don’t understand why people are allowed to drag a carry-on bags, that quite obviously will NOT fit in the overhead bin, through the checkpoint! Send those jerks back to ticketing and make them check that shit!

So, that part put right out there, why do people have to play the fool when they travel?

I complain... A LOT about TSA. When we travel, my poor wife gets to hear all of my grievances. From the fact that they have a budget that’s $800 million higher than the FBI, to the part where I don’t like them looking at my wiener as I  go through the lookie-loo test! But the fact is, regardless of how much of an ass she claims I make of myself, I don’t abuse the poor employees! (I may possibly be miserable to travel with?)

My flight attendant, irritating as it is that she has to run into my shoulder EVERY DAMN TIME she walks by me, doesn’t take the brunt of my anger.

As the story hits the news that a flight attendant finally let lose on passengers, I just wanted to cheer!  Really people, it’s just a delay.

If you’ve never considered the logistic nightmare that it must be to get hundreds of flights safely through our skies every hour, you should. You should also consider that your pilot is responsible for YOUR LIFE!

IF he decides not to go... for any reason.... you should respect that! So stop freaking out about a weather delay!



It's better to be late than make the evening news!

So, while I have less than no respect for the job that the TSA does, and I HATE everything they stand for... Don’t take your travel frustrations out on your flight attendants!

The poor sap that’s making $12 an hour to fondle your junk at the security checkpoint, or the dude running the baggage carousel... they hate their jobs just like the poor folks flipping burgers at the local greasy spoon, so give them a break!

Be a gracious traveler while traveling! It makes things easier on all of us!
Be an active complainer when you hit the ground! It may help change the system some day!

To quote Forest Gump.... “That’s all I’ve got to say about that!”

Happy Saturday Peeps!

~Cheers!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beer Ice Cream!

Well, I’ve finally done it! I’m making Ice Cream with Beer! Tall Grass Brewing Ale in fact!

I put out a shout on the Twittah for a recipe and boy did I get one! A recipe from SeriusEats.com looked amazing, so I thought I’d give it a shot!

I took 1 1/2 cups sugar, 4 tbs unsalted butter and 2 tbs water and mixed them, put over high heat till it started to smoke (Stirring a lot) then added 1 cup milk.

After the crazy bubbling died down, I added 2 cups heavy whipping cream and stirred for a long time over medium heat. When you add the liquid to the sugar, it turns into a huge lump and you have to dissolve it again.

Once dissolved, I added the liquid, one scoop at a time to 6 egg yolks whisking like crazy.

Once all of that was done, I added 1 tbs Vanilla Extract (Home Made of course!) and 8 oz of Tall Grass Ale.

The whole mess went into the fridge for 24 hours, then into the ice cream maker!

Now the only question is what the hell do I pair it with? ..............
A spoon of course!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Green To Go

I would venture to say that most of us who have done any traveling about the Caribbean have done a pretty good job of seeking out books that recount the life and times of pirates, both traditional and modern.

It is such a big part of the history of the tiny islands that dot the map that it is hard to look at a picturesque scene like Magens Bay an not picture a band of pirates hiding a tall ship in calm waters protected by the lush green hills that soften the blow of the open ocean providing white sand beaches shaded by palm trees that look as if they've been there since the beginning of time.

With the likes of Gary Buslik (A rotten person travels the Caribbean) Michael Reisig (The Road to Key West) and even the super famous (Although somewhat diluted) Hunter S. Thompson recounting different angles and perspectives of life in South Florida and the Caribbean, it’s not hard to find a book to read that takes you to the sandy shores.

But if you want a book that takes you to sandy shores, adds adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat, airplanes that will have you Googling for images, beautiful women, tobacco farms, 100 year-old sailing vessels, Rum and Romance.... Look no further than the newest offering from author J.H. Cunningham.

Green to Go is a continuation of the Buck Riley Adventure, that began in Cunningham’s book Red Right Return, that will take you from the Bahamas down the Florida Keys, across the Gulf to Mexico and beyond, flying in style beside Buck in his Grumman G-44 Widgeon and reading as fast as you can to see what will happen in the next paragraph, page and chapter.

Cunningham writes in a simple and elegant style, illustrating every stop of the journey and keeping your interest peaked with unforeseen twists and turns that only make me hope that he has the next book in this series well under way!

Pick up your copy of Green To Go at Amazon and get to it! But be forewarned, you’ll want to clear your schedule because you won’t be putting this one down any time soon!

If you missed it, you can read my review of Cunningham’s first book HERE.

~Cheers!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rum Video

Today I want to share a video that my friend Rum Shop Ryan and I made in Siesta Key Florida last weekend.

Ryan is a Caribbean blogger that travels the islands and makes some really great boat drinks!

With temperatures in Colorado soaring well over the 100 degree mark today, I’m thinking it’s just too damn hot for beer in the middle of the day!

This cocktail is made with Rum, Pineapple Juice and lime!

Being from Florida, Ryan and his readers certainly know how to stay cool!

It serves as a refreshing reminder that not all lawnmower beers are actually beer! Especially when the days get this hot!

When the sun goes down, the beer will flow, but during the heat of the day, this is filling my glass!

Mix one up, check out RumShopRyan.com stay cool and enjoy your weekend!

~Cheers

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Once in a while... Ok a lot of times, this beer guy steps beyond his comfort zone and hits up some Rum!

It’s rare that I venture into shots of anything, but while chilling at the Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Key Florida last week, I fell victim to a bad influence! His name is Ryan!

We stopped in for some lunch and a few beers at this eclectic little bar on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key. A charming little pub with walls and a ceiling covered in dollar bills. HMMMMM. Can’t think of any place else like that! (Willie T’s in Key West!)

Our waitress, Laurie, was as much fun as the ambiance itself! Cheery and pleasant with a smile that was as long as the  coastline, she brought us beer and raw oysters! What more could we ask for?

How about FISH TACOS! WOOT WOOT! Fresh catch of the day, made into a taco and served with a wedge of lemon. YUM!

I began the meal with a Yuengling, but quickly moved to a wonderful treat on tap from the fine folks at Kona Brewing. The Koko Brown was a wonderful addition to the muggy heat of a Florida June day! The sweet aroma was screaming “Tropical Goodness” while the dry coconut background was WAY more refreshing than I had expected!

After the Koko Brown I moved on to a Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing. This is a favorite of mine when traveling to Florida. It’s just a solid IPA, and no trip to Florida would be complete without one!

By the end of the IPA, fish tacos, half a dozen raw oysters and a shot, I was ready for something light and refreshing!

Curious Traveler by House of Shandy Beer Co. Fit the bill nicely! Colored like straw, and flavored like a wheat bear mixed 3:1 with orange juice, I would call this thing as fresh as a Florida sunrise!
Certainly not the best beer of the weekend, and would have been better before the IPA, I’m really glad I tried it!

On the cocktail front, the RUM STUMBLER was a tasty treat served in a tall cold glass and topped with 151 Rum! Now that’s just hard to beat!




The highlight of the visit was the Oyster Shooter!

Hanger One Chipotle Vodka, Bloody Marry mix, fresh horseradish and a fresh raw oyster. I drool as I write this because I could eat two of these every day for the rest of my life! This is the best shot I’ve ever had! Spicy, savory, strong and with something to chew on at the bottom! Simply delicious!

Check out the video (Which you miss Erin and Jessica because they were filming and holding my teleprompter) and have a great week!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The final frontier! (At least for Kriek!)


This Kriek Tuesday, the end of the era, I have a New Belgium Dark Kriek from the Lips of Faith series.

This beer is a masterful combination of 65% Ale brewed with cherry juice, and 35% ale aged in wood barrels.

Sitting at a firm 8% abv, I was a bit tenuous when I added this brew to the collection, but in hind site, I should have added a few more!

Again, I’ve failed you. I don’t know how long ago they made this brew, but I’m sure it’s a 2010 vintage! I wish I had a month, year and price to share with you, but I simply didn’t think that I’d be writing a world famous beer blog and reviewing this brew with you when I purchased it!

I feel like I should point out to those of you that poo-poo New Belgium for their beer called  “Fat Tire” that has become the BMC of the craft beer world, that their very main stream beer income is what allows the creativity of the Lips of Faith series that I tend to love more than hate! There are a few I don’t care for, and you know I’ll share that too... but basically, I’m inspired by this line of beer!

The nose is  a clean, sour. I know I use that stupid phrase more than I should, but once you experience it, you’ll know what I mean. It’s a pleasant sour aroma that doesn’t smell bad... Just funky.  A mildly fruity, sour with a light, yet distinct locker room foot aroma and dried fruit and plum.

This brew is mostly sour and brown! Oakey, but not really “Woody” or “Vanilla” like most barrel aged beers. I am struck by a rather smokey dark complexity that is really hard to describe. Like the difference between a Plum and a Prune.

There is a nice sour character that keeps reminding me that this is one of those funky sour marvels of brewing wonder that I so love.

A sweet aroma is deceiving of the dry palate and finish. This brew has a fairly full body... Especially
 for the style!

There is plenty of complexity and a light to medium carbonation levels to make for a very nice flavor.
There is an early finish of dried fruit leather, funky and mildly metallic with a cleansing sour profile that again... makes me yearn for a greasy bit of gourmet goose! I am ready for another sip.

I think that the oak barrel sticks out more than the cherry.
All that I can say is that it is dry and extremely interesting with flavors that mingle and meld like a symphony of sour dried fruit, pleasantly sour, mildly malty beer goodness that I thoroughly enjoy without any pretense of style.

As for calling it a Kriek? Close, but no dice! People who love this beer could hate Kriek with passion. People that hate Kriek could easily LOVE this beer with style. Perhaps that makes it a great transition beer?

I don’t know for sure, but I know that everyone who enjoys sour brews should have a sip from this glass.... Right now!

I paired it with some aged cheddar and rice crackers just to give a little contrast, and at points I was reminded of the port wine cheese ball that I get at Christmas!

Not that the beer has much to compare with wine, but if you’re looking to make the connection, I say go ahead! Treat it like a cold big red wine and you will NOT be let down!

I hope you all get the chance to try this, and if you don’t, pick up a few bottles of the currently available Lips of Faith brews and bet on the come!

Your future is limited only by your vision for today!

~Cheers

Thursday, June 14, 2012

You know... I lead a pretty stress-free life! I eat, I sleep, I blog a little, I work a little. I get all worked up and curse when the cows get out. I love. I live. I take time to enjoy things... Or at very least experience them. Good, bad or indifferent, I take things as they are and do the best I can. I’m no different than  you, except maybe attitude. I’ve got bills, a job, stress of kids and work and the ranch and.... And.... And.... Whatever! But I try not to let it get to me!

Taking this a step further, I really try to find the positive in things.  How many beer or rum reviews have you seen me write that were just “Oh that’s crap and it sucks and there isn’t anything good about it?”
Not very many.

I know that some times it comes off as me being a fan boy. But unless it’s something that is gaining a huge amount of attention, and it’s something I HATE... Let’s move on to something good. Case in point... Bud Light Platinum: Not really very good. And I told you that!

There is no sense in my taking an entire blog post to tell you how crappy some obscure brew is that you're never going to see and never going to try! I would rather spend the time, effort, blog space and YOUR TIME to tell you about something awesome that I dig.  It’s just more fun that way!

So, as it stands, things are basically pretty good! Sure, I wish I had a keg of LaFolie on tap at home. Sure I wish I had a beach outside the back door. Sure.... I wish the damn kids would stop irritating their mother... And honestly, I wish each of you would find a friend to read BKB! But let’s face it! Those things are NEVER going to happen.... Well.... Except the beach thing, and that’s a LONG way off... (And maybe the friend thing?) So, let’s get on with it.

Today, I’m taking time to enjoy life with my beautiful wife and two friends that we barely know, yet share so much with. These people... Yes, we met them... Through the internet... And we love them like our siblings... Maybe more!

Is it possible that we could become a generation of friendship through the Internet instead of the “Neighborhood”

Is it possible that John Singleton will someday need to make a movie titled “Boyz in the Web”?
Maybe not... But you see the point.

Sure, it took some $$$ to get to the beach in Florida, but that’s the end. Time spent with friends is priceless. And it doesn’t matter where you are. The back yard is good enough. And if your back yard is a POS.... My back yard is good enough... If my back yard is a POS... Shit, Let’s just go to the park!

The point I’m making is that even the moments spent bullshitting with your friend in the parking lot at the grocery store is time that you will not regret spending while laying on your death bed.
If I die today... Sure, I’ll have regrets! But I’ll die having seen things that 99% of people will never see.
I will die having done things that 99% of people will never do! I will die having loved, lost, found, missed and made things that EVERYONE has had the opportunity to have done.... But some (MOST) were too “Busy” to appreciate!

Slow down! Take a minute to enjoy your kids... Or your wife... Or your glass of Iced Tea... Or Craft Beer... Or the gol damn sunshine beaming down on your head!

Life: Too long to sulk, too short to waste... So “Get out and enjoy.... SOMETHING!”

~CHEERS!

Do The Voodoo

Hey everyone! Hope your week is kicking ass!

Today I’ve got a serious challenge to my palate and I’m going to attempt to share with you!

We are tackling the big pink bottle of Rogue VOODOO Doughnut Bacon and Maple Ale.

They are so proud of the “Baker's Dozen” ingredients in this brew that they list all 13 on the back of the bottle... Including three different smoked malts! And just in case you had wondered.... YES! Yes it does actually have bacon!

Pouring a light amber color, I’m thinking that by appearance and ingredients... This is perhaps the worlds most perfect “Breakfast Beer.”

The nose is wonderfully sweet and smokey. The maple flavor is quite evident and as I’ve noted with other beers made with Rogue’s “Packman Yeast” there is a nice fresh bread aroma. No apparent hop aroma, although I know it’s there somewhere.  IF this beer tastes 1% as good as it smells, it's going to be ROCKING!

The first sip is sweet and smokey. The hop bitterness (30 IBU) is really pairing with the smokey character to make for quite a bite!

Due to the fairly strong smoke character of this beer, I’m not sure I’d really call it a “Brown” ale, but rather a smoked ale. It’s really strong smokey.

The maple doesn’t really kick you in the teeth, but it slowly builds on the back of the throat and tongue until it’s actually fairly strong about half way through.

As for a “Doughnut” flavor, I’m not sure I’m picking that up, but I could certainly draw some parallels to a cheap truck stop waffle. There is a caramelized sugar and bread that instantly reminds me of the Waffle House.
 

I also don’t get any “Bacon” but I suppose that is because I’m so overwhelmed by the smoke.... Which I must say is growing on me as the beer warms and the maple builds on the palate.

The finish of this beer takes me right back to the yellowed flickering fluorescent lights of the doughnut houses and truck stops of my youth. Unless you’ve ever, in a drunken stupor, eaten a plate of waffles and bacon drenched in $1 a 5-gallon bucket maple syrup trying to wash it down with burnt coffee that resembles the oil draining from the Semi-Trucks in the parking lot while smoking a pack of Camel unfiltered cigarettes... The only way you’re going to fully understand the finish of this beer is to try it.

And try it you should. It’s not great beer that I’m going to keep at the front of the top shelf in the beer fridge, but I’m not going to take anything away from this venturously crafted brew either! Sometimes you just have to take an idea and run with it, and I think that more often than not, Rogue does that!

Rogue produces some truly great beers and spirits. I suppose I’d have to call Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple more inspirational than great, but either way, I’m pouring another glass and going to watch some TV!

This beer was a true example of what I say in the videos. Expand your palate, try new things and drink what you like!

~Cheers!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kriek Tuesday #5

Welcome back to Kriek Tuesday!

This week we investigate perhaps my first Kriek, and certainly the most consumed at the Kahuna House.

Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic is pretty easy to find in most large stores and has a noteable market share in the Belgian Beer Market in the United States.

While a lot of my nerdier beer friends will poo-poo Lindeman’s because of their use of synthetic sweeteners, this green bottle has been the source of many hours of fine drinking pleasure for the wife and I.

The Lindeman’s version pours with a bright pink head and ruby red body. The nose is decidedly funky and surprisingly complex for such a commercial version of the style.

The first sip is strangely wine-like yet sweet as candy. The cherry flavor is slightly synthetic and you can certainly tell that there is some sort of sweetener that is adding to the body of the beer.

While the pucker factor is only around 2, the acidity of the Lindeman’s often leads me to heartburn... But I keep drinking and drinking and drinking.

The authentic (Bu my estimation) sour wheat flavor that is hidden behind this cherry bomb is very Gueuze-like and adds a nice complexity that is missing from a lot of the Kriek beers that we’ve tried here.

The carbonation is aggressive enough to keep the sugars from building on the palate, but subdued enough that it isn’t going to come gushing out of your nose.

More like a wine cooler than a beer, the Lindeman’s Kriek is a genuine, brewed in Belgium treat that I dearly love. It’s not the most complex beer you’ll ever try. It’s not the most sophisticated or sought after.

It’s just plain ‘ol good drinking fruit sour beer that will ALWAYS have a place in both my cellar and my beer fridge!

Have you had it? Has it converted anyone for you? Let me know what you thought!

~Cheers

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Desperately Seeking Sour

I may need to change my name to “Desperately Seeking Sour!”

Well Happy Saturday Everyone! Thanks for stoping in!

Today I’d like to share with you a little sour beer from Belgium called Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale.

Brewed in Ertvelde Belgium and imported by Win-It-Too inc. In Santa Barbra Ca. This beer has traveled many a mile to reach my glass!

Pouring a deep red mahogany sort of color, there is an instant effervescent head that forms quickly, but dissipates just as suddenly.

The nose takes me immediately to my brewing buckets. Very little sour in the nose, but a ridiculous mild malt smell with intangible hop character makes this beer smell just like my bottling buckets!

The first thing I notice upon the very fist sip is that this beer is easily twice as thick as I was expecting.

Not at all watery, but not yet to the syrupy consistency that often plagues new drinkers.

The malt forward flavor profile is one thing that makes red beers one of my favorite styles, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.

As far as the sour side... Um... Definitely could use some more. As the beer warms, the sour flavors begin to come through the same way that bitterness begins attacking the back of the palate as an IPA begins to warm.

There is absolutely NO vinegar-like acidity, which I think I would actually like to see in this beer. The acidity and sourness is so subdued that it’s nearly a let down.

I keep ragging on what this beer doesn’t have, but it’s really very good.

The malt and sour come together to form a beautiful woody mouth filling bouquet of beery goodness.

This would be a good introductory beer for someone looking to get into sour beer or someone expanding into the wonderful world of Belgian Beers.

While potentially lacking some sourness, this beer has enough going on that it’s worth a try.

If you’re a seasoned craft beer drinker, there is a few little treats in the flavor profile that will keep you coming back sip after sip. But if you’re a BMC Drinker looking for something new, this one is light enough and smooth enough to keep from offending your palate.

Perhaps a beer that can help bring us all together!

Have a great weekend!

~Cheers

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cayman Reef

Well isn’t this a pickle!

I am so far from qualified to “Review” a rum that it is not even funny. So, I guess, just like beer... I’m just going to have to crack open this bottle and “Share” instead of “Review!”

Today we have a bottle of Cayman Reef Rum from Barbados. The bottle seems to be pretty self explanatory! 80 Proof, aged for 5 years, made in Barbados, imported by a company in Minnesota.... And It’s PRETTY! What else could you want in a bottle of Rum?

The nose of this rum is pretty generically... Rum. It’s noting special, nothing distinct, yet still warm and inviting.

I always like to try new spirits in a specific order. I start with them neat. That is to say strait out of the bottle. Then I’ll add an ice cube or two, then I add about 50% water. This gives me a nice overview of the spirit without really breaking my senses by overloading with anything that’s really going to change them.

The neat sip is a bit spicy, mostly because of the alcohol burn. The ice cubes didn’t do much for that, but did revile a bit of the sugary roots from which this beautiful liquid came. The water really opened up a chocolate covered cherry character that I wasn’t expecting. There is a woody note that I believe comes from aging in either fresh oak barrels (Unlikely) or whiskey barrels of some type. Certainly not wine barrels.

The oak comes through more as woody than vanilla, which isn’t bad, it’s just a bit strange for me at the moment.

The finish as it rolls down the back of your throat is a strange combination of Cinnamon and leather. This stuff drinks like Whiskey made from Sugar.... Oh.... Wait...

Some things about Rum are just intangible. Take for example the fact that I can buy a bottle of this rum and a 12 pack of Red Stripe for under $40 makes it taste a whole lot better than my tasting notes show.

I’m not going to say that this is in the top 10 rums in my collection, I’m not even going to say it’s my favorite Five-Year-Old Rum from Barbados, but I’m certainly not pouring it out either. It has a few different things going on that I find confusing to my palate when drinking with ice. It will likely serve well relegated to Rum-N-Coke duty or in something frozen, but it is definitely worth the experience and a step up from the plastic bottle, bottom shelf rot-gut that we loved so much in high school and college.

Guess not every bottle is going to be my new favorite!

~Cheers

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kriek Tuesday #4

Today, I pull my ego back a bit for Kriek Tuesday.

I must admit that I’m not really sure how old today’s Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing is. I failed to label it, but I’m about 90% sure that I purchased this beer sometime early in 2010.

Transatlantique Kriek is another visionary beer from New Belgium, and another reason that they are one of my very favorite breweries. It seems that everyone blends and collaborates on beers now days, but New Belgium began this process, seemingly, before it was cool!

Pouring a beautiful Ruby Red with a nice head that settles down to a faint ring around the glass, this beer smells as if it’s got some lactic sour in there! The cherry nose has been greatly subdued over time, but it’s still there.

The first sip is very refreshing. The cherry flavor is pretty natural and combines very well with the sour lambic notes.

This beer isn’t quite as sour as it smells, and has a wonderful maltiness to go along with it’s 8% ABV. 
New Belgium actually took beer, brewed in Belgium (The old one) and combined it with a golden lager (Says the web page) brewed here in Colorado. The Cherry Lambic was brewed a full two years before it made its way to Colorado. This means that someone was thinking about my drinking enjoyment long before I had ever even heard of Kriek beer. 

I find it very interesting that they chose to brew a lager instead of an ale. And I’m not really sure which they used. The web page at New Belgium says that it’s a lager, but the bottle says ale... Go figure. Either way, it’s beer! And either way, I’m certainly glad they chose that rout! When you start mixing beer with sour ales, you can very quickly muddy up the flavors and end up bottling something that is very mediocre! I think that their choice whether it was ale or a lager has helped to keep the brightness and refreshing quality of the lambic base.

After the time in the bottle, the malty undertones of the Golden Lager have really started to show, and in fact, have taken over most of the cherry flavor, but not the sour. Most, if not all of the sweetness is gone giving way tot the wonderful earthy notes and a touch of oak that I suspect have been covered by the sweetness.

The finish is crisp and rolls over the back of the throat with an effervescent sparkle that is just tart enough to cleanse, but not so potent as to pucker.

This beer took some time and thought to produce. The brewers didn’t just wake up one day and say “let’s make a Kriek.”

No, this took years to make, and it took me more than two years to store! This beer reminds me of why I cellar beer. It was good before, but it’s great now! I wish I had more that three left!

Check back in on Thursday, we’ll share a snort of Rum!

Have a great week till then!

~Cheers

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Wire rack to hold your beer firmly in your chicken's ass!
Last night on the Television, I saw an ad for one of those trendy “Beer Can” chicken devices. I’m sure you’ve seen them. It’s a wire rack that holds your chicken upright and holds a can of beer in the middle.

The theory is that you open a can of beer and set the chicken down onto the rack then grill it. The steam from the beer is supposed to flavor the chicken from “The Inside” and hopefully your grill gets hot enough to cook the top of the bird.

With people having such a fit over some of the chemicals and processes that American Agriculture puts into their food, I find it hard to believe anyone could think this is safe!

Beer cans are lined with plasticizers to prevent the aluminum can from giving you Alzheimer's, and they are painted! Doesn’t that sound like something you want in your food?

They work great for what they are intended to do, which is hold and dispense COLD beer! What would make anyone think that it is a good idea to heat them is beyond me!

Image from Frank's Red Hot!
I suppose that the idea is sound, and may produce a chicken that’s pretty tasty! But this strikes me as a seriously bad idea! Especially since some of us may have a beer or two or three before the chicken goes on the grill in the evening, and may not be thinking 100% clearly when we decide to add smoked paint, plasticizers and whatever other chemicals the hot alcohol vapors can strip from the can to our food.

If you think I’m just being an overly cautious little sally, grab a can of beer and a torch. Heat it up, breath in the smoke that comes off of it, and call me from the hospital! (***DO NOT BREATHE SMOKE FROM A BEER CAN!***)

All Stainless? MUCH BETTER!


If you get one of these gadgets, please find a stainless steel cup to pour the beer into!

As an alternative, try soaking your chicken in beer over-night. Or better yet, skip the trendy injection kits and head for the vet supply store. Grab a 50cc syringe and the biggest needle they have and inject the beer deep into each muscle (of the chicken... Not you!) before grilling. That’ll get the flavor in there for ya!

Whatever you’re grilling, or how you’re cooking it, be sure to share it with friends and family!
Summer is here! Eat it up!

~CHEERS

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series