Jeff “Beachbum” Berry Gets Remixed

I think Jeff personally revived the tiki cocktail, at first single-handedly and then with a growing pack of acolytes behind him.
Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum

I’ve mentioned Jeff Berry numerous times here on RumDood.com. It’s hard not to. Actually, let me rephrase that: it’s impossible not to.

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry may be the closest person we have to a living Tiki God today

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Haitian Libations – Raising Money For Haiti

I’ve been dying to get this post up, but details had to be worked out, charities and owners consulted, but finally I can announce that I’ll be helping out at the Haitian Libations Charity Event at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena on February 6th. From 10pm until close, 50% of all wine, bar, and food [...]

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Haitian Update

From all accounts the outpouring of help and concern from around the world for the people of Haiti has been incredible. Money has been donated at an amazing rate, and help and supplies are coming in as quickly as they can be organized.

Before we start patting ourselves on the back, however, let’s remember that there’s a lot of work to be done.

A friend of mine had been in Haiti since before the earthquake struck, working for CHF International to help build the nation’s infrastructure. After the quake hit, those of us who know him waited anxiously for him to check in for over 5 days. When he was able to let us know that he was OK, he also shared a bit about what’s going on in Haiti today.

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Help Haiti

When I got to work this morning I started my normal routine.  I hung up my coat and hat, said my “Good mornings” to my coworkers, got my first cup of coffee, and then settled in to read my morning news and see what the blogosphere was up to. I was horrified to see that [...]

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Awards For 2009 – The Golden Barrels

RumDood hands out his awards for 2009, including best new bar, best blog post series about rum, and Rum of the Year for 2009.

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Visiting Brugal

A few weeks ago I left the cozy confines of the Anaheim Resort to travel to the Dominican Republic to visit with Brugal.  While there I toured their distillery, their blending and aging warehouses, and spent some time talking with representatives of the brand, including two of their Maestros Roneros. Brugal was founded by Andrés [...]

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Rum Bar Opening This Fall In San Francisco

Martin Cate, co-creator of Forbidden Island Tiki Bar in Alameda, judge in the Ministry of Rum Tasting Competitions, rum connoisseur, and all-around awesome guy is opening a new bar this Fall in San Francisco. I haven’t yet written a great deal about bars here (although look for that to change in the coming months), and [...]

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