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?

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series