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The Tiki Times: News and events calendar
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-03-04 7:02 pm   Permalink

Breaking news on The Hukilau ...

The Hukilau updates: Raiders of the Lost Tiki Culture symposium, new sponsors, Pier 66 hotel news


http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/03/04/the-hukilau-updates-raiders-of-the-lost-tiki-culture-symposium-new-sponsors-pier-66-hotel-news/

In honor of The Hukilau’s 15th year and the 60th anniversary of The Mai-Kai, event co-founder/organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White has assembled some of the top names in the Tiki revival for special events and symposiums that promise to educate as well as entertain. On March 3, she announced a first-of-its-kind Tiki event, a groundbreaking gathering of some of the biggest names in the modern revival.

Tickets are on sale now for “Raiders of the Lost Tiki Culture”, a freewheeling panel discussion on Saturday, June 11, moderated by yours truly and featuring Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Otto von Stroheim, Humuhumu, Martin Cate, Crazy Al Evans, and Tiki Kiliki herself. The godfather of the Tiki revival, Sven Kirsten, will participate via Skype. “We would not be celebrating today if it weren’t for these people,” Tiki Kiliki said of her colleagues on the panel.

It’s just $15 for this very special event, which will follow von Stroheim’s “2001: A Tiki Odyssey” symposium at 1 p.m. in the Panorama Ballroom at the Pier 66 hotel.

I’ll be quizzing the panelists about their place in the Tiki pantheon, and the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions. A special cocktail is also included in the price of admission. Those also attending von Stroheim’s symposium will receive priority seating.

Buy tickets now: http://thehukilau.com/2016/buy-tickets/

More beverage sponsors on tap

Tiki Kiliki has also announced additional sponsors who will be providing tasty product samples to guests throughout The Hukilau. Puerto Rico’s venerable Don Q and the Caribbean rums from Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Rum will join the previously announced Flor de Caña (Nicaragua) and the Caribbean spiced navy rum from Sailor Jerry.

Sapporo Beer from Japan has also joined the eclectic lineup that also includes Hendrick’s gin, Reyka vodka, and Leyenda del Milagro tequila. More sponsors are being sought, Tiki Kiliki said

Pier 66 property expected to sell for $200 million


Concerns were raised recently when it was announced that the owner of the Pier 66 hotel and marina has put the prime real estate on the market. The property, which is owned by the Blackstone Group of New York, will not necessarily retain the Hyatt brand and is approved for additional mixed-use development, according to a report in Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel.

Tiki Kiliki said hotel officials expect the sale to be completed by the time The Hukilau arrives in June, but it won’t affect the event. She has a contract for The Hukilau to stay at the hotel through 2017, she said. The new owner would have the option of signing an agreement with any hospitality company or go independent, according to a story in the Fort Lauderdale Daily.

The sale of the iconic 384-room hotel is being handled by real estate and investment firm CBRE Hotels, which expects it to fetch around $200 million, the Sun-Sentinel story said. The market value is $77.5 million, but a “highly competitive environment” is expected to drive up the price, according to a CBRE senior executive.



If a sale is made, the new owner would take over without a brand or management firm, the Sun-Sentinel said. The agreement with Hyatt is due to expire this year.

The site has been approved for 58 new luxury residential units in two 11-story towers with more than 30,000 square feet of retail and office space, CBRE officials told the Sun-Sentinel. The marina, one of the largest in Florida, is also considered to be a key selling point. The lucrative Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is held nearby at the Bahia Mar resort.

But, at least in the short term, it’s Tiki Kiliki’s understanding that the existing facilities will stay in place. “It will stay as a hotel,” she said.

The tower’s Pier Top Ballroom is the site of The Hukilau’s two signature, sold-out events on Thursday, June 9: Shag’s SkyLounge, a “Martini meet and mingle” with the acclaimed California artist; and the Tiki Tower Takeover cocktail party, a one-of-a-kind event featuring signature drinks from top Tiki barmen Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McGee, Brian Miller, and St. John Frizell. Rooms are close to selling out, Tiki Kiliki reports. It’s advised that you book a room now to ensure your spot at Pier 66:
http://thehukilau.com/2016/our-host-hotel/


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-03-12 9:19 pm   Permalink

It was worth the wait: Here's the full story on the epic cocktail showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, including two new recipes from the competing bars ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/



The Atomic Grog’s ratings: See reviews and ingredients for all the competing cocktails ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/#reviews



Exclusive Cocktail recipes: The Broken Shaker’s Sweet Micky and The Mai-Kai’s Pupule Punch ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/#sweet-micky



Check out the gallery of 30 photos from the event ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/#photos




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Posted: 2016-04-04 3:48 pm   Permalink

Lots of catching up to do ...

The Week in Tiki (Feb. 16-29, 2016): Rum and Tiki event roundup, new Tiki bars in D.C., S.F., photos and event recaps

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/

We have lots of news from February on upcoming spring and summer events: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, Tiki Caliente, Tiki Kon, and Hot Rod Hula Hop.



Tiki bars continue to open across the country – from Washington, D.C., (Archipelago) to San Francisco (Pagan Idol) – with more in the works.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#bar-openings

Event recaps include The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Naked Tiki’s grand opening in South Beach, and another Modernism Week party with Shag.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#event-recaps

Ralph Pagano is bringing a taste of Polynesia to South Beach with the opening of his new restaurant and bar, Naked Tiki. During the Feb. 20 grand opening party at the historic Stiles Hotel, the acclaimed chef’s full range of flavors was on display. Pagano’s decadent and creative dishes were the highlight ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#naked-tiki

Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the 11th annual celebration of mid-century architecture and design that ran from Feb. 11 to 21, had its biggest year ever. There were a record 77,500 attendees, an increase of more than 30 percent from last year. Organizers said the festival generated an estimated $28.6 million in revenue for local businesses, with more than $1 million going directly back to local organizations, another record.


Shag with Rory Snyder (Tiki Caliente, Mod-Palm Springs) at the Feb. 20 party at Shag the Store. (Photo by Kari Hendler from Poly Hai)

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#shag

Quick sips include a James Beard nomination for Chicago’s Lost Lake, the death of Trader Vic’s son, a new study on Easter Islanders, and a new Tiki cartoon.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#sips

Regular features spotlight South Florida artist Tom Fowner; exotica legend Arthur Lyman; Houston Tiki bar Lei Low; and the Surf Guitar 101 website.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#artist

The Rum of the Week, Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7, is featured in a storied cocktail, the Hotel Nacional Special.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#rum

We also have an updated list of upcoming events for the rest of the year, both across the U.S. and throughout the world ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-16-29-2016-rum-and-tiki-event-roundup-new-tiki-bars-in-d-c-s-f-photos-and-event-recaps/#events

Aloha!

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-04-08 09:42 am   Permalink

Week in Tiki (March 1-15, 2016): Trader Vic’s Portland closes, The Hukilau and more event updates

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/

Some sad news out of Portland with the unexpected closing of Trader Vic’s. Meanwhile in South Florida, The Hukilau announces an exciting new symposium: "Raiders of the Lost Tiki Culture."



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/#hukilau

Fans of The Mai-Kai will want to be sure to attend the symposium “The Mai-Kai: History, Mystery and Adventure” by Tim “Swanky” Glazner at Pier 66 on Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m. Swanky reports that he’ll put a big emphasis in his presentation on the history and origins of the iconic Mystery Drink, including a look at the exotic and alluring servers who deliver it to guests. He’ll be joined by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, who will serve the ceremonial bowl to a lucky winner of a raffle. “You’ll hear the in-depth story of how the drink came to be, famous people who helped it along and famous and historical women who have served in the role of Mystery Girl, plus lots more teasers from the book,” Swanky posted on Facebook and wrote on his blog.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/#miami-rum-fest

Just in time for the upcoming Miami Rum Renaissance Festival (April 15-17), the latest edition of Rob’s Rum Guide is hot off the presses and available for anyone looking for a comprehensive look at the best cane spirits. The handy, pocket-sized guide, now in its ninth edition, features tasting notes on more than 700 rums.

Other event updates feature Tiki Fest in the Pacific Northwest, Ohana: Luau at the Lake, and Tiki Kon.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/#sips

Quick sips include a Tiki home design show, a new FOM chapter in Atlanta, a space-Tiki lounge in L.A., and a Tiki speakeasy in NYC.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/#artist

Regular features spotlight lowbrow art legend Von Franco; sizzling San Diego surf band Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides; and the Luau, a historic restaurant from Miami Beach’s heyday.



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/02/week-in-tiki-march-1-15-2016-trader-vics-portland-closes-the-hukilau-and-more-event-updates/#website

Learn about rum at the website of the week, RumJourney.com, before sampling the rum and cocktail of the week: Don Q Cristal and Val’s Daiquiri from New York City’s End of the Century.

Okole maluna!




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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-04-08 10:18 am   Permalink

Special news report ...

The Hukilau guests to take a Tiki Road Trip; new Shag merchandise in the works

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/07/the-hukilau-guests-to-take-a-tiki-road-trip-new-shag-merchandise-in-the-works/

If the idea of a cross-country road trip to five Tiki bars in five different states seems daunting, The Hukilau will make it easy for you during the 15th annual gathering of Polynesian Pop enthusiasts June 8-12 in Fort Lauderdale. During the event’s Friday afternoon festivities, guests will have the opportunity to sip cocktails and chat up the bar staff from five current and upcoming Tiki establishments spread across the Southeast, East and Midwest.



The Tiki Road Trip Pool Party will include cocktails from four well-known tropical drink destinations: Porco Lounge & Tiki Room (Cleveland), Foundation Tiki Bar (Milwaukee), Aku Aku (Orlando), plus The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley (New York City). Also joining the party will be Cooking Channel star Jim Stacy, who will be offering up a sneak preview of his upcoming Tiki bar in Atlanta, the Barnacled Mermaid.

Also on hand will be James Teitelbaum, whose seminal 2003 book, Tiki Road Trip, inspired the party (as well as many actual trips). Tickets for the Tiki Road Trip Pool Party are available now for just $20 for weekend passholders, $49 for non-passholders. It will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the courtyard surrounding the main pool at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

The lineup of bars for the party includes three who competed Feb. 26 at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, including People’s Choice award winner Porco. The blog also features a full rundown of the participants.

Just added to the Sunday schedule: A screening of "Korla The Movie," a documentary film about eccentric and influential musician Korla Pandit (1921-1998), will be held during the finale at The Mai-Kai.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/07/the-hukilau-guests-to-take-a-tiki-road-trip-new-shag-merchandise-in-the-works/#rums

List of sponsor rums grows to eight: Rhum Barbancourt, Gubba Rum, Rhum Clèment and Florida Mermaid Rum have been added. They join Flor de Caña, Sailor Jerry, Blue Chair Bay and Don Q.

Sneak peek: Shag glassware, more merchandise in the works

Glassware designs by Shag for The Hukilau 2016.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/07/the-hukilau-guests-to-take-a-tiki-road-trip-new-shag-merchandise-in-the-works/#merch

Both Mai-Tai glasses and Zombie glasses are in the works featuring Shag’s homage to some of the distinctive tikis (and shrunken head) at The Mai-Kai. Shag artwork will also appear on designer T-shirts as well as beach and bar towels, two new items that have never been offered before. Another special new item this year, courtesy of sponsor Royer, are custom swizzle sticks, also designed by Shag.



The 2016 pendant will be carved by Crazy Al Evans and produced by Perry Drake. It "honors the giant Barney West moai carving still standing tall at The Mai-Kai," co-founder/organizer, Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White said.



John Mulder and Eekum Bookum are also working on two mugs: The Tower Barrel Mug, which will be available only to South Seas passholders. And the official event mug, which will be made available to all guests for purchase. What's the design? "It's something you can find at The Mai-Kai," Tiki Kiliki said, offering no other clues.

A merchandise pre-sale will be announced soon, Tiki Kiliki said, so keep an eye out on the Facebook page for announcements.
https://www.facebook.com/thehukilau/

Official merch page: http://thehukilau.com/2016/official-souvenirs/


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Posted: 2016-04-08 10:21 am   Permalink

Just announced:



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The Atomic Grog celebrates its fifth anniversary with a special cocktail party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai featuring live instrumental surf music from Skinny Jimmy Stingray, drink specials, giveaways, and more.

The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Skinny Jimmy will play three solo sets: 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. In between sets, Jimmy and Hurricane Hayward will spin their favorite instro surf, exotica and retro tunes. They'll also preview The Hukilau 2016 with music from the artists performing at the June 8-12 event. There will also be a Mai-Kai trivia contest with the winners receiving four-day Aloha Passes for The Hukilau, along with perhaps some other goodies. Stay tuned for details.

Drink specials: Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. In addtion, the K.O. Cooler and Tahitian Breeze are the regular Saturday specials (half-price all night). In a nod to The Atomic Grog, the Yeoman's Grog will also be half-price all night. And as a bonus for fans of The Atomic Grog's Okole Maluna Society, a special "lost cocktail" will be available (between 6 and 7 p.m. only): the Demerara Float. This classic drink from the original 1956 menu packs a punch with two Demerara rums, including a floater of 151.
* See reviews of all the drinks on The Atomic Grog's Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/mai-kai-cocktail-guide/

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/887352828053808/



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Posted: 2016-04-14 11:32 am   Permalink

The latest post ...

Miami festival specializes in education, but reminds us that ‘rum is fun’



The eighth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival comes at a pivotal time for the rum industry. As the popularity of cane spirits continues to surge, new challenges loom on the horizon. Unbridled growth has churned up issues surrounding what some consider secrecy and deception regarding age statements and additives, specifically sugar. Meanwhile, everyone is anxious about the potential opening of the marketplace in Cuba, one of the world’s oldest and most highly regarded rum producers.

But while these serious topics will likely be discussed and debated at the April 15-17 event and its surrounding parties, the overarching theme remains simple: “Rum is fun!” Why else would more than 10,000 people flock to the DoubleTree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center to sample hundreds of products, new and old, while enjoying seminars and special industry events that make this one of the year’s most talked-about spirits festivals.

The Miami Rum Festival and International Trade Expo runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. all three days, taking over the 50,000-square-foot exhibition hall as exhibitors show off products from around the world. Admission ($75 per day or $125 for a three-day pass) gets you access to the “grand tastings” featuring samples of more than a hundred rums, plus a diverse selection of educational (and entertaining) seminars. If you’re seeking additional fun, there’s also live music and food, plus island lifestyle vendors.

See the full story:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/13/miami-festival-specializes-in-education-but-reminds-us-that-rum-is-fun/

Seminars: From rum distillation to appreciation

As usual, an impressive lineup of experts has been announced to give festival attendees an opportunity to drill down into the details of rum production, mixology and more. Seminars take place in conference rooms on the second floor of the convention center (enter via the escalators next to the food court). [See map] These intimate gatherings give guests easy access to exclusive first-hand knowledge, but be sure to get there on time to assure yourself a seat.

More on the seminars:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/13/miami-festival-specializes-in-education-but-reminds-us-that-rum-is-fun/#seminars

Rum appreciation starts early with party at The Mai-Kai

Dozens of Miami Rum Festival judges, VIPs and locals flocked to The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to kick off a long week of “rum is fun” get-togethers. For the members of RumXP: The International Rum Expert Panel, it was a chance to unwind after the first day of blind tastings. For most in attendance, it was an opportunity to reconnect with friends from across the globe.


The Mai-Kai’s Pia Dahlquist welcomes Rebecca and Martin Cate, authors of the upcoming book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki” to the Miami Rum Festival party on Tuesday, April 12. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Among those spotted enjoying the festivities were owner Martin Cate and Rebecca Cate from Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco; owner Suzanne Long from Longitude in Oakland; manager Marie King from Tonga Hut in Los Angeles; master blender Bryan Davis from Lost Spirits Distillery in California; Cocktail Wonk blogger Matt Pietrek from Seattle; Boy Drinks World bitters creator Ram Udwin from San Diego; South Carolina blogger Scott French (aka The Rum Trader); Washington, D.C., author Ian Williams; California industry veteran Forrest Cokely; and many more.


Santero’s Elixir was the special Santeria Rum cocktail served at The Mai-Kai on Tuesday, April 12. At left is The Atomic Grog's home bar version. (Photos by Hurricane Hayward)

The event was sponsored by the new Rational Spirits distillery, who picked up the tab for the guests to attend the dinner show and also provided complimentary Santeria Rum cocktails. Santeria is an exciting new rum created in association with the revolutionary Lost Spirits Distillery in California. Named for the mysterious Caribbean religion, Santeria is a “dunder pit style” Jamaican rum that clocks in at 92 proof and contains all the hallmarks of a funky pot still rum from the Caribbean island. What’s unusual is the rum is actually created in a matter of days, not years, by Bryan Davis of Lost Spirits using a high-tech system that accelerates the aging process. Is it voodoo? You’ll have to taste it to believe it.

Check out the Santero’s Elixir recipe and more:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/13/miami-festival-specializes-in-education-but-reminds-us-that-rum-is-fun/#Santeros-Elixir

Okole maluna!


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Posted: 2016-04-16 11:04 am   Permalink

Another new blog on the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival:

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/16/miami-rum-festival-boldly-explores-the-next-frontier-of-cane-spirits/

In preparation for this weekend's grand tastings, I posted a full recap of the 2015 festival, including my favorite rums and cocktails ...

Miami Rum Festival boldly explores the next frontier of cane spirits

If there was an unofficial theme of the 2015 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, held April 17-19 at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, it was the impressive innovation and continuing commitment to quality from a new wave of craft rum producers from around the world. In a year when some major players were absent, the young guns definitely picked up the slack and presented products fit for any rum connoisseur.


Bryan Davis (left) and Joanne Haruta of Lost Spirits Distillery won a gold medal in the overproof category for their Colonial American Inspired Rum. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

The festival was less about the big brands flexing their muscle and more about the boutique labels showing off their innovation and commitment to craft. This is the typical scenario at the annual Rum XP Awards, but it’s now overflowing to the convention floor, where consumers had the opportunity to see firsthand what the critics and judges have long known.

There's also a photo gallery:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/16/miami-rum-festival-boldly-explores-the-next-frontier-of-cane-spirits/#photos



And a link to all of last year's award-winners ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/16/miami-rum-festival-boldly-explores-the-next-frontier-of-cane-spirits/#rum-winners

Plus, there's a bonus recipe for the cocktail I created in the seminar "How to Elevate Your Home Bar," hosted by members of the Gumbo Limbo chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai. It's a tribute to the FOM, The Mai-Kai, the Barney West moai that still stands outside, and the wedding of Mike and Chelsea (which fell during the rum fest).
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=49149&forum=1
The drink is designed to be served in the mug created by Tiki Diablo (based on the Barney West moai) that was given to the wedding guests.


The Mai-Kai Moai

www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/16/miami-rum-festival-boldly-explores-the-next-frontier-of-cane-spirits/#Mai-Kai-Moai

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Posted: 2016-04-16 11:05 am   Permalink

Hot off the presses, here are the winners announced yesterday at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival ...

2016 RumXP Award Winners and Consumer Rum Jury Awards

>>> White Rum
Best In Class: Bayou Silver
Gold: Blue Chair Bay, Pito Rico Elite, Don Q Cristal, Ron Cartavio Silver

>>> Premium White Rum
Best In Class: Puerto Angel
Gold: Caliche, Fwyago, Plantation 3 Star, Skotlander Rum VI, Koloa White

>>> Gold Rum
Best In Class: Siesta Key Gold
Gold: Wicked Dolphin, Puerto Angel Amber, Don Q Gold, Koloa Gold

>>> Spiced Rum
Best In Class: Siesta Key Spiced
Gold: Siesta Key Distillers Solara, Bayou Spiced, Siesta Key Limited Edition Spiced, Koloa Spiced

>>> Flavored Rum
Best In Class: Koloa Coffee
Gold: Plantation Stiggin’s Fancy Pineapple Rum, Don Q Pasion, Blue Chair Bay Banana, Koloa Coconut

>>> Overproof Rum
Best In Class: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof
Gold: Pito Rico 106, Don Q 151, Gunroom 130 Proof, Skotlander 123.2

>>> Black Rum
Best In Class: Wicked Dolphin Black
Gold: Koloa Black

>>> Aged Rum
Best In Class: Bayou Select
Gold: Don Q Anejo, Marauda Steel Pan, Plantation Original Dark, Tiburon

>>> Aged Rum 5-8 Years
Best In Class: Ron Duran 7
Gold: Plantation 5, Cartavio 5

>>> Aged Rum 9-12 Years
Best In Class: Yolo Gold
Gold: Cartavio Solera 12, Ron Duran 12, Panama Pacific 9

>>> Aged Rum 15+
Best In Class: Pusser’s 15yr
Gold: Panama Pacific 23

>>> Premium Aged Rum
Best In Class: Plantation 20th Anniversary
Gold: Plantation Gran Anejo, Santeria Rum, Don Q Gran Anejo, Fwyago Single Barrel

>>> Vintage Aged Rum
Best In Class: Mezan Jamaica 2000
Gold: Plantation Jamaica 2001, Plantation St. Lucia 2004, Mezan Panama 2006, Don Q 2005, Mezan Guyana 2005

>>> Agricole Unaged Rhum
Best In Class: La Mauny Sor Ray
Gold: Trios Rivières Cuvee Mojito, Isautier Blanc, La Mauny Blanc

>>> Agricole Aged Rhum
Best In Class: Trois Rivières VSOP
Gold: Isautier Vieux Louis & Charles, Isautier Vieux 7yr, La Mauny XO

>>> Cachaça Unaged
Best In Class: Weber Haus
Gold: Germana Ultra Premium, Germana Palha, Novo Fogo Silver, Lundu Silver

>>> Cachaça Aged
Best In Class: Sebastiana Single barrel
Gold: Novo Fogo 2yr Oak, Sebastiana 3yr Double Barrel, Middas Carvalho, Germana Caetano’s

>>> 2016 Consumer Rum Jury Awards
Best In Class: Siesta Key Toasted Coconut
Gold: Koloa Coffee, Plantation Pineapple, Pussers 15, YOLO Gold
Silver: Koloa Coconut, Duran 12, Mezan Panama 2005, La Mauny Spiced, Koloa Dark, Tiburon, Don Q Signature Release 2005
Bronze: Dzama Rhum Nosy Be 104, Balcones Texas Rum, Panama Pacific 9, Puerto Angel Blanco, Fwyago White, Trois Rivières Cuvee Du Moulin, Blue Chair Bay White

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Mahalo to everyone who's supported us for the past 5 years. We hope to see you tomorrow night. Here's the full event preview ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/19/a-fifth-of-grog-celebrate-our-fifth-anniversary-at-the-mai-kai-on-april-30/

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Posted: 2016-04-29 10:54 am   Permalink

Week in Tiki (March 16-31, 2016): Lost Lake fire and more Tiki bar news, event previews, Lemon Hart rum returning?



Late March was punctuated by upheaval in the Tiki bar world, including a fire at Lost Lake in Chicago and the confirmed closing of Trader Vic’s in Portland. There's also news on the upcoming transformation of Kreepy Tiki Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, and special recognition for the owner of Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in Minneapolis.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/


(Photo by Bamboo Ben)

We also have updates on the upcoming Pacific Seas in Los Angeles and False Idol in San Diego. There's news on the opening of The Hatch at Union Market Tustin in Southern California, plus plans for a "Tiki-themed" resort north of Portland, Ore., and a rum distillery and Tiki bar at the Wharf in Washington, D.C.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#bars-upcoming


Tiki Kon’s 2016 event mug by VanTiki.

Event previews include The Atomic Grog’s fifth anniversary party, the annual Tiki Luau & Pig Roast at Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, Ohana: Luau at the Lake in upstate New York, and Tiki Kon in Portland, Ore.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#event-previews



In rum news, we investigate the rumored return of Lemon Hart 151, the release of Single Barrel Fwaygo, a tour of Jamaica’s famous distilleries, and this weekend's Midwest Rum Festival.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#rum-news



Quick sips include Thor joining the Tiki Farm team, a new bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, a new Tiki-flavored pulp novella, and the aborted end of a re-creation of the voyage of the Kon-Tiki.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#sips


Milan Guanko (from The Book of Tiki by Sven Kirsten)

Regular features spotlight legendary carver Milan Guanko; longtime Tiki entertainer King Kukulele; the historic Tiki bar La Mariana Sailing Club in Honolulu; and the video series Rum Minute.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#artist



The rum the week, Sailor Jerry, is featured in the Wicked Wahine cocktail.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/28/week-in-tiki-march-16-31-2016-lost-lake-fire-and-more-tiki-bar-news-event-previews-lemon-hart-rum-returning/#rum

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Posted: 2016-05-01 2:56 pm   Permalink



Photos and a full recap of The Atomic Grog's fifth anniversary party last night at The Mai-Kai are up on the blog ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/19/a-fifth-of-grog-celebrate-our-fifth-anniversary-at-the-mai-kai-on-april-30/

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Week in Tiki (April 1-15, 2016): The Hukilau, Tiki Caliente and more upcoming events; Miami fest’s award-winning rums; Tiki bar openings and closings, and more!



THE HUKILAU: Tiki Road Trip announced, Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai sold out, new rum sponsors, and more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/



TIKI CALIENTE: Summer season’s first event nears sellout

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#tiki-caliente



MORE UPCOMING EVENTS: Vintage Tiki Weekend in Wildwood, Shag at Disneyland, Dick Dale on tour

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#more-events



RUM NEWS: Koloa, Plantation and Don Q dominate awards at eighth annual Miami festival

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#rum



TIKI BAR NEWS: Wauwatiki opens, Naked Tiki closes, The Wreck Bar expands, The Golden Tiki serves up new mugs

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#tiki-bar-news



Regular features spotlight tattoo artist and historian Paul Roe; exotic California musician Voodoo Organist; the flagship Trader Vic’s location in Emeryville, Calif.; and The Rum Trader blog.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#artist



The rum of the week, Clément V.S.O.P., is featured in the Broken Storm cocktail.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/09/week-in-tiki-april-1-15-2016-the-hukilau-tiki-caliente-and-more-upcoming-events-miami-fests-award-winning-rums-tiki-bar-openings-and-closings-more/#rum-of-week

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Posted: 2016-05-18 7:13 pm   Permalink

Catching up on all the latest news on The Hukilau:

High Tide party announced, rum sponsor rundown, merchandise preview with photos!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/17/the-hukilau-updates-high-tide-party-announced-rum-sponsor-rundown-merchandise-preview-with-photos/

The East Coast’s longest-running and largest Tiki-themed weekender continues to add special events, merchandise and rum sponsors with less than a month remaining before throngs of retro-loving Tikiphiles descend on Fort Lauderdale. The latest major addition is the The Hukilau’s High Tide, presented by Rhum Barbancourt and taking place during the Friday night festivities at the host Pier 66 hotel.


Brian Miller of Tiki Mondays With Miller in New York City will be mixing special Rhum Barbancourt cocktails during The Hukilau’s High Tide on Friday, June 10.

An overlay to the live performances in the waterfront Panorama Ballroom, High Tide is a special event celebrating the high water mark of the weekend and featuring Rhum Barbancourt cocktails by swashbuckling New York City bartender Brian Miller, plus Polynesian small bites from award-winning Atlanta-based celebrity chef Jim Stacy.

High Tide takes place from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. during the live performances by an eclectic lineup of bands (Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, Tikiyaki Orchestra, The Intoxicators) and burlesque/retro entertainers (Angie Pontani, Kitten Deville, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Lila Starlet).

Miller, an accomplished Big Apple bartender and brand ambassador, is host of the city’s most celebrated Tiki cocktail event, Tiki Mondays With Miller. He’ll be bringing many of his motley crew members with him to The Hukilau to help him with the Rhum Barbancourt pop-up bar, including Ryan “Corporal Captain” Liloia, Jelani “Swabble” Johnson, and Garret “Dr. Funk” Richard. They’ll be pouring four different Tiki cocktails featuring Rhum Barbancourt, a venerable spirit from Haiti that will have a high profile at this year’s event. Miller issued a missive from his pirate’s lair promising “an assortment of temptresses, rogues and scoundrels.” His captain’s orders: “Tortuga ain’t got nuthin on Tiki Mondays With Miller at The Hukilau.”

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/17/the-hukilau-updates-high-tide-party-announced-rum-sponsor-rundown-merchandise-preview-with-photos/#sponsors

Expanding list of sponsors includes 13 rums! Find out where you can taste them all

Rums will have two dedicated locations Thursday though Saturday at the Tiki Treasures Bazaar. “Pouring Sponsors” will have booths all three days in the Atrium outside the Crystal Ballroom in the main tower building at Pier 66. Six brands (Rhum Barbancourt, Flor de Caña, Blue Chair Bay, Ron Diplomatico, Don Q, and Koloa) will be pouring special cocktails along with rum samples during these hours: Thursday, June 9, 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday, June 10, 3-7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 11, noon-4 p.m. Inside the 7,500-square-foot ballroom you’ll find the Rum Shack, offering tastings and special presentations by brands (including Sailor Jerry, Rhum Clèment, Appleton, Santeria, and Florida Mermaid) on specific days and times to be announced. All tastings at the Bazaar are complimentary with a weekend of daily pass. On Saturday, when the marketplace is open to the public, tasting wristbands will cost just $10 for those without tickets.


Ed Hamilton will lead a tasting of expressions from his Ministry of Rum collection during The Hukilau.

A few non-spirits sponsors will also be featured at The Hukilau:

Martin Cate, owner of acclaimed San Francisco rum and Tiki haven Smuggler’s Cove, will sign copies of his new book, Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki, at The Mai-Kai during the pre-party on Wednesday, June 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Indiana’s Royer Corp., a leading producer of custom-designed swizzle sticks since 1970, has created The Hukilau’s official 2016 swizzle. Designed by Shag, the colorful cocktail accompaniment features The Hukilau logo on one one side and the artist’s logo on the other

Exclusive recipe: Brian Miller’s Haitian Frolic featuring Rhum Barbancourt
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/17/the-hukilau-updates-high-tide-party-announced-rum-sponsor-rundown-merchandise-preview-with-photos/#haitian-frolic

The Hukilau merchandise preview: Event mugs, Shag-designed items go on sale May 25


Shag’s artwork on the 2016 coasters depict The Mai-Kai’s Mystery Girl serving a Mystery Drink.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/05/17/the-hukilau-updates-high-tide-party-announced-rum-sponsor-rundown-merchandise-preview-with-photos/#merch


For the first time, The Hukilau is offering a bar towel in 2016. The artwork was created by Shag.

For updates on the merchandise, keep an eye on The Hukilau website and Facebook page.
http://thehukilau.com/2016/official-souvenirs/
http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau


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