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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

26th Annual Minimal Regatta at Schooner Wharf Sunday

Open Class Boats
     Memorial Day Weekend is at hand this week and one of the most fun events of the year happens at Schooner Wharf.  The 26th Annual Minimal Regatta is here.  A very “serious “ group of very creative boat builders have spent many hours creating their “scientifically” designed vessels for this fabulous race.
     Supplies are limited, but the creativity is endless at Schooner Wharf Bar on Sunday, May 27 for the 21st Annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta.  Each 6 member team must build a boat seaworthy enough to stay afloat for the entire race course in the Key West Bight in front of Schooner Wharf. The catch---the boats are made of plywood, fasteners, duct tape, and 2' x 4's.  Construction kits can be bought at co-sponsor Manley de Boer on Eaton Street at a “minimal” price.

Minimal Regatta Construction Rules

  • One sheet of 4' x 8' x 1/4" plywood
  • Two 2"x 4" 8'
  • One pound of fasteners
  • One roll of 2" x 60 yard duct tape
  • No caulking or adhesives - Epoxy paint is permitted
  • Painting of boats is optional

Kayak Class
     There are two categories of “Minimal Vessels” -- Kayak/Canoe Design & Open Design. Competitors will win prizes in each design group for Fastest - 1st & 2nd Place. Other prizes are awarded for the Most Creative Design - 1st & 2nd Place, Best Paint Job, Best Costumed Entry, Sportsmanship Award, and Sinker Award.

     The $20 entry fee this year will benefit the Wounded Warriors Caribbean Cruise (46 Special Forces Group Association). Veterans on therapeutic leave from the Bethesda Navy and Walter Reed Army hospitals in Maryland enjoy a Caribbean cruise while escorted by members of the local VFW Post 3911.   “We make sure all their needs are taken care of, along with the veterans’ airfare and hotel stays,” said Ed Moran, commander of VFW Post 3911. “We’re excited to be a part of the Minimal Regatta and appreciative of its support for this Wounded Warrior project.”

Sinker Class oops
    Regatta registration opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 27 with vessel inspection at 12:30 p.m. Spectators have a chance to get an up close look of the ingenious vessels and fun team costumes. There will be a course demonstration between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m., followed by a conch shell start by Captain Morgan.

The Aftermath of the Tough Racing LOL

Monday, May 22, 2017

Seeing The Public Enjoying Hemingway Rum Company

Pilar Today
     After a couple of weeks of soft openings at the Hemingway Rum Company it was a lot of fun to have a couple of days with the public.  I had a chance to see many friends that I hadn't seen since my retirement from the bar business a little over a year and a half ago.   The only drawback was that with nearly 500 or so people a day coming through the tasting bar, I wasn't able to spend much time with any of them. 

Ernest Hemingway
      I have watched Carlton Grooms and his crew working on this project for nearly four years now and I'm really happy to see the stress leave his face today when the VIP stuff finished up and the store opened up to the public.  Part of the reward for all their work came when the store was filled with people from the start on Saturday at 9 am. 

     Seeing the tribute to Ernest Hemingway's adventurous nature
Hemingway Wall
being the central theme of the store and the good quality rum being made in his honor is a wonderful thing to be around.  There are so many photographs of his exciting life, especially here in Key West that are built into the bar along with the ones on the Hemingway wall in the distillery area.  These help you to feel a part of this mans love of life and all the adventures that he lived.

Hemingway Rum Company Solera
     If you weren't able to attend this past weekends festivities, be sure to stop by one your next visit to Key West and see the Hemingway Rum Company at the corner of Greene and Simonton Streets.  It is a tour of adventure and rum, unlike any other anywhere.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Walked Out to Meet My New Neighbor

     Yesterday morning, I heard some squawking outside and looked up to be greeted by a new visitor on the sailboat next door.  It looks like a young Osprey, but he was anxious to say hi to his new neighbor and let everyone in the marina know that he was here.

     The Osprey is one of my favorite birds here in the Florida Keys, they are so majestic and beautiful to see.  They soar like an eagle, which makes sense, because they are a part of the eagle family.  Very efficient at snatching fish from the ocean with a high speed swoop over the surface of the water.  hey make their nests at the top of poles and other very tall places.

    Say Hey to my new neighbor.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hemingway Rum Company Now Open to the Public

Hemingway Rum Company

     After four years of work, the Hemingway Rum Company is finally open to the public today.  The public may visit the distillery between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm seven days a week.  You can stop by, take a tour, enjoy the Hemingway experience, sample our rum, enjoy the trading post and even buy a bottle of the rum to take home with you.   Under the guidance of Carlton Grooms, this magnificent distillery, museum and trading post is now open for all to experience.

Hamilton 350 Gallon Still
      Visitors can view the Hamilton Pot Still, that can produce up to 80 gallons of rum per day.  Guests will also be treated to an interactive displays, which allows them to learn many of the factors involved with the production of rum.  There are many unique attractions throughout the tour that pay tribute to “Papa” as Hemingway was known, including a swivel picture wall and several other displays of interest.  Following the tour, patrons will be provided a sampling experience of Papa’s Pilar dark and blonde rums in the facility’s Tasting Room, which includes a Hemingway inspired bar top, filled with newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.
     Visitors will be treated to interactive displays that will allow them to see, smell and follow the active of producing the rums.  Following the tour, patrons will be provided a sampling experience of ingredients and steps that are a part of making each of the rum expression.   Special exhibits throughout the tour pay tribute to “Papa” as Hemingway was known, including a swivel picture wall, the solera and all of the other parts Papa’s Pilar dark and blonde rums in the facility’s Tasting Room, which includes a Hemingway inspired bar top, filled with newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.

Trading Post and Tasting Bar
     Carlton “Carl” Grooms, Key West Director of Operations, will manage the production of the award-winning rums, with the help of four full-time managers and 40 part-time employees, whom are all local Key West residents.  “We’re excited to have created both a destination that will serve as the physical heart and soul of our brand, as well as an asset for the city of Key West,” said Grooms. “Our guests will be truly engaged and amazed with this unique experience. A trip to Key West will no longer be complete without a visit.”

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Bahama Bob's Ginger Mint Daiquiri

     Summertime is Daiquiri time.  Down here in the keys on a hot and humid summer day, there is nothing nicer that a unique daiquiri.   I got fooling around with a new syrup that I made and found that it is very versatile for summer cocktails.  Everyone knows about the mojito and julep, all popular mint cocktails, but I was looking for something minty different.

     I came on the idea of mixing a nice dark rum with some ginger and my new mint syrup.  I went to work on the idea and came up with this one.

Bahama Bob's Ginger Mint Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cartavio Black Barrel Rum
  • 1/2 oz. King's Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Bahama Bob's Mint Syrup

Place all ingredients in a shake with ice and shake until chilled.  Pour into a fluted rocks glass along with the ice.  Garnish with a mint sprig.

Bahama Bob's Mint Syrup

  • 1 Cup of Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 4 Sprigs of Fresh Mint

Place sugar and water into a sauce pan.  Strip the mint from the stalk and crush with a rolling pin. Put on high heat and stir until sugar is dissolved lower heat to 170 degrees and add mint leaves.   Allow to slow boil for 2 to 3 minutes at 170 degrees and turn off the heat.  Allow to steep for 30 minutes and strain into a suitable container.  Keep in refrigerator, good for about two or three weeks.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer Parties and Over Boozing

     Summer is the season of endless indoor and outdoor boozy celebrations.  The season has arrived and the time to be out on the water, hiking in the mountains, or just parties in the yard.  Tis the season when alcohol is everywhere and can easily be overdone .   The big thing is that this is a normal event that happens every year, but what concerns me is that fun loving people don’t overdo it.
     Outdoor concerts and festivals are great places to party and enjoy an adult beverage of six, but make sure that you have a safe way home.  Have a designated driver, uber, lyft, taxi or public transportation, just don’t be driving after these outings.   Then there's the message that alcohol brings wild and crazy adventures into our lives, but it isn’t the alcohol, it is you.  The alcohol is just a facilitator that gives you the nerve to do what you would really like to do anyway.

     Many of your friends are picturing their drinking and party exploits on their twitter and Facebook pages daily.  Facebook offers more people lovingly hugging a bottle than hugging their spouses, but that is just people releasing the stress of a week that has had 5 days to build up with only 2 days to release it is why you will see a lot of the partying .  Turning to booze in tense times has much to do in our fast-paced lives, we want everything to happen lightning fast, even our stress relief, just down a couple drinks and everything will be good, we think anyway.   But not really.  "The bothersome thing is that it can becomes a habit, almost a reflex, to combat stress.  Being legal lends alcohol has an unspoken approval, but it has consequences if overdone.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don Q Rum Has Released Reserva de la Familia Serralles

Roberto Serralles

     Roberto Serralles has released one of the most expensive and exclusive rums in the world.  They have released Don Q Reserva de la Familia Serralles 20 year old drawn from their most special barrels.  Available in the United States for around $1899.99 for a 750 ml.  

     In 1994, the Serralles family tasked themselves with aging a special rum in charred American white oak barrels. From this original lot of 36 barrels, the best samples were chosen for the creation of a truly sublime blend. This singular blend was combined and returned to the charred barrels for a few months so a balance between aroma and taste could be achieved. This special lot was named Reserva de la Familia Serralles, producing a rum robust in color and aroma, with a very silky and refined taste in the palate. The contact with the wood gives it a natural dark amber color which is both intense and brilliant. Its aroma has notes of vanilla oak, sweet air, touch of burnt wood and even a slight taste of molasses, which help build the character of this exceptional rum. It is deliciously smooth in the mouth while the sweet notes of rum are distributed evenly throughout the palate. Its aroma awakens the senses and at first sip sends a wave of warmth to the heart, literally in the center of the chest, where the spirit of a great rum is meant to be felt. Flavors linger for a while forever tied to the memory of a unique experience. 

     A masterpiece of the finest aged rums drawn from hand selected 20 year old single barrels from a special place in the oldest rum warehouses. Honey and exquisite nose that lingers with the woody essence of the rackhouse in which it has slept for so long. Sweet, bright honey notes with the elegance and complexity of an ancient cognac that gives way to warm tannins and a lingering mahogany and fig finish with notes of apricot.