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Tiki Bird
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Joined: Sep 25, 2003
Posts: 850
From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:09 am   Permalink

I do homebrewing as an hobby, & got inspiration at the Hawaiian Room Resurection last Sept. when i noticed alot of people drinking beer instead of Mai Tais, Zombies, etc... Last November i brewed a prototype beer with peach extract. I know there are alot of beer drinking purist out there that dont like fruit flavorings in there beer, i know, i was one of you, but it turned out great! I used just enough peach extract to give a hint of peach flavoring, but still maintain beer flavor as well. This weekend i'm planing on brewing my tiki beer, a Mango Hefeweizen, is this a tiki no-no? Also I have a kegorator at home with 2 taps, was thinking of having a tiki tap handle (not a vintage tiki), is this a no-no? Your insights would be greatly appreciated!

p.s. if the tiki beer turns out as good as the prototype, i will bring some bottles to tiki oasis for tastings.

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:22 am   Permalink

sounds great, the beer and the tap handle!
Over in England, when I couldn't find a good pint of guinness, I'd somtimes go for their ciders. It never tasted like you were drinking alcohol.
As far as beer being a tiki no-no...I'll be honest, if I had the choice between a properly poured pint of guinness and a mai-tai...I'd go with the guinness. Usually, that delemma never comes up as you won't find a good pint where good mai tais are and vice versa.

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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:23 am   Permalink


I've never done homebrewing, but I'd love to sample your suds.

The reason why you saw so many people drinking beer at The Hawaiian Room was simply because the bartender (as hard as she tried), just could not keep up with the overwhelming amount of drinks she had to mix. Remember, The Hawaiian Room, before our gathering, was a quiet bar that had no more than a dozen people in it at one time. So, drinks were easy to handle. The time it took to get a drink became so long at the gathering, that alot of people informally agreed to just order beer so that it was easy for the bartender to get and it would cut the wait time down dramatically.

Honestly, the only way to get a great Mai Tai at any of our get togethers is to have AlnShely, TheJab, DoctorZ, Martiki as well as other TC Mixologists to be the Premier Bartenders of the evening.


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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7917
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:34 am   Permalink

Tiki Bird!

Fly on over to the store/shop anytime and I'd be glad to taste your tiki beer for you! (well, after work that is) Mango Hefe sounds awesome!

Crazy Al just did a Tiki Tapper Topper for a customer of ours. He was very pleased.

In my book, this is a Yes-Yes!

p.s. some of our guts can't handle mega doses of rum and acid. King kuku, C'Al and AlnShell have seen this happen to someone before.

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:37 am   Permalink

Tiki Bird, any kind of beer in my opinion, is a Tiki No-No. But so what? I do love a good beer. Hefeweizen's are my favorite.

A few months back, I chanced upon Hula Hefeweizen at The Yard House - (from their manufacturer's website) Medium to full-bodied with a pronounced banana/herbal flavor and aroma. This beer's unique flavor profile is a result of the special type of Bavarian yeast strain used to brew the beer. Its manufactured by
Kona Brewing Company of Kona, Hawaii. I chose it specifically because the handle pull was a Hula Girl bobbler and it was delicious.

That Mango Hefe sounds good. Maybe I can sample it at the next TC gig? A nice tiki for your bar pull should look really cool. I know Monkeyman has made something similar to this before when he made the legs to his tiki ottoman. You should give him a buzz - would look cool in a home tiki bar.


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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-02-25 10:49 am   Permalink

We recently made our first Hefeweizen from scratch. That banana/clove aroma is just fantastic! We actually added 3 mashed up bananas to enhance the flavor, very tasty!
At some point we will be installing kegs and taps into the regular(non-tiki) bar. We already have the kegs and co2, but we're still looking for some custom tap handles! A tiki one will definitely have to be in the mix.
That mango one sounds good, and since it's a hefe, it'll have the banana and clove undertones. Eeeeexcellent!

If I lived any closer, I'd suggest a trade!

Beer making is an excellent hobby. Once you get all the equipment you can be so creative! We'll be growing hops this year, definitely looking forward to that. Keep on brewing! Never deny yourself a good pint or two.


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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-02-25 11:25 am   Permalink

Save me a pint to sample!

I almost hate to admit it, but I was a fan of the microbrew craze of the 90s.... and I still prefer to order specialty beers when I'm out and craving a brew. Sorry, but a mai-tai just doesn't seem to go well with fish & chips, or the steamed clams & chowder at Longboards.....!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-02-25 11:27 am   Permalink

I recently bought a 6 pack of McAuslanes (sp?) apricot beer here in Canada and it was mighty tasty. Just a hint of fruityness.

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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-02-25 11:29 am   Permalink


here's a link to some ionfo on the apricot beer. Thay also have pumpkin beer!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2004-02-25 11:40 am   Permalink


I was drinking Bud's that night at the Hawaiian Room resurrection! To me guitar playing and beer go together like my hand and my, er... nevermind.

Not Tiki? Maybe not, but neither is this! (use your imagination).
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-02-25 11:49 am   Permalink

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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 2026
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-02-25 11:50 am   Permalink

I am not sure that any rules have been established about beer in Tiki world, other than that if you're in a Tiki Bar, you''d better be drinking a Tropical, or you're just not cool!

That said, whenever I'm NOT in Tikiland, good ol' beer is my drink, and I make my own too.

I like beers with fruit accents, as long as they're subtle. There are some very good Belgian cherry beers that I like. Tried my own once; came out pretty good. he key is making it subtle but present. If people are going to drop lemons into their Hefeweizens or limes into their Mexican beers, then why not some other fruit?

I say go for it on the peach beer (not a fan of peach flavors myself, although there was once this girl in Georgia... but I digress), but to each his own. Now the mango, on the other hand... I saw we all bring a case of homebrew to Hukilau or Oasis!

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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-02-25 1:46 pm   Permalink

Is Hinano Beer a Tiki no-no? No! No, I say!

Peach is a classic ingredient in Belgian Lambics. I know that Chapeau makes Tropical Lambics like Banana, but I don't know if they do a Mango. I did a quick search on
http://www.realbeer.com & found this recipe for a Tropical Fruit Red Ale: all malt, 5 gallons, partial mash with fruit.

I had a friend who made a fantastic Raspberry Ginger Mead, change the raspberry to Mango & your're good to go. I think this is the recipe he based his on.

Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., D.F.S

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Tiki Bird
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Joined: Sep 25, 2003
Posts: 850
From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2004-02-25 1:58 pm   Permalink

SCD, that makes sense. I had forgotten how packed the place was.

RBB, will definitely run by a sixer if it turns out good.

I goin to bottle the beer instead of kegging, due to its easier to hand out. I'm brewing on 2/29, it will take 2-3 weeks in fermentation and 1 month for carbonation before ready to taste. If all goes well should be ready to by 4/21. I'm goin to do a 3 galllon batch with a bavarian type yeast like PolyPop mentioned, so it will have the banana/clove/mango flavor and 3 gallon batch using a american hefeweizen yeast which has no banana/clove flavor. Should have a 3 cases of bottles to pass out at Tiki Oasis. Which ever one taste the best i'll do kegs of it for house tiki beer.

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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2004-02-25 2:53 pm   Permalink

Best beer I ever had was a local micro that made pumpkin beer one Fall.

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