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The Beachbum is a firm believer in recycling.  Especially his own material.  But on his second visit to Washington D.C. in under a year, there were so many new bars to visit that he found it completely unnecessary to steal from his previous post on Capitol cocktails. Tom Brown’s congenial new watering hole, The Passenger, […]

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After tasting Trader Vic’s latest concoction at his Oakland bar in 1944, a visitor from Tahiti proclaimed the drink “mai tai roa áe.” In the parlance of our times, this roughly translates to “awesome.”  Vic named his drink the Mai Tai, which went on to enjoy fame less as a cocktail than as a symbol […]

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Berlin … Amsterdam … London … this may look like the opening credit sequence of the old I Spy TV show, but it’s also the Beachbum’s October itinerary. First stop:  The Berlin Bar Convent, to talk Tiki history in an October 4 seminar at Europe’s most chic and discriminating cocktail convention (why they’re letting the […]

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We saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vic’s.  And some zombies drinking Zombies, and a goblin nursing a Mai Tai (pictured above).  They were with a large party of pirates, steampunks, Jedis, Highlanders, Orcs, Sleestaks, and various anime characters whose costumes we couldn’t make head or tail of, except for their tails. […]

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“Do you want to see Skipper Kent’s grave?” asked Doug Miller, Kailua-Kona’s resident urban archeologist.  It was a rhetorical question.  The Beachbum tore himself away from Doug’s Tiki collection, which includes Brobdingnagian rarities scavenged from the Big Island’s shuttered postwar hotels, and jumped in Doug’s jeep.  Five minutes later we pulled into a garden estate […]

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