Category Archives: History

BEACHBUM BERRY’S LATITUDE 29

Well, they finally did it. They put the Bum to work. Fair enough. After 25 years of research and six books, it was time for him to stop writing about Tiki drinks .. and start serving them. Come see him at his new Tiki saloon in New Orleans, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, located in the […]

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

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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MIRACLE IN MILAN

“You’re gonna taste a bit of history now, guys,” said Salvatore Calabrese as he uncorked a bottle so old that the dust had fused to the glass, giving it the look of a frosted window pane (pictured above). The dean of London’s expat Italian bartenders, Mr. Calabrese was in his element: at the Super-Bar show […]

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GHOST WORLDS

“The past is a foreign country,” L.P.Hartley famously wrote, “they do things differently there.” Thanks to two Tiki DVDs, now we can see for ourselves. A mostly silent, at times hypnotically Herzogian, compilation of amateur vacation footage from the 1950s through the 1970s, Hawaii Home Movies is an eerie experience — a video seance. Vanished […]

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COCKTAIL NATION VS. CARRIE NATION

Starting this Sunday, PBS airs a new three-part documentary by Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz).  Apparently not all the Beachbum’s friends are in low places, because he was recently sent a preview copy. This time Burns co-directed with Lynn Novick, but all the usual Burns trademarks are there:  compelling archival footage, equally compelling […]

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