Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Solong 2014

As the sun sets on 2014, we take a little time to show respect and gratitude for our friends and family and the fun times we have had.

We shall not look back with sorrow or regret, we shall look forward to the fun that is on the horizon.
We hope you join in once in a while and hang out with us either here at BigKahunaBrew.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

We cant wait to see what kind of fun we will have in 2015! Come on and let's get it going!

~Cheers and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Remembering!

Have you ever stepped foot onto the USS Arizona Memorial?
We have, and it's a feeling I will never forget!
We thank those who served and remember the friends and family that were lost on this day back in 1941!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Repeal Day

Happy Repeal Day!
On this day, 81 years ago, Americans regained one of their freedoms!
Celebrate responsibly!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Welcome to December

Happy December Friends!
Who has plans to make it to a warmer climate this month? Heck, who has plans to make it to a cooler climate this month? Any beer based adventures in your near future?


Monday, November 24, 2014

Good Morning 11-24

We love Mondays! We just wish they didn't start so early!

Your week has as much potential on a Monday morning as it is ever going to have, so get up, get out and do something positive!

Have a great day!

Good Morning peeps! Who wants some Cuban Coffee to get the week started right? The world famous Cuban Coffee Queen in Key West will get you moving in the right direction!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Swag giveaway

We make no bones about it; Papa's Pilar Rum is our favorite spirit on the market! Not only is it amazing rum, but it stands for everything we support! Adventure, freedom and fun... Just like our fictional pal, Buck Reilly.

That makes this the perfect pair! Enter to win and you could be rocking some sweet swag and reading the best adventure series around.
You could win The Buck Reilly Adventure Series Holiday Gift Bag and avoid Black Friday shopping!
The prize includes:
-$150 Amazon Gift Card
-Signed copies of the Buck Reilly Adventure Series includes Red Right Return, Green to Go, Crystal Blue and Second Change Gold 
-Papa's Pilar Rum Messenger Bag, Luggage Tag and Money Clip/Swiss Army Knife 
Open to U.S. residents only. Must be 21 to enter. But if you're under 21, you probably shouldn't be here anyway! 

Check it out and enter HERE: John H. Cunningham giveaway

Ready for another Beach Day!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brewsees sunglasses

Every solution has a problem.

That’s what I thought when I first saw Brewsees sunglasses. If you haven’t seen them, they are sunglasses with a built in bottle opener.

 I mean, doesn’t everyone wear a wedding ring for opening their beer? And how good could sunglasses be that open a bottle without breaking?

As I followed Brewsees on Twitter and Instagram, I began to see the uniqueness of their product and began to think that it may not be just some stupid gimmick.

When their new wrap around style came out, I decided the time had come and contacted the people at Brewsees.

The sunglasses show up in my mail box, well packed and ready for action. But what hid inside that cardboard box was more than I expected.

In this day and age everything is getting smaller and lighter. Some sunglasses are so light and fragile that I’m afraid to put them on my face for fear that a good hard stare will break them in two.

Not the case with Brewsees. These glasses are truly built to open bottles with the built in opener at the end of each bow. They are steel reinforced and feel quite heavy and well built.

But let’s be honest, you wear shades for protection from the sun, not the freedom to open bottles at will. If you wear Brewsees, you get a 2 for 1 deal here.

The polarized lenses block 100% UV rays and make the world look crisp and clear. Glare is a thing of the past, but you will have to hold your head at a funny angle to use an iMac, as the polarization makes the screen disappear. (Cool but useless fact) That is, if you are the sort of guy or gal that wears sun glasses to work at your computer.

As for their ability to stand up to repeated bottle openings? As long as you follow directions, I think you’ll wear out long before your Brewsees eyewear.

These do take a bit of getting used to, as they don’t wrap the back of your ear like the shades I usually wear, but in a day, I was good.

I also found that their slim style makes them fit my fat head (7 5/8 Hat size) a little strangely. It takes even longer to get used to people asking you about how you are opening bottles for everyone with your sunglasses. EVERYONE takes notice of your new found talent.

With a sleek modern design, everyone looks good in Brewsees, but bald guys especially highlight the design on the ear pieces, because everyone can see it... Let’s face it, bald guys just rock.

Check out www.brewsees.com to get you own pair and check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. #pryfarer

You’ve never looked so good opening a beer!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pure Gold in Second Chance Form!


Welcome Back to another Buck Reilly winner penned by our favorite Caribbean author, John H. Cunningham.

If you haven’t read the first three installments of the Buck Reilly Series, I’d suggest you hit Amazon and read Red Right Return, Green to Go and Crystal Blue. But you don’t need that background to enjoy Cunningham's newest, Second Chance Gold.

 In Second Chance Gold, Buck Reilly takes his seaplane from the Hudson River in New York City down the keys through Key West and on to the sunny Caribbean and the treacherous landings on runway 10 in St. Barts.

Some of the world’s richest people have Buck trekking about the Southern Caribbean looking for clues to the disappearance of a family member. You don’t think ‘ol Buck Riley could hit the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean without a little treasure hunting do you?

With Reilly’s past misgivings from his former business, eAntiquity, nothing is simple, and every twist and turn has this flying, salty-soul facing a skeleton from his former life as a rock-star-treasure-hunter.

Not that anything with the FBI is ever easy, but dodging a special agent that has your cell phone number and being a  potentially wanted man can certainly make clearing customs an interesting adventure.

This tail spins from shore to shore, and as you would expect from Cunningham’s books, you get the stunning detail and character development that has you picturing it all in your mind.

Shady treasure seekers from the Dominican Republic, famous French explorers, adversaries Buck thought he had left in Cuba, colorful locals, sunny shores, rum drinks and beautiful women... Romance and more treasure! What more could you ask for in an adventure novel.... Airplanes? Yes, Second Chance Gold is chock full of floating airplanes and history.

Besides the death defying heroics of Buck Reilly and the solid supporting cast, there is even more to keep your attention. I know I’m taking a risk of sounding cliché, but you will laugh, you will cry, you will shout out loud!

This adventure will have you living the life of the rich and famous and enjoying the simple life of the poor and happy.  It will have you thinking about becoming a pilot and planning a trip to the islands.
Many series begin to go to hell after the first few installments, but the Buck Reilly series simply continues to grab your imagination and keeps getting better!

Pick up your copy as-soon-as-possible and start living the dream through the shoes of Buck and his gang of misfit friends and acquaintances.

Second Chance Gold is pure gold in my book, and is 100% Kahuna Approved!
Get your copy  NOW at Amazon! Start your adventure today!

Monday, September 29, 2014

What drives you?

We are all quite well aware of the saga that has become the electric car.

Very good companies like General Motors have had great failure in producing reliable, long-range versions, yet one company continues to build a cult-like following and continues to grow and grow.
Tesla is a company that is certainly doing things right. Well, as right as you can with huge government subsidies to keep your business afloat.

Tesla, named after the famed inventor of modern AC current, and of so many other electrical advances, builds cars that are 100% electric.  No, you can’t top it off with gas if you run out of juice, and no, you don’t charge the batteries when you ride the brakes.

Charging at the Super Charger (FREE) in Limon Colorado.
What you do get, is a seriously long-range electric car that will spoil anyone... Yes, even the BMW owner or the Mercedes Maven and the Lexus Lady.

I had the luck to speak with Richard Levy at the charging station in my home town. The Tesla charging station is a bit of an anomaly, as none of the locals seem to know what the hell it is, or how you use it.

Richard was traveling a return trip from Northern Maine to Albuquerque in his Tesla model S.  And this isn’t the first time he’s done it.

When I introduced myself as the Big Kahuna, (Driving a filthy dirty farm pickup and toting my son who was fresh from football practice) he didn’t seem too impressed, yet still took the time to chit chat with me and answered all of the intelligent questions that I could throw at him... And most of the really stupid questions as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ICE BUCKET

Well, it took a while, but our friend  +Ben Pape AKA @Hopperbolic has nominated us for the ALS Challenge.
In return, we are nominating @BgKahuna our friend Brandon Orr with Nebraska Brewing Company and Shawn Martin from +Coastlines and Tan Lines

Support ALS Research and awareness, nominate your friends!

~Cheers!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daiquiri Day 2014

It doesn't get much more elegant or simple that a good daiquiri. Since today, Saturday, July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, we thought we'd share a little lime and rum goodness with you!

No, I'm not talking about the slushy machine versions of the daiquiri we have been inundated with over the years, the one that comes in every flavor from strawberry-mango to Chicken and Waffles.

We are talking the real life daiquiri, fashioned from ingredients that just cannot help but bring tropical memories to your glass.

This was the drink of choice for one of our inspirations, Ernest Hemingway. But do you know how to make a proper daiquiri? Enjoy this great video from the makers of the "Official" unofficial rum of BigKahuna, Papa's Pilar.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Are you here for the beer or the glory?


I only ask this rhetorical question because of a new change in the official definition of "Craft Beer" by the brewers association. One of our local news channels covered the story HERE.

Apparently, at some point, the brewers association considered craft brewers to be the people who were "small" and "independent" and apparently only included breweries following the German Purity definition as set forth in Reinheitsgebot, which was introduced in 1487 and intended to keep beer pure. Interestingly enough, it was the first consumer protection law on record.

As I see it, a craft beer is more than a name or a definition! I have the ultimate respect for those who are crafting ultra high quality products in the Bavarian tradition using nothing but water, malt, hops and if absolutely necessary, yeast.

The Brewhause at KC Bier Company
We had the opportunity to sample some amazing brews, including the very first batch of beer, and a few samples directly from the fermentation tanks, at the Kansas City Bier Company last April. I have absolutely no issue labeling this traditional, small and independently owned brewery, "Craft Beer!"

As I define "Craft Beer" a lot of brews qualify for the title! Notice I didn't say breweries!

Let us take Miller 64 for example. It is brewed by a massive corporation..... Um... Well... Ok, so I am joking about 64! But all jokes aside, how long before New Belgium is successful enough to eliminate themselves from the "Craft Beer" label?  Does their company success take away from the quality of their brews? Do odd ingredients like Lychee, cocoa, pepper or flowers take away from the innovation of the brew masters? Would a grain bill that included rice really make you think less of your summer cooler beer?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Crab Daddy's

There we were, sitting at the beautiful Sirata Beach Resort... Watching it rain on our vacation! But not to worry, we had a car and a guide book, and it was time to eat!

Florida vacations mean lots of different things to different people, but I’m going to be perfectly honest; we go to eat.

Our vacations typically consist of copious amounts of seafood interrupted by periods of relaxation. We love to get the fresh seafood that you simply cannot get in Colorado. Sure, we have some good seafood restaurants, but it’s just not the same as having fish next to the water.

We read about a new restaurant / pub called Crab Daddy’s in one of the brochures of where to eat in St. Pete’s and decided to give it a go.


Located at 678 75th Avenue, Blind Pass Inlet, Saint Pete Beach it was less than a 5 minute drive even with the rain.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A return to paradise!

I am usually a big fan of sites like trip adviser and yelp. Social media has done well for me over the years, and I usually trust it. That said, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to see what is actually being said.

We returned to the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete’s Beach Florida last week for the third time, and I already have $150 stashed for our return next year. I guess that’s all the deeper you need to dig here, but you also know I don’t float any BS here. I just tell it like it is and let you make the decision. But some of the reviews on major travel sites will lead you to believe that the Sirata is outdated and dingy... Simply NOT the case!

The Sirata offers 382 hotel rooms right on the beach including 170 one-bedroom suites (We have never seen the suites).

We have always forked out the extra cash for beach front rooms, but nearly every room in the place has a view of the water, so if you are traveling on a budget there are no worries.

The last time we were at the Sirata was in June of 2012, I wrote about it HERE. They have done some updating since then. There is still a beautiful beach, three pools, one hot tub, three restaurants and they were considerate enough to leave the ocean right where we left it. The updated rooms are beautiful at very least. The color palate matches perfectly with the blues and greens of the gulf that you see just off of the balcony. The beds are comfortable and the AC works well. The footprint of the Rum Runner Bar and Grill has expanded and a pavilion accommodates wedding parties and reunions like a champ!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Means to an end

It's no secret that I hate blogging from the iPad, but since I was stuck on a flight from Charlotte and Tampa, I have no choice.

First, I want to publicly thank US Airways for their world class gate agents. And it's a good thing they have such great gate agents, because the idiot that checked us in in Denver last night made it nearly impossible to get our seats even remotely close together! Kinda important when traveling with children!

Even with this flight having 10 empty seats, they have the second largest guy on the plane sitting next to me, I am the largest! Lol! Good thing weight and balance is pretty forgiving on an A320!

Then there is the deaf mute with African sleeping sickness that has the window seat. I put my ear phones in, I can her her music pounding over my Jimmy Buffett, so I assume she is deaf...or soon will be!

When she walked up to the row, where most people would say something like, "excuse me, that one is my seat," she waved her hands franticly, grunted and mumbled as she stumbled in her fashion wedge sandals and fell into her seat, pulling the window shades down as she sat, buckled up and immediately went to sleep. So I assume she has African sleeping sickness.

Fortunately, I get to fly a few times per year, , so it's not the end of the world, but still, I paid for this seat, you're just passed out, open the damn window!

So well, what can I say, I love flying...as long as I get to be PIC or at least get to sit with my wife, but is the means to an end!

Well, we are gonna be landing in about 15 min, and then we'll be looking for some beach action to bring to you!

To heck with my old schedule of posting, I'll post when I have more funny news, brews or beaches to share.....

~Cheers

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What is Green Beer?

As we approach the impending St. Patrick’s day on Monday, or as I like to call it, “Amateur Night” where everyone will be drinking wearing... and turning GREEN, I must remind people that the term “Green Beer” has real life meaning.

I understand that a vast majority of you have never brewed a batch of beer. A shame really, but a fact all the same.

If I could get the opportunity, I’d love to brew with each and every one of you that visits BKB! But since that isn’t going to happen, I will enlighten you as to the meaning of the term.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Time for Colorado to grow up!

I think it is time Colorado, and plenty of other states grow up a little bit when thinking about their liquor laws.

I know that this is a bold and somewhat political statement, but I think it needs to be said!
Colorado had “Blue Laws” preventing alcohol sales on Sunday for most of my life. Whenever the issue came up, smaller liquor store owners would piss and moan that they cannot afford to stay open on Sunday and only the larger stores will benefit. They claimed that it would put them out of business if they had to be open on Sunday.

 Well, guess what? The are not required to be open on Sunday. Some stores choose to be closed, but the ones that are open, make money just like they do every other day of the week! Funny how that works!

Colorado has looked at allowing liquor sales in grocery stores several times over the last few years. You can purchase 3.2 beer at the grocery store, so I ask why you can’t buy a full strength beer or wine?

Mostly because the liquor store owners are afraid that it will put the small stores out of business!

This fear even has some craft brewers opposing the idea. They think that if small stores go out of business they won’t have anywhere to put their beer. (Apparently they don’t realize that the grocery stores could carry their craft beer as well as wine and spirits!)

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Mark your calendars!


American Craft Beer Week® is just around the corner! May 12-18, 2014

 For the ninth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) a celebration of U.S. craft brewers. From May 12–May 18, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the craft beer revolution via hundreds of events that showcase the innovative and economic contributions of today’s small and independent brewers. Across all 50 states, craft breweries, brewpubs and retail partners, will host exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course pairing dinners, collaboration beers, retail promotions and much more.

 Where will events be held, you ask? Here. There. Everywhere.
Visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar, hosted by CraftBeer.com, for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations in all 50 states.

With more than 2,700 craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year, the observance of ACBW is more relevant than ever. It’s a time to both honor and celebrate the art and tradition of small brewers.

ACBW gives beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and beer geeks in all 50 states the chance to share the renaissance of flavorful, appealing, world-class craft beer produced by American small businesses—the backbone of this country. For the last three years, ACBW was celebrated by breweries, brewpubs and retailers in all 50 states. Last year, more than 55,000 beer lovers were part of the Facebook community and the hashtag #ACBW was used more than 26,000 times in the month leading up to and during the week. With the continued interest in and growing popularity of craft beer, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Rum?

I get asked, "What kind of beer should I order?" a lot. This is an easy question for me to answer... With a question... What do you like? With some effort, I can almost ALWAYS come up with a beer for you to try.

Rum is as varied as Craft Beer and people often don’t know what they like. Everyone has had a beer, but how many people have had a glass of good rum?

Not unlike #CraftBeer, if someone tells me they don’t like rum, I just say “You just haven’t found a rum you like.”

Now, I don’t know if you follow us on Instagram, (If you don't, you should!) but that is where I was asked what rum to try next.

WHEW! That’s a BIG Question, and a timely one at that! Especially given that Rum Bahamas festival starts in 2 days. So, simply put, just go to the Bahamas and find out! No

Ben, aka @Hopperbolic on the Twitter and Instagram is just getting into rum. He is a BIG fan of Craft Beer and often makes me drool on my shirt with the picks he posts. If you don’t follow him, you should! And don't forget his "Significant Other" @TravelingTricia But what to recommend?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Leap of Faith

Ok, Who wants a vacation?

We are all suffering through the cold and snow, pretty much anywhere you look people are complaining about the cold... Unless you look to the south of Florida, and even they are starting to consider socks!

I formed my dream of retiring on a boat about a week after taking my first real job. The unfortunate part, is that I never took that dream seriously. I always figured it was just out of reach and something I could talk about for the rest of my life.  Had I started, any time in the last 15 years, I could probably be writing about fishing instead of books written by people who are fishing.

Leap of Faith, quit your job and live on a boat is a book by Ed Robinson, and is one I’d classify as “Self Help.”

I wish I had read this book 10 years ago! Ed Covers everything from how to save money (A must if you are going to live without a job) all the way to the more intense details of living on a boat.
There is no enlightening magic formulas or secrets. There is nothing but common sense put into words in this book.
Ed gives inspirational examples of crap you already knew, but really just needed someone else to say, so it could sink in!

Simple things like provisioning plenty of bug spray, taking junk out of boxes BEFORE you take it to the boat, and not buying junk in the first place.

This is a country boy approach to retirement! Spend less, save more. Simple as can be! Even if you have no desire to ever touch a boat, this book is worth reading. But if you are interested in living without any cares... Robinson covers the step by step details that you may not have thought about. Things like getting rid of furniture, pictures, dishes.... Pretty much all of it! But that’s the secret and the point.

Robinson covers many aspects of living on a boat, and that makes me laugh as well. Things like planning ahead when provisioning. It is certainly a good idea to plan ahead when you live afloat, ya can’t just run back to Walmart. I laugh at this thought, because it’s pretty much like living in the country! You have to be a bit self sufficient.

I have had Ed Robinson on my Facebook for over a year, but never read Leap of Faith. I don’t know why.... Just never got around to it I guess. And to be perfectly honest, I only read it because I wanted to read his second book, Poop, Booze and Bikinis. But I am certainly glad I read the book, and I will likely read it again. But for now, Ed has me thinking I need to box some shit up and get rid of it!


You can pick both books up on Amazon for just a few bucks each. Heck, they are cheaper than the Red Box movie I forgot to return for a week.... So give them a read and let me know what you think!

~Cheers all!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Breakfast at Harriette's

The secret is out! I love to eat! I love everything about food! I love to cook it, I love the smell of it, I love the sights and sounds of  a bustling restaurant and I LOVE TO EAT IT!

I told you last week that we wished that we could have had our friends and family with us at every meal while we were in the keys. Harriette’s Restaurant at 95710 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo was no exception.

We stumbled on Harriette’s by chance. We went driving in search of Breakfast and something new to see. After 15 minutes of driving, the kids were getting hungry and I was starving. When Kahuna’s Chick saw the quaint teal and yellow diner on the other side of the road and said, “That place looks popular,” I nearly jumped the car through the ditch Dukes of Hazard style.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Last Meal!

Have you ever had a weekend where you wished that all of your friends were at every meal because it is so good?

We had exactly that kind of weekend when we went to Islamorada to kick off  2014!

From Biscuits and Gravy and Conch Burger for breakfast to Conch Salad for lunch to Cracked Conch and Conch fritters for dinner.... I simply love all that comes from the sea, especially Conch!

With Islamorada being nationally known as the sport fishing capital of the world, I’m not surprised that there is an abundance of good seafood available.

But the meal I want to share with you first, was our last meal on our way to Miami to fly home.


When I was 15, my mom and I did the ultimate trip from Miami to Key West and back. I think we stopped at every shell shop and SCUBA store along the way.

Many memories were made that week, but two stick out in my mind. First, we watched the movie Wayne's World at the theater on Tavernier Key, and we ate at a place called the “Fish House” on Key Largo.

So, when I saw that humble little restaurant, I knew right away that I was going to ensure that my wife and kids got to experience some of the best seafood in Florida!

To tell you how great the place is, we waited 25 minutes for a table at 3 in the afternoon. Just too many people looking for great food for the number of tables in the restaurant.

We ordered appetizers of Cracked Conch and Calamari, both were the best of the weekend. And, given the great food we had consumed, that’s saying something!

Jessica and the kids ordered up assorted platters of fried seafood, including conch fritters, clam strips, fried oysters and fried snapper.

I normally don’t dig that much fried food. I prefer my seafood grilled, broiled or raw, but I must admit that I was fully impressed with this pile of fried sea succulence!



I ordered a lobster ruben on marbled rye. Honestly, I think it was 95% as good as the grouper ruben at Frenchy’s in Clearwater... And that’s my all-time favorite sandwich available on this planet!
Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for a plate or two of Key Lime Pie, but I hear it is worth saving room!

So if you find yourself anywhere near Key Largo, make sure and stop into the Fish House! It’s 100% Kahuna Approved!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014: Palm trees and a stiff breeze!

Starting off 2014 with palm trees and a stiff breeze!

I must admit that 2014 is off to a nice start!

The year started with our son stumbling out of his room with 12 seconds left on the ball drop! He made it to the living room just in time to share a nice hug with me and Kahuna’s chick! Then the all-important kiss! It’s kinda like a tradition between me and Kahuna’s Chick!


Safe and easy beach access for kids of all ages!
 Even my first beer of the new year was excellent! I had just poured a Mephistopheles stout that has been sitting in the cellar since 2009! Hard to beat starting a new year with an old beer!

Add a quick 4 hour flight, 2 hours of driving and we found ourselves transported to an island style paradise known as Islamorada!

If you are not familiar with the florida keys, it’s a chain of extra small islands between Key Largo

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series