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The critics seem to like our Potions.  Here’s what they have to say about the new Beachbum Berry book: “With his new encyclopedic and entertaining ‘Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean,’ the tiki expert Jeff Berry distills 500 years of tropical-drink history into 300-plus pages. He takes you from the days of pirates, explorers and […]

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The closest the Beachbum will ever come to having class is having Class magazine, the high-toned free weekly cocktail digest put out by Simon Difford. Class covers the international drinks scene in general, and the London bar scene in particular, thoroughly and critically — the latter particularly refreshing in a world where trade publications routinely […]

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Drinking played a huge part in “Papa” Hemingway’s life — and death.  But while Hemingway biographies have become a cottage industry over the years, no Hemingway scholar has seen fit to write a book on the subject (although Tom Dardis devoted a chapter to Papa’s binges in his classic 1991 treatise on alcoholic writers, The […]

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Chapter Six of the Beachbum’s upcoming book (Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks … and the People Behind Them) is devoted to a now largely forgotten but once world-renowned creator of tropical drinks. The book won’t be out till the end of the year, but there will be a sneak preview of […]

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When you’re a beach bum, Christmas presents are nothing but trouble.  Giving them is out of the question, since your pockets — assuming your swim trunks have pockets — are empty.  Receiving gifts is no easier.  You have no address, so they can’t be sent to you.  And given the unhygienic state of your person, […]

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