Category Archives: Rum


In a rare burst of energy, the Beachbum has hand-picked four of the world’s most entertaining rum authorities and brought them together, for the first and only time, to celebrate Tiki’s favorite spirit. The Rumposium — a part of the Hukilau four-day Tiki festival, June 9-12 — will be a rollicking ride down the rapids […]

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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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Last year, rum evangelist and importer Ed Hamilton grew his hair down to his shoulders.  Apparently, this was merely his first step toward becoming the Jesus Of Rum, because Mr. Hamilton has now performed a miracle:  he’s brought Lemon Hart 151-proof rum back from the dead. When Pernod-Ricard sold the Lemon Hart brand last year, […]

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Since the Beachbum visited Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco last April, he’s had flawlessly executed exotic cocktails in Havana, Hawaii, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Nashville, and Washington, D.C.  But the call of the Cove remains strong. Why?  Smuggler’s (pictured above) is the only new craft cocktail bar in the United States that lives, breathes, and […]

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“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern,” wrote Samuel Johnson over two centuries ago.  A recent trip to Dr. Johnson’s home port suggests that if he were alive today, he’d be wearing an aloha shirt:  London now has more good […]

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