Friday, January 24, 2014

Solong 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! 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Worth the Wait!

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!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Beer for Breakfast

Welcome to December!  You might say that my excitement was “Brewing” as I prepared to share this new beer with you this morning! I love using morning light in photos anyway, but this was a little something extra. Beer and spirits are best tasted first thing in the morning if you’re looking for your palate to be at it’s most accurate.

Sure, this goes against the “Social Norm” of thinking that only alcoholics and college students drink in the morning, but I don’t really care. I’m not for social norms, and I’m not much for following conventional wisdom when there is a chance for greatness. And given the time and effort that was put into my getting this beer, I was certainly hoping for greatness!

Check out more of my Sixpoint Resin Review at

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Voodoo Bacon Beer

Today I’ve got a serious challenge to my palate and I’m going to attempt to share with you!

We are tackling the big pink bottle of Rogue VOODOO Doughnut Bacon and Maple Ale.

They are so proud of the “Baker's Dozen” ingredients in this brew that they list all 13 on the back of the bottle... Including three different smoked malts! And just in case you had wondered.... YES! Yes it does actually have bacon!

Pouring a light amber color, I’m thinking that by appearance and ingredients... This is perhaps the worlds most perfect “Breakfast Beer.”

The nose is wonderfully sweet and smokey. The maple flavor is quite evident and as I’ve noted with other beers made with Rogue’s “Packman Yeast” there is a nice fresh bread aroma. No apparent hop aroma, although I know it’s there somewhere.  IF this beer tastes 1% as good as it smells, it's going to be ROCKING!

Hop on over to to share the rest of this tasty and unique brew,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cans vs Bottles

I’ve long held a single belief about craft beer.

I like the carbonation of a canned beer better than a bottled beer.

I like the way it opens gently, pours softly and is a better overall experience.

When I decided to test this theory, there just happened to be a subject staring me in the face. There was a bottle of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA sitting right next to a can in the fridge.

Not sure exactly when either were made, but I do remember ending up with both in the cart at the same time, so I know that they were purchased on the same day.

I had the wife pour them into identical glasses and bring them to me blind. After tasting, I begged to know which one  was which!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dogfish Head Tweason’Ale

It’s gluten-free, made with honey and has strawberries in it! What else could you ask for?
At 6% ABV and pouring light and fizzy, I could definitely call this a session ale. I can tell right away that it’s not going to be weighing me down or filling me up. 
It’s got a deep copper color that certainly reflects it’s strawberry heritage.
The head is bright white and dissipates quickly to a subtle layer of constant white that just coats the top of the beer.

The smell is of honey and strawberries... DUH!

Read the rest of this beer sharing experience at!

Friday, March 9, 2012


 No Name Beer Cocktail

Today we are again exploring a mixture of Beer and Rum. This time in a cocktail that I stumbled upon by accident. I would love to tell you it was the result of months of research and my extensive knowledge in flavor chemistry, but it’s not.

I simply had a few blackberries left over from a liqueur making project and tossed them into my rum.

 To read more about this summer time mix of fresh fruit, Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar Rum and Boulevard Brewing's unfiltered wheat beer, Visit