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Barrel Mugs - opinions?
Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-04-02 5:08 pm   Permalink

Barrel Mugs seem to occupy a dark corner of Tiki, with little popular enthusiasm for their existence. I walked past a pair of them in an antiques shop a couple of days ago, thinking 'nearly Tiki', and looked for something more interesting. But, there's a recipe in the Grog Log that prescribes a barrel mug as the ideal receptacle.

Trader Vic's still does a rum barrel and Don the Beachcomber did something similar in the past, but is this an aspect of Tiki Culture that could easily slip away without anyone noticing?

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chisel slinger
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Posted: 2004-04-03 6:29 pm   Permalink

yes, seems like most people dont talk about the naval or nautical stuff much here. only the tiki, but to me a tiki bar is not, without all of the sea going junk all over the place. i've been looking for the kahiki barrel mugs for a while now with no luck.

 
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Kono
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Posted: 2004-04-03 8:18 pm   Permalink

I'm always on the lookout for rum barrel mugs but never find them. Now, of course, you have to make sure it's a rum barrel and not a whiskey barrel which is definitely not tiki. The ones with the bar or restaurant name on them go for decent enough money on ebay (meaning I've yet to win one).

 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2004-04-03 9:58 pm   Permalink

I love barrel mugs. But the ines I usually see scream "Velcomin to za BeeeeeeeeerHaus!"
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JTD
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Posted: 2004-04-04 10:14 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-02 17:08, Trader Woody wrote:
Trader Vic's still does a rum barrel and Don the Beachcomber did something similar in the past, but is this an aspect of Tiki Culture that could easily slip away without anyone noticing?



Trader Woody,

The Mai-Kai still does the Rum Barrel as well. Tiki Farm produces the mugs and they are sold in the gift shop, when in stock.

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Swanky
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Posted: 2004-04-04 1:37 pm   Permalink

Dave, one of the owners of the Mai Kai says they go through about 300 barrel mugs a month. There are a lot of them out there...
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-04-05 08:50 am   Permalink

i got three orchids barrels about a month ago. no handles. they're an odd pinkish orange glaze, not very attractive. they almost look like pumpkins. the price was right, tho ~ 3 of them for 10. i consider them like some of the coconut shells, they're fine to serve drinks to folks who don't really attach too much significance, and if it gets dropped i'm not bothered. ahoy! btw i've seen plenty of handled barrel mugs with markings often from england or u.s.a. i think there was a "tankard" fad at some point ~ i think they never really saw the inside of a polynesian establishment. my $.02 - j$
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Posted: 2004-04-05 10:19 am   Permalink

Quote:

Trader Woody wrote:
...this an aspect of Tiki Culture that could easily slip away without anyone noticing?



TW~

I agree, and I too love the rum barrel mugs. I do find them quite often on ebay. I am trying to find one, yes, just one, Aku Aku barrel mug. I do find them on ebay, but there are others that are willing to spend more than me on them, so I do get outbid.

I like the barrels for their heftiness and for the fact that they have the ability to hold a few more ounces than your average sized tiki mug.

I also find it quite humorous, in my own mind, of how it looks like someone is drinking rum straight-from-the-barrel when they drink from the barrel mugs.

The nostalgia of the old Trader Vic's artwork showing topless wahines and drunken males on a sandy beach with toppled over rum barrels also make this a 'must have' part of my tiki collection along side of my coconut mugs.

Just my 2 coconuts (and rum barrels) worth.


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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-04-05 10:24 am   Permalink

did anyone else cringe regarding the fate of the rum barrels in 'pirates of the carribean?' (movie, not ride)
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-04-05 12:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-05 10:19, SugarCaddyDaddy wrote:
I like the barrels for their heftiness and for the fact that they have the ability to hold a few more ounces than your average sized tiki mug.



That's a very good point - there's certainly a place for them in a well-stocked Tiki bar. I've never come across any branded barrel mugs, but there seem to be quite a few 'generic' ones around, probably made in England. I'm not sure of the reason for the popularity here, or what era they were produced in, so perhaps I should investiage further on the Brit-Barrel phenomena.

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The Ragin' Rarotongan
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Posted: 2004-04-05 3:43 pm   Permalink

yes you guys are right, the mai kai still uses and sells their barrel mug for their rum barrel drink. i have been to the mai kai too many times to count, and in my opinion it is by far one of the best drinks on the menu.
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2004-04-05 4:00 pm   Permalink

Both Wade and Sylvac made Barrel mugs in the UK , so the unbranded ones can be worth a bit.

 
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-04-06 5:19 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-04-05 16:00, atomictonytiki wrote:
Both Wade and Sylvac made Barrel mugs in the UK



That's worrying - mention those manufacturers, and you're in the territory of old women with poodles and pictures of sad clowns on the wall.........

Trader Woody



 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2006-07-06 11:29 pm   Permalink

Here's an interesting barrel mug to say the least:
http://cgi.ebay.com/BARREL-MADE-OF-TEAK-FROM-THE-HMS-TERRIBLE-LADYSMITH_W0QQitemZ320003021874QQihZ011QQcategoryZ101150QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Its smaller size might make it more suitable for sipping rums.

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lanikai
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Posted: 2006-07-06 11:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-03 21:58, TikiGardener wrote:
I love barrel mugs. But the ines I usually see scream "Velcomin to za BeeeeeeeeerHaus!"
TG



wellll, ya just haven't been hangin around many harbors or shipyards enuff, then.

[ This Message was edited by: lanikai 2006-07-06 23:35 ]


 
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