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.

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