Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So long 2013

As we bid a fond farewell to 2013, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who follows along with us here at BigKahunaBrew! Be it on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, we appreciate you taking the time to share life with us.

We saw some great vacation destinations this year, starting in January with Bolongo Bay at the Rum Shop Ryan Winter Beach Bash, then we hit the sandy shores of Oahu in March.

April was a great weekend "testing" (and tasting) the beach bars in St. John and it's beaches, where we stayed at the Concordia Eco Resort with our good friends from Coastlines and Tan Lines.

The summer months brought our travels and libations much closer to home as we traveled to Alamosa and the Sand Dunes National Monument. It's like the worlds biggest beach!

In September, we met up with all of our crawling friends on Duval Street in Key West Florida, where we had the third-annual Conched in Key West Bar Crawl and were introduced to a magical product called Papa's Pilar Rum! The new "Official" Rum of Big Kahuna Brew! We simply LOVE it! 

We sampled some fine rum, quaffed some excellent beer and basically got lost in the food we were able to eat. All of this has been accompanied by some great cigars thanks to the peeps at Thompson Cigar!

We have shared a majority of our good fun with you, and look forward to getting back to some more regular posts in 2014!

Thanks for sticking around!

~Cheers to a fantastic 2014!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Craft Beer's continuing growth

Boom! CraftBeer!

It is a good time to be a Craft Beer fan!

Like Premium cigars in the early ‘90s, Craft Beer is still exploding here in the U.S. And is quite literally a billion-dollar business.

According the the industry annalists at the Brewers Association, American Craft Brewers sold an estimated $10.2 billion worth of beer in 2012! That's up 10.2 percent from 2011.

In 2012 we saw 409 new craft breweries open and only 43 closings. What other industry is seeing growth and sustainability like that?

Bottle cooler at Triton Brewing
Functional and diverse business models along with a passionate customer base are helping to keep this trend moving forward.

Many, if not most breweries have tap rooms where you can sample the freshest examples of their craft. Many of those tap rooms even have small bottle coolers like the one at Triton Brewing in Indianapolis Indiana.

I should point out that Craft Beer is a niche in an otherwise bland and pale market. Overall beer sales were only up by a scant 0.9 percent in 2012, while the import beer market was up a full 1 percent. This tells me that people are looking for a better beer!

This market explosion has been cause for plenty of celebration and optimism in the beer community, and people are still betting their lives on the industry.

Take our friend Rob Fullmer for example. He recently quit a decent job in the normal business world to take over as the Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. He will be helping to shape and grow the future of Craft Beer in his state, which of course flows out into neighboring states and thanks to beer trades, across the nation.

Interesting fact about Rob: He is the reason BigKahunaBrew was created. He was our first follower on Twitter (Twice) and he is the man that introduced me to LaFolie, perhaps my favorite beer of all time.

LaFolie, as if you didn’t know, is part of the New Belgium Lips of Faith line of beers. This line is a specialty lineup put out by the Fort Collins Brewery consisting of wood aged, off the wall or specialty brews. They are a little hard to come by, but normally well worth the work once they are in your glass.

My newest acquisition from this line is the Coconut Curry Hefeweizen. We will be sharing this brew with you sometime after the first of December.

The Lips series currently consists of 11 brews, and is constantly expanding and contracting, so it takes some attention to keep up with what is going on.

Add to that, all of the collaboration brews that New Belgium is working on, the brewery expansion projects and you’ve got one brewery that is really moving and shaking!

My only complaint is that with so much new beer hitting the market, limited editions, special runs, collaborations and Pro-Am type beers, there is simply no way to keep up.

There was a time, just three or four years ago, when I could tell you the brewery location, head brewer’s name, hop variety and other tid-bits about my 10 favorite beers. Now, in today’s market, I can’t even pick 10 favorite beers.

Hell, I’m lucky if I can pick 10 favorite categories of beer. I tend to lean toward the strange, the over-the-top or the innovative. But I’m still a sucker for the classics. I’ll take a well brewed mild any day. IPA? YOU BET! You’ve got a stout? I’ve got a glass!

The new beers on the market are providing a great opportunity for those with the notion and the budget to keep seeking out what is new and delicious.

I do want to encourage everyone to remember to be gentile and keep trying to convert BMC drinkers. If we want to continue the success of our Craft Beer industry, we must keep promoting what we love to those who are still stuck in the shadows of the watery, fizzy, yellow beer.

I hope you are planning on a great weekend, and if it fits in your plans, reach out to the local beer scene and try something new!

Have a great weekend peeps!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Beers

Are you a fan of holiday beers? We certainly are! But what to serve your guests? The options can be a bit overwhelming!

Fortunately, the folks at Craftbeer.com have compiled a list of beers that you can serve with pride and confidence at your Thanksgiving feast.

The following is a preview of a great article by Andy Skelton  focusing on Thanksgiving beers, see the rest at Craftbeer.com

Thanksgiving Craft Beer Shopping List

By Andy Skelton
Thanksgiving Craft Beer Shopping ListThe feast is the pinnacle of Thanksgiving, but this year I urge you to share your focus with the amazing additions your favorite craft beers can bring to the dinner table. Beer can both satisfy and accentuate every dish on your holiday table better than any other beverage. It’s also perfect for toasting and sharing amongst family and friends.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, ask your guests to bring a growler, a couple of bombers or a six-pack of their favorite beers to pass around the table with family and friends. Beers from around the country will unite at the table in the same way as your visitors and family.

Here are a few style suggestions that will pair nicely with common Thanksgiving day dishes. These beers will help open the eyes of guests that might not be aware of the beautiful beverage of craft beer.


Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkins seem to go hand-in-hand with fall, and it just so happens that pumpkin ales are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. They’re the essence of the season captured in a bottle, complete with a dark autumn hue. Some pumpkin ales have a rich pumpkin flavor, while others focus on the spices often found in pumpkin pie like nutmeg and all-spice.

A pumpkin ale is a great beer to crack open before the meal. The spices in heartier versions can be overpowering for dinner, so it’s best to enjoy them while the rest of the company shuffles in. If you prefer to have a pumpkin ale while at the table, I suggest having it alongside a slice of actual pumpkin pie. Depending on the particular bottle, the beer might compliment the spices of the pie, or lessen the sweetness if the beer has a relatively high ABV.
Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin ales:

Read the rest HERE

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The dreaded “Flavored Cigar”

When I first started blogging, I made up my mind that I was going to avoid complaining as much as possible. I am not here to share every beer that I don’t care for, or run down every restaurant with crappy service. I have also made a commitment to you, the readers of this blog, that I will NEVER feed you a line of bullshit for an advertiser or to gain favor with a company. I’ve tried to maintain a balance of steering you away from the really bad, and featuring the really good.

This was all made very clear when we partnered up with Thompson Cigars for a series of cigar reviews.

I suppose we both knew that there would be the time that I’d have to write about a cigar that I just hate. This could be good for you all as well, because sometimes knowing what someone doesn’t like is as important as knowing what they do. It really helps form a baseline for how much salt you need to take with their opinion.

I had (Very unfairly) decided ahead of time that this time had come when they sent me a “Victor Sinclair Shots Spiced Rum” cigar to try.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

199 years since the beer flood

Today is the 199th anniversary of the London Beer Flood of 1814. We have all heard the story a few times, but our young writers took a fresh approach to telling the story, and I thought you all might enjoy her findings. 

Enjoy, and in honor of London, please don't spill your beer today! 

by Marissa S.

On October 17, 1814, a deluge of beer swept through a neighborhood in London. The foaming crest flooded business buildings and homes alike, wreaking havoc everywhere it spread. The catastrophe came to be known as the London Beer Flood.

The flood began at Henry Meux’s Horse Shoe Brewery, which exclusively brewed porter. Late in the day, a 22-foot-tall vat exploded, filling the room with beer and causing the other vats in the room to likewise explode. With nowhere else to go, the dark ale crashed through one of the brewery’s brick walls and out into the streets. Overall, 300,000 gallons of beer flowed out of the Horse Shoe in a wave 15 feet tall.

The porter raced out into the adjoining neighborhood, filling basements and ground level rooms and apartments. Buildings collapsed as the beer tore through walls in its path, people and their possessions were swept up as the wave careened along. In one house, a woman was washed out of an upper floor window and injured. An American walking along the street that the beer used as its river bed later wrote that he had been swept up by the porter and carried along until he was plucked out of the sticky stream by rescuers. Others were not so lucky. At a wake being held in a basement beer sloshed in so quickly that the mourners were not able to escape. Mary Mulvey, her young son Thomas, Ann Saville, Elizabeth Smith and Catharine Butler joined the ranks of the dead. Two little girls, Hannah Banfield and Sarah Bates, died when the ale smashed into their homes and carried them off. Back at the Horse Shoe Brewery, employees had also suffered. Two were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Eleanor Cooper, a bar maid, had been killed when the porter knocked through the brick wall of the brewery.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fire from the garden

I have a rule that I try not to break...EVER!

It’s a simple little rule that requires me to have respect for those hot little gems of glory that come from the garden we call hot peppers! The rule: DON’T WASTE THEM!

This can be challenging when you have a friend give you a grocery sack full of  the hottest Jalapeños to ever curse the plains of Eastern Colorado!

Normally, Jalapeños are easy enough to deal with around here. Can them, pickle them, chop them up in the morning hash browns or leave them on the counter for fresh munching. But not this batch!

I knew something was up when I was told to come take what I wanted. “Just get them out of there,” he said. To the garden we went and cleaned off the plants. All total we had about 4 pounds of fresh, plump, green jalapeño peppers in a plastic grocery sack. (No, I didn’t pay $0.10 for the plastic bag!)
During the ride home, the kids kept complaining of smelling burnt plastic. I think the peppers were trying to burn their way to freedom! (That didn’t really happen)

Over the course of the next three days, I tried every method imaginable to make these things eatable, all with no success. I even tried soaking slices in pickling lime, then soaking in white vinegar for three days before canning with a lot of sugar and salt. I had hoped that the fresh baths of vinegar would leach some of the HOT out of the peppers, but I was wrong.  And before anyone asks the obvious, yes, I tried seeding and de-veining them. I also tried fire roasting, freezing and soaking in Gasoline... Which resulted in a small fire. (That didn’t happen either)

While brainstorming about the potential large number of peppers that were certain to go to waste if I didn’t think of something quickly, I decided to make hot sauce!

Using the skills I learned from making sauerkraut for the last few years, I chopped the peppers and salted them. I figured that being an alkaline food, the peppers could use a little more salt than the cabbage. I usually salt cabbage at 5% by weight. I decided to go 7% for the peppers. They are also a bit less juicy than the cabbage, so I figured the extra salt would help draw out some more water.

I then poured the fiery mix into a glass 2 qt. Container as tears streamed down my face and it became hard to breathe. These are some serious peppers. I’ve dealt with habanero peppers that were not as hot as these jalapeños.

The following morning, I am very pleased to see some bubbling activity! This tells me that there is some biological activity beginning in my jar! SUCCESS... well, assuming that it isn't the peppers eating away at the glass jar.

I will be adding oak cubes at some point in the near future. Wish me luck and hope the peppers don't immediately ignite the wood!

We will be letting this age for as long as I can possibly manage to leave it alone.

When all is said and done, the mixture will be strained and mixed to a normal heat level with white and apple cider vinegar.

Have you made hot sauce? Have you made fermented hot sauce? I’d love to hear your stories!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Art and life

Not much beats waking up to the tropical sounds of birds singing, palm fronds rustling in the breeze or the crash of waves on the beach as the morning sun starts to cook up some humidity. Except when you get all of that and the sounds of some smooth jazz, the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the realization that you are in Key West!

I’m not the first person to fall in love with the tiny island where the highway begins (or ends, depending on your point of view). Proof of this is the endless list of people who have called Key West home. From Jimmy Buffett to Ernest Hemingway, not to mention the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Tennessee Williams and so many others.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Water Water Everywhere!

Brewers Publications Presents:
Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

Take the mystery out of water’s role in the brewing process

Boulder, CO • September 23, 2013 Ingredients like hops, barley and yeast are widely understood by brewers, but one element is often overlooked: water. Brewers Publications is pleased to announce the release of Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski, which will help brewers who have long been flummoxed by the liquid’s complex chemistry.

The third book in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, this detailed guide is the first book solely devoted to the use and treatment of water throughout the brewing process. From an overview on sources, quality and geography, the book shows brewers how to read water reports, understand flavor contributions, and adjust the chemistry of brewing water. A discussion of adapting water to styles of beer, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, mash pH, brewery process water and wastewater treatment is included.

“If you don’t get the water right, neither will you succeed with the beer,” said Charlie Bamforth, professor of malting and brewing sciences at the University of California in a review on the book. “Water is a precious commodity, from its availability, through its quality, right to its departure down the drain. It demands respect and that is precisely what it receives in this book, which is packed with valuable information, calculations and best practice guidelines for brewers large and small.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ready for Key West 2013

Ready to travel!

Nothing new there! I am always ready to see new things and eat new foods, but I’m especially excited to get back to Key West this year!

Key West is one of those special little places where you can always find something new. Be it a new bar, a new restaurant or simply a piece of architecture that hasn’t caught your eye before.

The history of Key West is strange, exciting and full of twists and turns. I have never read a history book that reads like a murder mystery / romance novel... But Key West is exactly that!

From the haunted buildings and cemetery tours to having drinks at Captain Tony’s, the town is full of excitement. Captain Tony’s is in the building that housed the town’s mortuary for years, and the tree that grows through the middle of the bar (and out the roof) was used as the town’s gallows before that. Add the fact that Jimmy Buffett scrawled his idea for “Last Mango in Paris” on the wall in the men’s room, and you’ve got a genuine Key West experience in one building!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo

With a shiny dark brown corojo wrapper and box-pressed robusto shape, Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve may be one of the more inviting cigars I’ve smoked in a while.

I must say that the box-pressed shape always makes me happy! I don’t know why, but I like the way they smoke, and I like the way they feel in my mouth.

 This $4 Honduran beauty was sent to me a few weeks ago by the good people at Thompson Cigars, and has been peacefully resting in my humidor since.

Sniffing the wrapper reveals a smoky, earthy character that seems to fit the looks of this beauty to a T!

Construction was very nice, no nicks or dings and the structure was firm and even. No soft spots and not at all spongy.

Striking fire to any cigar usually means busting out a Zippo for me. Lots of “Aficionados” will tell you that this is a terrible way to light a puro. The oil in the lighter adds a considerable amount of impurities and flavor to the flame.

Normally, I like this. It’s just how I like my cigars. But for you, I chose to light this stick with my Xikar torch lighter to ensure I didn’t add any flavor.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Worth The Wait

I have been on pins and needles for months while waiting for the new book in the Buck Riley series, "Crystal Blue"  to become available!

Author John Cunningham has masterfully toyed with my emotions since some time in January or February; whenever I realized a new book was nearly done. With every tweet and every Facebook photo, I would get excited with anticipation, hoping it was the release of the new book!

The other thing that Cunningham does masterfully well, is character development. This has always been one of my favorite things about his books.

At some point in the first 3 pages, you would recognize the main character if you saw him on the street.

The character development combined with straightforward story lines that are full of twists and turns, and a very linear writing style, make it no secret that Cunningham is one of my favorite authors these days!

If you have ever traveled the Caribbean or watched old pirate movies you will recognize the sights and sounds that Cunningham paints in your mind!

With characters traveling to actual places, that I very much enjoy, its easy to keep my attention! At one point, Buck was at the "Beach Bar" in Cruz Bay on the island of St. John!  I actually wondered for a split second, if he saw my Kahuna Sticker on the door..... That's what I call being wrapped up in a book!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Happy Birthday to the Duke!

The Original Big Kahuna!

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was a Hawaiian swimmer, actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. Kahanamoku was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.

“The Duke” or “Big Kahuna” became America's shining star when he took home Olympic medals in 1912, but he didn’t stop there. He also brought home medals from the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.  Of course this all happened long before Hawaii became America's 50th state, just three days before Duke turned 69 on August 21, 1959

The Duke was an iconic Hawaiian and had a born love for the ocean. That's why he is one of the Icons that we look up to!

Also born on this day... My Son! He is the next big Kahuna, I’m just sure of it!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Beer-Rum Punch

In honor of  #RumDay we are posting a day early! Thanks for stopping in!

I wasn't going to do a #RumDay post this year, but I was amazed at the number of people on the Twitter that were asking for Rum Punch recipes! Crap, they are everywhere! You don’t hardly even have to look and you’ll find one. But for a “GOOD” recipe, you’ll have to do some mixing and see what you like!

I can think of several rum punch drinks that really stick out in my head. Perhaps the best I’ve ever had was at the Sunset Jamaica Grand hotel in Ocho Rios Jamaica. That was a trip that we booked using the good folks at CheapCaribbean.com. We didn't care for the area, but the Rum Punch was amazing and the resort was BEAUTIFUL!

Running a close second would be the arrival drink at Bolongo Bay in St. Thomas, where I am always willing to hang my #Castaway hat and call home for a weekend!

The third best EVER... Beach Bar at Cruz Bay on St. John. An eclectic little kick ass joint that is right on the beach, serving up good times, good food, good music and rum by the barrel! If you go to St. John and miss the Beach Bar.... You need to work on your travel and exploration skills!

But I must admit that as a Beer Guy, I get a bit distressed without some sort of malt and hops. So I devised my own version a few years ago that I think you should at least try.

It goes something like this:
2 parts guava nectar
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part OJ
Enough grenadine to turn it all red.

I mix this up at least 4 hours in advance to let the flavors mingle a bit! Rum Punch is a social drink, so there is no reason to keep the flavors from having some fun too!

In a pint glass packed with ice, add 1/2 oz (more or less) Wray and Nephew white overproof and 2 oz (more or less) Cruzan Aged Dark rum and 3 oz Carib Lager. (any light lager will work) Then top with the fruit juice mix and stir gently.

The thing to remember when making Rum Punch is that you cannot use cheap rum. Never use a rum that isn’t good enough to drink on the rocks. You just won’t be happy with the end result. Cruzan Aged Dark is my “Go To” rum. I always keep it on hand and it works for damn near anything without breaking the budget!

***Pro Tip!***

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Papadeaux (Part 2)

The main Course!

Thanks for checking back in!
As you saw from our post on Saturday, the drinks and appetizers at Papadeaux left me less than impressed, with the only real highlight being the fried calamari.

Now we should move along to the main course.

We don’t eat at Papadeaux very often, as it’s a fairly expensive proposition. Especially when we take our two kids. The menu is expansive to say the least, so if you are like us, you will want to take a few minutes and really consider your choices.

There is plenty of fried seafood, steaks, pasta and then you get to my favorite... The grilled seafood.

I have somewhat of a philosophy about food. It shouldn’t be covered with flavoring.

Take Catfish for example. It’s nasty! If you cover it in spicy enough breading, it’s pretty good. But for my money, if it comes out of the ocean, I want to taste the food... Not the bread! So I gravitate to non-breaded seafood selections.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Papadeaux (Part 1)

Ready for some change!

I think you all know that here at BKB, we are pretty diverse food aficionados. We can be equally as happy with a $2 Taco as a $50 Sea Bass.  We dig fried Cheese Curds at the pub as much as a Tiger Roll at a 5 star Sushi bar.

I don’t care if my meal costs $5 or $500 if it’s not good, it’s making my eye twitch!

One of our favorite restaurants in Colorado, the Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Greenwood Village (7520 E. Progress Place) has everything you’d want. Drinks, great seafood, atmosphere out the kazoo and plenty of parking (as long as it’s not the busy hours).

What struck me on our last visit, was the lack of consistency and serious disappointment in their drink menu.

I suppose I should start by saying that I was initially put off by our server who attacked us wanting to take a drink order before I even realized that we had a drink menu on the table. I panicked and ordered a N’awlins Punch, and the wife ordered a drink called a “Swamp Thing.”

Pretty catchy names, and sticking with the “French Quarter” theme, I can dig it. Till they showed up on the table.

My punch was a watermelon flavored mix of vodka, citrus vodka, watermelon, lemon and salt! Its so lumpy with chunks of melon that drinking it through the straw was impossible. There was no balance at all. I would call it cloyingly sweet!

Kahuna’s Chick liked her “Swamp Thing,” but to me, it tasted like something I would have made in High School, when trying to figure out how to mix a drink. The mix of Raspberry and Melon liqueurs mixed with “Slushy Machine” margarita and hurricane. It looks good, but the combination of sweet, salty, melon and lime mixed with the texture issues of syrupy liqueurs mixed with icy frozen drink mix makes for a unique experience... that is not necessarily a positive one.
Hoping for a better option, I hoped for a nice craft beer. No such luck. In fact, the menu lists Dos Equis as “Craft Beer” instead of “Import.” They seem a bit confused!

I tried a “Captains Hurricane.”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

GABF Tickets

From October 10-12, nearly 50,000 beer lovers will convene in Denver for the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). GABF is America’s premier beer festival and competition, and an opportunity to toast the world’s most diverse brewing nation.

This is the one event where world famous (and World Class) brewers, gather behind the table to bring their products to the people!

If Sam or Vinnie has never poured you a beer, you need tickets to GABF!  

Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. MT/12 p.m. ET via www.Ticketmaster.com.

Tickets didn't last more than a few hours last year, so don't be late, and don't forget to have a backup internet connection... just in case!

If you don't know about the GABF, or you're just looking to ramp up your nerves, you should check out some of our coverage from past years Here:

So let's hear it.... Who's going this year? 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

PDR Short Run

When it is too early to start cooking and the chores are done, when the grass needs watched and the afternoon sun melts away any stresses that the day piled on, it's time to grab a drink and a cigar!

Sometimes you just have to give in to the day, and Sunday was just that day for me.

With all of the new tiki torches assembled and the yard mowed, watered and made nice, I grabbed a PDR Short Run Cigar from the new humidor.

This Dominican beauty looks and smells far better than it actually is, but it's still damn fine!

Upon removing the plastic, I could immediately smell those big, rich, full flavors of the Habano wrapper. As it turns out, those big beautiful flavors are a bit timid and hard to find. It's like an extra light maduro wrapper!

The flavors are all there, leather, spice, cedar... they are just very subdued. Which actually worked out very well.

As the afternoon wore on, I realized how enjoyable this cigar was hitting my palate. I wasn't in the mood for an ass whipper of a cigar. Just as how I was content with a rum and Diet Coke, I wasn't ready for a double imperial ass whipper of a beer either.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate Kahuna Style

Happy 4th of July Peeps!

Today is a great day, the sun is shining and the birds are singing!

It's a great time to celebrate our independence from the British, set off some fireworks, drink some craft beers and enjoy friends and family!

This is also a dangerous time, so do the fireworks and crazy cannonballs off the diving board before you imbibe in a bunch of craft beers! I don't want to hear about anyone getting hurt!

We ate our test batch of Pork Butt yesterday and watched some fireworks, tonight I will be rubbing three more butts for a party on Saturday, so we will be eating well and celebrating for days to come! Just be careful!

Have a great day, a great weekend and some great beer!



Saturday, June 29, 2013

How's summer?

Hey everyone! Big Kahuna here, just checking in and hoping your summer is kicking some ass!

We are busy as can be around the Casa De Kahuna this summer, and that's why you're not seeing regular posts from us.

We have visited the biggest damn pile of dirt in Colorado, Sand Dunes National Park, and we have had some beers at some great breweries.  So don't fear... We're still having fun and getting some great stories to tell!

Unfortunately, we don't have any beach vacations or rum distilleries on our events calendar at the moment, but we will see what the budget allows this fall!

With the Conched in Key West bar crawl taking on the super relaxed falling to the way-side, we are likely to even reschedule the get-together in Key West.

Everyone seems to have such busy schedules any more... even those of us who take great pride in going slow and not having busy schedules.

I guess it's time to just relax and have a beer! This looks like a good enough spot for us!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

American Beer goes world wide

American Craft Brewers Set to Sizzle at
Summer Beer Events Worldwide

Beer lovers in the U.S. won’t be the only ones beating the heat with offerings from small and independent brewers this summer. Through the efforts of the Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (EDP), American craft brewers will have a significant presence at a number of international beer events. Included in the summer schedule are festivals and conventions in Brazil, Germany and Great Britain. The BA will also be represented at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

“Global demand for American craft beer is at an all-time high, as evidenced by small and independent brewers in the U.S. exporting their products to new markets around the world at a growing rate,” said Bob Pease, chief operating officer for the Brewers Association. “The full slate of international beer events this summer provides an opportunity for our EDP members to   broaden exposure for their products while reinforcing the Brewers Association’s role in craft beer education and promotion.”

Friday, June 14, 2013

90 going on 93!

What is made by hand, grown in the sun, natural as a bear making poo in the woods, box pressed and rated 90 by Cigar Aficionado magazine?

Why, it's a  FLOR DE LAS ANTILLAS ROBUSTO, of course!

The latest in the run of cigars that Thompson Cigar Company has been sending me for review, is easily the best yet.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gone Fish'n

Sometimes you just have to bust the ‘ol hump during the week so you can sit on it all weekend.

I do not know what “Normal” people do with their time... Well, actually I guess I don’t know what I do with mine either!

Monday mornings I’ve got a pretty good idea of what needs to happen and when, but by Sunday afternoon, when there’s dishes in the sink, cows in the road, kids in the yard and bills on the counter, I have to sit back and wonder where the time went... And what did I do when I wasn’t doing what I should have been!

This is a pretty strange thing to think, but I need to be more careful about how I waste my time! That is to say that I need to be more intentional about it and stop letting it just slip away!

If I get to the end of a day and all I’ve done is sit on my rear end sipping beer on the beach, I call that a pretty successful day!

But if I get to the end of the day and all I’ve done is sit on my rear end sipping cocktails and watching reruns of Duck Dynasty.... Well... actually that isn’t so bad either.

But on the days when I get to the end of the day and have nothing to show for it except a sore thumb from flipping channels and a belly ache from chips and Mtn. Dew... That’s when I feel like I’ve totally wasted the day, and that makes me grumpy!

So, when it became clear that I wasn’t going to do anything useful with my day, I loaded the wife and kids into the pickup and made the 45 minute drive to one of our local fishing holes.

The options are pretty limited here in the middle of the desert, but we found a muddy little pond to pitch our lines into, and heck, the kids even caught fish!

I took along a Macanudo Robust cigar that has been nestled at the bottom of my big humidor for about 15 years. 

This provided me with a nice distraction from the fact that since it’s a day trip and have that 45 minute drive home, I didn’t bring any craft beer to sip on.

Either way, I got to hang out outside all day, Kahuna’s Chick got to catch some rays and the Menehune ran about and didn’t get into trouble!

That’s what I call Fun In The Sun!

Now that we’re safe at home.... Where’s my beer?


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Carlos Torano TORO

What better way to enjoy a Memorial Day Weekend than with a few good cigars?

One stick that I had this weekend was a Carlos Torano, and I think you’d like it if you tried it.
Another smoke in the line of “House” cigars from Thompson Cigar Company, this Nicaraguan Toro checks in at 6 1/2 inches long and a ring gauge of 50.

Its maduro wrapper shines like a new penny and again, I am struck by the near perfect construction of the cigar.

Upon setting fire to its foot, I am quite pleased with the classic maduro flavor, but a little taken with how mild it is. I normally expect a cigar that is this dark to be very full bodied and pack a power punch of flavor.

Medium strong leather and earthyness make up for the lack of punch, and will perhaps make a nice segway for smokers who are new to the extra flavor and body of a maduro wrapper.

Somewhere along the mid point of this smoke, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a big pack of pepper and hard wood. This smoke really picked up in the second half.

This stick can be purchased from Thompson Cigars HERE for $75 a box (20) and I am certain that the rest of the line is going to be just as good.

Have a great week!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Thank You

To the men and women who have served in the armed forces, THANK YOU!

To the men and women partying it up at the lake or in the back yard, Be Careful!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 Governor’s Cup

As you know, we here at BigKahunaBrew.com are big advocates of drinking local. That does not make us experts, but it certainly makes us enthusiasts. That is why we are so excited about the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB), an agency of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, hosting the 3rd annual Governor’s Cup Wine Competition on April 27-28 at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.
Over 220 wines from 32 local wineries were judged by a panel of restaurateurs, sommeliers, chefs, writers and other wine experts from around the country.

It is worth noting that I was NOT invited to the event! (Smart move by the organizers)

“The judges repeatedly raved about the increased quality in the wines they reviewed over previous years.  They showed tremendous excitement over all the Bordeaux red grapes produced in Colorado, including Merlot,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the CWIDB.

The 2013 Governor’s Cup was awarded to Creekside Cellars’ 2010 Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety that originates from both the Bordeaux region and the Loire Valley of France. Cabernet Franc is actually the genetic parent of the more famous Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Colorado Newspaper celebrates with Beer!

The Coloradoan, a Fort Collins Newspaper in Northern Colorado turns 140 this year. What better way to cellebrate than with Odell's Beer?
The folks at Editor & Publisher agree!

Raise a Pint: The Coloradoan Celebrates 140th Birthday with Anniversary Brew

by: Nu Yang / Editor & Publisher
To celebrate its 140th anniversary on April 26, The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, Colo., partnered with local business Odell Brewing Co. to brew a special anniversary beer called Press Pale Ale.  
After some beer tasting at the brewery, the diverse palates of the newspaper’s staffers selected the white coffee pale ale as the paper’s ambassador. The grog was poured at an anniversary party May 2, and guests received logo pint glasses as a gift.   

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colorado Beer Relief?

What do you think about Colorado Brewers getting a pass on excise taxes? 
Is this a great way to encourage Colorado Craft Beer?
Is there any reason to think that the savings will be passed onto the consumer? Meh... that part isn't likely.  It's pennies per serving, but it's a lot of money for the breweries every year! 
Comment.... I dare You!

KUSA - Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would reduce excise taxes for breweries, a measure he said is aimed at creating more brewery-based jobs.

"Colorado is one of the top beer-producing states in the country, and our innovative brewers have rightly earned Colorado as a reputation as the Napa Valley of beer," Udall said in a news release. "These aren't your dad's beers, and we shouldn't discourage brewers from growing their businesses with an outdated excise tax."

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mothers Day!

To all the moms out there in Kahunaville, happy Mothers Day! 

We are all so thankful for all that you have done for us! 

Here us a rum Punch to help you celebrate! 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wine Day

First-Ever Wine Tourism Day in North America to take place May 11

Colorado Wineries hosting a variety of wine events for Local Wine Consumers 

 The first-ever Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, with wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses offering a variety of events to the public throughout North America. Many Colorado wineries will be offering special events to mark this day locally.

“There are now over 7,500 wineries in 205 American Viticultural Areas, 38 authorized wine appellations in Canada, and another 40 appellations in Mexico,” says Allan Wright, president of Zephyr Adventures, the active wine tour company organizing Wine Tourism Day. “Most of these wine regions and many of these wineries are dependent on visitors who sleep in hotel beds, eat in restaurants, and buy wine from cellar doors. Wine tourism is very important to the success of many local economies and is a subject worth commemorating.”

In Colorado, Bookcliff Vineyards (Boulder), Stone Cottage Cellars (Paonia), Whitewater Hill Vineyards (Grand Junction), St. Kathryn Cellars, Meadery of the Rockies, Talon Winery (all three in Palisade), Liliputian Winery, Mesa Winds Winery and Leroux Creek Vineyards (all in Hotchkiss) are all offering special tastings and tours to celebrate Wine Tourism Day. Events range from unique wine and cheese pairings to a “wine and dine” weekend getaway.

“Colorado has more than 100 boutique, family-owned wineries,” says Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. “Most of our wineries are relatively unknown and Wine Tourism Day is a good way to introduce yourself to your local wineries.”

The idea for a Wine Tourism Day comes from Europe, where the European Day of Wine Tourism has been ongoing since 2009. Attendees of the 2012 Wine Tourism Conference, an annual gathering of the industry’s leaders, discussed bringing the concept to North America.

For more information and to find a list of events on Wine Tourism Day, please visit www.coloradowine.com or www.winetourismday.com for national events.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Morning Smoke

The Life of A Blogger.... What’s a man to do?

As a “Good Times” blogger, I am often charged with the duty of eating great meals, traveling to amazing destinations, drinking Craft Beer in the mornings and sharing my limited knowledge of rum with you. It’s a hard life, but I know that you are all waiting to see what’s next! You are my inspiration!

As much fun as that all is, I know that you all understand that I am also the guy that works in the fields, mends the fences, helps the wife with the real business that keeps us afloat and drives kids here and there, all while trying to have enough fun to share with you!

 Not much in this world grounds me the way a good cigar does. A simple stick of hand-rolled tobacco simply has a way of bringing me back to the important things in life, like not much else can.

When I set fire to the foot of  a quality, hand rolled imported cigar, I am taken back to a simpler time! It’s a strange thing to say, but my world almost becomes black and white. I can almost feel the Humphrey Bogart hat on my head, and I can honestly see the crappy old film grain through my sunglasses!  I feel like a combination of Ernest Hemingway and Fred Astaire. Life takes a step back and I take another puff!

I recently responded to a Facebook request from Thompson Cigar Company and found myself in possession of a Toro (6x50) Nicaraguan beauty called Magna Carta.

This is a long-filler, Habano wrapper, hand rolled cigar is manufactured exclusively for the Thompson Cigar Company.

It’s medium strength rating had me somewhat confused, as the wrapper looks pretty light to me.

As with anything that I want to get a truly accurate taste test on, I sparked this bad boy up first thing in the morning. Long before my Chili Dog and Malto-mints could destroy my palate for the day.

The first thing I noticed about this cigar was its construction. The overall appearance is flawless. The cigar is quite even from foot to head, and shows no signs of wrapper damage. There are no scrapes, scars, splits, dings or dents to detract from it’s beauty. It is evenly firm and exhibits a slightly oily sheen on the wrapper. So far so good!

Smelling this stick, fresh from it’s cellophane reminded me of my days sniffing out the best cigars during the 1990’s cigar craze.

A simple earthy, cedary aroma made me smile from ear to ear.

Once I set fire to this stick, I was surprised at how mild and clean it was. Earthy flavors sprinkled with a touch of black pepper keep me smiling, while the woody, outdoorsy character keept me intrigued for what is to come.

Becoming a touch stronger in the second half, the peppery notes crescendo just before giving way to a complex leather and wood character that is still ultimately mild and enjoyable.

Toward the end, I was delighted to find dark chocolate, vegetal fullness and perhaps a touch of coffee. Keeping in mind that I could have been craving coffee at 9 a.m. And this may be all my imagination.
This cigar left a great impression on me, and as luck would have it, served quite well as the first cigar of the day!

I would say that the strongest attribute to this cigar is it’s construction. It was able to hold a 3” ash and never threatened to make a mess of my shirt from dropping ashes. It is evenly constructed and beautiful to look at.

That said, the flavor and aroma compare well to cigars easily double the price, with three times the pedigree and 10 times the media hype!

I can very easily see this smoke making its way into my regular rotation.

Matter-of-fact... I may need to go order a few now!

Have a great rest of the week.... I hope you find something great to smoke!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


As a man who makes 90% of his entire living from the First Amendment, I have felt compelled to speak out against this piece of legislation.

As far as I can tell, CISPA would violate our Fourth Amendment rights and severely limit our First Amendment rights when speaking freely on the Internet!

We typically steer clear of politics here on BigKahunaBrew.com, but this is an issue too big to ignore.  This is an issue that will touch every person reading this and every person with an e-mail account.

Please contact your legislators to tell them that you DO NOT support CISPA!

CISPA makes a mockery of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CISPA “would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government.”

While news media was focused on the dramatic events of last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly approved CISPA, with a vote of 288 to 127.

CISPA allows the government to snoop on private emails. It grants companies the right to disseminate individuals’ sensitive, private information — like medical records — without their knowledge or consent. And it grants those companies broad immunity from civil and criminal prosecution, making them easy targets for government arm-twisting.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thanks to our Military

I have been holding off on posting this video for a few weeks. I just thought that it deserved the right timing.

With emergency workers being called to duty in Boston, Texas and even locally on the highways of Colorado, I thought that this was a good time for me to extend a personal thank you to those who serve.

We truly appreciate all that you do!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eco Friendly

As St. John comes into clear view from the front of the ferry that was delivering us from St. Thomas, one of the first thoughts that popped into my mind, was “What beautiful houses and hotels!” Almost immediately, I thought, “What A SHAME that this beautiful island has been cluttered up with these monstrosities!

One of the finest parts of St. John is it’s combination and balance of the high-end resorts and the unspoiled nature of the preserved areas of the island.

The Concordia Eco Resort embodies that mix by providing excellent accommodations for travelers while maintaining a minimal impact on the natural beauty of the landscape.

Located about 11 miles South East of Cruz Bay, the Concordia is about as far away from the hustle and bustle of the port city as you can get while staying on the same island.

Accommodations at the Concordia range from suites with full kitchen to what they call an ECO Tent, which is a small villa with canvas walls.

The Concordia has much more of a community feel to it than the jumbo resorts where we have stayed in the past. Both of the units that were assigned to our party, were equipped with a full kitchen, refrigerator and even come with dishes and cooking utensils.

Keeping to the environmentally friendly goal of the resort, you will not find things like little bottles of shampoo, air conditioning, or maid service where your room is scrubbed from top to bottom on a daily basis.

The rooms are treated more like your own home for your stay. If you make dishes, you do the dishes.

If you want to cool off, go to the pool, open the window or turn on the fan... Or all 3.

The bio-degradable shampoos and dish soap are purchased in bulk and large squeeze bottles are filled for use.

This eliminates thousands of pounds of refuse every year.

Linens are changed between guests, and you make your own bed. 

The resort offers community grills near the pool area where you can grill up some fresh island fish, burgers or any other treat that tempts your taste buds.

This option certainly can help keep the cost of your vacation down, but only if you can keep yourself out of the Café Concordia which offers a full menu with fair prices and stunning views of Salt Pond Bay.

As you may remember from our trip in January, when we only spent about an hour at the resort, they also offer a rum punch that will keep you coming back for more!

One aspect of the Eco Resort that I considered very special was the staff. The people you meet remember your name after the first time you meet them, and they address you by name when they see you around the resort.

The guests, perhaps just by association, take on the same chill attitude and are a pleasure to be around, again, adding to the community feel of the resort.

If you are seeking a truly unique island experience, the Concordia offers a work program where you can literally push a broom for your room!

The work Exchange Program is an economical way to experience the island of St John and the surrounding United States and British Virgin Islands.

If you’re looking for a little more “Action” for the evening, the Concordia is a short car ride from the small local bars on the harbor in Coral Bay.

Bars like Skinny Legs, The Tourist Trap (Actually at the entrance to the Concordia) and Island Blues each provide something different to offer. Ranging from homebrewed beer to live local bands, if you can’t find fun here, you might just as well stop looking!

We certainly want to thank the good people at the Concordia Eco Resort for their wonderful piece of Caribbean paradise and their world-class hospitality.

After spending three days enjoying the pure relaxation and island beauty, I know that this will not be my last stay at the Concordia.... Hope to see you there!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Great day on the bay

Next to the positive comments from readers, travel is one of the best parts of being a blogger! Nothing compares to the joy a reader brings when they let you know that what you write about brightens their day or inspires them, but the beaches of St. John certainly come close.

We had a great opportunity to stay as guests of the Concordia Eco Resort last weekend, and we were so stunned at the beauty of the location, the quality of the staff and our rooms that we figured a quick video to say thanks was in order.

Shawn from Coastlines and Tanlines and I made this video last Sunday from the beach at Great Lameshur bay.

We hope you enjoy the video and check back later when I get my complete thoughts about the Concordia streight and on paper! 

Thanks for stopping in!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday To My Lovely wife... @CoKahunasChick! AKA Jessica!

Thanks for being "My Girl!"

Love You!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rum and Contemporary Cuisine

It's a pretty rare occasion that I end up calling something "revolutionary."

I don't mean to be sour about things, but seriously, I just think pretty much everything has been done!

One way or another, there isn't much new floating around these days!

Today, I have the great honor to show you something that I believe is a truly revolutionary product!

Rum and contemporary cuisine, by Carlton Grooms and Geoffrey Blythe is a new book on the market that became available for preorder last week, and is available for purchase now. Click HERE to download the book!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Transatlantique Kriek again

Last summer, as I was par-oozing my way around the world of Kriek beer, I brought you a bottle of the first rendition of Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing.

Read up on that article HERE.

At that time I mentioned to several people that I wished it were available again. Fortunately for beer drinkers the world over, the fine folks at New Belgium are, as always, a step ahead of the game.

Partnering with Frank Boon’s Brewery in Belgium, this 2 part ale traveled quite a distance to become one damn fine drink in my glass! 

Pouring a bright ruby red with barely a lasting touch of head, the aroma is bright, sweet and funky. Dominated by cherries and that wonderful brett-like funk that New Belgium Sours are known for.

Flavors of golden malt and a medium-sour flavor lay a grand basis for a floral cherry tartness that really comes together at the back of the mouth.

Further sips, and some more warming of the beer reveals some earthy depth to the beer that is usually reserved for brews that are far thicker and darker than this.

There are flavors from this beer that are a bit surprising to me. There are flavors that very much resemble a hearty brown ale. Roasted grains and oak, and a mossy complexity that is only enhanced by the funky horse blanket thing.

The finish is soft and quick, with not a lot of residual sourness.

I will admit to having paired the second half of this beer with ham, mashed potatoes, corn and abut half a gallon of my wife’s super salty, extra greasy Ham Gravy, known far and wide as the best ham gravy in the house!

The thin texture, the bubbles and the mild acidity cut through it all and worked as an amazing palate cleanser.

I believe this beer would pair well with nearly every decadent meal on the table. Add Duck fat, pig fat, beef, lamb or baked chicken. I cannot think of a dinner this beer wouldn’t work with.

Matter of fact... Bacon! That Is All!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cherry For the Summer!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping in!

I hope your week has been awesome enough to get you through the last few days till the weekend!

Easter Sunday turned out so nice here at the Kahuna House that I just had to wast a bit of time outside with a good brew!

Today I’ll share it with you!

We have Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Ale. Certified USDA Organic and weighing in at a whopping 5.1% ABV,

This little beer pours a red amber color with a very thin and whispy pink head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is mostly cherry with a hint of malt.

The cherry flavor comes through from the start. There is just a touch of tartness as the brew slides down the throat. There is a touch of wheat flavor hiding somewhere behind the cherry, but it’s tough to detect unless you’re looking for it.

I wish I could go on and on about the flavor profile, but it’s kinda simple. It’s just a tart cherry flavored beer. Warm or cold, it’s quite quafable, and I can see myself enjoying several more of these thorough the summer.

A perfect beer for a perfect spring-time afternoon in the sun!

This one seems pretty well available in Colorado, I’ve seen it at most of the larger liquor stores, and several of the stores with smaller craft beer coolers. So if you enjoy cherry juice... Err... I mean... Fruit beer, I would certainly advise you pick one of these up for an afternoon in a lawn chair.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Rum Group!

As you well know, I find Rum to be as rewarding, vast and entertaining as Craft Beer.

Sometimes, an opportunity comes along to share with you, the readers of Big Kahuna Brew, a new industry resource that I think will become huge in the future. This is one of those times!

A few weeks ago, I introduced you all to Bob Davies, a rum guy living in the Turks. He and a group of four other rum professionals have created a new group to provide consultation and information about the world of Rum.

I am lucky enough to call two of the other council members “Friends” and think that you should get to know them all! After all, what’s a pirate without rum?
The following is the press release from their new organization!

Spirits Professionals Launch International Rum Council

Five well known spirits professionals have come together to form the International Rum Council (IRC). Their mission is simple: Promote, advocate and champion the diverse and wonderful world of rum by engaging consumers through events, seminars and focus groups and by producing and distributing one-of-a-kind material on the topic.

The IRC founding members are Dave Russell (RumGallery.com), Bob Davies (Rumelier.com, OldBahamas.com), Mike Streeter (RumConnection.com, Bahama Street Promotions), Nicholas Feris (RumCollective.com) and Carlton Grooms (RumCuisine.com).

IRC members have traveled the world touring rum distilleries, judging cane spirits tasting competitions, hosting rum-themed cruises and speaking at seminars. Most of all, they are known for their published material and have collectively built one of the largest and most loyal online networks of rum aficionados and fine spirits enthusiasts on the planet.

Their first adventure as the IRC takes place this week in Martinique where they will tour the island's famous distilleries as guests of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. In the coming months, the group will travel throughout the Caribbean, US and Europe researching and promoting rum.

Be sure to stay abreast of the IRC's work on their website (RumCouncil.com) and on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Meet our friends

What a busy few days around the Kahuna Castle!

As we work out some last minute details for an upcoming brew, we are also getting things squared away for our upcoming trip to St. John and planning some other fun little escapes for the summer.

We have books to review, beers to share and fun to have!

Today I want to introduce two of our fun friends that Trek around beautiful locals and bring you great coverage of their travels and beautiful photography!

Mango Eddie and Passion Fruit Sista are both  fun people that I think you'll certainly like!

Check out their video and then check out their blog, Caribbean Soul Trekkers!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Aloha Video

Well, I was planning to have a beer to share with you all today, but I changed my mind.

Thanks to a few people giving some very posative feedback, I'm sharing a video with you instead.

Sit back, relax, have a dose of the beautiful island of Oahu!

I hope that little dose of ALOHA helps get you through the rest of the week!

Thanks for stopping in, and I'll see you back here on Saturday!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Multi-Talented Traveler Part 2

Welcome back. We are talking about what you get from traveling, and the different attitudes to take while doing so. Catch up HERE

Two examples from our recent trip include bartenders and tourist attitude.

Our bartenders at Jimmy Buffett’s both grew up less than 20 miles from where we were sitting. When we asked about Cuttlefish, a local snack treat that resembles beef jerky, we were told that we should definitely try it right away!

Sometimes, I'm just a tourist!
I have been seeing Cuttlefish in the ABC stores around Hawaii since I was 8 years old. It always struck me as nasty! Dried fish? No Thank You! And the only people I’d seen eating it were the Japanese tourists that would occasionally pick up a bag as I stood by watching with the astonishment of a country kid from Colorado watching things I’d never seen!

On their recommendation, we tore into the very first bag of soft cuttlefish I’d ever purchased.
Salty, fishy, delicious! This stuff was made for a guy like me! It is exactly what I expected. It tasted like the ocean smells! Very gamey, very salty, very fishy.... The perfect complement to our Long Board Lager!

I have officially wasted 28 years of my life! Because I was too squeamish to taste a local treat while on “Tourist” vacation. What an idiot! This stuff is amazing!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Multi-Talented Traveler

I tend to be a bit of a dreamer. I like to forgo reality and indulge in a bit of escapism. I read a lot of travel blogs and I listen to the stories of anyone who will tell them. I hope that’s why you are here... To listen to my stories.

I must admit that I was stricken by a comment made by my friend Shawn at +Coastlines and Tan Lines  when he said, "Be a traveler, not a tourist."

When we travel, we do it in one of two styles.

We travel to learn. We (Kahunaschick and I) travel to soak in local culture, experience the things we do not get at home. Food, music, history and local flair. This can be a challenge! Just like any of us, the people who live in tropical and eccentric destinations still live life. Just like the rest of us, they get up, eat and go to work. If they are lucky, they have a local beer to unwind with when their shift is over, but then they have kids and housework. They live there. They are not on vacation!

This makes it a bit of a challenge to work your way into their culture in the few days that we have to experience all a destination has to offer.

Often times, I like to travel to destinations where we have a “Local Connection.”  Often times, that means hooking up with a twitter pal or someone who follows this blog to show us the local scene.

Once in a while, it means traveling with someone who is experienced with a destination, and occasionally it’s both.

When we traveled to St. John in January, we were lucky enough to be with a couple who had spent some time on the island, as well as with +RumShopRyan - Caribbean Escape Blogger , a man who may love this island more than any place on earth. Sometimes seeing a location through the eyes of another is quite rewarding!

Our other often engaged in method of travel, is pure tourism. Take for example our recent trip to Hawaii. It’s easy, it’s high dollar, and it’s rewarding as hell! But it still includes some education and soaking in of culture.

When traveling places like Hawaii, I like to do the “Tourist Trap” excursions. I love going to a Luau that picks you up at the hotel, takes you on a bus ride with a smart ass host, telling jokes, tossing in bits of local history and culture, pointing out a few local landmarks along the way and informing you how to get through the luau with the least amount of effort.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Looking for something new

Looking for something new today. Spring is here, the weather isn't!

Let's set our sights to the horizon and see if we can find something new to experience!

Hope you find what you are looking for!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Live at Jimmy Buffett's

Well, it was live when we recorded it anyway! 

This video is a shout out to the organizers of the Conched in Key West Bar Crawl, but also serves as a reminder to you!

The time is NOW to book your weekend getaway for the end of September! Come party with us, come enjoy yourself, come help us raise money for a great charity!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Not that green!

As with everything in life, there are two ways to look at this post!

I have either failed you, by not having some ridiculous story about armature night... AKA St. Patricks Day, complete with stupid stories of puking in the street and photos of green beer... Or at least pictures of regular beer with green trinkets hanging from the glass!

Or, I have let you sail your course on this holiday with your own compass, trusting that you will make a fool of yourself, without making an ass of yourself, have fun and be safe... All without me holding your hand!

You can either believe that I am slacking on the beach in Waikiki, as a lazy beer drinker, wasting the days away and burning my bald forehead in the sun for no good reason, or that I am diligently working to bring you the beach and relaxation from Oahu, as only I, your fearless Big Kahuna could do!

I suppose, I figure that you all have this down! So I've decided to leave you be, while I go in search of a little escape to get you through the hangover and weeks to come between now and mowing the back yard!

In the first 24 hours on the island, we had eaten Breakfast beneath the oceanarium, a 280,000 gallon salt water aquarium, snorkeld at Hanauma Bay, eaten at Jimmy Buffett's and shopped the International Marketplace. Eaten a wonderful Ahi Tuna Salad... Sorry, no picks (too dark) and drank local beer and rum on the balcony overlooking Waikiki beach!

As you head into this crazy holiday of excess and green urine, please do it with caution! I want to share these stories with you, but I will need some time to make it happen!

Enjoy your night out, party it up! Drink lots of water, and be careful!

I don't call it amateur night for nothing!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! May you find fun, adventure and wild times! May you expand your palate, try new things and drink what you like!


The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series