Sunday, December 27, 2015

Time to help out!

Using what you have.

As we clean out the closets, wipe down the desks, set up the new technology and watch streaming movies... We are distracted by the news of a catastrophic EF-3 Tornado in Rowlett TX.

We had a big tornado back in the ‘90s that ravaged our local community, so we know exactly how devastating these events are.

As a newly licensed Ham Radio Technician, I spent some time on the radio Sunday evening. I was talking with folks in the Dallas, Garland and Wylie areas of TX. They indicated a much larger area of damage than the nightly news is reporting. As usual, the news is focusing on the most severe areas and ignoring the wide-spread damage.

DFW CBS Affiliate
Even more storms were rolling in as I signed off of their Ham Network, hopefully they all stayed rain and thunderstorms.

As I’ve done before, and as I will do again, I’m asking all of our friends and family to buy these people a beer!

Take the $10 bill you would use to head down to your local pub and have a brew and donate it to the Red Cross!

We are packing up boxes of the stuff we have collected as we pair down after the holiday, and we will be sending it off to help those in need.

I will also be sending a cash donation, as the need seems to revolve around baby cloths in the Rowlett area, and we just don’t have those any more.

YOU can DONATE TO THE RED CROSS HERE!

I know that the people who visit BigKahunaBrew.com are good people, and I know you will all do what you can. Even if you can’t spare the cost of a beer or cocktail, I know that you will send good wishes, prayers, vibes and any other sort of well wishes to the people who had a really suck Christmas weekend.

Thanks to everyone who tries to help!
~Cheers

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oh, Jamaica!

Many a book have been  penned about my friend and favorite literary character, Buck Reilly! With the release of Maroon Rising, there are now five.

As much as I fancy myself a teller of stories, a chaser of adventures and a man who uses words as my magic, I admit that I have fallen under the spell of John H. Cunningham, as he is a master of all three.
I cannot speak badly of Green to Go, (book 2) Crystal Blue, (book 3) or Second Chance Gold, (book 4) because they are all great, but Maroon was always one of my favorite colors, and Cunningham does seem to have a way with colors! This is my favorite installment since Red Right Return.


I found the search function in kindle to be quite useful because there were a few times when I had to go to look up the places and people in the story. As always, Cunningham is spot on. The meticulous research that goes into each of these books is a big part of what makes them so fascinating to me!
Cunningham had me checking the web for definitions, pronunciation and location of all sorts of places in Jamaica!

Oh, Jamaica... Yes, that is where this story takes us, through Negril, Kingston, Trench Town and more remote locations that you are going to have to map for yourself!

No, Buck isn't a real person, and the stories are all made up, but Cunningham has added a new depth of historical and geographical accuracy to this adventure... Though he is still using a 20 PSI scuba tank!!

That's an inside joke you will understand if you read my review of Book #1, HERE.

After five books of Buck's antics, I hope that Cunningham doesn't ever run out of colors!

In Maroon Rising, we travel through the Blue Mountains, up the hills and down the valleys, we travel by truck, jeep, 4-wheeler and along the coast, by boat and the beast, Riley's Grumman Widgeon.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Free Book!

To celebrate tomorrow's release of MAROON RISING (Buck Reilly Adventure Series Book #5),  RED RIGHT RETURN (Series Book #1) will be FREE on Kindle all week, starting today.

Get on over to THIS LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D8HOSN2/ref=series_rw_dp_sw  and pick up YOUR very own copy TODAY! Then tomorrow, check out our review of Maroon Rising and pick that one up too!

I can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend!

You can check out my review of Cunningham's first book HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Oh Snap!

Well, would you look at that!

My Daughter talked me into snap chat!

At first, I saw absolutely no use for this app, and I still think it’s probably relatively limited, but I have thought of a way to make it interesting.


I have one fairly unique talent. I can make decisions. Right or wrong, based on fact, fiction, situation or personal preference, I’m always quick to make a decision.

So, If you ever think to yourself, What Would Kahuna Do (WWKD?) I have a solution:
Add me on snap chat and send me your decisions.

Confusing wine list? I’ll help you pick.

Need help figuring out what beer to choose off the menu? I can do that!

Standing in front of the rum section at the liquor store and can’t figure out if you want the Abuelo or the Bacardi Silver? Yup... Send me a pick and I’ll help you!

Having a hard time deciding if you want the Ahi Poke or the Swordfish.... Heck, even if you can’t decide between the Big Mac or the Quarter-pounder with Cheese... I’ve got an opinion and I’m not afraid to share.

Take the advice, leave the advice, but at least you’ll know what I would choose.

Of course, we welcome other snaps too. If you follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you know I dig a whole lot of different stuff! So feel free to share away! 

Scan the code above and let’s see what you’ve got!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Talk about Beer!

We need to talk about how we talk about beer!

One of the best parts about craft beer is the fact that you have something to talk about when you meet another craft beer enthusiast.  Even if you have absolutely nothing else in common, you can always enjoy chatting about beer.

Pretty good beer! Worth talking about!
 I love to talk beer with people... Most of the time. Sometimes, I’m just not into it, and that is what leads me to our topic for today.

A few weeks ago, I was accosted by a beer nerd. The guy was obviously very excited to get to tell someone about how he has this, that and something else. How he has tried Utopias three years in a row... but really doesn’t like it... and on and on and on and on......

Normally, I’m up for this kind of banter, but I was preoccupied and dead tired. That opened my eyes as to how I’m sure I sound on most days.

For some reason people always like to challenge me. Ever since I was a kid, I was always the biggest kid in the room. Often times, that meant the little cowboy in the corner with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas and trying to prove to the world how tough he is, would pick me to try and start a fight with.

The same damn thing happens today, when people find out I write a beer based blog.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wheat beer?

Today I face a new challenge. Not that this is anything new.

We were lucky enough to grow a little bit of wheat here in Eastern Colorado this year. This is the first crop of wheat to come off of this land in well over 25 years. We have grown other crops, but wheat was my dad's first love.  I think he'd be pretty damn happy with nearly 6,000 bushels from our little 100 acre field. That's just over 330,000 pounds.... WAIT!  I'm in the wrong business! Most brew stores sell red wheat for about $1.70 a pound.... I could have retired! But alas, we don't sell it that way!

 To commemorate such an event, I'm obviously going to brew something. But what to make? I'm not a big fan of wheat bears as such. I love some beers that have wheat in them, so that is likely the direction I'll take.

 Anyone who has ever brewed with wheat knows that she is a grouchy grain, and will reach up and smack you on the back of the head at any given moment. For this reason, most people stick to flaked wheat and keep it a relatively low percentage of the grain bill. I'm not one to do what "Most" people do! But again, you knew that going in!

Lambics and Belgians often contain quite a bit of raw wheat, so I'll likely head that rout. I want to make something that is a drink right away beer, and something that will spend years in the basement, so I'm thinking I may do a bastardized IPA with almost 50% of the grain bill being raw wheat. Obviously this is going to create some issues with the lautering process, but I think with a nice long protein rest and perhaps a decoction (and about a ton of rice hulls), I should be able to make it work.

For my second brew, I'm thinking I may do a coffee quad! essentially, I'm going to use my normal quad recipe and just replace half of everything with raw wheat. I don't want an over the top coffee presence, so I'll likely just add a cup or two of beans to the secondary and let the beer take what it wants.

 I should end up with an OG of around 1.100 or better, and if the wheat works out like I think it will, I should end up in the vicinity of 1.025 or so. If the gravity stays too high, I'm not opposed to adding additional sugar to thin things out!

That said, I'm also not opposed to aging a beer syrup for years on end. As long as there are enough initial hops and a sufficient alcohol content to prevent anything wonky, It's all a grand experiment, and what fun to see how it comes out! 

I don't know where this project will end up, but I'll be sure to let you know.

Have a great week, and Happy Brewing!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Man Can secures patent

We know that not everyone can grow a big ass manly beard, either due to genetics or obligations to your job (or wife) it's just not for everyone.

Fortunately, MANCAN is doing their part to secure man card!
Their new patent ensures that you will have the genuine article when you go looking for a growler to carry a gallon of brew back to the man cave.

Check out Man Can on the twitter, facebook and online at www.mancan.beer

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dude’s Brews to Release World’s First Cannabis-Infused, Craft Beer

Dude’s Brews to Release World’s First Line of High CBD, Cannabis-Infused, Craft Beer

Colorado’s Two Popular vice Industries, Craft Beer & Cannabis, Combine to produce World’s First Canna-Beer.

(Aurora, Colorado) – Dude’s Brews, the packaged-beer arm of Dad & Dude’s Breweria, (6730 S Cornerstar Way in Cornerstar Shopping Center) has announced a successful campaign to bring CBD-rich, cannabis-infused, beer to the US market.

CANNA-BEER SERIES will be released starting fall 2015 with a sneak peak available during the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The line of beers will be heavily dosed with cannabidoil extracted from the cannabis plant. The first beers to be introduced under the CANNA-BEER series line are SATIVA IPA and INDICA DOUBLE IPA. 

The Canna-Beer Series comes as the much anticipated response to the popularity of Dank IPA, Dad & Dude’s first, and most irreverent, India Pale Ale. Dank, originally released in 2012, came under local scrutiny for its irreverent nod towards Colorado’s blooming cannabis industry. After ten months of prohibition Dank was re-released in 2014.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A brew pub in the mountains


We hope you caught the back story of how we ended up at Eddy Line Restaurant, if not, check it out HERE.

Back to the story, we landed in Buena Vista after ignoring Siri for a while and making her redraw our map a few extra times.

Now, the good, the bad and the Ugly, in reverse order, of Eddy Line Restaurant.

First, the ugly.
The staff was sporting a hectic scowl. I don't know if they were just busy and over worked (This happens to restaurant servers) or if there was a dragon master in the back who whipped each of them as they carried food out, but I never did see one of them smile. I will say that the service was sufficient and the staff was pleasant to the customers.

The bad: you think there is no parking (See the good for rebuttal to that). Half of the men’s bathroom was out of order. This is not a good thing in a place that is packed and serving their own beer.
The forks only have 3-prongs! I know this seems like an odd complaint, but how irritating. I understand it’s trendy and all, but if you’re eating pasta or salad, a smaller fork with 4 prongs is preferable. This was like eating with Satan's scepter.

They go as far as to brag that their beef is “grass fed.” I know this makes a lot of you hippies, greenies, granolas, tree huggers and cardiac patients happy. (That pretty much covers everyone here, right?) As for me, someone who really enjoys food and lives on a cattle ranch, it tells me that it’s not going to taste right. If you like grass fed beef, you are in luck, if you like choice or prime beef... There’s plenty on the menu to choose from. You don’t need a steak or burger at every meal!
The good, in short: The Food and the Beer!

I could leave it at that and figure it to be a complete statement, but I have to rave about a few things. First, start your meal with Green Chili Fries. Cheddar cheese and New Mexico green chili’s are mixed together in a rich and decadent sauce that will make you think, “Poutine” without the meat... But you can add pulled pork to the appetizer if you’d like.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Unexpected trip.


Last weekend, we took a quick trip to the lake with the family.We had a day on the boat, then planned on heading home on Saturday. But you can’t just “Go home” can you?

We had a great time out on the water and even got to see a Sage 17 sail boat at the dock. I will write about these one day!
 
What started out as a quick detour to check out a road we saw from the boat turned into a 340 mile long detour on our trip home. Now that is #KahunaStyle.

We traveled west on Highway 96 from Pueblo Reservoir for a few miles before SWMBO said, I’d like to go see Westcliffe. I said, okay, and we kept rolling west. Just before we got there, we stopped for fuel and the kids grabbed a few snacks.  The town was incredibly busy due to the fair and rodeo being held that weekend, and there were no dining options that looked viable.

SWMBO joked that the kids had just eaten a snack and we should head north and eat at a brewery she had found online a few days before our trip.

Using the free WiFi the town provides along Main Street, we checked the map and not but a few minutes later, we were headed up Highway 69 toward Texas Creek.


When we hit US 50, a decision had to be made. We could go left and travel a few hundred more miles out of our way, or we could go right and end up back where we came from.

 I turned left!

Highway 50 to Poncha Springs, Highway 285 north to Buena Vista. After a short battle with Siri we arrived at 926 S Main Buena Vista, Colorado. A little restaurant called Eddy Line Restaurant @ South Main.

With a little more than 150 miles on the afternoon, including the 20 miles we traveled off road around the lake, we were looking forward to a beer and some food! Especially since we are still almost 190 miles from home







Tune in tomorrow and I’ll tell you about this little brew pub in a Colorado Mountain town!

~Cheers

Friday, July 10, 2015

A day trip to Clearwater.

When we travel to St. Pete’s Beach, we have a few standard stops that we make. One day of our vacation, we always travel up the coast to Clearwater. There are things to see and do along the way, and we love the drive. It is only 20 or so miles, but the trip can take well over an hour, not counting a
 stop at John’s Pass shopping district.

John’s Pass is one of my favorite places on earth. The boardwalk and restaurants are amazing, the spice shop always gets a visit and I pick up a few fresh rolled cigars for my humidor. The cigars are not great, but they are a memento that I like to keep and break out once in  a while, just to remind me of the good times with my favorite people! And to be honest, after a few years in a proper humidor, they are not bad smokes.

The trip north of John’s Pass is all about Frenchy’s! Specifically, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill.  I could write about this restaurant every day for the rest of my life and never run out of good things to say!

The evening is always capped off by the sunset at Pier 60. This is a huge gathering of local vendors and artists selling everything from face painting to hand-made leather goods and jewelry. It’s very cool to see all the things that people can do and sell. Think of it as a mini Malory Square... For those of you who have been to Key West.

I am afraid to say that this post is likely the last one I’ll make about Clearwater. We have shown our kids, we have shown it to my mom, and now we have shown it to my in-laws. The problem is not the drive, and it is not that the area isn’t still very cool; it most certainly is VERY cool.


The problem is that the Clearwater community is building itself out of business.

Parking is such a cluster fuck that you will wish you’d have stayed home before you even get out of the car. New buildings are taking up old parking lots, and the popularity of the area has grown considerably over the last five years.

It took me over an hour to park when we went to Frenchy’s and I had to walk 6 blocks to get back to the restaurant.  I ended up watching the sun set at Pier 60 from the pickup because apparently another 60 minutes isn't enough time to find a parking space. That’s not a fun way to spend precious two hours of your vacation time.
The food tho... Oh My GAWD!

I ordered two meals, because I couldn’t get past the Four Kings plate with Jerk seasoning and the darn Grouper Reuben... you just have to go hungry!

Frenchy’s Rockaway is and always will be my idea of the quintessential beach bar and restaurant. They have great food, great service and the ultimate atmosphere! The oysters are fresh and the beer is ice cold. I don’t think I could ask for more in a beach-side restaurant!

Most of the rest of Clearwater is the same as you get anywhere else along the gulf coast. Mostly tourist traps and ice cream shops.  I am not saying that is a bad thing, I’m just telling it like it is. There isn’t anything there that you can’t get at any of 1,000 places along the gulf.


I will say that if you visit in the winter time... It Gets COLD! Don’t expect a tropical getaway at this latitude in February!  Average temps range from the 50’s to the 70’s. Not good enough for a Kahuna in the winter. But summertime is prime time! When the water temp and air temp are both in the upper 80’s... I am one happy fat man!

I know we have some readers and friends that live in the area, and I am sorry that we didn’t catch up with them... Again!

We would love some local tips for our next trip, perhaps the inside scoop on where to park (like behind the Crabby Bills at the Clearwater Municipal Marina) and when to avoid the abominable crowds?


Thanks for checking in and sharing our great fun.

Cheers!


One of my top 10 place on planet earth!

After sundown Ice Cream at Pier 60!

The Food at Frenchy's can't be beat!

Kahuna Swag and a full beer. Yeah Mon!

Spice so strong, the boy cannot focus!

Blurry, but freshly rolled.... Get Some!

So many colors from one sunset.

Looking at the pier after the sun goes down.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Staying at Guy Harvey's

The Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete’s Beach is a relatively nice hotel with cool gimmick... Guy Harvey!

First, let me tell you why we chose to stay at the Guy Harvey Outpost.

1. Pet friendly.
2. Our usual hotel was booked solid and even telling them that I am the Big Kahuna didn’t magically open up a room.

We absolutely love the area, and I don’t think it matters where you stay, the beach and the water is all the same. So when the Guy Harvey came up as an option, and the price was in line, we were on board. We were traveling with Kahuna’s Chick’s parents, and their dog. Guy Harvey has a separate area for pets, and you don’t have to be anywhere around them if you don’t want to be. 

The best part of the resort is the staff. I wish I’d had spent more time writing and taking notes, because the woman at the front desk, and our housekeeper were awesome! They both had the personality and sense of service that made me sad to leave them after the few days we were there.

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of my favorite parts about all of you is the diversity of people who show up around BigKahunaBrew.com. That makes it easy for me to find topics that someone will be interested in. 
This week, I’m going to focus on a few hard-learned travel tips.

We are very fortunate and get to travel a few times a year. We don’t travel as often as we would like, but a lot more than we used to.  Because of this, we like to make the most out of every trip, and that can mean getting creative with travel planning.

We often take the midnight flight out when we vacation. This means Two tired kids and Kahunas when we get where we are going. This issue is made slightly worse by the fact that most hotels cannot get you into your room until 2:30 or 3 p.m. Not usually a big deal, but if you cannot catch a couple of zzz’s on the plane, you could be in for miserable first day of vacation.

Our way of mitigating this travel trauma is to try and shower just before leaving for the airport and make sure we have blankets and pillows for the kids. Then just do your best to zonk out on the plane for a few hours.

We also think it is best to keep your first day of vacation fairly low-key. You don’t want to bottle-rocket on the first day and be too tired to enjoy the next few days.

Reduce stress by ensuring everything is taken care of BEFORE you leave. This means know how you are paying for all of the additional fees at the airport.

Often times we are sucked in by low fairs, but that can turn disastrous if you are not careful! On a recent trip, we were hit with nearly $1000 worth of fees at the airport. Frontier charges between $15-$50 for each seat at check in. Carry-on bags (Typically free) are $45 and checked luggage is $35 per bag. When traveling with a party of 4 or more, and two of them children, that makes for an expensive hit at the gate that could have easily been avoided by traveling on a better airline.
If you don’t know about these fees, they could put you in a serious bad mood to start your trip!

Travel as light as possible. Easier said than done... But you are on vacation, not a fashion show. You do not need 3 different outfits for every day.

If you are on a beach vacation, take two swimming suits so one can dry while you wear the other. Take some extra shoes and don’t worry about bringing high heals or your wing-tips. DO make sure that you have proven shoes. Blisters and sore feet are no way to enjoy your weekend trip!
Finally, don’t be afraid to put beer in your room. Buying some beer or a bottle of rum and some mixers sure helps the vacation budget over paying for all of your vacation drinks at a pool bar for $11 each.
If you have travel tips, let’s hear them! We can use all the advice we can get!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Look for more moonshine.


I’m sure you all have noticed the (sometimes) overwhelming selection of “Moon shine” at your local bottle stores lately.

First of all, I hate this term! Like I’ve preached several times before, words mean things! “Moonshine” is illegal, white whiskey made without Uncle Sam’s approval.

The jars you see in stores are white, unaged whiskey. Often times this type of liquor is called “white dog.” But it is not, at least in my mind, moonshine.

This type of whiskey is cheap, easy and fast for the distillers to crank out because there is no aging time. They simply go from still to bottle to store.

Bourbon is aged for a minimum of two-years in new barrels made from white oak. Kentucky Whiskey is also aged in NEW oak barrels which are essentially hand-made by craftsmen and use only fine white oak.


A recent article in the Wall Street Journal estimated that Bourbon sales are up 35 percent since 2010, and the harvesting of the white oak has been severely abbreviated. You guessed it... That means there is a shortage of barrels.

Overall, that’s an excellent thing for the spirits industry, and a great opportunity for brewers looking to age beer in oak. The “One and done” life cycle of Bourbon sales provides ample wood for brewing.

Other distilled spirits such as rum can be aged in used barrels and they are likely to an increase in their supply chain in the years to come.  Some distillery have increased production as much as 50% to try to keep up with future demands.

As this all comes back to the white dog, if a distiller only receives half of his order of barrels from the cooperage, I’m willing to bet the other half of the production run will end up on store shelves labeled as “Moonshine!”

As you might expect from craft distillers and the long term success of older distillers, the quality of some of these white whiskeys on the market is very good, often time the same distillate that is used for their flagship brands.

If you have a favorite white whiskey, we would love to hear about it!

Have a great week friends,

Friday, June 26, 2015

Age your hooch?

There are things that make us laugh out loud... Heck, that’s what LOL stands for! There are things that are simply amusing and make us smile for a few seconds then we move on... Insert Facebook Meme. There are things that bring us simple joys like a well prepared adult beverage or a cigar, and there are things that bring lasting joy to our lives, like family, friends and travel.

I think the marketing industry is taking advantage of some of our “Joy Button” moments and push them a few times too many over the course of a year!

One of the most interesting trends of late has got to be the home aging of spirits. This is where a distillery will sell you a liter of their “White Dog” whiskey (worth no more than a $10 bill) and an aging barrel (Worth $30) for the low low price of nearly $100. You take the bottle home, dump it into the barrel and take a snort every few days to see how it is coming along. After a few weeks (or days) your barrel is empty, and after convincing yourself that it was just getting good, you head back to grab another bottle for a second try!

As a guy with a burning desire to “Create” things, I have almost fallen into this trap many times. I have had several oak barrels in my life, mostly for aging beer, but a few have had wine and a few have had spirits... None have been as orgasmic as I had hoped. I will also say that none have been as effective as a handful of oak cubes from the brew supply store. 

One thing that a friend of mine, who has forgotten more about spirits than I’ll ever know, tells me, is that spirits don’t extract properly at lower proof (Percent alcohol).

We know damn good and well that an 80-proof spirit can blow the top off of your head if it isn’t properly cared for, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to do a good job of extracting the essence of your vanilla beans or the goods from an oak barrel.

http://www.1000oaksbarrel.com
Production spirits are aged at a very high proof to mellow and extract flavors in the commercial world, why would they act any differently in your home?

I am not saying that it does no good to age an 80-proof spirit on wood, far from it. We know that a 10% beer or a 12% wine can become amazing from its time on oak. But to market as if you are going to turn white “hooch” into fine spirits in your living room is almost laughable, yet it does give a lot of people a hands-on experience that could help them understand the world of aging spirits.

I would LOVE to see a few companies producing a high-proof “white dog” for aging. Some rum companies make an “Overproof” Rum or 151, as some call it. I would say this is a severely under-served market, and would give my right arm for a few new ones to hit the market.... HELLO Hemingway Rum Company.....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Big Solution to canning craft beer.

I guess that not everyone is following Craftbeer.com, so I thought I'd share this article by Andy  Sparkawk.
As always, Alaskans find a way to survive! Check it out!


Alaska’s HooDoo Brewing Finds Big Solution to Small Problem

By Andy Sparhawk
It’s summer—the best time of year to get outside. As craft beer enthusiasts though, we want to take our favorite craft beers with us. Unfortunately—but with good reason—many outdoor destinations do not allow glass. And for those of us who seek out the less traveled areas of the world, weight plays a big factor into how much beer you’re able to pack. In a state as ruggedly beautiful as Alaska, it makes sense that Fairbanks’ HooDoo Brewing Co. recently decided to can their German-style Kolsch.


“We are pleased to announce that our German Kölsch will now be available in cans, our first canned offering!” Hoodoo reported in their blog post “HooDoo Brewing Co. Brings Its Craft To Cans.”
Brewmaster and Owner Bobby Wilken is looking forward to the opportunity to enjoy his beer deep within the Alaskan wilderness, “I actually get goosebumps thinking about being in the middle of nowhere, up river, with a super fresh beer in my hand.”

Though aluminum packaging will aid Bobby in keeping his pack weight down, as well as the transportation costs to ship the lighter cans, the expense of simply purchasing the cans is the largest obstacle, not only for HooDoo, but for any small brewer looking to offer cans.

Read more HERE at www.Craftbeer.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Not a DRONE!

I have long been a proponent of the term “Words Mean Things!”

Not a DRONE
That is not to say that I am a master word smith, but I believe that certain people tend to use words to evoke fear and other emotions to promote their cause.

My new cause is the Quadcopter platform for photography and video! You may call them “Drones” but I’d prefer that you didn’t!


In my mind, Civilians have no need or right to operate a “Drone.” In my mind, a “Drone” is a military aircraft operated from the ground. It is used for surveillance and to engage dangerous targets without risking a pilots life.

Unfortunately, the quadcopter industry has picked up on the term and run with it. They must believe that the marketing is worth more than the damage that is done to our freedoms.

Also, NOT a DRONE
As long as we call these things drones, we will have more than a few people ready to stop us from flying them!

Today’s high-tech quadcopter is no more of a military style drone than the old RC planes that many of us had in the 80’s.

If you attach a weapons system to it, then yeah... It probably warrants a closer look, but I don’t have guns on any of mine, and they are not used for surveillance... except to check on my cows once in a while.

This is an issue of freedom of photography, and as long as you are not using your quadcopter to invade someone’s privacy, then I don’t give a damn what you do with it. I don’t care if you fly it in a national park!

THIS IS A DRONE
Using a quadcopter to harass wildlife or peek into a window is absolutely unacceptable, but so is throwing rocks. Using some common sense around FAA Controlled airspace is a must!

Obviously,  I don’t think you should fly your quad at DIA, or around the military bases.

That said, as A pilot and a photographer, I would like to be able to work with local aircraft owners and be allowed to shoot photos and video of them landing at our class G airport.

I think that this is another example of a few idiots ruining a hobby for the rest of us!

If you should choose to buy one of these things, use it with some common sense and don’t create problems!

Enjoy this video of a few of our first flights with the DJI Phantom 2+ and have a great weekend!


~Cheers!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top 50 breweries of 2014

As if we didn't know that some of these were bad ass brewers, the Brewers Association has released it's annual list of the top 50 breweries in the country.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

Thursday, March 19, 2015

There are a lot of things in our life that make us want to sing!
Some of them make for great songs!
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Have a great weekend peeps!

~Cheers

Monday, February 9, 2015

To Skate on Thin Ice

Discovering new styles.

I have to admit that I tend to have some eccentric qualities that some people may find difficult to deal with.

My attention span only has two levels, on or off.

When something grabs my attention, it gets my full attention for a period of time, but when I lose interest it drops to absolute zero! This often makes it difficult for me to "get into a book." And even those that I do dig, I often drop in short order.

I cannot tell you the last book I read that wasn't a Caribbean themed adventure / mystery... Until last week.

This up and coming author has completed his novella called "to skate on thin ice" by Jack Terry.
The novella is available in PDF for free just by CLICKING HERE. You can download the book, read it online, or take it to your iPad or Kindle.

Author Jack Terry
To skate on thin ice is a story of a pop star determined to live in the country with the love of her life while trying to make plans to scale back a hectic music career.

There is no murder, no steamy sex scenes (Thanks Jack!) and not a palm tree to be found.

I once thought these to be prerequisites for interesting reading, Terry has proven that theory wrong.

An easy reading story of faith and love comes together in surprising fashion and contains a good bit of reflection on life and love.

The story is short, and presumably a primer for a full novel.  It is anything but a time commitment. Reading a few pages per night on one of the busiest weeks in recent memory, I was able to finish it in less than a week. A few hours on Sunday would also do the trick.

I see great things coming from this author, even if it may take me some time to get through a longer novel, so if you are a reader, and if books make you happy, I'd certainly suggest that you hop on board with this boat before it sails.

Thanks for checking in, and have a great week!

~Cheers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Funny Man!

I like to consider myslef fairly creative, and some of my friends even consider me to be fairly funny! Unfortunately, I must bow down to Jimmy Fallon today!  The man is a genius... and a fairly good singer / rapper too!


Monday, February 2, 2015

The redneck weekend!

Many of you have asked me how my salty soul survives the harsh Colorado Winters?

Well, first, Colorado winters are not really that harsh. We hit 70  a few days ago... Not bad considering Key West was only 68 that day.

Secondly, you take your escapes as you can. The most Important point I can make is that not all escapes need to involve airplanes and rental cars, beaches or islands.

With both kids full swing into Basketball, we have been running many different directions at once lately.

After late night basketball practice on Thursday, followed by birthday dinner for my daughter, then basketball camp and 3 basketball games on Friday, one blown tire (that took till LATE to fix) followed by early morning games for both kids (30 miles apart) on Saturday and keeping the office and ranch together, I'd say we have been a tad busy of late.

When the opportunity for 36 hours of rest and relaxation presented itself after the second game on Saturday, we did what we always do... Go like hell!

But no beach vacation is planned and we damn sure were not headed to the Super Bowl. So what's a Kahuna to do?

Head home, pack a backpack, grab a few dollars off the desk, book a room online feed cattle, water the cat, check the dogs and head to town!  Less than one hour from no plans to rolling!

Because we live a long way from big cities, a town like Colorado Springs makes a nice getaway, but even if you live in a city, you can just go to the other side of town! The fact is, escapism doesn't take a small plane or Jimmy Buffett's credit card! Although that would be nice!

We took the kids out for dinner at a “sit-down restaurant” and then hit the Holiday Inn for some swimming. Believe it or not, the end of January makes a swimming pool feel a lot like the Beach to a bunch of rednecks.

When the kids realized that we had a microwave in the room, they talked their way into a can of Chef Boyardee and some TV.

I know that people think I'm crazy, but craft beer pairs really well with Junk Food!

Two of my favorites are IPA and Twinkie's and Gueuze with Fruit Pies! But on this night, it was 2014 LaFolie and Spaghetti-Os

With an early start, and two kids that play ball like crazy, you knew dinner and a snack wouldn't last long... Enter the worlds greatest app!

Did you know Dominos delivers right to your motel room, even at 10 p.m.?

Pizza delivery is Another great treat for a country kid who lives 15 miles (one way) from pizza that doesn't come out of the freezer.

Pizza is Italian food, Italian food calls for wine! Wine calls for a cork screw and that brings me to the second most important point of this article.

Always carry a corkscrew... ALWAYS!

I Normally carry two when we travel, but the backpack is my carry on bag and TSA acts like they have a contract with the makers of twist top bottles... Therefor I had no such device. Unfortunately, neither did the front desk, the pizza guy or the convenience store near by.

Cork screws are cheap! Buy a half dozen and stash them randomly in your life. Glove boxes and toiletry bags are prime locations.

Even without a glass of wine, we had a great time and proved that, again, we can entertain ourselves on quite a tight budget and without going too far from home.

We hope you get a chance for some low-cost fun sometime soon. Let us hear about your adventures!

Have a great week everyone...

~Cheers

Friday, January 30, 2015

To vape or not to vape! What was the question?

Everyone knows what an E-cig is. The little battery powered metal cigarette looking gadgets that some people use to help them quit smoking.

I would assume that almost everyone has even seen the vapor pens that produce a ton of vapor and are usually used more recreationally than as a “stop smoking” aid.

There are many options for batteries.
 There have been a lot of states looking to regulate the electronic cigarette and vape (Short for vapor) industry lately.

I cannot help but laugh that the states with the most liberal marijuana laws are the states most actively seeking to outlaw e-cigs.

Obviously, they are not good for you, but people who choose to use them are smart enough to know that. Just like alcohol or tobacco, nobody is pretending that it’s carrots and apples. We are adults and weigh the dangers and either decide to use a product or not.

The industry already self-regulates to keep products out of the hands of kids and often provides warning labels akin to “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes!”

I’m going to avoid as much politics as possible and just be blunt about it, I don’t want the government regulating any more of my life than they already do.

Not unlike cigars and Pipe Tobacco, I LOVE the flavors of vape juice available. Most are sweet and fruity, but I have a few tobacco twins that are very enjoyable once you realize they are not going to taste just like a real cigar.

"Cleartonomizers" are cheap and ready to use.

If you are confused about the whole vape scene, I’m gonna give you a very quick primer.

You need a tank, a battery and juice. That’s it.

You can keep things very simple and spend less than $30 to get going, or go as complex as you’d like and spend hundreds of dollars. I started with an adjustable battery and a few “Cleartonomizers” The tanks and cartonomizers all do the same thing. They hold your juice and feed it to a heating coil with a wick. They are not as complex as you would think, and most of them come assembled and ready to use. There is an exception!

You will hear the term “Sub Ohm” or “Cloud Chasing” on some of the sites. This is simply feeding a LOT of electricity to a huge heating coil in a tank called an RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer) to produce an enormous cloud of vapor. It looks cool, but these devices can be finicky, difficult to maintain and usually require a little bit of craftsmanship on your part to put them together. Something I’m not very good at, therefore don’t usually mess with it.

"Tanks' and "RDA" units are more expensive.
Simply fill your tank, allow the wick a few minutes to soak up the juice and attach it to a charged battery. Boom! Your vape is ready to use.

I will reiterate, nobody is saying this is a good idea, but neither is doing shots or adding fruit to your beer. I profess it is at least marginally better than cigarettes.

Vapor Chef is 100% Kahuna Approved!
I will warn that skin contact with nicotine juice can be very dangerous. I had one break in my pocket and I ended up so loopy that Kahuna’s Chick thought I was drunk. Use Your Brain People! Keep this stuff off your furniture, away from your kids and pets, and enjoy it like an adult.

IF you decide to give “Vaping” a try, I will make but one recommendation. It is worth your time to try a juice or two from The Vapor Chef. No, they are not paying me for this, and no, I’m not friends with the guy. It’s just the best product out there and they provide customer service like few companies you will deal with.

Enjoy whatever it is you do, and do it responsibly.
~Cheers!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Why do we love beer?

We have all heard the term “beer people are good people.”

I’d like to think that this is one of the reasons that we may grow particular attachments to a certain brew.

Some of my favorite beers on the planet are not the best beers I’ve ever had, but rather bring back memories that will hopefully last the rest of my life.

Mostly, I don’t like BMC type beers, but there are three that always bring a smile to my face.

Coors Light.


Growing up in Colorado, Coors Light has been the beer in the fridge for my entire life. My older siblings drank it, my friends drank it and we had LOTS of parties where it was what was in the keg.
But every time I drink a Coors Light, I remember the one that I shared with my wife on our wedding day.


After the ceremony where we got married in a small country church (where my parents were married) we stopped by the house to grab a few things for the reception, and we took a minute to breathe and drank a Coors Light right from the bottle. It was the best beer I’ve ever had.

Red Stripe. 


Yup, That's Red Stripe in my hand!
When I was about 13 years old, we went to Jamaica for the first time. At dinner on our first night, I was allowed to order a beer and it came in a stubby brown bottle with a logo that I will never forget. 
I drank nearly 3/4 of that beer as we dined on Pumpkin Soup and curried goat. It was absolutely delicious!

For the next 20 years, I couldn’t find Red Stripe anywhere! It simply wasn’t available in Colorado or anywhere else we went.

When I finally did start seeing it in the stores, I grabbed up a few and told my wife the story, which didn’t really impress her too much. Then in 2007, we ditched the kids and headed back to Jamaica.

Anyone who has been to that island, you know that your “Transportation” is going to stop at a bar just outside of the airport where you can buy some beers from their friends. Again, Kahuna’s Chick and I shared a beer, a Red Stripe beer, and it was great!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Positive Humping Day!

We are feeling lots of positive energy these days! There are great things on the horizon!
As Bob Marley sings, "Why not help each other along the way, make it much easier?"



We hope you have a great hump day and ride the positive vibrations right into the weekend like a wave out of the South Pacific!

~Cheers!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Old Friends!

Photo albums are great! Noting brings back memories of good times, or gets you excited about new plans like an old photo!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pot, sunshine and the jailer

Get your high from the sunshine and beaches!

Many of us love the Caribbean Islands. We travel to them whenever possible, and take in the unbelievable sights, sounds and flavors of the islands.

One thing that may seem alluring to the uninitiated traveler is the unmistakable smell of the herbs floating on the breeze.

Can you smell that? Cruz Bay.
Yes, I’m talking about marijuana... Weed... Pot.... Yup, that stuff.

We’ve all seen the movies like Club Paradise, where the two dorks spend the entire movie trying to score some weed and get the attention of the ladies, and I suppose that movies and books, mixed with a heavy hit of reality can lead people to think that the Caribbean is a good place to soak in some rays and smoke a spliff with the locals.

While weed is very popular in parts of the Caribbean, it is NOT legal, and is more of a detriment to certain areas than it has potential to benefit. There are a few islands where you may not go to jail for smoking weed, but a big’ol fine and wasting part of your vacation talking to the local cops seems like a poor way to go about getting high.

Most of us who travel the lower latitudes have seen plenty of this stuff, and it provides some level of entertainment. There is an obvious difference between the grey bearded Jamaican pumping some smooth reggae with his guitar toking a little ganja and sipping a Red Stripe on the beach and the two frat boys in the corner giggling like Bill and Ted while stuffing a bag of Doritos down their throat.

image courtesy of ktoe.com
Being from Colorado, we see many the benefits as well as the problems associated with the marijuana industry becoming legal. But at least here, it really is legal, and as long as you follow a few simple rules, you’re not going to get a fine or harassment by law enforcement.

Colorado has mounted a $5million education campaign for helping people to understand the basics of the new laws. Basically: possession of 1 oz or less, buying limit is 1/4 oz (7 Grams) for non residents, DO NOT try to take it out of the state, and don’t smoke it in public.

Heck, there are even tour companies providing everything from transportation to room accommodations for your weed tour of the green state. This may be a benefit to keeping you legal while your common sense goes up in smoke.

But if you are headed to the Caribbean, or any vacation destination for that matter, I’d certainly recommend sticking to legal activities. I’m not sure about you, but even as an avid and eager traveler, two things that I’m NOT interested in seeing is the inside of an Island Hospital, or a Mexican jail!

I’m not sure that any of the “Rastas” would have any reason to try and hurt an American traveler by selling them bad weed, but you know darn good and well it’s not going to be pure blend of bodacious buds you see on TV.

We know some people who began the year on a cruise, and one of the people on their boat got taken to jail in Jamaica for trying to bring her little bag of Kush back on the boat. What a waste!
Vacations are expensive, and you want to make the most of them.

If you want my advise, I’d say that if you find yourself in the Caribbean and need something other than a rum punch, or a Caribbean lager, Look for a nice hand-rolled cigar. Skip the Purple Skunk Berry and the Super Tsunami... At least until summer time when you can plan your escape from reality and hit Colorado for some Colorado Green Bud or Sour Diesel.

A friend of ours admittedly beat us to the bong on the subject, and you should read his article HERE

~Cheers everyone, stay safe!

Friday, January 9, 2015

So, You’ve decided to stop being a girl and grow a beard?

No disrespect intended to the ladies with beards.... But if you’re a guy, you should have some whiskers... At least on occasion.

For those who choose to grow (And are genetically able to grow) the “Epic” beards, we salute you!
Growing up, I went to a high school that didn’t allow any facial hair... PERIOD! It seems like I was sent home to shave about once per week during my entire Junior and Senior years. Since I graduated high school (Yes... I did graduate) I’ve been “clean shaven” exactly TWICE! That’s an average of once every 10 years... And it only lasted for a day before the regrowth began.

 I don’t always sport a huge mess of whiskers sprouting from my chin, but I am certainly a goatee type of guy. I’ve let the cheeks go a few times, but with my German-Irish breeding, I tend to grow whiskers nearly to my eye sockets and trimming ends up being the death of my full beard.

For those that are still with me here, we can all be honest and admit that whiskers can get out of hand relatively quickly, and that’s why I want to talk about beard oil.

I was introduced to the Bearded Bastard on Instagram by complete accident, yet I am glad that it happened!

Years of my life have been spend shopping the shelves at Walgreens looking for conditioners and ways to keep the whiskers in check. I have found that products intended for afro hair work best on my chin, and I’ve discovered a deep appreciation for Shea Butter... But noting compares to a real live beard oil.

The Bearded Bastard has a complete line of products for the beardsman that range from beard oil to mustache wax and even a few lines of cologne.... We avoid the term “Aftershave” around here!
Mustache wax was a tough leap for me, as I grew up with a bunch of old cowboys that always had waxy nasty looking whiskers curled up to each side. They often looked stiff enough to poke a hole in their can of Copenhagen.

Unless you have a jar of R.E. Byrd or Woodsman beard oil, you don’t really know the scent of manhood.

The oils from The Bearded Bastard leave your chin-mop feeling soft and healthy, and make stray hairs a thing of the past. The scent will keep the ladies on your good side and every beardsman you meet will nod in approval as you walk down the street.

In my tradition of no Bull Shit, I will say that I paid for these products, and was not offered any concessions for my endorsement of The Bearded Bastard. I simply found a great product and as usual, wanted to share it with you.

Should you dare, post a pick of your whiskers and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We would love to see whats growing!

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series