This week I tracked down Jeff BeachBum Berry for a chat about his new book Beachbum Berry Remixed, man what a guy, this cat knows everything about the mighty Tiki Drink and he has some incredible stories to tell.
It was Mr Ho (Orchestrotica/Ex Waitiki) who talked about our scene being a discovery group and Jeff really is the Indiana Jones of retro culture. In the interview this week we talk about the reason for the new book, his achievements, the effect of the internet and the future of Tiki Drinks.
Beachbum Berry Remixed, a completely revised and updated anthology of Grog Log and Intoxica! This is the book the Bum would have written first if he knew then what he knows now. Featuring 107 additional recipes: 41 newly discovered, previously unpublished vintage Tiki drink recipes; 43 of the best new recipes from today’s Tiki revival, gathered especially for Remixed from the world’s top mixologists and cocktail writers; and 23 new original recipes by the Bum. Plus full-color vintage graphics and original drink photography; expanded drink history and lore, incorporating newly discovered information about the origins of the Mai Tai and other legendary Tiki mysteries; and a revamped ingredient glossary with new product recommendations.
Make sure you grab it on Amazon today and make sure you hear the interview on this weeks show!
Beach Bum Bio
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of five books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine called “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” He’s been profiled in the New York Times, Imbibe magazine, Salon.com, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saveur.com, Bar magazine, and the Tampa Tribune; he’s also been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and W magazine.
Jeff created the cocktail menu for the Luau in Beverly Hills, which the New York Times cited as one of the nation’s 24 “Bars on The Cutting Edge,” and co-created “Tiki+” for iPhone, a drink recipe app which Macworld magazine called “beautifully rendered and, thanks to Berry’s tireless reporting, impeccably sourced.” Jeff’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, most recently Food & Wine Cocktails 2010 and the 67th edition of the Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide; his drinks have been served at Elletaria in Manhattan, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, the Tabou Tiki Room in Berlin, Taboo Cove in Las Vegas, the Tiki Room in Stockholm, Pho Republique in Boston, the Palace Cafe in New Orleans, and Intoxica in Copenhagen, among others.
Jeff has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Radio Margaritaville, and currently conducts tropical drink seminars and tastings across the U.S. and Europe. He serves on the advisory board of the Museum Of The American Cocktail